Barry Stopfel

Barry L. Stopfel

Barry Stopfel

At-Large Board Member

A passion for social justice as a teacher, advocate, and volunteer, has been the strongest thread throughout my life and career.

Beginning in 1977 and living in the West Village of New York City I worked with the AIDS Resource Center in NYC and at the Center’s Bailey House for homeless men infected with HIV/AIDS. Along the way, I have taught seminars on safe sex and supported a network of underground pharmacies to get medicines for homeless and impoverished gay men with HIV/AIDS. My time with Gay Men’s Health Crisis and ACT UP and a volunteer at Bellevue Hospital on the HIV/AIDS wards strengthened my social justice resolve.

I have been associated with a variety of LGBTQ+ support groups in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York City including a task Force for HIV/AIDS education; prison support for gay sex offenders; support for closeted Roman Catholic priests; and guidance for parents with LGBTQ+ children.

I have been a frequent speaker at colleges, universities, and churches including a lecturer at the University of Iowa on “The Soul of Sex.” A spokesperson for the interfaith task force on Church and Society at Bucknell University and a frequent speaker at the Social Justice College at Penn State University; and for over 5 years a lecturer on Liberation, Feminist and Queer Theologies at The Osherson Center for Life-Long Learning at Coastal Carolina University.

I hold it an honor to work with Delaware Stonewall in a continuing passion for the social, personal and political welfare of the LGBTQ+ community.  May we never forget that justice is what love looks like in public.