LGBT Center Director Glennda Testone Loves Her Two-Hour Commute – The Cut

Illustration: Lauren Tamaki

Pride Month is the busiest time of year for Glennda Testone, executive director of NYC’s LGBT Community Center, which will host its annual Garden Party for 1,500 people tonight on Hudson River Park’s Pier 97. In addition to leading the Center for the past ten years, Testone is a member of the Ending the Epidemic Task Force, which works to end the AIDS epidemic in New York, and she serves as a member of the Bronx borough president’s LGBT Policy Task Force. She also sits on the executive board of the City University of New York Institute for Health Equality, and she’ll lead a group march at the Pride Parade this Sunday. Testone lives in Asbury Park, New Jersey, with her partner, Jama, a professor, and 5-month-old daughter, Frankie. Here’s how she gets it done.

On her morning routine and two-hour commute:
I have a 5-month-old, so my morning has become pretty standard because our little baby, Frankie, wakes up at 6 a.m. on the dot, either crying or cooing. Typically I’ll go in, or my partner will go in, and we’ll change her and feed her. She just started eating solid foods, and bananas are her favorite, so I give her some pureed bananas and try to have a cup of coffee and finish it before it gets cold. From there I jump in the shower, get dressed, and then I get in the car. I have a long commute. I live in Asbury Park, New Jersey, and my commute door to door is two hours.

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