Chief Executive, Deer Oaks
Paul Boskind is the chief executive officer of Deer Oaks, a behavioral health organization headquartered in San Antonio with offices in 17 states and the largest private employer of psychologists in Texas. He also serves as treasurer on the board of directors of Equality Texas.
Most of Boskind‘s gay rights advocacy has been on the national level. He serves on the board of directors for Servicemembers Legal Defense Network and is a major donor with the Human Rights Campaign, Victory Fund, Point Foundation, Faith In America, GenderPAC and the Michael Palm Center, as well as the Democratic National Committee.
In 2007, when Boskind joined the Equality Texas board he said, “Equality Texas offers an excellent way to advocate for specific issues impacting gay rights in Texas. As a psychologist, I understand the importance of protecting the rights of all families, including gay families raising children and access to adoption for gays and lesbians.”
In addition Deer Oaks, Boskind owns The Oasis at Medina Lake, the Main Plaza Market, the Main Plaza Hotel and several special event venues. He is also the owner of the Church Theater building in the King William neighborhood wherein 2007 he produced ‘Southern Baptist Sissies’ and other theatrical productions. As a producer at the Church Theatre, Boskind discovered the power of using the theatrical arts to inspire, educate and touch lives on issues of equal rights for the GLBT community, prompting him to expand his interest to New York.
As a result, he has produced several gay-oriented, equality based shows, including “BASH’d!,” an award-winning musical about marriage equality and gay bashing, and “The Temperamentals,” a play focusing on the early gay rights movement in Hollywood in the late 1950’s.
Boskind won a Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play as one of the producers of Larry Kramer’s ground-breaking AIDS drama, “The Normal Heart.” His current Broadway theatre productions include “Priscilla Queen of the Desert, The Musical.”