On February 1st, House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley and Queens Borough President Melinda Katz joined NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson, Public Advocate Tish James and dozens of other dignitaries, city agencies, the NYPD, FDNY and LGBT Network President David Kilmnick to officially open the new 4,000 sq. ft. Queens LGBT Center in Long Island City Queens with two big events.
The LGBT Network, now in its 25th year, hosted over 150 community members and elected officials at the afternoon ribbon cutting ceremony with more than 200 attending the community open house later that evening. The afternoon ceremony saw nearly a dozen speakers underscore the importance of such a facility in Queens. “New York has always been a beacon for the LGBT community – and this center, the first in Long Island City, will help push that tradition forward,” said House Democratic Caucus Chariman Joe Crowley. “The LGBT Network’s Q-Center will serve as a source of empowerment for LGBT youth living in Queens and across New York, and I am honored to participate in the grand-opening.”
The Queens LGBT Center (Q-Center) is the borough’s first full-service LGBT Center and offers a wide range of programs for the entire community. Services include HIV Testing and Prevention, a safe schools initiative to tackle bullying and build youth leadership, community education and training, youth services, older adults services, community organizing and advocacy, arts and cultural affairs and a sexual and reproductive justice initiative. In addition, the Queens LGBT Center announced a comprehensive advocacy and justice initiative working with the NYPD and Queens District Attorney to report hate crimes and a family education, support and advocacy initiative to support parents of LGBT people with a special emphasis in immigrant communities.
Queens Borough President Melinda Katz said, “The new Queens LGBT Center in Long Island City will help enhance access to services for LGBT residents. The LGBT Network, the NYPD and Queens District Attorney Richard Brown also deserve to be commended for working together on their comprehensive initiative to combat hate crimes.” “This center will serve as a home and safe space for the borough’s LGBT and allied community and its support networks.” LGBT Network President and CEO David Kilmnick said. “The LGBT Network has never been more important than it is today. We’re facing new challenges and are responding with expanded programs and services throughout the borough.” LGBT Network’s newest center will also serve as a hub for building coalitions and working closely with immigrant, people of color, women and other social justice organizations.
The M and R subway lines and the Q66 and Q101 buses stop right at the doorstep of the Q-Center with the 7, N and W trains close by. The LGBT Network has been serving LGBT individuals for 25 years as an association of non-profit organizations comprised of Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth (LIGALY), The Long Island LGBT Community Center (The Center), Services and Advocacy for LGBT Elders – Long Island (SAGE-LI) and the Queens LGBT Center (Q-Center).
For more information about the LGBT Network and its Queens LGBT Center, visit www.lgbtnetwork.org or call 718.514.2155