LGBT Centers Planned for Queens

LGBT Network CEO David Kilmnick, at the podium, announcing plans to open four ‘Q Centers’ in Queens, which will provide a wide range of services to members of the LGBT community. (Photo by Christopher Barca via Queens Chronicle)

LGBT Network CEO David Kilmnick, at the podium, announcing plans to open four ‘Q Centers’ in Queens, which will provide a wide range of services to members of the LGBT community. (Photo by Christopher Barca via Queens Chronicle)

Long Island-based LGBT Network has announced that it is expanding into Queens, with the opening of a “Q Center” at the Samuel Field Y in Little Neck on Feb. 23 and three more such centers, offering a wide range of services to members of the LGBT community in the borough, reports Christopher Barca of Queens Chronicle.

The announcement of plans to open the four centers was made by LGBT Network CEO David Kilmnick, with politicians and community members in attendance. City Council member Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) described how, as a 19-year-old, worked up the courage to contact a youth group at the local AIDS center, and how that helped him accept that he was gay and recognize that he would still be able to pursue his dream of becoming an elected official.

“That moment that existed for me almost 26 years ago still exists for many young people today,” Van Bramer said. “You’re going to save someone’s life in one way or another. By existing, by having the people, having the resources, you’re going to save someone’s life.”

Kilmnick said that centers are planned for Astoria, Bayside and The Rockaways over the next three years, and that an array of services, from youth groups for middle and high schoolers as well as health insurance enrollment for families, will be offered. He noted that the organization won’t shun conservative neighborhoods.

“We will not only be in places where people expect us to be, gayborhoods for example,” he said. “We’re going to be in some of the more conservative areas in addition to the ones that are more welcoming. We’ve had a 22-year history of breaking down barriers in more conservative communities and we will do the same here in Queens.”

Read here about the “listening tour” that the LGBT Network will embark on in the borough.

 

 

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