July 2014 Queens Pride House newsletter
Dear Queens Pride House friends,
With the summer heating up, so are we~! We’re warming up for the first Book Fest at Queens Pride House on Aug. 5, which will feature several different authors discussing multiple books – both fiction and non-fiction – representing multiple LGBT-related perspectives and concerns. I hope you can join us for this important event~!
President & Acting Executive Director
Queens Pride House
Queens Pride House Book Fest 2014
Queens Pride House will host Book Fest on Tuesday, August 5 from 7-9 p.m., with the authors of a number of books on topics related to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community present to discuss their work with attendees at Book Fest 2014. The event will take place at Pride House from 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 5. Among the authors who will be present at Book Fest is Leslie L. Smith, who will be discussing his new book, “Sally Field Can Play the Transsexual,” a serio-comic tale of sex, loss, redemption and medication in the age of AIDS — the first novel about the anti-HIV treatments PEP and PrEP. Also participating in Book Fest will be the renowned photographer, Mariette Pathy Allen, who will be introducing the book, “TransCuba,” with her photos and a text by Mariela Castro Espín, which focuses on the transgender community of Cuba, especially its growing visibility and acceptance in a country whose government is transitioning into a more relaxed model of communism under Raúl Castro’s presidency. Another author who will be participating in the event is Nancy Agabian, who will be talking about “Me as Her Again,” her memoir about coming of age as bisexual in an Armenian family; the book was published in 2008 and has just been re-leased as an e-book. Among the other books to be featured at the Book Fest 2014 is “Flower of Iowa,” the first novel by veteran journalist Lance Ringel, a bittersweet saga of World War I in which an American soldier and a British soldier unexpectedly fall in love behind the battle lines in France. Another book that will be introduced to Pride House members at the event will be “Trans Bodies, Trans Selves,” a resource guide for transgendered and gender-variant people edited by Laura Erickson-Schroth, M.D.
Carlos M. Cubas at the Enroll America conference
Queens Pride House was specially selected by the Empire Justice Center to give a presentation at the Enroll America national conference in Washington, D.C. in June on what EJC considers our outstanding work in helping LGBT people enroll in health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Carlos Cubas, program coordinator at Queens Pride House, gave a presentation on June 17 on the outreach work that he and his colleagues have been doing to assist in enrollment efforts under the ACA through the New York state health insurance exchange. The Empire Justice Center is a statewide multi-issue, multi-strategy non-profit law firm focused on changing the systems within which poor and low-income families live and is a contractor of the New York State Health Foundation, which improves New York’s health care system by expanding coverage, containing health care costs, and increasing access to services. Enroll America is a non-profit, non-partisan organization focused on the goal of maximizing the number of Americans who are enrolled in and retain health insurance.
Queens Pride House & Queens Pride
As we have done every year, Queens Pride House participated in the annual Queens Pride Parade & Multicultural Festival, which this year took place on June 1. We also held an open house afterwards for members of the community.
mental health counseling & support groups during the summer months
In September, our new crop of social work interns — three students pursuing master’s degree in social work (MSW) — will be joining the Queens Pride House staff to offer free mental health counseling for individuals and couples as well as to facilitate meetings of our support groups under the direction of Dr. René Vázquez del Valle, our director of programs and services. For an appointment or for more info. on our counseling program, just call the office and speak with Andrés Duque (our health referral assistant & volunteer coordinator) or e-mail him (ADuque@QueensPrideHouse.org).