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September 2014 Queens Pride House newsletter

Published on September 20, 2014 by

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September 2014 Queens Pride House newsletter

Dear Queens Pride House friends,

We held our first Book Fest at Queens Pride House on Aug. 5, featuring several different authors discussing multiple books – both fiction and non-fiction – representing multiple LGBT-related perspectives and concerns. In October, we’ll be hosting a number of significant cultural events, including: a New Perspectives Theater performance of “Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead” on October 1; a National Coming Out Day reception on Oct. 10 and a resource fair on Oct. 11; a special screening of a 2013 documentary film about the life and work of the award-winning Latina transgender activist Bamby Salcedo on Oct. 13; and ”Beyond ‘Diversity,” a conversation among artists, activists and neighbors about the dreams, divisions and direction of Jackson Heights, on October 25.

I hope you can join us for these important events~!

Pauline Park
President & Acting Executive Director
Queens Pride House

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“Dog Sees God” performance on Oct. 1

Queens Pride House will host a New Perspectives Theater performance of “Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead” at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 1. The play is an unauthorized parody of the Peanuts characters, portraying Schultz’s classic characters as teenagers dealing with drug use, teen suicide, eating disorders and sexual orientation and identity issues.

Founded in January 2014 by Jaime Zahl and Summer Medina, New Perspectives aims to produce theatrical productions with powerful messages while raising money for a related charity. All the proceeds for “Dogs Sees God” will be donated to Queens Pride House and to the Trevor Project, a non-profit organization focused on suicide prevention efforts among LGBTQ youth. Tickets are $7 for all Queens College students or faculty with valid ID and $10 for the general public. All tickets will be sold at the door. The show stars a cast of Queens College students, directed by Summer Medina with Nathan Marcus as CB, Chaya Sprung as CB’s Sister, Joshua Mitchell as Van, Jaime Zahl as Tricia, Dorothy Yeung as Marcy, Jessica Altieri as Van’s Sister, Neal Kleinman as Matt, and Javier Rosero as Beethoven.
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50+ support group starts in October

Queens Pride House will host a new support group for LGBT community members who are 50 years and older. The group will meet every first and third Tuesday of the month from 6:30-8 p.m. and will be facilitated by Dina Mann, M.Div., CASAC. The first meeting will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 7 and all LGBT  community members who are 50 years and older are welcome to attend~!

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Beyond ‘Diversity’: a conversation among artist, activists & neighbors

Queens Pride House will host ‘Beyond ‘Diversity’ on Saturday, October 25 from 5-7 p.m. Local writers, photographers and artists will present their work about the value of diversity in Jackson Heights at an event that is intended to help create dialogue about social issues important to residents of the  neighborhood. Ranging from a superficial buzzword to a valued concept, the word diversity also represents complex dynamics in the neighborhood that aren’t always voiced, involving core social issues of race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, age, psychology, and physicality. Diversity is a factor in how we as Jackson Heights residents understand ourselves and ‘others,’ conduct our daily lives, and share space. The event will feature contributions by Nancy Agabian (the lead organizer of the event), writer/organizer Amy Paul, poet Claudia Narvaez-Meza and digital media/theater artist Krystal Banzon, artist/advocates Beatriz Gil and Carlos Martinez of Hibridos Collective, and Pauline Park (acting executive director of Queens Pride House). The event is free and open to the public and is made possible in part by a grant from the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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Bamby Salcedo documentary screening

Queens Pride House will host a special screening of “TransVisible: Bamby Salcedo’s Story,” a 2013 documentary film about the life and work of the award-winning Latina transgender activist, on Thursday, Oct. 16 from 7-9 p.m. We will be joined by Dante Alecastre, the Peruvian-born, Los Angeles-based filmmaker and activist who directed the film and who will facilitate a question-and-answer session following the screening of the film, which has just won the award for best documentary feature at the 2014 Long Beach Qfilm Festival in California.

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National Coming Out Day reception & fair

Queens Pride House will host a reception by the Queens Pride Lions Club for National Coming Day on Friday, Oct. 10 from 7-9 p.m.; on Saturday, Oct. 11, to commemorate National Coming Day, Queens Pride House will host a resource fair from 3-6 p.m.organized by the Queens Pride Lions Club at which organizations that serve the LGBT community of Queens will be on hand to describe their programs and services to community members.

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Book Fest 2014 (from left to right): Pauline Park, Mariette Pathy Allen, Laura Erickson-Schroth, Lance Ringel, Leslie L. Smith & Nancy Agabian

Queens Pride House Book Fest 2014

Queens Pride House will held Book Fest 2014 on August 5, with multiple authors and editors discussing their LGBT-themed books. Among the authors who participated at Book Fest was Leslie L. Smith, who read from 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 was the renowned photographer, Mariette Pathy Allen, who introduced the audience to the book, “TransCuba,” which includes her photos and a text by Mariela Castro Espín that focuses on the growing visibility and acceptance of the transgender community in Cuba. Another author who participated in the event was Nancy Agabian, who read an excerpt from “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. Along with his partner, veteran journalist Lance Ringel enacted a scene from his first novel, “Flower of Iowa,” 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. And Laura Erickson-Schroth, M.D. introduced Pride House members to “Trans Bodies, Trans Selves,” a resource guide for transgendered and gender-variant people that she edited. The  Queens Tribune previewed Book Fest (Jackie Strawbridge, “Queens Pride House Holds Book Fest,” 7.31.14) and the Queens Chronicle covered the event (“LGBT authors share their written stories,”); the Tribune also included a photo on the TribPix page of its Aug. 14 issue.

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new social work interns join the Queens Pride House staff for AY 2014-15

Our new crop of social work interns — three students pursuing master’s degree in social work (MSW) — have joined 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. Jesus Baez and Jeffrey Belford are MSW students at Hunter College and Ysamar Matos is an MSW student at New York University (NYU). For an appointment or for more info. on our counseling program, just call the office (718-429-5309) and speak with Andrés Duque (our health referral assistant & volunteer coordinator) or e-mail him (ADuque@QueensPrideHouse.org).

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Halloween at Queens Pride House

This year, Halloween falls on Friday, Oct. 31. Come join us for our annual Halloween party from 7-9 p.m. and come in costume if you have one~!

 

 

 

 
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July 2014 Queens Pride House newsletter

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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~!

Pauline Park
President & Acting Executive Director
Queens Pride House

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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).

 

 
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