October 2013 Queens Pride House newsletter
Dear Queens Pride House friends,
After a busy summer, we’re even busier at Queens Pride House now that fall is in full swing, and we have already had two important events this fall, including our forum on Sept. 11 on the NYPD’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy and our Celebrate Bisexuality Day event on Sept. 21, the first bi-specific event ever held at Queens Pride House — commenced with a talk by Paul Nocera of BiRequest (here with me at the event). And we have a full calendar of events coming up, culminating with our 16th anniversary, which we’ll be celebrating at Pride House on Dec. 6. Along the way, we have an enrollment for the Affordable Care Act on Oct. 23, our ever-popular Halloween party on Oct. 31, a forum on domestic violence on Nov. 14 and a special Transgender Day of Remembrance event on Nov. 21, as well as meetings of our LGBT parents & families group on Nov. 16 & Dec. 14. I hope to see you at some of these events this fall~!
President & Acting Executive Director,
Queens Pride House
QPH support groups & free counseling
We have a new support group for those who are HIV+ and living with AIDS which is meeting on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month; the next meeting of Plus One will be on Oct. 24 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. We have also had some members of the community express an interest in forming a group for bisexuals as well as a group for young men between the ages of 21-35; if you would be interested in participating in either support group, please e-mail Jonathan Acevedo (JAcevedo@queenspridehouse.org) or call him at (718) 429-5309. Finally, if you would be interested in free counseling, please contact Jonathan to schedule an appointment with one of our social work interns.
Oct. 23: ObamaCare (Affordable Care Act) enrollment event
Confused about ObamaCare? Come to Queens Pride House for information on the Affordable Care Act and help in enrolling from the Callen Lorde Community Health Center. 5 p.m.: presentation and Q&A followed by appointments for enrollment. 6-8 p.m.: The first four people can get an appointment immediately after the presentation. All others will be given other dates and times for enrollment.
Oct. 31: Halloween Party
Join us for our much-anticipated annual Halloween party at Queens Pride House on Wednesday, Oct. 31 from
Nov. 14: domestic violence forum
On Nov. 14, Junee Lee and Richard Saenz of Queens Legal Services will speak at a forum on domestic violence issues in the LGBT community; all members of the community and their friends and allies are welcome to attend the forum, which is free and will take place from 7-9 p.m.
Nov. 16 & Dec. 14 LGBT parents & families group
Queens Pride House will host meetings of our LGBT parents & families group from 3-6 p.m. on two Saturdays this fall. All LGBT parents and their children as well as their prospective parents are welcome to join us on Nov. 21 & Dec. 14.
Nov. 19 immigration law clinic
There is a legal services organization that has expressed interest in offering an immigration law clinic on the evening of Nov. 19; if you would be interested in a free consultation with an immigration attorney and are available on that date between 6-8:30 p.m., please e-mail Pauline Park (PPark@queenspridehouse.org) to indicate your interest; the clinic will be held pending sufficient interest on the part of community members.
Nov. 21: Transgender Day of Remembrance
On November 21, Queens Pride House will commemorate the Transgender Day of Remembrance with an open community forum on discrimination and violence against transgendered and gender-variant people and what to do about it. All members of the transgender community as well as allies and supporters are invited to participate in this important discussion, which will take place from 7-9 p.m.
Dec. 6: 16th anniversary
On Dec. 6, Queens Pride House will celebrate its 16th anniversary. Join us at Queens Pride House from 6-9 p.m. as we honor Angeline Acain for her work as publisher of Gay Parent magazine and Richard Saenz for his work as staff attorney with the HIV/LGBT Advocacy Project of Queens Legal Services. Transgendered comedienne Red Durkin will entertain us at this very special event.
June 12 Comptroller’s LGBT pride event honoring Charles J. Ober
New York City Comptroller John Liu honored Charles J. Ober at his June 12 LGBT pride event in Manhattan. Currently serving as board treasurer and chief financial officer, Charlie was honored by the Comptroller for his work as a co-founding member of the Queens Pride House board of directors. Also honored at the event were Aries Liao, a co-founder of Q-Wave (the group for lesbian and bisexual women and transgendered people) and the Asian Pride Project; Jim Smith, a member of the steering committee of the Staten Island LGBT Community Center; and Janet Weinberg, chief operating officer of Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC).
Sept. 11 forum on NYPD stop-and-frisk policy
On September 11, Queens Pride House held a forum on the implications for the LGBT community of the decision by Judge Shira Scheindlin to strike down key provisions of the New York Police Department (NYPD) stop-and-frisk policy as unconstitutional and enactment by the City Council of the Community Safety Act. Pauline Park, president of the board of directors and acting executive director, moderated the discussion by a panel of legal experts, including Jennifer Ching, director of Queens Legal Services; Lynly Egyes, staff attorney at the Sex Workers Project of the Urban Justice Center; and Iván Espinoza-Madrigal, legal director of the Center for HIV Law & Policy; Bianey Garcia of Make the Road-NY; and Andrea Ritchie, co-coordinator, Streetwise & Safe. The forum was co-sponsored by the Audre Lorde Project, the Center for HIV Law & Policy, the Harm Reduction Coalition, Make the Road-New York, the New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy (NYAGRA), Queens Legal Services, and the Sex Workers Project of the Urban Justice Center. The forum was being supported by funding from the North Star Fund as part of the Popular Resistance & Non-Violent Action (PRANA) Project. The Queens Tribune reported on the event in a news story by Trisha Sakhuja, “LGBT Forum Discusses Stop And Frisk Policy” (9.19.13).
Sept. 20-21 CenterLink summit
Queens Pride House was well represented at the annual CenterLink summit in September. Three members of the board of directors — Pauline Park (president), Audwin Edwards (vice-president) and Charles J. Ober (treasurer) attended the annual meeting of the national association of LGBT community centers (of which Queens Pride House is a member), which this year was held at the LGBT community center in Garden City in Nassau County (Long Island).
Sept. 21 Celebrate Bisexuality Day at Queens Pride House
On September 21, Queens Pride House commemorated Celebrate Bisexuality Day in partnership with BiRequest. Paul Nocera, lead coordinator of BiRequest, gave a presentation explaining the need to recognize bisexuality and bisexual members of the LGBT community, which was followed by socializing over light food. Celebrate Bisexuality Day was the very first bi-specific event ever held at Queens Pride House.