mission & history

Founded in 1997, Queens Pride House serves the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community in Queens by  increasing access to LGBT-friendly health and social resources, heightening political awareness, building community, and advocating for more comprehensive services.

Mission

The mission of Queens Pride House is to empower lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered individuals in Queens to advocate for themselves and others and to foster acceptance of LGBT people as well as cultural competence among institutions serving them.

Queens Pride House is a member of CenterLink, the national association of LGBT community centers. QPH is also a member of the LGBT Health and Human Services Network of New York State, through which it advocates for funding for LGBT programs and services in Queens.

History

In 1996, several activists in Queens decided to do something about the egregious lack of services and resources for LGBT folks in their neighborhood; they incorporated as the QueensLesbian & Gay Community Center. In January 1997, the Board of Directors was established and began the process of creating a community center, naming the center Queens Pride House.  Queens Borough President Claire Shulman generously provided Queens Pride House with an office in Queens Borough Hall, where the organization was located until May 2001.

In May 2001, Queens Pride House proudly opened its own space in the heart ofWestern Queens. The Board hoped that moving to Woodside would improve the organization’s ability to serve as a resource center for the diverse LGBT communities. Five years later, the community center had flourished and was outgrowing its spot onWoodside Avenue.

In July 2006, QPH entered into a new collaborative venture in Jackson Heights called the Diversity Center of Queens. The Diversity Center of Queens was made up of three organizations: The Humanist Center, Andolan—Organizing South Asian Workers, and Queens Pride House.  With our strong ideals and committed organizational partners, Queens Pride House packed up the Woodside office and headed deeper into the heart ofQueens.

Over the last 2 years, QPH has embarked in a partnership with the Hispanic AIDS Forum to collaborate on improving the lives of the LGBT Queens residents, advocate for additional services, and engage the community in social change.