Saturday, April 5, 2014

Announcement

Dear Friends and Supporters:

The Bronx LGBTQ Center wishes to take this time to inform you that due to unforeseen events, we must postpone our planned Gala Ceremony and Awards Event originally scheduled for April 10, 2014.
Even if not in a formal ceremony, we still want to say congratulations to all the award recipients. The awards are well deserved. We understand that you do not do the amazing work that you do for awards, but showing our appreciation in the form of an award is just one small way for us to say thank you for the groundbreaking work you are doing.
As a new organization, we are striving to provide quality in all of the events and services we provide to the community.
We also want to thank all the people and organizations that are supporting us and look forward to seeing you at an upcoming event in the very near future. Please look out for our Bronx Pride event.

The Bronx Community Services Center, Inc.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

UNION COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER JOINS FORCES WITH BRONX LGBTQ CENTER TO OFFER SUPPORT AND LEGAL ASSISTANCE



For Immediate Release 
Contact: Steven Clark/Howard Matzner
Andover Communications
201-947-4133
sclark@andovercommunications.com

UNION COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER
JOINS FORCES WITH BRONX LGBTQ CENTER
TO OFFER SUPPORT AND LEGAL ASSISTANCE

LGBTQ residents of the Bronx now have available a support group and free legal clinic as a result of a partnership between Union Community Health Center (UCHC) and the Bronx LGBTQ Center.

An LGBTQ Youth Group is meeting every Friday from 4pm-5pm at Union Community Health Center, 260 East 188th Street, the Bronx. During these group sessions, topics are selected for discussion by the group, including bullying, healthy relationships, domestic violence, education and parent & teen communication. The Youth Group is a safe zone for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth and their straight allies aged 12-20. For more information, contact 718-618-8569.

Union’s Teen Health Center has been a safe and welcoming place for Bronx youth for several years, and we are very excited to open our doors, share our experience, and extend our services to LGBTQ youth,” said Dr. Uri Belkind, Director of Adolescent Medicine at Union Community Health Center. “Here, LGBTQ youth will find a haven in which they can relate with other youth in an open and healthy environment, as well as take part in all the other activities and services that Union’s Teen Health Center offers.  We look forward to helping all our youth build strong, healthy relationships with their peers.”

Additionally, every first and third Tuesday of the month from 6pm-8pm, Union Community Health Center hosts the Bronx LGBTQ Legal Clinic. During these clinic sessions, volunteer lawyers offer consultations at no cost to the public. The attorneys provide general guidance on individual’s specific issues, make legal referrals and offer helpful legal resources. No appointment is necessary, although those interested are encouraged to arrive between 6pm-6:30pm to register. For more information about the Legal Clinic, email Bronx@le-gal.org or call 212-353-9118.

The LGBTQ Legal Clinic is the result of a partnership between The LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York (LeGaL), The Bronx LGBTQ Center and Union Community Health Center.

We are very excited to launch a clinic in another borough, and once again bring LGBT legal assistance closer to people that need it,” said Matthew Skinner, interim executive director of the LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York.

We are thrilled to partner with such esteemed organizations as Union and LeGaL to provide these services. It is our hope to be able to open a safe space this year and increase the level of support we can offer to our communities,” Moises L. Cascante, president of the Bronx LGBTQ Center, stated. “Working together with everyone, we know we can make that happen. We thank Union and LeGaL for their support and assistance and look forward to working with others to ensure the Bronx LGBTQ community receives the support and services it needs.”

The Bronx LGBTQ Center provides a range of vital and greatly needed services to the people of the Bronx,” said Douglas L. York, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of Union Community Health Center. “We are very pleased to work closely with the Center as they continue to bring these important resources to our patients and community.”

Union Community Health Center is a non-profit Federally Qualified Health Center Look-Alike that provides approximately 155,000 medical, dental and physical rehabilitation visits each year to approximately 28,000 individual patients at its four locations in the Bronx. To learn more about Union Community Health Center, visit www.uchcbronx.org.

The Bronx LGBTQ Center is a New York State not-for-profit corporation located in and serving the LGBTQ communities of the Bronx and its surrounding neighborhoods of upper Manhattan (above 96th Street) and lower Westchester County. To learn more about The Bronx LGBTQ Center, visit BronxLGBTQcenter.org.

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UNION COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER SE UNE A BRONX LGBTQ CENTER PARA OFRECER APOYO Y ASISTENCIA LEGAL

 

Para divulgación inmediata

Contacto:
Steven Clark/Howard Matzner
Andover Communications
201-947-4133
sclark@andovercommunications.com

UNION COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER
SE UNE A BRONX LGBTQ CENTER
PARA OFRECER APOYO Y ASISTENCIA LEGAL

Los residentes LGBTQ del Bronx tienen ahora disponible un grupo de apoyo y clínica legal gratuita como resultado de una colaboración entre Union Community Health Center (UCHC) y el Bronx LGBTQ Center.

Un LGBTQ Youth Group se reúne todos los viernes de 4pm a 5pm en Union Community Health Center, 260 East 188th Street, en el Bronx. Durante estas sesiones grupales, el grupo selecciona temas para discutir, incluyendo la intimidación, las relaciones saludables, la violencia doméstica, la educación y la comunicación entre padres y adolescentes. El Youth Group es una zona segura para lesbianas, gays, bisexuales, transexuales, y adolescentes que cuestionan su identidad sexual y sus aliados heterosexuales de entre 12 y 20 años. Para obtener más información, contacte al 718-618-8569.

El Teen Health Center de Union ha sido un lugar seguro y acogedor para los adolescentes del Bronx durante varios años, y nos entusiasma abrir nuestras puertas, compartir nuestra experiencia y ampliar nuestros servicios para los adolescentes LGBTQ,” dijo el Dr. Uri Belkind, Director de Medicina Adolescente en Union Community Health Center. “Aquí, los adolescentes LGBTQ encontrarán un refugio donde podrán relacionarse con otros adolescentes en un ambiente abierto y saludable y, además, podrán participar en todos los demás servicios y actividades que ofrece el Teen Health Center de Union. Esperamos poder ayudar a todos nuestros adolescentes a construir relaciones fuertes y saludables con sus colegas.”

Además, todos los primeros y terceros martes de cada mes, de 6pm a 8pm, Union Community Health Center es la sede de la Clínica Legal para LGBTQ del Bronx. Durante estas sesiones clínicas, abogados voluntarios ofrecen al público consultas sin costo. Los abogados brindan guía general sobre los asuntos específicos del individuo, hacen derivaciones legales y ofrecen recursos legales útiles. No es necesario hacer citas, sin embargo se alienta a los que están interesados a llegar entre las 6pm y 6:30pm para registrarse. Para más información sobre la Clínica Legal, envíe un email a Bronx@le-gal.org o llame al 212-353-9118.

La Clínica Legal para LGBTQ es el resultado de una asociación entre LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York (LeGaL), The Bronx LGBTQ Center y Union Community Health Center.

Nos complace lanzar una clínica en otro municipio y, una vez más, ofrecer asistencia legal LGBT a las personas que la necesitan,” dice Matthew Skinner, director ejecutivo interino de la LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York.

Nos encanta colaborar con tan apreciadas organizaciones como Union y LeGal para brindar estos servicios. Esperamos poder abrir un espacio seguro este año y aumentar el nivel de apoyo que podamos ofrecer a nuestras comunidades,” dijo Moises L. Cascante, presidente del Bronx LGBTQ Center. “Trabajando juntos con todos, sabemos que podemos hacerlo realidad. Agradecemos a Union y LeGal por su apoyo y asistencia y esperamos poder trabajar con otros para asegurar que la comunidad LGBTQ del Bronx reciba el apoyo y los servicios que necesita.”

The Bronx LGBTQ Center provee una variedad de servicios vitales y enormemente necesarios para las personas del Bronx,” dijo Douglas L. York, Ph.D., principal oficial ejecutivo de Union Community Health Center. “Nos complace trabajar estrechamente con el Center mientras ellos continúan trayendo estos importantes recursos a nuestros pacientes y a nuestra comunidad.”

Union Community Health Center es un centro médico comunitario sin fines de lucro que provee aproximadamente 155,000 visitas medicas, dentales y de rehabilitación física todos los años a aproximadamente 28,000 pacientes individuales en sus cuatro centros en el Bronx. Para informarse más acerca de Union Community Health Center, visite www.uchcbronx.org.

El Bronx LGBTQ Center es una corporación sin fines de lucro del Estado de Nueva York ubicada en el Bronx, que atiende a las comunidades LGBTQ del Bronx y sus alrededores del norte de Manhattan (por encima de 96th Street) y en el sur del condado de Westchester. Para más información sobre el Bronx LGBTQ Center, visite BronxLGBTQcenter.org.

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El Centro LGBTQ del Bronx presenta su Nuevo Liderazgo

15 Janero 2014, el Bronx, NYEl Centro LGBTQ del Bronx (“El Centro”) presenta su Nuevo Liderazgo
El Centro LGBTQ tiene el orgullo de presentar su nuevo liderazgo así como los nuevos directores y líderes de la organización para el 2014:
Moises L. Cascante,
MPA, MPH

Presidente: Moises L. Cascante, MPA, MPH
Vice Presidente: Hon. William K. Schmidt
Secretario: Peter C. Frank
Tesorero: Michael J.D. Warner, CFA
Tesorero Adjunto: Kimberlain O'Driscoll, MBA, M.Ed., LPN
Directores: Uri Belkind, MD, MS, Susan Diaz, CPCS, CPMSM, Jackie Dupree, Rev. Carmen Hernandez, Robert Margolin, DDS, FAGD, FACD, y Chad Young, Esq.

“La comunidad LGBTQ del Bronx merece un liderazgo poderoso y eficiente. Me siento orgulloso de poder servir al Centro y a la comunidad LGBTQ del Bronx. Estoy emocionado por crear colaboraciones y alianzas con organizaciones hermanas y cercanas. Me alegra el poder unirme al liderazgo del Centro LGBTQ del Bronx y me entusiasma poder trabajar con los actuales líderes que han mostrado su capacidad y entusiasmo al formar parte de esta nueva organización,” dijo, Moises Cascante, el nuevo presidente del Centro, al hablar de su elección como presidente para el año 2014.

El 17 de diciembre del 2013, el comité directivo fue elegido en la reunión anual de miembros de la organización. A diferencia de muchas otras organizaciones sin fines de lucro, el comité de directores es elegido por todos sus miembros. Cualquier persona interesada puede convertirse en miembro del Centro con tan solo completar una solicitud y pagar la cuota anual.

“Agradecemos mucho a los miembros de la nueva mesa directiva por su gran voluntad de colaborar con nosotros aún en las etapas iniciales de su relación con nosotros," dijo la Rev. Carmen Hernandez, co-fundadora y miembro del comité directivo del centro. “Esperamos con gusto trabajar con ellos para apoyar y servir a la comunidad LGBTQ y a sus aliados en el Bronx."

En marzo del 2013 el centro llevó a cabo su reunión de miembros fundadores, donde se eligió un comité para servir a la organización hasta fines del 2013, fecha en la que tendría lugar la primera reunión anual de sus miembros.

Los directores del centro son electos por un periodo de tres años intercalados. Por ser el primer año en cual un comité completo fue electo, los directores fueron elegidos por términos de uno, dos, o tres años para iniciar los mandatos intercalados. Este año, todos los directores que deseen ser reelectos lo harán por un periodo de tres años. La reunión anual de miembros se lleva a cabo el cuarto trimestre de cada año.
El comité nuevo se reunió por primera vez el 14 de enero del 2014, tiempo donde se eligió la nueva mesa directiva entre los actuales integrantes del comité directivo.


“Moises aporta una gran cantidad de experiencia, pasión, dedicación, sabiduría y conocimiento. Esperamos verlo tomar el mando del Centro y ampliar el trabajo que hemos llevado a cabo en tan poco tiempo, mientras continuamos creando una organización estable y un espacio sustentable. Esperamos que la comunidad apoye nuestros esfuerzos a medida que el Centro continúe aumentando su capacidad de apoyar y servir a la comunidad,” dijo Peter C. Frank, co-fundador y secretario del Centro.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Bronx LGBTQ Center Announces 2014 Leadership

January 15, 2014, the Bronx, NY: The Bronx LGBTQ Center (the “Center”) is pleased to announce its new board of directors and leadership of the organization for 2014:
Moises L. Cascante,
MPA, MPH

President: Moises L. Cascante, MPA, MPH
Vice President: Hon. William K. Schmidt
Secretary: Peter C. Frank
Treasurer: Michael J.D. Warner, CFA
Assistant Treasurer: Kimberlain O'Driscoll, MBA, M.Ed., LPN
Directors: Uri Belkind, MD, Susan Diaz, CPCS, CPMSM, Jackie Dupree, Rev. Carmen Hernandez, Robert Margolin, DDS, FAGD, FACD, and Chad Young, Esq.

The Bronx deserves good and great leadership. I am grateful to serve both the Center and the LGBTQ community of the Bronx. I look forward to partnering and forging alliances with sister and neighboring organizations. I am happy to join the leadership of the Bronx LGBTQ Center and look forward to working with the willing and competent individuals who already are part of this great new organization,” Moises Cascante, the Center's president, said of his selection to serve as president for 2014.

On December 17, 2013, a full board of directors was elected at the organization's annual membership meeting. Unlike many non-profit organizations, the Center's board of directors is directly elected by its membership. Anyone may join the Center as a member by paying the annual dues and submitting a membership application.

We are very appreciative of our new board members and their willingness to take on leadership roles so early in their relationship with us,” Rev. Carmen Hernandez, co-founder and board member of the center, said. “We look forward to working with them to support and serve the LGBTQ and supportive communities in the Bronx.”

In March 2013, the Center held a founding membership meeting, where the members elected a board to serve the organization through the end of 2013, when the first annual membership meeting would held.
Directors on the Center's board serve three-year staggered terms. Because this was the first year in which a full board was elected, directors were elected for one, two, and three year terms to launch the staggering of terms. This year, all directors who seek (re)election will do so for a full three-year term. The annual membership meeting is held in the fourth quarter of every year.

The new board met for the first time on January 14, 2014 and elected its officers from among the current board members.

Moises brings with him a great deal of experience, passion, dedication, knowledge, and expertise. We look forward to his taking the helm of the Center and expanding upon the work we've been able to accomplish in such a short period of time, while we continue to build a stable, sustainable framework. We hope the community will support our efforts as the Center grows and expands upon its ability to support the community and serve its needs,” Peter C. Frank, co-founder and secretary of the Center, stated.

The Bronx LGBTQ Center is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization building a new community services center for LGBTQ and supportive individuals in the Bronx, lower Westchester, and upper Manhattan. It offers supportive services such as a free legal clinic, youth and women's groups, and social and recreational events. The Center is partnering with other community-based organizations to provide clinical and health-related services to the community. For more information, email info@bronxlgbtqcenter.org, call 347-LGBT-BX1, or visit us online at http://bronxlgbtqcenter.org, on Facebook at http://facebook.com/bronxlgbtqcenter, on Google+ at http://google.com/+BronxlgbtqcenterOrg and on Twitter at @BxLGBTQcenter.

Contact Peter C. Frank with questions: secretary@bronxlgbtqcenter.org or call 914-417-9579.

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Friday, December 20, 2013

Family Holigays Christmas/Kwanzaa Pot Luck Gathering Dec 26th

Reserve your spot now and come out to celebrate the holidays this year with your LGBTQ Family, where you won't be castigated just for being who you are.
The Holidays are frequently one of the most depressing times of the year for members of the LGBTQ community, as they often have been ostracized by their families and have no one with whom to celebrate in the festivities and joy.
To that end, we are pleased to announce our Family Holigays program, which is designed to create an all-inclusive LGBTQ extended family to provide support to community members during major holidays that typically are celebrated with one's blood relatives. What used to be known as "Traditional Family Events" has given us the opportunity to create "LGBTQ-Family Events."
Our Christmas/Kwanzaa Family Holigays program will include an extra component: the Unwanted Gift Exchange. The Unwated Gift Exchange works similar to a Secret Santa program; however, instead of buying a gift, we ask that you bring a gift with you that you've already received--one that you aren't too fond of. You know how every year, Aunt Sally buys you that Reindeer sweater or Mistletoe Turtleneck or, well whatever it is, you love that they thought of you but it's really not your thing? Re-wrap it and bring it along, and hopefully you'll get something a tad bit better than what you had in the first place.
Family Holigays events will be pot luck get-togethers, hosted in an safe space that supports the LGBTQ community and are open to everyone in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and supportive community. Whether you come for the day or just for dessert, you are welcomed to join in the fun that the "family" of our community can offer.
Guests are asked either to bring one dish and make a small contribution ($5 suggested), or make a larger contribution if they will not be bringing a dish with them.
Please visit http://familyxmas.eventbrite.com/ for full details and to purchase your ticket to this exciting new holiday tradition.
Family Holigays Christmas 2013 is a family-friendly event.
Water and other beverages will be provided during the event. Those who wish to do so may BYO Beverage.
It is our hope that the spirit of this new LGBTQ Family Holidays tradition spreads throughout our community, to other centers, and around the nation, so that no one need ever feel left out of the celebrations and merriment during holiday celebrations.
*** PLEASE NOTE: You will be asked to state which dish you will be bringing when you register to attend, so we can help coordinate the food, which will be listed below. ***
Please contact info@bronxlgbtqcenter.org or call (347) LGBT-BX1 for more information.
We wish everyone joyous, safe, and happy holidays, wherever you may be celebrating them.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Holiday Initiatives

 The Bronx LGBTQ Center
Celebrates The Holidays

December 6, 2013, the Bronx, NY: The new Bronx LGBTQ Center (the “Center”) sends glad tidings to all in celebrating this holiday season and is excited to announce two initiatives for the holidays:

First, the Center joins the NYC LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce to support homeless LGBTQ youth in NYC at their Taste the Rainbows holiday party on Saturday, December 7 from 7-11pm at Ralph's Diner (1315 Commerce Avenue, Bronx, NY). Monies raised at the party will be donated to the Metropolitan Community Church of New York's programs that serve NYC's homeless LGBTQ youth, including Sylvia's Place.

Tomorrow's event will be hosted by NYC Latina Sweetheart Comedian Cindy SugaRush and feature performances by Johnny Silvestri, a NYC-based artist of many talents, as well Tym Moss, the Center's president and an entertainer. Music will be provided by DJ Lawrence J. Seiler and Company, in association with Chris Kennedy Enterprises, who are donating all of their services and equipment in the true spirit of the holidays.

Also sponsoring and providing support to the Taste the Rainbows event tomorrow evening are Inca Kola, Ralph's Diner, Ana Rosero, Lissette Santana, The Bronx LGBTQ Center, Lawrence J Seiler and Company in association with Chris Kennedy Enterprises, The Rhythm Cartel, and The Family Estrades,

The new Center is pleased to be able to assist such a noble endeavor that directly supports our communities, especially homeless LGBTQ youth, who are some of our most vulnerable.

For more information about the Taste the Rainbows holiday party, visit http://on.fb.me/1bkbdRg.



Second, the Center will hold its Family Holigays program in celebration of Christmas and Kwanzaa on Thursday, December 26 from 2-6pm at the First Lutheran Church of Throggs Neck (3075 Baisley Avenue , Bronx, NY). Family Holigays is a program of the center featuring pot-luck gatherings to celebrate the major holidays throughout the year.

Unfortunately, many within the LGBTQ community are still ostracized by their families and friends because of who they are. These pot luck gatherings offer a welcoming celebration of the major holidays throughout the year to provide support to everyone in our communities, especially the marginalized and ostracized. It is hoped that the feelings of loneliness such community members often face will be lessened in what otherwise would be a celebratory and joyous time.

While there is no cost to attend the Family Holigays celebration for Christmas and Kwanza on December 26th, registration is requested to help coordinate the food for this pot-luck event. Donations are always appreciated and welcomed. For more information about the event, including the unwanted gifts Secret Santa, and to register, visit https://familyholigayskwanzmas.eventbrite.com.

The Bronx LGBTQ Center is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization building a new community services center for LGBTQ and supportive individuals in the Bronx, lower Westchester, and upper Manhattan. It offers supportive services such as a free legal clinic, youth and women's groups, and social and recreational events. The Center is partnering with other community-based organizations to provide clinical and health-related services to the community. For more information, email info@bronxlgbtqcenter.org, call 347-LGBT-BX1, or visit us online at http://bronxlgbtqcenter.org, on Facebook at http://facebook.com/bronxlgbtqcenter, on Google+ at http://google.com/+BronxlgbtqcenterOrg and on Twitter at @BxLGBTQcenter.

Contact Peter C. Frank with questions: secretary@bronxlgbtqcenter.org or call 914-417-9579.


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