Our thoughts are with the victims, survivors and families and all those impacted by the mass shooting in Orlando. We at WJCS remain committed to supporting LGBTQ youth and the entire Westchester community and hope that our local community can serve as a model for conversations and actions that bring people together to heal from this national tragedy.
WJCS Center Lane was established 21 years ago to provide LGBTQ youth with a safe emotional and physical space to socialize, recreate and build skills to succeed in environments that often discriminated against them based on their gender identity and/or sexual orientation. While important advancements have been made toward creating a more just and safe world for all LGBTQ people, recent national events, including the tragedy in Orlando, are an unfortunate reminder that LGBTQ youth still require the services of Center Lane. These services help them develop into healthy and productive adults within a world that often reacts to them violently and unpredictably.
We remain encouraged by the incredible youth with whom we work and are so grateful to the partners and volunteers who make WJCS Center Lane a critical youth development initiative in Westchester.
Below is the content of our previously scheduled Pride Month Newsletter that we would like to share with you.
Santo Barbagiovanni Bernie Kimberg
Director, Center Lane Chief Operating Officer
MeetMichael Sabatino, Yonkers' City Councilman and his husband, Robert Voorheis, champions of the Marriage Equality Movement, at the viewing of the documentary "March On" on Friday, June 17th from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM in Mt. Kisco. For youth 13 to 21. Our guest speakers will talk about their participation in the film and their experiences as activists.
Jointhe Westchester County Board of Legislators on Monday, June 20th at 6:00 PM as they recognize WJCS Center Lane and the TransParentcy Support Group and other Westchester agencies offering important services to the LGBTQ community.
SupportCenter Lane – please consider making a contribution to Center Lane to support community education and training to schools, other youth-serving and government agencies and direct services to LGBTQ youth and their allies.