June is Pride Month
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June 2015

Celebrating Pride Month!

WJCS’ Center Lane, the only LGBTQ youth and community education center in Westchester, was founded 20 years ago to help fulfill the agency’s mandate to provide all Westchester youth with safe and supportive environments to grow into healthy, productive adults. We are proud of the pioneering efforts that established Center Lane and we remain committed to supporting LGBTQ youth and their allies through Center Lane programs and services.  

The Supreme Court's Ruling in Favor of Same-Sex Marriage Nationwide Set Tone for Pride March 

As Pride Month comes to an end, WJCS' Center Lane continues to celebrate the Supreme Court's ruling in favor of same-sex marriage nationwide. The decision set the tone for the New York City Pride March on June 28 and WJCS' Center Lane and its participants and staff were there.

WJCS' Center Lane Celebrates 20th Anniversary, Hosts Gay Prom

Elected officials, special guests, WJCS staff and more than 140 LGBTQ youth and their allies marked Center Lane's 20th anniversary with a 20th Annual Gay Prom. Co-sponsored by PrideWorks, the attendees enjoyed a night of royalty, music, dancing and fun for all. Special recognition was given to funders including New York State Department of Health, Westchester County Youth Bureau, Westchester Community Foundation and donors who provided scholarships and other support.

WJCS' Center Lane and Program Specialist Brentin Brown Honored by Westchester County Board of Legislators

WJCS’ Brentin Brown, second left, and Center Lane were recognized by the Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) for their work on behalf of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth at the BOL LGBTQ Pride Celebration on June 15. Presenting proclamations to Brentin and Center Lane program director Santo Barbagiovanni, center, were, from left, Legislators Benjamin Boykin; BOL Chair Michael Kaplowitz,  and Ken Jenkins, in addition to Mary Jane Shimsky. Center Lane's Collins Randolph led the ceremony with the pledge of allegiance, while the legislators applauded Center Lane for the emotional and social support given to the 13-21 year-old members.

Find out more about Center Lane services and programs, groups for transgender youth and their families and individualized trainings for schools and agencies. 

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