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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Bronx LGBTQ Youth Forum Tonight

We got wind of this a little late, but wanted to alert people to a forum being conducted tonight about how to build support for LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, bisexual and questioning) youth. It starts at 6 p.m. at Bronx Borough Hall, 851 Grand Concourse.

This is one of a series of forums the city's Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) is organizing around LGBTQ youth issues in commemoration of National Runaway Prevention Month. It is also designed to build off of a report by the NYC Commission on LGBTQ Runaway and Homeless Youth called “All Our Children: Strategies to Prevent Homelessness, Strengthen Services and Build Support for LGBTQ Youth.”

Earlier today, we sat down with Dirk McCall, the relatively new executive director of Bronx Pride, the borough's only social services organization that caters specifically to the LGBTQ community. McCall and some of his staff will be in attendance tonight, as will members of DYCD and anyone else who wants to attend.

We'll have more on McCall's work to turnaround the struggling, but vital Bronx Pride group, which offers a bevy of services and support groups operating out of space at The Hub on 149th Street near 3rd Avenue. McCall said he wasn't sure exactly where the conversation was going to go tonight, but he will surely be advocating for more resources as they are sorely lacking.

Bronx Pride will be holding its own community forum on Dec. 9 at Davidson Community College.


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