Commemorating the 5th Anniversary of the Brooklyn Community Pride Center

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  • 10 / Apr / 2013
  • 17 / Apr / 2013
  • 17 / Apr / 2013

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION commemorating the 5th Anniversary of the Brooklyn
Community Pride Center

WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body to recognize the
profound impact of those exemplary organizations within the great State
of New York which proactively work for the enfranchisement of minority
fommunities, and the importance of such work for the benefit of all
citizens of this State, and indeed, all citizens of the Nation; and
WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to commem-
orate the 5th Anniversary of the Brooklyn Community Pride Center, to be
celebrated on Thursday, April 4, 2013; and
WHEREAS, This fine event will also recognize three distinguished hono-
rees, they are: Tom Smith, Brooklyn Community Pride Center Founding
Board President; Reg Flowers, Community Activist; and Suzanne St.
Pierre, Attorney at Law; and
WHEREAS, As of 2008, Brooklyn was the only borough in New York City
without an LGBTQ center; since then, a group of dedicated volunteers and
staff created programming in response to community need that seeks to
bridge current gaps in services provided by various social service
providers across New York City and Brooklyn, and also addresses the
unique needs of Brooklyn's LGBTQ population; and
WHEREAS, The Brooklyn Community Pride Center was granted 501(c) (3)
status in 2009, and in September of that year began operating out of
Brooklyn Borough Hall with two professional staff members; in March 2011
a part-time development director was hired; and
WHEREAS, In March of 2012, Brooklyn Community Pride Center's first
permanent executive director was hired and in August of that same year,
its first program director was hired; and
WHEREAS, Since October of 2011, the Brooklyn Community Pride Center
has operated at 310 Atlantic Avenue, a centrally located but modestly
accommodating space in downtown Brooklyn allowing the organization to
bring a more comprehensive and essential social service delivery; in May
of 2013, the organization will move to an expanded location at 4 Metro-
tech, more than tripling its current size; and
WHEREAS, The Brooklyn Community Pride Center will be in a store front
location conveniently located near public transportation, staying true
to the organizational mission of serving the diverse borough of Brook-
lyn; the organization currently serves 1,750 clients annually; and
WHEREAS, Brooklyn Youth United (BYU), founded in 2011, has since
served 500 young people; BYU coordinates offsite outings, peer led
discussions, youth dances, educational forums on topics including bully-
ing; HIV/AIDS; coming out and support systems; accessing resources; and
writing groups, serving the youth population from age 14-24; and
WHEREAS, Coordinating with programs such as Make the Road New York's
GLOBE initiative, the Hetrick Martin Institute, H.E.A.T., G.M.A.D. and
the Manhattan LGBT Center's Y.E.S. programs, the Brooklyn Community
Pride Center helps ensure that youth access comprehensive programming
aimed at empowerment; consistent outreach to Brooklyn-based Gay Straight
Alliances (GSAs) provides further opportunities to engage with LGBTQ
youth and invite them to participate in Brooklyn Community Pride
Center's programming; and
WHEREAS, The Brooklyn Community Pride Center hosts ElderPRIDE, which
was founded in 2010 and last year served 750 clients; the program is
comprised of two parts: a weekly meeting for LGBTQ Brooklynites and
their associates aged 50-plus and a six to 10 week discussion series,

"Some Like It Hot," which targets mainstream senior centers that use
current and cultural events to shift and talk about LGBTQ issues; and
WHEREAS, The weekly ElderPRIDE meetings provide seniors with an oppor-
tunity to socialize with their peers as well as access information about
Brooklyn Community Pride Center's legal and medical referrals; the
organization's Modern Families program aims to provide social opportu-
nities for LGBTQ families as well as informational forums on topics such
as: surrogacy, adoption and family planning, along with financial and
estate planning; and
WHEREAS, The Brooklyn Community Pride Center hosts ongoing forums on
LGBTQ safety, substance abuse recovery programs, and free legal clinics
in partnership with LeGal and the Brooklyn Law School; it also hosts
cultural events featuring prominent local visual artists and writers,
along with Queer in Faith, a non-denominational monthly conversation
with clergy and lay leaders; and
WHEREAS, Our society is greatly benefited by the purposeful efforts of
individuals who unite for the cause of improving the quality of life for
others, and who proactively work toward the goal of dignity for all;
now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
commemorate the 5th Anniversary of the Brooklyn Community Pride Center;
and be it further
RESOLVED, That copies of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the Brooklyn Community Pride Center and the aforementioned


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