July 9, 2018 By Tara Law
A new LGBTQ center dedicated to teenagers and young adults has opened in the heart of Forest Hills.
The center, located at 107-20 71st Rd, is now the home of Generation Q, a division of Queens Community House that provides educational and recreational programming for LGBTQ youth— and serves as a place where they can safely express themselves and build a community.
Generation Q offers an array of services, such as after-school programs for teenagers, workshops, support groups, counseling, opportunities for activism and field trips.
A ribbon-cutting for the new center took place on June 28 and was attended by nearly 100 community members, program participants and Generation Q’s founder Larry Menzie.
Menzie, who started Generation Q in his living room in 1999, gave the new space his blessing.
“I hope that each time a young person walks into this space, you do what you can to make them feel special and welcome. It should be a moment they never forget,” Menzie said.
Before the new center opened, the Generation Q youth center was located on the lower level of a public housing unit on 62nd Drive.
Queens Community House Executive Director Ben Thomases said that he was glad that the new center is much more accessible via public transit than the old location.
“It has huge growth potential,” Thomases said. “Sitting on top of this transit hub, we have the opportunity to bring young people from all over the borough.”