Resolution J1147-2013

Commemorating the 5th Anniversary of the Brooklyn Community Pride Center

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  • Apr 17, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Apr 17, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Apr 10, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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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
honorees.

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