Serrano, Espaillat, Engel, and Crowley Urge Mayor de Blasio to Open LGBT Community Center in the Bronx
Washington, DC – Bronx Representatives Serrano, Espaillat, Crowley and Engel today sent a letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio urging him to prioritize LGBTQ community needs as he plans for his second term as Mayor. Among the recommendations, the members emphasized the need to open an LGBT community center in the Bronx – the only borough that doesn’t currently have one. The members also urged Mayor de Blasio to address the issues of homelessness and other housing needs that affect the LGBTQ community and those who are gender non-conforming (TGNC), particularly teenagers; as well as the rise in violence and other civil rights violations against LGBTQ individuals.
“[T]he Bronx remains without an LGBTQ Community Center, and continues to be the sole borough in New York City without one. As you may know, community centers play a vital role in enriching the lives of residents and the neighborhoods they call home. Whether providing easy access to quality, safe programs and services or directing families to the appropriate channels to receive the much-needed assistance they are seeking, community centers are a crucial safety net for many. We strongly believe that no one should be forced to travel outside of their neighborhood in order to obtain essential care readily accessible in neighboring communities. For these reasons, we ask that you work to improve LGBTQ services in the Bronx by helping open an LGBTQ community center,” the members wrote.
FULL TEXT OF THE LETTER BELOW: