Queens County Politics: Ocasio-Cortez Visits Queens Community House’s LGBTQ Senior Center

July 31, 2019

Ocasio-Cortez Visits Queens Community House’s LGBTQ Senior Center | July 31, 2019: U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-Astoria, College Point, Corona, East Elmhurst, Elmhurst, Jackson Heights, Woodside, parts of the Bronx) kicked off the six-week Congressional recess on Monday with a visit to members at Queens Community House’s (QCH) LGBTQ Senior Center, Queens Center for Gay Seniors (QCGS) in Jackson Heights.

“I’m excited to be in our community and to have important conversations and connect. That’s what I think representation at its best is all about. It’s community; it’s talking; it’s answering questions; but it’s also asking important questions. I can’t think of a better place in this district to kick off this whole tour, than right here at the Queens Center for Gay Seniors,” said Ocasio-Cortez.

Ocasio-Cortez spent nearly two hours in conversation with the seniors. Topics of conversation included Census 2020, Healthcare, and LGBTQ issues, but members wanted to discuss more than local issues.  AOC later posted on social media, “One thing I loved about everyone’s questions is that they weren’t *just* concerned about our pocket of the country. People want to talk about solutions for West Virginia, Guam, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico.”

Queens Center for Gay Seniors, operated by Queens Community House and has long been the meeting grounds for local LGBTQ leaders. The center provides a culturally-rich environment where older adults can engage with peers, make new friends, enjoy a hot meal, keep physically active, learn new skills and explore new interests, and give back through volunteer opportunities. The center’s tagline “We paved the way!” is a nod to its members’ longtime activism in LGBTQ communities in Queens and beyond.

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