QNS.com: QBP Richards holds Pride Month celebration at Borough Hall

QNS.com: QBP Richards holds Pride Month celebration at Borough Hall | June 2022: Queens Borough President Donovan Richards hosted his annual Pride Month celebrating the LGBTQIA+ community and leaders at Borough Hall Monday night. The celebration included several performances, including cheer, dancing, drag and a drum line.

Several local LGBTQIA+ leaders were honored for their contributions in fighting for equity and inclusion in Queens and beyond. Among these leaders were Gays and Lesbians Living in a Transgender Society (GLITS) Executive Director Ceyenne Doroshow, Sunnyside Shines Business Improvement District (BID) Executive Director Dirk McCall, the Ali Forney Center and the Queens Center for Gay Seniors.

Chynna Pitlock, the director of the Queens Center for Gay Seniors, emphasized the importance of the older LGBT generation who helped pave the way for the LGBT youths today. However, according to Pitlock, many seniors from the LGBT community have trouble finding shelters friendly to them. She said that there is a need for more LGBT-competent shelters like the Queens Center for Gay Seniors.

According to McCall, there is currently a big push in Queens to get an openly LGBT judge. As of now, Queens is the only borough in the city not to have such a judge appointed.

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