July 2018

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QCH is currently offering free Citizenship Classes at our Forest Hills Community Center, 108-25 62nd Drive. To register for a class, call (718) 591-2434. 

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QCH Staff Protest Family Separation Policies
O n June 30, QCH staff joined thousands of other New Yorkers  to advocate for the immigrant families recently separated at the US/Mexico border. The rally at Foley Square and march across the Brooklyn Bridge was called to pressure the federal government to move quickly to re-unite the  more than 2,300 children who had been separated from their parents.
"Our mission and vision 
statements  reflect a core value that all people deserve support, opportunity, and dignity," Exectuve Director Ben Thomases wrote to staff before the march. "Because we cherish this value, we are outraged by the separation of children from families at the border, the banning of travel based upon religion, the rejection of individuals seeking asylum, and the efforts to end DACA. Our efforts to build healthy inclusive communities must include lifting our voices up, along with so many of our partners, to denounce these policies."
Generation Q has a New Home
Generation Q,
QCH's LGBTQ youth drop-in center has found a new home amidst Forest Hills' Austin Street commercial strip.  The new site is by a busy transit hub, and surrounded by numerous stores, restaurants, and theaters, which will provide the program with greater visibility and make it even more accessible to young people from across the borough.

Generation Q staff and participants hosted a ribbon cutting event  o n June 28, joined by family members, supporters, and two special guests: Larry Menzie and Councilmember Danny Dromm, who together co-founded Generaton Q almost 20 years ago. Dromm spoke about how the program started in Menzie's living room in 1999, at a time when it was very difficult to secure funding and other support for LGBT programming in Queens. In 2004, as interest in the program grew, Dromm asked QCH to take over and expand operation of the program.  

Today Generation Q continues to provide a safe environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer youth and their allies as well as educational and recreational opportunities and emotional support.  
Our Seniors are on the Move
For the past four months, our seniors have been feeling the rhythm and letting loose. Valerie Green's Dance Entropy, which comes to us through a partnership with SU-CASA, an arts engagement program funded through the City Council, spent the last four month teaching our seniors to express themselves through modern dance concepts. 

"Dance helps seniors stay active and strengthen their cognitive skills," says Green. "They get to feel like themselves inside their bodies, which is an important part of the aging process."

The company culminated its stay at QCH with a dance piece entitled "Wild Kingdom" that incorporated playful rites of wild animals. Performances took place on June 25 in our Forest Hills Senior Center and July 1 at our Rego Park Senior Center.