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LGBTQ Youth Summit Will Take Place at Jackson Heights School Saturday

By Katie Honan | March 16, 2016 12:28pm
 The event aims to connect at-risk LGBTQ youth with available services. 
The event aims to connect at-risk LGBTQ youth with available services. 
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JACKSON HEIGHTS — One of the country's oldest nonprofits focused on LGBTQ youth programs is hosting an all-day event this weekend in Queens.

The Queens LGBTQ Youth Summit, presented by the Hetrick-Martin Institute, aims to connect youth — many who are at-risk — to city services and other programs, organizers said. 

The program will be held Saturday, March 19 from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. at the Renaissance Charter School, 35-59 81st St.

It's the third summit in collaboration with the City Council, including Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Councilmen Jimmy Van Bramer and Danny Dromm.

"Growing up gay in Queens, I often felt alone and ashamed," Van Bramer said in a statement. 

He applauded the Hetrick-Martin Youth Summit, saying he wished he had something similar when he was a teen.

The theme of the event is "Live Your Truth: Above the Rainbow," and includes representatives from the Department of Education, who recently hired its first LGBTQ liaison, the FDNY, Queens Community House, Queens Justice Center, and the Legal Aid Society. 

For more information, visit their website.

To register, click here.