The Holigays are here
Story by Robin Elisabeth Kilmer
Estimates provided by the Ali Forney Center, which provides support services including housing for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth indicate that 25 percent of LGBTQ youth are rejected by their families.
Many of them end up homeless.
There are many other LGTBQ individuals who have no one to turn to during the holidays. “I’m fortunate to be able to get to spend Christmas with my family and I want to bring a sense of togetherness to other people,” said Peter Frank, the Secretary of the Bronx LGBTQ Community Services Center.
The Center is hosting its first annual Christmas/Kwanzaa Family “Holigays” Pot-luck Gathering. The gathering will be part of on ongoing series of “Holigay” events hosted throughout the year to provide LGBTQ Bronxites the same sense of camaraderie and companionship during the holidays.
“We know often that LGBTQ individuals are ostracized by their families so we wanted to create a program where people of the community could celebrate the holidays and not be alone,” explained Frank.
Frank is the official organizer of the event, which will be held at the First Lutheran Church of Throggs Neck. In typical potluck style, guests are encouraged to bring dishes to share with others, and everyone is welcome.
“There will be good conversation, good food, and you can come and celebrate with a family of your own choosing,” promised Frank.
The Potluck will be held at The First Lutheran Church of Throgs Neck from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. The church is located at 3075 Baisley Avenue.
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