National Coming Out Day 2014

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The Queens Pride Lions Club and Queens Pride House are hosting events in recognition of National Coming Out Day. It’s

an opportunity for those just coming out, out for years, new to the area and their supporters to avail themselves to a

vast wealth of resources for information and services. No matter where you are on the coming out spectrum it is a never-ending process.

Instituted in 1988, and observed annually on October 11, National Coming Out Day is observed to celebrate coming out

and raise awareness of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning communities. All events will be held

at Queens Pride House located at 76-11 37th Avenue, Suite 206, Jackson Heights, NY 11372. Queens Pride House is the

only community center in Queens solely for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning people. Queens Pride

House is easily accessible by public transportation.

Friday evening, October 10, the Queens Pride Lions Club and Queens Pride House will host a Coming Out Day Reception

and fundraiser from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. There is a $25.00 suggested minimum donation.

And on National Coming Out Day, Saturday, October 11, there will be a Coming Out Day Expo from 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM. It

will feature groups and organizations to assist and enlighten attendees to what is available and going on in the Lesbian,

Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning communities.

The expo is free to any individual(s) interested in the coming out process. Limited space is available for organizations

to table at this event with a minimum donation of $10.00. Please contact the Queens Pride Lions Club via e-mail at

queenspridelc@gmail.com with your inquiries. For further information about the Queens Pride Lions Club visit our

website http://www.queenspridelionsclub.org.

The Queens Pride Lions Club is the first LGBT-powered Lions Club in New York and on the East Coast. We are following in the footsteps of the other LGBT-powered Lions Clubs in the U.S. – the Castro Lions Club and the Visalia Pride Lions Club both located in California. Founded in 1917, Lions Clubs International is a secular service organization with over 44,500 clubs and more than 1,368,683 members in 191 countries around the world. The organization aims to meet the needs of communities on a local and global scale.

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Why I became a Lion – Kevin’s Story

I remember when I was in grade school I was in the color guard, and at the end of each school year I would get an award for being a good citizen. It was always a big deal. Everyone would say what wonderful work that I did for the community. I always felt like it was not a big deal. I just liked to help people, and make my   community a better place. The sense of pride I got inside after doing a service project was better than any award.

Also at a very young age I realized I was different, and the other kids around me picked up on that. When I first started school the other kids picked on me because I had a cleft lip. For most of my school age years I was called “lip.” Then my fellow classmates realized that I wasn’t like the other boys, and they picked on me for that. I knew one day that I would be able to make a difference in this life all the while being who I am. That was a belief that was so much a part of me that I now know that is how I made it passed all the bullying.

So when I heard that they were creating the first LGBT Lions club in NYC I knew that I had to be part of it. This was an answer to all my childhood prayers. Not only did it live up to all my expectations, but it was so much more then I imagined. Not only have I developed some great LGBT friends, but we are working together to make the community a better place. I know that the friends in the club accept me for who I am, and I know that if I have a problem I have an instant support system.

Our club is just over a year old and we have done some great service projects for the community. We have organized three clothing drives for Positive Health Project/Fashion on Gender (a clothing bank for Transgendered women who are returning to the workforce). We took part in the toys for tots program. We collect used eye glasses for needy children around the world. We also collected school supplies for an after school program in Jamaica where most of their students are Muslim. These are just some of the many projects we have done in the past year. Our membership continues to grow, so we will be able to do even more for the community.

So to answer the question why I’m a Queens Pride Lion, it’s who I’ve been all my life. So I ask you to come to a meeting, or join us at a service project and not only will you be welcomed from the start, but you will also feel the joy of giving back. That in itself is better than any award. See you soon.🙂

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Why I Became a Lion – L.D’s Story

I was very excited and pleased to learn in the early summer of 2011 from Danny Dromm that an LGBT Lions Club was being organized in Queens, NYC.  My father had been president of a Lions Club in South Texas during the 1940s, and then stayed active for years in a Lions Club in Central Louisiana when we moved there in the 1950s.   Even in my young years, I was impressed with the community service that Lions provided to those in need.  In my college years, I anticipated becoming a member of a Lions Club wherever I ended up living and working, but by the time I entered graduate school I knew I was gay.  I had wanted to get into politics, but changed my mind.  If I had been publically “outed as gay” in politics in Louisiana during the late 1960s and 1970s, I would have been “outed from my political office IMMEDIATELY.” As a result, I changed my career plans. While I was not openly gay, I decided against becoming active in the Lions Club or other organizations because I did not want to be put in situations where I would have to lie about my sexual orientation.

Therefore, once I heard about plans to organize the Queens Pride Lions Club, I knew I wanted to be a part of it.  And it has been exciting to be able to openly gather clothing for transgendered poor and homeless New Yorkers, AS WELL AS to collect toys for Toys for Tots, gather eyeglasses for people all over the world, and provide other help to all in need, whether straight or gay.

-Lion L.D. Clepper

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Helen Keller Day

In 1971, the Board of Directors of Lions Clubs International declared that June 1 would be remembered as Helen Keller Day. 

Helen Keller’s Speech at 1925 International Convention
Cedar Point, Ohio, USA
June 30, 1925

Dear Lions and Ladies:

I suppose you have heard the legend that represents opportunity as a capricious lady, who knocks at every door but once, and if the door isn’t opened quickly, she passes on, never to return. And that is as it should be. Lovely, desirable ladies won’t wait. You have to go out and grab ’em.

I am your opportunity. I am knocking at your door. I want to be adopted. The legend doesn’t say what you are to do when several beautiful opportunities present themselves at the same door. I guess you have to choose the one you love best. I hope you will adopt me. I am the youngest here, and what I offer you is full of splendid opportunities for service.

The American Foundation for the Blind is only four years old. It grew out of the imperative needs of the blind, and was called into existence by the sightless themselves. It is national and international in scope and in importance. It represents the best and most enlightened thought on our subject that has been reached so far. Its object is to make the lives of the blind more worthwhile everywhere by increasing their economic value and giving them the joy of normal activity.

Try to imagine how you would feel if you were suddenly stricken blind today. Picture yourself stumbling and groping at noonday as in the night; your work, your independence, gone. In that dark world wouldn’t you be glad if a friend took you by the hand and said, “Come with me and I will teach you how to do some of the things you used to do when you could see?” That is just the kind of friend the American Foundation is going to be to all the blind in this country if seeing people will give it the support it must have.

You have heard how through a little word dropped from the fingers of another, a ray of light from another soul touched the darkness of my mind and I found myself, found the world, found God. It is because my teacher learned about me and broke through the dark, silent imprisonment which held me that I am able to work for myself and for others. It is the caring we want more than money. The gift without the sympathy and interest of the giver is empty. If you care, if we can make the people of this great country care, the blind will indeed triumph over blindness.

The opportunity I bring to you, Lions, is this: To foster and sponsor the work of the American Foundation for the Blind. Will you not help me hasten the day when there shall be no preventable blindness; no little deaf, blind child untaught; no blind man or woman unaided? I appeal to you Lions, you who have your sight, your hearing, you who are strong and brave and kind. Will you not constitute yourselves Knights of the Blind in this crusade against darkness?

I thank you.

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Queens Pride Parade @ 20 – A Generation of Pride

Please join the Queens Pride Lions Club as we march in our first Queens Pride Parade this Sunday, June 3 @ 1200pm in Jackson Heights.
Visit http://queenspride.org/ for more information about the parade and festival.
Visit http://www.queenspridelionsclub.org/ for more information about the club.

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Women’s Empowerment Celebration

On Saturday March 31st, 2012 the Queens Pride House and Queens Pride Lions Club co-sponsored a Women’s Empowerment Celebration in honor of Women’s History Month.

The event was well attended and proved to be a remarkable and enjoyable experience for all.

What made the night extra special was a program of speakers from the Queens Pride House community who shared their stories of overcoming discrimination, violence and repression based on their female identities.

Over the next few weeks we will share some of those inspired and inspiring essays with you as part of our “Community Voices” series of posts.

MC

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Lions report on GLBT Expo 2012

Handouts, flyers, magazines, etc. obtained at the GLBT Expo March 17/18, 2012 by Lions Meehan & Clepper

1) Special non-profit services and programs aiding the GLBT community

a) Cheer New York, a non-profit cheerleading squad available for private and non-profit events.  Mission is to raise money for fight against AIDS, cancer, etc. Contact www.CheerNY.org

b) Foster Parent Advocacy Foundation provides programs to help foster parents and children in foster care.  Contact www.fpafoundation.org

c) Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, a state chartered non-profit museum to exhibit, preserve, and foster LGBTQ art and artists.  Contact www.leslielohman.org

d) The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center—

  • Outpatient substance abuse treatment program for the LGBT community, and
  • Lesbian Cancer Initiative offers cancer-related services to LGBT people.
  • Phone 646-556-9300 or contact on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lcithecenter

2) Other special services for the GLBT community

a) Albert W. Chianese & Associates, a law firm that provides estate planning for non-traditional families.  Phone 212-953-6447.

b) NYC LGBT Chamber of Commerce, Inc. provides business support to the New York City LGBT community.  Contact www.nyclgbtcc.com

 

3) Magazines of interest to the GLBT community

a) A&U America’s Aids Magazine Contact www.aumag.org

b) Gay Parent Magazine, provides LGBT friendly resources for building and nurturing your family. Contact www.gayparentmag.com

c) Metrosource, Contact www.metrosource.com

d) Odyssey NY Contact facebook.com/odysseyny

 

4) Travel of interest to the GLBT community

a) Provincetown Business Guide: “Like Nowhere Else, an insider’s guide to the ultimate gay & lesbian experience.” Contact www.ptown.org

b) Lake George Cruise Schedules, May thru October.  Contact www.lakegeorgesteamboat.com

 

5) Radio/TV programs of interest to the GLBT community

a) Equality Pride Radio, AM 1600 WWRL, Monday-Friday 10 p.m. to midnight.

Contact www.wwrl1600.com

b) Mr Gay World USA Reality TV Show, Contact www.MrGayWorldUSA.com

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April 2012 Meeting

Our Club Meeting for April 2012 will be on Monday 4/9/12.

QPLC article in the Ny Daily News, 5/2011

QPLC in NY Daily News photo 2011.05.24

Read the article about the Queens Pride Lions Club printed in the NY Daily News on 5/24/11.

Gay-friendly Queens Pride Lions Club hopes to be pride of the boro

Hello world!

We are the Queens Pride Lions Club, the first LGBT-Powered Lions Club in NY!

We were chartered on May 27, 2011 to bring the world-renowned Lions’ Commitment to Service to the LGBT Community in and around Queens, NY.

We are working hard to build a safer, healthier, stronger community.  We Serve.