Ethan James Green photographed Queens Center for Gay Seniors for Man About Town.
Queens Center for Gay Seniors Statement: “Since 1996, Queens Center for Gay Seniors has operated as a safe and supportive clubhouse-model senior centre for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender older adults. Our center was the first of its kind outside of Manhattan and it remains the only LGBT senior center in Queens. Queens is home to one of the largest gay populations in the state of New York as well as the largest senior population in New York City. This borough is extremely diverse with new immigrants and first generation Americans and our LGBT residents face special challenges. For many, cultural norms inhibit them from coming out as LGBT or accessing programs targeting their needs. Additionally, many mainstream social service settings - including senior centers - fail to present a safe environment where they can relate openly with peers. The Queens Center for Gay Seniors provide a welcoming and supportive environment for all older LGBT people. We are family; in our membership and in our community. We rely on each other in these times of tragedy in our community and we will not let fear prevail. We stand together as a family and to empower and support one another. We are QCGS. We are Orlando.” Danielle Harding, Assistant Director and Chynna Pitlock, Director, Queens Center for Gay Seniors.
Man About Town, Autumn/Winter 2016. Photography by Ethan James Green, set design by Julia Wagner. With special thanks to Adam Werner and Will Baker.