QSpot Statement on
Masterpiece Supreme Court Decision
QSpot LGBT Community Center is not a political organization. QSpot is a community center where LGBT and allied community members can come to find the resources, support and services they need to lead rich, full, productive lives in a safe, healthy and welcoming environment free from discrimination. Given QSpot’s unique role in the community, we felt it was important to address today’s Supreme Court decision in the Masterpiece Cake case.
While today’s Supreme Court decision affirmed the importance of nondiscrimination laws and the need to protect LGBT people from discrimination and did not grant businesses a license to discriminate, we know that our opponents may mischaracterize this as a win and a license to further push a discriminatory agenda.
We are hopeful that the court’s narrow decision will limit these extremist positions from becoming a new battle in the LGBT community’s fight to lead lives free from discrimination. Today, we wanted to make especially clear that QSpot will always be here for LGBT and allied community members to come where they can feel safe, welcomed, and celebrated.
QSpot LGBT Community Center exists as a response to any and all businesses that would envision a time when they might discriminate against our community. Along with other LGBT organizations in New Jersey and across the nation, we are united against any act which would negatively impact the lives of even one of our LGBT brothers and sisters.
QSpot is here and will remain here until all forms of bigotry and discrimination are no longer a reality in our world.
2018 QSpot Community Awards
May 2, 2018 – Ocean Grove, NJ – QSpot LGBT Community Center is proud to announce the 2018 QSpot Community Awards. QSpot Community Awards recognize extraordinary contributions to the LGBT community and QSpot. Award recipients this year are being recognized for their dedication, passion, and commitment, some at great sacrifice, to LGBT rights, justice, and care. Awards will be presented at the QSpot Community Awards Jubilee Dinner on Sat., June 2, 6 pm at the Riverview Waterfront Pavilion, Belmar, NJ. All proceeds from the event support the QSpot LGBT Community Center’s mission to foster the health, well-being and pride of New Jersey’s LGBT community.
Recipients of the 2018 QSpot Community Awards (alphabetically): Rev. Dr. Anthony Campolo, Rev. Bruce Davidson, Lisa Davis, Derek Minno-Bloom, Jan Moore, Pamela Renee, Eileen Shrem, and Emily Sonnessa. READ MORE ABOUT EACH HONOREE…
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
QSpot Reaches Agreement with
Jersey Shore Arts Center
March 27, 2018 – Ocean Grove, NJ – QSpot LGBT Community Center and Jersey Shore Arts Center have come to an agreement to resolve their differences and move forward in a more productive direction.
With this agreement, QSpot looks forward to continuing to serve the needs of the LGBT community at our welcoming center providing vital services and arts and culture programming, including mental health and social support, QFest NJ LGBT Film Festival, and many other important social and community events.
“We want to thank everyone in the LGBT and allied communities who supported us over the last two years,” said John Mikytuck, QSpot Executive Director. “We look forward to continuing to serve the needs of the LGBT community and to sharing more good news in the months ahead.”
This announcement would not have been possible without the hard work, support and incredible dedication of Mike Long of Lowenstein Sandler LLP and Steven Rosato of DLA Piper LLP. Additional support came from the Lowenstein Center for the Public Interest. READ MORE…