Leslie Jordan – November 7

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Leslie Jordan, Emmy-Award winning actor/comedian, well-known for his roles in “Will & Grace” and “Sordid Lives”, will perform in a special benefit concert for the QSpot LGBT Community Center on Saturday, November 7 at the Jersey Shore Arts Center. The event will be Jordan’s first appearance in New Jersey. Jordan recently made headlines after confronting a pair of assailants using anti-gay slurs while at his local West Hollywood Starbucks. Jordan began yelling “not in my house” while helping to lead the pair out of the establishment. The confrontation ended with police arriving to assist.

“We’re thrilled to have Leslie Jordan, an iconic entertainer and pioneer for LGBT rights, performing for the first time in New Jersey for QSpot,” said John Mikytuck, QSpot LGBT Community Center Executive Director. “His roles in some of the most beloved LGBT themed tv and film work have helped to shift the world’s perception of the LGBT community,” said Mikytuck. “While we celebrate the progress he and others helped to make over the last several decades – including most recently marriage equality, we’ve still got a long way to go, as the recent incident at the West Hollywood Starbucks reminded us. Until then, QSpot will provide a safe place where the LGBT community can socialize, access resources, and find support to live rich, full lives.”

The QSpot LGBT Community Center is one of NJ’s largest LGBT safe spaces providing services to the LGBT community without fear, prejudice or discrimination. QSpot’s new facility features over 2000 sq ft of public and private meeting space along with a coffee-house cafe called the Library Lounge. It is the only facility of its kind in Monmouth County, home of Asbury Park and Ocean Grove, an area with a large LGBT population.

QSpot’s mission is to foster the health, well-being and pride of NJ’s LGBT community including youth, seniors, and families, by providing support, education and referrals. Our programs include individual and group counseling, 12-step meetings, Buddy Program for LGBT Seniors, GLOW 50+ social events, and we’re home to a number of LGBT clubs, including the QSpot Book Club.

Rev. Dr. Tony Campolo speaking in Great Auditorium

Sunday_Speaker_campoloDr. Anthony Campolo, speaker, author, sociologist, pastor, social activist and passionate follower of Jesus – from TonyCampolo.org.  “One of the most influential evangelical Christians in the US, …(who) has called for full inclusion of gay couples into the life of the Church,” will be speaking at Ocean Grove’s Great Auditorium this Sunday, August 16th.

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From Christiantoday.com

Tony Campolo calls for full acceptance of gay Christian couples in the Church –

One of the most influential evangelical Christians in the US has called for full inclusion of gay couples into the life of the Church. Baptist minister Tony Campolo, who was once a spiritual advisor to former president Bill Clinton, has always been a progressive evangelical but in spite of that has until now spoken out against gay marriage.

It is time to include gay couples fully into the Church, he says. The “exclusion and disapproval” they receive from the Christian community must now end, Campolo insists. He warns that the Church is in danger of repeating the same kinds of mistakes it made when it supported slavery and opposed the ministry of women.

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About Tony Campolo from his website…

Tony Campolo

is professor emeritus of sociology at Eastern University, a former faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania, and the founder and president of the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education. He has written more than 35 books. He is one of the founders of the Red Letter Christian movement and blogs regularly at his website, RedLetterChristians.org, and can also be found on both Facebook and Twitter. Dr. Campolo and his wife Peggy live near Philadelphia and have two children and four grandchildren.

In November 2012, Tony Campolo received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Youth Worker’s Convention. The wording on the award is: “Award of Lifetime Achievement is proudly presented to Tony Campolo who has defined and courageously pioneered what is means to encourage, care and lead students, possessing the qualities that inspire us and provoke us to continue the journey into the future with boldness and confidence. As a result of Tony’s life of ministry and leadership he has left a legacy of encouragement and hope to youth workers and students everywhere.”

When the presentation was given, a great mention of Tony’s work with Compassion International was made and Compassion asked to be able to say thank you to Tony for the lifetime of child sponsorships he has helped to make possible. At this link, is the thank you video.

To learn more about our somewhat amazing story, we invite you to read “Over The Top For Jesus: A Brief History of the Life and Ministry of Tony Campolo and EAPE.”

Parent and Family Group

A therapeutic group for parents and family of LGBT youth will start at QSpot in September.  The group will focus on a variety of issues and be facilitated by a licensed counselor. Costs are on a sliding scale. To sign-up, refer a client or read more, click here…

Art Show Benefit – Ramon Robledo – Saturday, July 18

Please join us for QSpot’s first art show benefit with Ramon Robledo on Saturday, July 18th at 6pm. Meet the artist and see his most recent works. All proceeds from the sale of Robledo’s Double Step (pictured here) will be donated to support QSpot. Robledo was born in Humacao, Puerto Rico and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He moved toManhattan’s West Village in his twenties where he met his spouse, Peter Prorok, and lived there until 1997. At an early age, Robledo began sketching, drawing and painting what he saw in front ofhim. Today, he enjoys producing what his heart feels and his mind conceives at his gallery – A Stage in Time, located in Lambertville, NJ.

Asbury Park Press: LGBT center in Asbury Park opens its new home

Thank you to the Asbury Park Press for publishing a story about QSpot’s grand opening celebration and dedication ceremony!

LGBT center in Asbury Park opens its new home

One of the goals of the QSpot LGBT Community Center is to provide a place where people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender can celebrate their uniqueness and gain strength to bring that uniqueness into the broader community.

That goal, along with the rest of the center’s mission, gained momentum May 17 as QSpot organizers hosted a dedication ceremony to celebrate the opening of their expanded and permanent home, located inside the basement of the Jersey Shore Arts Center, 66 Main St. in the Ocean Grove section of Neptune.  Read Full Story…

QSpot LGBT Community Center to hold Grand Opening Celebration & Dedication Ceremony on May 17

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QSpot LGBT Community Center to hold Grand Opening Celebration & Dedication Ceremony on May 17

The QSpot LGBT Community Center will hold a grand opening celebration & dedication ceremony of their new facility located at 66 S. Main St., Ocean Grove, NJ on Sunday, May 17, 1-6 pm. The dedication ceremony will take place at 3 pm. The event is free and open to the public. Neptune Committeeman Randy Bishop and Monmouth County Freeholder Lillian Burry will speak at the event.

Event ImageThe QSpot LGBT Community Center is one of NJ’s largest safe spaces providing services to the LGBT community without fear, prejudice or discrimination. QSpot’s new facility features over 1500 sq ft of public and private meeting space along with a coffee-house cafe called the Library Lounge. It is the only facility of its kind in Monmouth County, an area with a large LGBT population. QSpot’s mission is to foster the health, well-being and pride of NJ’s LGBT community. QSpot provides support, education and referrals to LGBT youth, seniors, and families, along with 12-step meetings, social events, and is home to a number of LGBT clubs.

ABOUT QSPOT

QSpot was founded as a nonprofit corporation on July 1, 2005. Joe D’Andrea, an Asbury Park resident, along with others, established the organization with the goal of opening an LGBT community center where services for residents could be provided. Tragically, within six months of founding the organization, D’Andrea suddenly died. In 2007, MaryAnn Buchanan, a QSpot volunteer and local resident, became Board Chair. Using an all-volunteer, grass roots, community-based model, over the last 8 years QSpot began offering programming to support the LGBT community. On February 7th, 2015, QSpot moved into its new home, a 1500 sq ft facility that is a gathering spot for the LGBT community. A place where individuals, groups and families can come to be social, find support and grow without fear, prejudice or discrimination. On June 1, Buchanan will be retiring and become Board Chair Emeritus.

QSpot $5,000 GiveOUTDay Challenge!

 
QSpot received an incredible challenge! For every dollar we raise during our GiveOUTDay campaign, two generous community members have pledged that they will match them dollar for dollar up to $5,000! This means that for every tax deductible contribution you make, QSpot can do twice as much to help the community!  GiveOUTDay is a national event that encourages people to support LGBT nonprofits which culminates on May 21.  All QSpot donations collected before the end of GiveOUTDay – 11:59 PM, May 21, qualify for the matching grant.  Please consider joining the challenge by making a donation now!  Thank you!



LIBRARY LOUNGE OPEN

QSpot is proud to announce that the Library Lounge, a coffee-house, cafe gathering spot, located within the QSpot LGBT Community Center, is open. The Lounge is one of only a few public places that are also LGBT safe spaces, a venue where the LGBT community can socialize without fear or prejudice.  The Library Lounge’s name is a reference to its location within the building that used to be the Old Neptune High School.  The Lounge occupies the school’s library which was built in 1897 and retains many of the original design features, such as exposed brick walls and arched doorways.  “It reminds me of a Greenwich Village beatnik joint,” said a recent visitor. The Lounge offers a mix of coffees, drinks, snacks and healthy food, along with free wifi. The Lounge is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, 12 pm – close, with expanded hours coming in June.  Come in for a visit and mention this story for a free coffee.  Hope to see you at the Lounge soon!

Finding Recovery

Special Guest Column
– By Nick Petruncio –

Substance use is a long-standing challenge for the LGBT community. The Center for American Progress (CAP), a progressive non-partisan policy institute, estimates that between 20 and 30 percent of LGBT people regularly use alcohol/drugs, compared to 9 percent in the general population. According to CAP, stress that comes from daily battles with discrimination and stigma is a principle driver of these high rates. Judy Linscott, a Neptune-based therapist who works with the LGBT community, says that some in the community are affected by the treatment they receive from families, schools, communities, workplaces and relationships. For many, Linscott says, there is fear and threat of loss, harm or violence and the cloud of STD transmission. “This makes LGBTQ folks part of a more vulnerable population than straight folks who don’t experience the degree of daily stress, prejudice or feelings unique to a marginalized population,” she says.

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And for LGBTQ people faced with this kind of stress, alcohol or other drugs seem like the perfect escape. But, “places like the QSpot can provide information about where to get help and provide education for stress reduction and depression and other issues,” said Linscott.  And among the services QSpot offers is an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. The meeting is known as S.O.S., which stands for “Sober on Sunday.” It meets at 12:00 every Sunday at the center. Although the meeting is geared toward LGBT people, any recovering person may attend. In addition to the meeting, QSpot provides information and referrals for substance abuse recovery. If you or anyone you know is in need of help, please call 732-455-3373 or email info@jsqspot.org.

Grand Opening Party – May 17

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We’re thrilled to announce that the QSpot LGBT Community Center has moved into a wonderful new facility. Measuring almost 1700 sq ft., our new location is one of NJ’s largest safe spaces for the LGBT community, a unique place, with plenty of free parking, that we’re proud to call home.

Although there was little fanfare or notice, the move was a huge milestone for the agency and we’re celebrating by holding a grand opening party and dedication ceremony on May 17, 1- 6 pm. The ceremony will begin at 3 pm. Food and drinks will be available.

The exact address is 66 S. Main Street, Ocean Grove, NJ. Its on the corner where the City of Asbury Park meets Ocean Grove, so you might even call it Asbury Grove. Look for our big blue sign hanging above the entrance when you drive by on Rt. 71.

Even better, you don’t have to wait until May 17 to visit the New Q (our nickname for the space)! We’re holding events already including Hot Topics on April 14, GLOW 50+ Spring Social on April 18, and our first SWEET SPOT BINGO BENEFIT- hosted by drag performer extraordinaire Sybil Bruncheon, on April 25th.

And beginning May 1, the LIBRARY LOUNGE, a coffee house cafe gathering spot, will be officially open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 12 pm. Stop in for coffee, food, and free wifi.

It’s an exciting time at QSpot and we hope you’ll join us on May 17 for the grand opening. To find out more, visit QSpot.org. See you at the New Q!