QFest New Jersey LGBT Film and Digital Media Festival

ASBURY PARK/OCEAN GROVE, NJ –  QSpot LGBT Community Center is proud to announce the first QFest New Jersey LGBT Film and Digital Media Festival on April 1-3 in Asbury Park & Ocean Grove, NJ.  The only annual LGBT film & digital media festival in NJ, QFest’s goal is to support and promote LGBT film and digital media and the individuals who create it. To be included in the festival, submissions must have content about or connection to the LGBT community with preference given to unreleased work, work by New Jersey residents, and work that exemplifies artistic expression (in multiple forms), education or inclusion.  Entry categories are Feature/Short Film, Feature/Short Documentary, Animated Feature/Short, Music Video, Mobile Device App, Video Game and Website.  Winning submissions in all 10 categories will receive prizes. QFest is produced by QSpot, one of New Jersey’s largest LGBT community centers. For more information about QFest or to submit your work, visit QFestNJ.org.

Starbucks Supports Leslie Jordan LGBT Benefit After Anti-Gay Incident

Oct. 6, 2015 (Asbury Park, NJ) – The QSpot LGBT Community Center is proud to welcome Starbucks as a sponsor of actor Leslie Jordan’s benefit concert on Saturday, November 7, 2015. Jordan made headlines last month after confronting a group of assailants using anti-gay slurs while at his local West Hollywood Starbucks store. An Emmy-Award winning actor/comedian, Jordan is well-known for his roles in “Will & Grace” and “Sordid Lives.” He began yelling “not in my house” while helping to lead the group out of the establishment. The confrontation ended with police arriving to assist.

“We’re so glad that Starbucks has committed to supporting Leslie Jordan’s benefit concert for QSpot,” said John Mikytuck, QSpot Executive Director. “Starbucks has been a staunch supporter of the LGBT community over many years and it’s great that they have reaffirmed that support after the terrible incident in West Hollywood.”

“I was as scared as I’ve ever been in my whole life,” Jordan told TMZ. “It’s a learned language…they don’t know the power of those words,” he said.

Jordan’s benefit concert, called “Not in my House,” will take place on Saturday, November 7 at the Jersey Shore Arts Center, Ocean Grove, NJ. The event will be Jordan’s first appearance in New Jersey.  As part of Starbucks support, members of the company’s Pride Alliance, an LGBT employee affinity and resource group at Starbucks, will volunteer their time for the event, offering complimentary Starbucks coffee and helping backstage.

“It’s telling that Leslie Jordan, one of America’s favorite out actors, could still be the victim of a hate crime. While we celebrate the progress made for the LGBT community over the last several decades, we’ve still got a long way to go before everyone can say they live without fear or discrimination. Until then, QSpot will continue to be a safe place where the LGBT community can gather to socialize, access resources, and find support to live rich, full lives,” said Mikytuck.


QSpot LGBT Community Center is one of New Jersey’s largest LGBT safe spaces providing services to the LGBT community without fear, prejudice or discrimination. QSpot features over 2000 sq ft of public and private meeting space along with a coffee-house cafe called the Library Lounge. QSpot’s mission is to foster the health, well-being and pride of New Jersey’s LGBT community by providing support, education and referrals.  Our programs include individual and group counseling, Buddy Program for LGBT Older Adults, job resource and career development center, 12-step meetings, and we’re home to a number of LGBT clubs, including the QSpot Book Club.


NJ Department of Children & Families Institutes LGBTQI Policy

On September 8, 2015, the New Jersey Department of Children and Families for the first time instituted an LGBTQI policy. This policy will guide DCF’s work meeting the needs of LGBTQI youth in their care.

Members of DCF’s volunteer LGBTQI Community Advisory Committee, including John Mikytuck, QSpot’s Executive Director, worked with DCF for over two years to develop and advocate for the policy.

“We’re thrilled that New Jersey’s Department of Children and Families has instituted an LGBTQI policy,” said Mikytuck. “I salute DCF’s efforts to better serve the needs of LGBT youth in their care, many of whom have been rejected at home or in their communities, and will continue to assist the department as it institutes the training necessary to support the new policy.”

Learn more about QSpot’s work on behalf of LGBT youth…