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.”
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.
Dr. 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.
54 Pitman Ave, Ocean Grove, NJ 07756
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…
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.”