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!