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Founders Daniel Dromm and Larry Menzie along with Generation Q participants and partners at the program's ribbon cutting for its new location on 71st Road in Forest Hills on June 28.

One of the longest-running support centers for LGBTQ youth in Queens recently found a new home in Forest Hills that will greatly improve its accessibility.

On June 28, Generation Q — a program of Queens Community House (QCH) — hosted a ribbon-cutting event for its new location on 71st Road near Austin Street, one of the neighborhood’s busiest commercial strips with many public transportation options. QCH Executive Director Ben Thomases said in a press release that the program now has huge potential to expand in its new space.

“I’m excited about this new space as it has so much more accessibility to public transit,” Thomases said. “It has huge growth potential under the  leadership of director Lindsey Duel. Sitting on top of this transit hub, we have the opportunity to bring young people from all over the borough.”

For nearly 20 years, the Generation Q program has provided a safe environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer youth in need. Along with social and emotional support, the program also features a wide variety of recreational and educational opportunities.

The center’s previous location was on the bottom level of a public housing unit on 62nd Drive. The new location  107-20 71st Rd. — is a modern storefront next to The Windsor at Forest Hills apartment building.

Generation Q was founded in social worker Larry Menzie’s living room in April of 1999 with the help of Councilman Daniel Dromm. Both were present for the ribbon cutting, and Menzie told the crowd of nearly 100 people, “I hope that each time a young person walks into this space, you do what can to make them feel special and welcome. It should be a moment they never forget.”

Dromm shared a tweet with photos from the event in which he said he was “thrilled” to see the growth of the program.

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