Bellmore NY – May 22nd, 2013 – June is Gay Pride Month. It is a month-long celebration for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) individuals to affirm their self-identity and bring attention to issues like equal rights, tolerance, and community-building.
Pride for Youth, a project of Long Island Crisis Center, helps LGBTQ young people year-round to achieve self-acceptance, self-esteem, empowerment, socialization and healthy lifestyles. Established in 1993, it has been addressing the unique needs of LGBTQ youth for twenty years.
Individual and family Counseling is provided, free of charge, to LGBTQ youth up to age 24. All services are confidential and provided to youth and/or youth with their families in a supportive environment. The counseling staff is comprised of licensed social workers and mental health professionals. Counseling appointments are scheduled from Monday through Friday.
Counselors develop treatment plans that meet the unique needs of each individual client. Travel reimbursement, via public transportation, is also available.
“Young people who identify as LGBTQ find it difficult to navigate, on their own, the school, community and family environments that may be un-accepting and unwelcoming,” states Pete Carney, Director of Pride for Youth. “Our services provide support for them to gain the confidence and self-assurance they need to grow into healthy and productive adults.”
More information about Pride for Youth is available at www.prideforyouth.org.