There’s a new LGBT health center coming to New York City, and it will be stationed in one of the city’s most underserved communities.
A nonprofit called BOOM!Health is renovating an old furniture store into a health center, and they decided to bring on Callen-Lorde, an established LGBT health group, as its primary healthcare provider.
The five-floor building will house all BOOM!Health’s needs and the third floor will serve as a youth drop-in center. Youth who work with BOOM!Health can also undergo training to work at the cafe that will be located in the building’s ground floor in order to get job experience.
Callen-Lorde currently has two sites in Chelsea, and Stark estimated that about 15 percent of their patients come from The Bronx.
She did not single out The Bronx for having a lack of LGBT health services but rather described this as a problem all across New York and the United States.
“I feel like all of NYC and the nation are in need of more LGBT-competent services,” she said.
So, so, so important. Reliable, affordable and affirming healthcare is a right.