Press Release

PRESS RELEASE

 

For Immediate Release:

June 14, 2018

 

Media Contact:

Rumi Grant

rumi@destinationtomorrow.org

646-723-3325

 

 

New York City Council supports New LGBTQ Initiatives:

Destination Tomorrow to receive funding to support the New Bronx LGBTQ Center and bring resources to the TGNC community.

 

The Bronx, NY – Destination Tomorrow, the Bronx’s leading LGBTQ organization has been awarded $470,000 by the City Council for fiscal year 2019. This unprecedented funding comes from two new initiatives, The Outer Borough LGBT Consortium, which will allocate 2 million dollars to five community-based organizations to increase coordinated delivery of health and human services for LGBT people and families in the outer boroughs. and the Trans Equity Program which will allocate $1,775,000 to transgender and gender non-conforming (TGNC) led/focused agencies to support a range of services to help empower TGNC community.

 

DT-The LGBTQ Center of the Bronx will move into its new home located in the 149th Street HUB area, where it will become a clearing house for members of the LGBTQ community. This new space of 9,000 square feet will operate a drop-in program, a computer lab, while continuing to provide free GED prep, job readiness and social/support groups.

 

“Destination Tomorrow put a call out to our elected officials and they responded with a resounding show of support and confidence in our ability to continue to mobilize the Bronx LGBTQ community”, said Sean Coleman, Executive Director of Destination Tomorrow. “We’d like to thank Council Members Salamanca, Gibson and Torres for their continued support of Destination Tomorrow and especially Speaker Johnson”. In addition, we’d like to extend our gratitude to the New York City Congressional Caucus for all of their work bringing light to the needs of the Bronx LGBTQ community. To our Borough President, Ruben Diaz we thank you for your unwavering support and guidance during this process.

 

Over the next three months we anticipate being fully integrated into our new space, our daily programs will continue during this time. Stay tuned for our open house and more updates as we share our strategic plan.

 

 

 

 

About Destination Tomorrow:

 

Destination Tomorrow is a grassroots agency located in the South Bronx that provides services to and for the LGBTQ community. It is our belief that no one should have to leave their neighborhood to access LGBTQ affirming services. It is our belief that all LGBTQ young people deserve a space to grow, learn and flourish. It is our belief that people, regardless of their sexual identity or gender expression deserve a space they can call their own.

 

Destination Tomorrow has comprehensive programs and services both in house and referral based. We offer capacity building to agencies who wish to work with LGBTQ communities but lack the cultural competency and expertise. We strive for excellence as an agency and for our community.

 

For more Information: www.destinationtomorrow.org

 

Bronx LGBTQ Center Becomes Reality

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release:

Destination Tomorrow Expands LGBTQ Service Portfolio and Moves Forward with Bronx LGBTQ Center Expansion

The Bronx, NY – Destination Tomorrow, the Bronx’s leading trans-organization, in partnership with LGBTQ funders and the Bronx LGBTQ Caucus have announced plans to construct the Bronx LGBTQ Center in the Melrose section of the South Bronx. The creation of the Bronx LGBTQ Center fills a void in the Bronx, which for nearly one decade has been the only borough in New York City without an LGBTQ Center. The Bronx LGBTQ Center will expand Destination Tomorrow’s mission to serve the entire borough by providing holistic services in the areas of health and human services as well as wrap around programs to address workforce development, bullying, educational and vocational training, arts and cultural equity, housing, and economic development capacity building. This organizational growth, developed after significant strategic planning, will close the New York City LGBTQ equity gap and provide services for Bronxites by a grassroots Bronx-based organization.

The Bronx LGBTQ Center will develop innovative solutions for the Bronx’s LGBTQ population throughout the lifespan as the Center seeks to:

  • work to end homophobia and transphobia,
  • provide a home, safe space, and holistic service model for the Bronx LGBTQ community,
  • and to advocate for equality.Renderings for the new center, stemming from an LGBTQ Community Needs Assessment were released in November and signaled the organic expansion of Destination Tomorrow’s service portfolio. The momentum behind the planning efforts was confirmed during the organization’s annual gala where elected officials and leaders in the Bronx LGBT movement signaled their support of Destination Tomorrow’s efforts.In a recent letter the Mayor Bill De Blasio, the New York City Congressional Caucus stated, “[T]he Bronx remains without an LGBTQ Community Center, and continues to be the sole borough in New York City without one. As you may know, community centers play a vital role in enriching the lives of residents and the neighborhoods they call home. Whether providing easy access to quality, safe programs and services or directing families to the appropriate channels to receive the much-needed assistance they are seeking, community centers are a crucial safety net for many. We strongly believe that no one should be forced to travel outside of their neighborhood in order to obtain essential care readily accessible in neighboring communities. For these reasons, we ask that you work to improve LGBTQ services in the Bronx by helping open an LGBTQ community center.”

    “Destination Tomorrow has consistently provided evidence-based programs and wrap around services to the Bronx LGBTQ community,” said Sean Coleman, Executive Director of Destination Tomorrow. “After significant planning, listening to input from our community throughout the entire borough, and building relationships with funders, the business community, and fellow LGBTQ service providers, we decided the new center was not a want, but rather a need – and Destination Tomorrow is fully equipped to fill that need by providing services to our community from a brick and mortar LGBTQ Center.”

    Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. has been very supportive of Destination Tomorrow and their inroads to creating a holistic LGBTQ service model dedicating his assistance to the organization during its December 2017 Gala. Additionally, the Bronx Borough President has committed support to LGBT initiatives in the borough providing $600,000 to the SAGE project and $100,000 to the Callen-Lorde clinic, “These are two projects that I am very excited about,” adding they are “unique projects that provide much needed help in the LGBTQ community.”

Over the next three months Destination Tomorrow will release its strategic plan, expand the base of its Board of Directors, and work to identify appropriate staffing to accommodate growth into the Bronx center. In tandem, construction of the LGBTQ Center will launch in the second quarter of 2018.

In the News: http://bronx.news12.com/story/37288505/officials-look-to-better-understand-needs-of-lgbtq-community

About Destination Tomorrow:

Destination Tomorrow is a grassroots agency located in the South Bronx that provides services to and for the LGBTQ community. It is our belief that no one should have to leave their neighborhood to access LGBTQ specific services. It is our belief that all LGBTQ young people deserve a space to grow, learn and flourish. It is our belief that people, regardless of their sexual identity or gender expression deserve a space they can call their own.

Destination Tomorrow has comprehensive programs and services both in house and referral based. We also offer capacity building to agencies who wish to work with LGBTQ communities but lack the cultural competency and expertise. We strive for excellence as an agency and for our community.

For more information: www.destinationtomorrow.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

 

Contact Person: Sean Coleman

Phone: 646-723-3325

Email: sean@destinationtomorrow.org

 

 

DESTINATION TOMORROW Calls on the Trump Administration to Renounce the decision to Ban Transgender individuals from serving in the Military.

 

 

JULY 26, 2017

 

 

Bronx, NY - Destination Tomorrow stands firmly against President Trump's most recent announcement to ban transgender persons from entering and serving in the United States Military.

The decision does not prove to be beneficial to citizens in any way and is archaic as well as unacceptable. With approximately 15,000 transgender service members, the ban only proves to be a loss.

 

This action is an overall setback for a country such as the U.S. It is a replay of the many prejudices the country has fought to overcome over time, and does not show the Trump administration's willingness to continue to move forward. An individual's ability to serve in the military should not be based on gender or other such differences but rather intelligence, talent, and their ability to commit, and serve the country wholeheartedly.

 

As a safe haven service to the LGBT community, Destination Tomorrow requests that the Trump Administration renounces this decision in order to keep the US on the path to ensuring equal rights for all transgender people.

 

IN THE NEWS

http://bronx.news12.com/story/35978852/trump-says-transgender-people-should-be-barred-from-military

http://bronx.news12.com/story/35981178/presidents-transgender-military-ban-disheartens-lgbt-community