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WJCS Center Lane is where LGBTQ+ youth create community, connect with culture, and contribute to the world! For 25 years, we have been the only program in Westchester County dedicated exclusively to serving LGBTQ+ youth ages 13-21 by providing psychoeducational programming in welcoming spaces facilitated by caring and supportive adult experts. At Center Lane programs, youth make friends, discuss issues that are important to them, problem-solve with the help of their peers, and engage as leaders. In 2019, WJCS Center Lane served a total of 2,581 people, including 1,155 youth and 1,426 adults who participated in Center Lane trainings, presentations, programming, and events throughout Westchester County. 

The Center Lane Youth Leadership Board has been hard at work at ways to help Trans, Non-binary, and Gender Non-Conforming youth by developing 'Back to School TransHack' resources. 
 
Here are links to two letters or emails we have developed, one from a student's perspective, and one from a parent's perspective, of how to introduce yourself to teachers and other school staff, should wish to let them know when your name and/or pronouns do not match what school records might indicate. Click on these links for PDF versions that can be copied and pasted and then personalized and emailed or mailed.
 
 
 
Check back for flow-charts of ways to respond when someone misgenders you, and the ways in which the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA), the law in NYS, may help you in working with your school, and some resources around that.
 

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Center Lane is Westchester's only lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ+) youth and community education center. Designed to reduce the isolation that many LGBTQ young people feel and promote a community culture that is supportive of LGBTQ+ youth, the center provides an opportunity for socialization, enhanced self-esteem and personal growth in an affirming place where they can be themselves, without the fear of harassment.  

Services include:

  • Weekly support groups

  • TransParentcy, a transgender support group for youth and parents

  • Recreational and social events to create community for LGBTQ+ youth, including movie days, social justice events, and holiday gatherings, most notably, our Prom.

  • Extensive community education and training in schools, youth serving agencies and social service agencies on important issues that face LGBTQ youth

  • Social justice and advocacy activities, including marching in the annual Pride March in New York City and meeting with legislators in Albany on LGBTQ rights

  • Leadership training

  • Opportunities to interact with LGBTQ and straight peers in a supportive, fun, safe and caring environment 

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If you’re interested in learning more about LGBTQ+ history, culture and their intersections, check out these podcasts:

Code Switch Hosted by journalists of color, our podcast tackles the subject of race head-on, providing the fearless conversations about race that you've been waiting for! We explore how it impacts every part of society — from politics and pop culture to history, sports and everything in between. This podcast makes ALL OF US part of the conversation — because we're all part of the story. https://www.npr.org/podcasts/510312/codeswitch 

Hoodrat to Headwrap A Decolonized Podcast for lovers on the margins, join your resident sexuality educator Ericka Hart and Deep East Oakland's very own Ebony Donnley, as we game give, dismantle white supremacy and kiki in the cosmos somewhere between radical hood epistemological black queer love ethics, pop culture, house plants and a sea of books. https://soundcloud.com/user-501838661 

Making Gay History is a treasure of interviews from the people who pioneered the modern LGBTQ+ civil rights movements. Hear history come alive in the voices of people who started organizations like ACT UP, the Daughters of Bilitis, the Mattachine Society, and Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (STAR). https://makinggayhistory.org/ 

Nancy is a critically-acclaimed podcast featuring queer stories and conversations, and hosted by two best friends, neither of whom are named Nancy. It’s a podcast about how we define ourselves, and the journey it takes to get there: https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/nancy 

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Center Lane is supported by funding from the New York State Department of Health and Office of Family and Children’s Services and through a grant from The Westchester Community Foundation.

Contact Center Lane at:     914-423-0610 or [email protected]

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