S.I. LGBT Center Celebrates First Year As Safe Haven

NY1.com – By: Amanda Farinacci

Being gay on Staten Island is easier now than it used to be, according to any one of the dozens of teens who come through the doors of the Staten Island Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Center.

Visitors say this center is having an impact on their lives.

“Me being a transgender, I get made fun of every day but coming here and being around people who care about me and comfort me makes it all worth me being able to deal with people outside,” says Serena Bello, a transgender youth. “So coming here has made me be able to keep my head up a lot.”