In response to COVID-19, all Queens Community House (QCH) programs began conducting wellness assessments with their program participants to respond to challenges related to health, housing, food access, and financial stability.
“I think it’s important to teach my son to be involved in his community and help him realize he has the power to contribute to creating change in his community and in the world. He will be able to encourage his peers to advocate for themselves and for others.
“In 1969, I was 19 years old and I saw a very small news article in The New York Daily News saying homosexuals were rioting. They did not refer to us as the gay and lesbian community. I finally came out of the closet at 25 years old, when I realized what Stonewall was basically all about.
“During COVID, I’ve had more responsibilities. My parents still went to work, leaving me to watch my sister by myself. It’s been quite an interesting experience to spend so much time with my sister and family, something we hadn't done in years.
"I first discovered photography at John Bowne High School in Flushing, Queens. It was offered as an elective. Once I saw a darkroom, the equipment, and paper dipped into a tray of chemicals for an image to appear, I thought to myself, "I need to learn this magic".