Café Q, a non-denominational meeting place for LGBTQ teens, opened last month with 16 young people in attendance.  Encouraged by the enthusiastic reception of the first guests, Café Q will continue with its plan to open every third Sunday of the month from 3-5 p.m.  The next opportunity to visit the Café will be Sunday, Nov. 18 at Congregation Beth Hatikvah, 36 Chatham Road, Summit.  LGBTQ youth from around the area are invited to drop in.

Café Q provides a safe and comfortable environment where LGBTQ youth can meet new people, listen to music, enjoy some snacks, and just hang out. Café Q chairperson Janice Masvidal explains, “Young people can often feel alienated from their peer groups, reluctant to speak to straight and cis-gender people about what they’re experiencing.  They should have a safe place where they can meet other kids who understand what they’re going through and where they can just relax and be themselves.”

The café is staffed and chaperoned by members of Beth Hatikvah who are themselves gay or are parents of LGBTQ children. According to the organizers, “it’s important for kids to see adults who are out and moving successfully in the world.”

For more information, email CaféQ@bethhatikvah.org.