SUMMIT, NJ - 'Café Q', a non-denominational meeting place for LGBTQ teens, debuted on October 21 with 16 young people in attendance. Based on the enthusiastic reception to the concept, the cafe will continue its planned schedule of being open the third Sunday of each month. As such, 'Café Q' will next open November 18, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., at Congregation Beth Hatikvah in Summit.

'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, who lives in Maplewood, said, “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. LGBTQ youth from around the area are invited to drop in. According to the organizers, “it’s important for kids to see adults who are out and moving successfully in the world.”

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Congregation Beth Hatikvah is located at 36 Chatham Road in Summit.