_Queens Gazette, December 28, 2011
Chartered in 2011, the Queens Pride Lions Club is the first LGBT-powered Lions Club in New York and the East Coast. We are following in the footsteps of the other LGBT-powered Lions Clubs in the U.S. - the Castro Lions Club and the Visalia Pride Lions Club both located in California. Founded in 1917, Lions Clubs International is a secular service organization with over 44,500 clubs and more than 1.3 million members in 191 countries around the world. The organization aims to meet the needs of communities on a local and global scale.
Headquartered in Jackson Heights, the Queens Pride Lions Club’s goal is to bring the commitment of service the Lions Club is known for to the LGBT and heterosexual communities throughout the city. The Queens Pride Lions Club engages in projects and events that will make our communities stronger and safer. Projects have included participation in Behavioral Health Recognition Month; contributions to the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk; a clothing drive for Fashion on Gender, a clothing bank for women of transgender experience and collecting donations for the Toys For Tots Program.
The Queens Pride Lions Club meets the second Monday of every month at 7 p.m. at Queens Pride House, 76-11 37th Ave., Room 206, Jackson Heights. Visit www.queenspridelionsclub.org for further information.