Local center for LGBTQ+ youth affected by pandemic reopens drop-in hours

BINGHAMTON (WBNG) – After the county experienced an increase in COVID cases earlier this year, the Identity Youth Center has decided to suspend in-person services to ensure everyone’s safety and health.

In order to be as accessible as possible, the center remained open by appointment only. However, prevention program manager Rob Egan said the Identity Youth Center will now return to regular hours.

“The pandemic has really impacted us because an important goal of our program is to reduce social isolation among young gay men,” Egan said. “It’s been two long years, so today we’re very happy to be able to get back to doing what our mission is and creating a safe and welcoming space.”

LGBTQ+ youth and their allies ages 13-24 are welcome at the center, a place where everyone can hang out, participate in fun activities, and just be themselves.

Egan said the Identity Youth Center is proud to welcome everyone back to show young people that they have a place in this community.

“To be able to be here and work with these young people in this community, and the support we generally get from the community is great,” Egan said. “And to show young people that they have a place here, not just here at Identity but here in Broome County.”

Masks are mandatory inside the center. More information about the Identity Youth Center and its opening hours can be found here or on the center Facebook page.

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