Dear Friends of Brooklyn Community Pride Center:
As you know, the Coronavirus outbreak continues to challenge us in the U.S. Even as millions of vaccination doses have been administered in New York, the threat of another outbreak looms large, and we continue to take steps to mitigate against that risk.
We realize that as Brooklyn’s only LGBTQ+ community center, we are a refuge for many people who may not have places to go where they feel safe and accepted. But out of concern for the health of our staff, our community partners, our volunteers, and our many visitors who are among the most at-risk for this particular virus, we must do what we can to minimize the risk of further spread. We are excited to once again be a place people can visit for services and look forward to being fully operational again soon.
We will continue to review and update the measures outlined below by following the guidance of health officials and applicable laws.
Brooklyn Community Pride Center has been impacted since Saturday, March 14th, 2020. At that time, we suspended drop-in hours, in-person activities, and onsite staffing.
Beginning Monday, July 13, 2020, the Center began offering in-person services on a limited, by-appointment basis. Staff (on a staggered work schedule) are on-site Monday through Friday from noon to 5 PM.
As of March 3, 2021, we began offering dedicated drop-in service times for specific initiatives and activities, so long as capacity limits and other safety measures are followed. See our events page for more details.
Appointments may be made for services including:
- using our public computer
- using our WiFi service
- accessing our library or resources
- meeting with program staff
- meeting with community partners
- HIV testing and counseling
- access to the Pride Pantry for people experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity
- résumé and employment coaching, and more
Appointments may be up to 2 hours in length and should be requested at least one calendar day in advance by emailing our reception desk or calling (347) 889-7719.
Unscheduled or drop-in appointments will be allowed on a case-by-case basis so long as it does not exceed our maximum capacity, interfere with a scheduled appointment, or otherwise increase the risk of COVID-19 transmission.
The vast majority of our programs are available virtually, open to people regardless of where you live, and are almost always free. See our events page for a list of upcoming programs along with registration requirements.
Until further notice, these restrictions continue to apply to all Center visitors, regardless of your vaccination status.
ALL PEOPLE ENTERING THE CENTER WILL BE REQUIRED TO WEAR A FACE COVERING/MASK, TO WASH OR SANITIZE THEIR HANDS UPON ENTERING, AND OBSERVE 6′ SOCIAL DISTANCING WHILE WITHIN THE BUILDING OR WAITING TO ENTER THE BUILDING.
Visitors will have their temperature read by a touchless digital thermometer upon arrival and guests with temperatures exceeding 100° F will be denied entry. You should not visit the Center if you answer YES to any of these questions:
- Do you have a fever or chills?
- Do you have a cough?
- Do you have shortness of breath?
- Do you have any other symptoms that you think may be associated with COVID-19 infections, such as loss of taste or smell, headache, upset stomach, sore throat, muscle aches?
Nearly all events or programs with an audience of more than 3 people will remain virtual.
Along with this limited re-opening, we have adopted extensive new cleaning and sanitization protocols.
For more information and updates on COVID-19, please check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the NYS Department of Health, and NYC Health websites.
Many thanks to everyone in advance for helping to keep our community healthy and safe.
Chief Executive Officer