News Hub: Recent Press

For Brooklyn Community Pride Center press releases or media enquiries, please
email Omari Scott, Development and Communications Manager, or call (347) 875-7990.

AG James Urges DOJ Investigation of Texas

YubaNet.com, 03/09/2022:
AG James Urges U.S. Department of Justice to Investigate Texas Anti-Transgender Order for Civil Rights Violations.

New York Attorney General Letitia James — leading a coalition of 29 national, state, and local advocacy groups — called on the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to launch a federal investigation into Texas Governor Gregg Abbott’s recent directive to treat gender-affirming care for transgender children as child abuse. In their letter to DOJ’s Civil Rights division, Attorney General James and the coalition argue that the order, implemented last month, is discriminatory, potentially unlawful, and does untold harm to trans youth in Texas. Read article at YubaNet.com.

Artist Uses Blood of Gay Men

BK Reader, 03/04/2022:
Using Blood of Gay Men, Artist Urges FDA to Change ‘Discriminatory’ Blood Donation Rules in BK Show.

The blood preserved in the resin panels of Jordan Eagles’ art could have been used to save the lives of New Yorkers in need, during what is currently the biggest blood shortage the country has faced in over a generation. That is what Eagles wants people to understand with his latest immersive light-based installation, Our Blood Can Save, opening Friday March 4 at the Major R. Owens Health & Wellness Community Center in Crown Heights. Read article at BK Reader.

Our Blood Can Save

Patch, 03/02/2022:
BK Art Exhibit Made With Blood Confronts Ban On LGBTQ Donors.

An art exhibit featuring the blood of LGBTQ people restricted from donating despite a national blood shortage is headed to Crown Heights. The art installation — featuring blood preserved in resin panels — will debut Friday at the Major R. Owens Health and Wellness Community Center, which opened last year in the former Bedford Union Armory. A blood drive hosted by the New York Blood Center will happen alongside the event in the Brooklyn Pride Community Pride Center’s headquarters at the building. Read article at Patch

The Grinch Joins The Brooklyn Ghost Project’s Holiday Party

Gay City News, 01/14/2022:
The Grinch Joins The Brooklyn Ghost Project’s Holiday Party.

The Brooklyn Ghost Project, a non-profit dedicated to supporting trans and non-binary people of color in New York City, hosted a Grinch-themed holiday party on January 12 after the original event was postponed amid the emergence of the Omicron variant. Food, raffle tickets, gifts, and, yes, the Grinch — but not his dog, Max — highlighted the holiday party at the Brooklyn Community Pride Center’s space at 1360 Fulton Street. Read article at Gay City News

Gay City News, 10/27/2021:
Brooklyn Community Pride Center Unveils New Headquarters.

Brooklyn Community Pride Center held a ribbon-cutting ceremony unveiling its new headquarters on October 27 after the project was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The public opening, however, remains months away as the new space gets finalized. Read article at Gay City News

News 12 Brooklyn, 10/27/2021:
A new community center named in honor of Rep. Owens opens in Crown Heights.

The Major R. Owens Health & Wellness Community Center is named in honor of Rep. Owens, who worked in the House of Representatives for more than 20 years. Owens served New York’s 11th and 12th Congressional districts and was known for his passion to strengthen the education system. Watch video at News 12 Brooklyn

CBS News 2, 10/27/2021:
Nonprofits Now Have New Home In Brooklyn, Thanks To Transformation Of Bedford-Union Armory.

After years of planning and debate, the Bedford-Union Armory has been transformed into a recreational facility and housing. The complex was named after civil rights activist and former Congressman Major Owens in the spirit of his efforts to bring much-needed resources to the Brooklyn community. Read more at CBS 2 News

ABC News 7, 10/28/2021:
Major R. Owens Health and Wellness Community Center

Watch video at ABC News 7

News Hub: Recent Press

For press releases or media enquiries, please email Jere Keys, Development and Engagement Manager, or call (347) 991-8500.

AG James Urges DOJ Investigation of Texas

YubaNet.com, 03/09/2022:
AG James Urges U.S. Department of Justice to Investigate Texas Anti-Transgender Order for Civil Rights Violations.

New York Attorney General Letitia James — leading a coalition of 29 national, state, and local advocacy groups — called on the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to launch a federal investigation into Texas Governor Gregg Abbott’s recent directive to treat gender-affirming care for transgender children as child abuse. In their letter to DOJ’s Civil Rights division, Attorney General James and the coalition argue that the order, implemented last month, is discriminatory, potentially unlawful, and does untold harm to trans youth in Texas. Read article at YubaNet.com.

Artist Uses Blood of Gay Men

BK Reader, 03/04/2022:
Using Blood of Gay Men, Artist Urges FDA to Change ‘Discriminatory’ Blood Donation Rules in BK Show.

The blood preserved in the resin panels of Jordan Eagles’ art could have been used to save the lives of New Yorkers in need, during what is currently the biggest blood shortage the country has faced in over a generation. That is what Eagles wants people to understand with his latest immersive light-based installation, Our Blood Can Save, opening Friday March 4 at the Major R. Owens Health & Wellness Community Center in Crown Heights. Read article at BK Reader.

Our Blood Can Save

Patch, 03/02/2022:
BK Art Exhibit Made With Blood Confronts Ban On LGBTQ Donors.

An art exhibit featuring the blood of LGBTQ people restricted from donating despite a national blood shortage is headed to Crown Heights. The art installation — featuring blood preserved in resin panels — will debut Friday at the Major R. Owens Health and Wellness Community Center, which opened last year in the former Bedford Union Armory. A blood drive hosted by the New York Blood Center will happen alongside the event in the Brooklyn Pride Community Pride Center’s headquarters at the building. Read article at Patch

The Grinch Joins The Brooklyn Ghost Project’s Holiday Party

Gay City News, 01/14/2022:
The Grinch Joins The Brooklyn Ghost Project’s Holiday Party.

The Brooklyn Ghost Project, a non-profit dedicated to supporting trans and non-binary people of color in New York City, hosted a Grinch-themed holiday party on January 12 after the original event was postponed amid the emergence of the Omicron variant. Food, raffle tickets, gifts, and, yes, the Grinch — but not his dog, Max — highlighted the holiday party at the Brooklyn Community Pride Center’s space at 1360 Fulton Street. Read article at Gay City News

Gay City News, 10/27/2021:
Brooklyn Community Pride Center Unveils New Headquarters.

Brooklyn Community Pride Center held a ribbon-cutting ceremony unveiling its new headquarters on October 27 after the project was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The public opening, however, remains months away as the new space gets finalized. Read article at Gay City News

News 12 Brooklyn, 10/27/2021:
A new community center named in honor of Rep. Owens opens in Crown Heights.

The Major R. Owens Health & Wellness Community Center is named in honor of Rep. Owens, who worked in the House of Representatives for more than 20 years. Owens served New York’s 11th and 12th Congressional districts and was known for his passion to strengthen the education system. Watch video at News 12 Brooklyn

CBS News 2, 10/27/2021:
Nonprofits Now Have New Home In Brooklyn, Thanks To Transformation Of Bedford-Union Armory.

After years of planning and debate, the Bedford-Union Armory has been transformed into a recreational facility and housing. The complex was named after civil rights activist and former Congressman Major Owens in the spirit of his efforts to bring much-needed resources to the Brooklyn community. Read more at CBS 2 News

ABC News 7, 10/28/2021:
Major R. Owens Health and Wellness Community Center

Watch video at ABC News 7

Fast Company, 10/26/2021:
Brooklyn is the gentrification capital of America. This $256 million experiment tries to change that.

Filling nearly a full city block in the lower-income Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, a gigantic barrel-vaulted building sits as a vestige of a distant past. The 67,000-square-foot building—about a professional soccer field worth of space—was home to a troop of horse riders… Read more at Fact Company

New York Daily News, 10/28/2021:
A jewel in Crown Heights: The Bedford Union Armory is transformed into a recreation center for the community

Yesterday, the Bedford Union Armory, a massive old National Guard facility that like other city armories long sat vacant and in disrepair, formally became the Major R. Owens Health and Wellness Community Center, a beautiful asset to Crown Heights and Central Brooklyn. Read more at New York Daily News

Brooklyn DA’s office announces dismissal of 262 sex work warrants

News 12, 01/29/2021:
Brooklyn DA’s office announces dismissal of 262 outstanding warrants related to sex work

The Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office announced the dismissal of 262 outstanding warrants related to loitering and prostitution. News 12 spoke with advocates of Decriminalizing Sex Work, who said Friday they celebrated a small victory. Watch the report on News 12