WENY News - Local library offers "Safe Zone" for LGBTQ teens

Local library offers "Safe Zone" for LGBTQ teens

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ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) -- At the Steele Memorial Library, there's movies, books, games and acceptance. Over the past few years the library has been offering "Teen Safe Zones". The space is located  is for LGBTQ teens and allies to get support and be who they were born to be.

"It's a safe space where they can hangout, do fun activities and have support if they need it," said Steele Library Teen Librarian, Doris Jean Metzger. "The group is run by Anthony Novakowski and Kim Stanton. They're our wonderful facilitators over from Glove House. They have a lot of experience working with LGBTQ youth. So it's great to have them here at the library."

The activities are teen chosen and int he past have ranged from watching movies, to decorating the library and community for World Aids Day. Organizer's say it's a great way to help struggling teens find a way to be themselves.

"Teens may feel like there's no place for them to be who they really are," said Metzger. " And so it's great to have a space in the community where they can be who they are without judgment, without fear and be around people who can guide them and help them through their growing up."

If you, or a teenager you know would like to attend, it's free and no registration is needed. The safe zone is held at the library on Wednesday nights at 6:30PM.

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