Kate Barnhart: The Godmother for At-Risk Queer Youth

Clients of New Alternatives, a place led by folks like themselves. Courtesy of New Alternatives

On a Sunday afternoon in early March, in Hell’s Kitchen, Kate Barnhart is sitting in her crowded office in a building that doubles as a church. She’s hunched over her desk, snacking on a candy cane, wearing a green and yellow floral dress and big black glasses; she wears her gray hair in curls, with a cane propped by her side—she’s scheduled for back surgery in a few weeks.

Barnhart, who’s 46, serves as executive director of New Alternatives, a center for homeless and at-risk LGBTQ+

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