LGBTQ arts program provides a safe haven for marginalized youth

A program serving LGBTQ youth in Greenwich Village offers free resources to its members, many of whom have experienced homelessness.

For Jeffrey Blanchard, the “Art & Acceptance” program is the first place he felt accepted.

“This is a place where you can come and see all your friends and catch up and get something to eat or some clothes,” said Blanchard. “Or if you’re having any sort of problems, there’s a lot of people here who can help you.”

It’s not just emotional support that the “Art & Acceptance” program provides. When he moved to the city nearly a decade ago, Blanchard was homeless for five years.


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