By Sally Tamarkin
That was the number a group of adults from Greater New Haven came up with when they gathered at the New Haven Public Library to determine how many New Haven services are available to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth.
The New Haven Gay and Lesbian Community Center at 50 Fitch Street offers a social youth group that meets weekly. However, there are no mental or physical health, support or educational services specifically targeting queer youth in New Haven.
Alexis Wilcox, a teacher at Common Ground High School (one of three New Haven high schools boasting a gay-straight alliance) attended the May 30 meeting. She was looking for ways to help keep her kids “off the streets” and “be comfortable with themselves.” When asked what exists in New Haven for LGBT teens, she said, “There’s nothing.”