David Kilmnick, addressing dozens of supporters, elected officials and their representatives, said that with hate crimes on the rise, the need for the new site is as urgent and great as when he started his first workshop 25 years ago as a Stony Brook University graduate student.
“Kids are looking for a place to be themselves,” he said. Every day, young people tell aid workers, “I don’t know if I’d still be alive,” without critical programs such as Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth, he said.
“Today we begin a new chapter in helping all Long Islanders stay healthy and live their lives,” Kilmnick said.
The building, one of the largest such sites in this country’s suburbs, offers conference rooms, a training cafe for novice restaurant workers, and an array of modern technology including audiovisual systems to serve generations to come, he said.