LGBTQ health center opens in North Brooklyn

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A new health center dedicated to the LGBTQ community is open in North Brooklyn.

The Pride Health Center is part of NYC Health and Hospital Woodhull and is the first health center dedicated to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning or queer patients in the area.

"We estimate about 100,000 Brooklynites identify as LGBTQ,” said Dr. Edward Fishkin. “And there's really no place for folks who are reluctant or fearful going to a traditional health care."

New York City first lady Chirlane McCray tells News 12 that the facility wants to make sure that all communities of people not only have care, but the kind of care that really tends to their concerns.

While the center itself will be open every Monday from 4-8 p.m., providers will be at the hospital five days a week, available for patients who come in.

News 12 is told the center plans to expand in the future to meet patient volume.

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