How a new Rockland wellness center helps boost LGBTQ+ health

Lena Weib

WEST NYACK – Adam Zaydenband remembers their first checkup at The Jacobs Family Pride Wellness Center, and not just because it was the very first medical appointment at the new health care center devoted to serving the region’s LGBTQ community.

Zaydenband said Dr. Raffaele Bernardo asked questions about their life, health concerns, support systems.

The visit made Zaydenband realize how medical care hadn’t really fit before. This visit was different and really made them feel seen.

In so many aspects of daily life, Zaydenband said, “everything is so heteronormative. I didn’t know that I wasn’t getting what I wanted and then I came here.”

“I was so overcome,” Zaydenband recalled. “I was crying in my car with joy.”

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