As the first snow of 2016 falls, a few dozen people, mostly men but some women, pile into what they call the “bell tower” of New York City’s LGBT Center. After entering the room, they hug each other, remove their heavy coats, grab a beverage or a bagel and sit down.
Some of the people are openly gay; some do not disclose their orientation. They are of different races, ethnicities and social classes. They almost all wear jeans, and they are all here to overcome an addiction to crystal meth.