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November 2010

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From fighting for equality, to serving diverse needs, creating a safe space, and building community and unity, LGBT community centers are the backbone of the LGBT movement. Center Links is the monthly newsletter to see highlights of what is happening every day at centers all over. Center Links is in your mailbox around the 10th of every month.

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Utah Pride Center Boasts Successful Family Conference

upc-conferenceLast month, the Utah Pride Center hosted its first annual Family Acceptance Regional Conference at the Sheraton Hotel in Salt Lake City. Speakers ranged from Pride Center staff to national Trevor Project officials as well as Dr. Caitlin Ryan of the Family Acceptance Project.

The conference was a brilliant education and awareness focal point for families of LGBT youth, the youth themselves as well as school counselors, social workers and anyone else who touches the lives of these children. And although the conference was scheduled months ago, the timing couldn’t have been more perfect – coming on the heels of the Mormon church’s hateful comments towards LGBT teens. Read more by clicking here.

Affirmations Realigns Business Model To Ensure Fiscal Sustainability

The Board of Directors of Affirmations in Ferndale, Michigan, met last month to consider and respond to the decreasing funding streams of the organization and its current financial position.  The results of that review provided the board with a clear indication that immediate action was required to realign the business model to bring program expenses in line with operating revenue.  Furthermore, the board initiated discussions around action that would need to be taken to strengthen the organization’s capital structure and address cash flow issues.

In response, effective tthis month, hours of operation at Affirmations will be reduced.  The center will be open from 4pm-9pm, Tuesday through Friday and from 1pm-9pm on Saturdays.  Programming will also be pared back, with focus being oriented toward the Center’s core services, as well as services that have received direct foundation funding.  Programming that supports youth, seniors, HIV/AIDS prevention and education, multicultural issues, tobacco cessation and LGBTQ family issues will continue. Read more by clicking here.

GLBT Community Center of Colorado's Extensive Renovations Receive Recognition

The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of Colorado (The Center) is honored to announce that it has received two prestigious design awards for its $1.6 million renovation of the former Video One building at 1301 E Colfax Ave.

The Center received The Mayor's Design Award in the Reclaimed Splendor category. The awards, initiated six years ago by Mayor John W. Hickenlooper, recognize diverse neighborhood projects that have made design excellence a priority.  

"Great cities are just as enriched by many small and beautiful design interventions as they are by large and bold civic gestures," Hickenlooper said.CenterStaffBldg450px

The Mayor's Design awards specificially recognize well-designed small projects in Denver neighborhoods. 

"Good design happens on its own when enlightened owners recognize the benefit and invest in quality design.  Their design efforts make our city interesting, provocative and memorable," said Denver Planning Manager Peter J. Park.  

On Nov. 2, The Center received the 2010 Project of the Year-Adaptive Use Award from the Franklin L. Burns School of Real Estate and Construction Management-Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver.

"We are honored to receive these awards, because they validate our efforts to create a bold facility that is modern and inviting, and serves as an inspirational home to thousands of LGBT and allied individuals across the state and the Rocky Mountain region," said Carlos Martinez, executive director of The Center.

The 15,000-square-foot facility in heart of Capitol Hill has re-energized and revitalized the LGBT movement in Colorado, Martinez said, and has solidified The Center's positive role in the community.

The four-story, state-of-the-art building has doubled The Center's capacity and meant a new level of visibility for the Colorado LGBT community.

Liberation in Truth Social Justice Center Director Receives Honor

Reverend Janyce Jackson, Executive Director of the Liberation in Truth Social Justice Center in Newark, NJ, is an honoree of the 7th Annual Stonewall Honors, Stonewall Community Foundation’s signature women’s event.  Stonewall is celebrating its 20th Anniversary by honoring 20 extraordinary women for their contributions to the LGBT community.

pastorjacksonThe fellow 2010 honorees include:  Chagmion Antoine, Virginia Apuzzo, Rose Arce, Kate Barnhart, Terry Boggis, Marsha R. Bonner, Rabbi Ayelet S. Cohen, Patricia A. Flanagan, Pooja Gehi, Hon. Deborah Glick, Barbara Hughes, Rev. Janyce Jackson, Angela Jimenez, Mai Kiang, Stacy Lentz, Ana Oliveira, Lillian Rivera, Jayne Sherman, and Margaret Stumpp. A brief biography on each honoree can be found below.

The honorees have provided the leadership, done the work, pushed the envelope, and moved the LGBT community forward over the most dizzying two decades in our history.  These remarkable women have contributed mightily to raising the community’s collective visibility and impact in the media, the workplace, the legislature, the arts, community organizations, and the world of philanthropy.  Together and individually, they have shifted the world to being more inclusive of the lives and needs of LGBT people. Read more about the program and the full bios of honoress by clicking here.

Donna Rose Hired As Central PA LGBT Center's First Executive Director

The Central PA LGBT Center is pleased to welcome Donna Rose to central Pennsylvania, as she will join the LGBT Community Center as its first Executive Director. Over the past ten years, Donna has established a reputation as a nationally respected leader, spokesperson, and advocate for LGBT rights, for LGBT dignity, and for a broader sense of community based on recognition that all fair-minded people are in this together.

That reputation has been forged by involvement at all levels of LGBT rights work -- as the first transgender Board Member for organizations like the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), and the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC). Donna is directly responsible for some of the workplace policy standards which form the foundation of LGBT workplace best practices in this country and affect the lives of thousands of LGBT workers each and every day, and has worked at the grass-roots level with activists from across the country to coordinate, communicate, and educate.

Long Island Gay & Lesbian Youth (at the LI GLBT Community Center) Starts Innovative Anti-Bullying InitiativeStopTheBS 2

Read the Center's statement:

"This fall, there has been massive media attention around the suicides of numerous GLBT young people.  While this is far from a new issue, a larger national conversation has formed around what brings so many GLBT young people to feel like they cannot go on living any longer.

LIGALY is calling all Long Islanders to STOP THE BS, to stop the Bullying and Suicides.  We want to make sure that anti-GLBT bullying and it’s tragic effects continue to be talked about, and that talk results in action that makes schools and communities safer for GLBT youth."  There are many ways to get involved, and you can learn more by clicking here.

The Bronx Community Pride Center Responds To Hate Crimes Ruling

The Executive Director of the Bronx Community Pride Center, Dirk McCall, responded to a regional hate crime ruling recently: 

"The Bronx LGBTQ community and allies are devastated by the Bronx DA's recent decision to exonerate three members of the "Latin King Goonies" from further prosecution and judicial review.

We fear that this unconscionable decision will have a chilling effect on prosecuting future hate crimes, thereby allowing wrongdoers to evade criminal liability for heinous crimes perpetrated against all protected classes of citizens.

We continue to organize the LGBTQ community and our allies and will be holding our first Stop the Hate community meeting in mid-November.

We will continue to fight for a Bronx in which all people can live without fear and live open, meaningful and fulfilling lives without discrimination or victimization."

Quick News Bits...

Gay Community Center of Richmond has opened a second location of the Diversity Thrift retail store, called DT2.

Bronx Community Pride Center received an award from philanthropist and "New Yorker of the month" Henry van Ameringen.

Long Island GLBT Community Center releases its own free iPhone and iPad app, which you can download now.

Montrose Counseling Center (TX) releases a moving and timely updated video, "Too Many Empty Shoes," in response to recent youth suicides and bullying.

Pride Center at Equality Park (FL) Executive Director was quoted in this article protesting gay adoption bans.

Long Island Gay & Lesbian Youth create a video to celebrate the re-opening of their CyberCenter.

Houston GLBT Community Center created an innovative Dia de Los Muertos display for a local community event. The image appears below.

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