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Time Out Youth, True Colors Fund and HRC release "On Our Own: A Survival Guide for Independent LGBTQ Youth"

Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, in partnership with the True Colors Fund, co-founded by Cyndi Lauper, and Time Out Youth Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, released an innovative guide for LGBTQ youth facing the daunting prospect of living on their own after leaving unsupportive or abusive homes, or aging out of foster care.

 

On Our Own: A Survival Guide for Independent LGBTQ Youth is geared toward older teens and young adults forced to fend for themselves, typically without parental support and often lacking the skills or resources needed to live safely and begin building a successful life. The guide provides practical advice on essential topics ranging from finding housing, going to school and opening a bank account, to getting a job, accessing healthcare and living on a budget.

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Macy Gray Leads the Way at the LA LGBT Center’s ‘Evening with Women’

She headlined as co-chair Linda Perry celebrated her final year running the event
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Bathrooms aren't biggest issue for Dreyfoos transgender student

Bathrooms aren't biggest issue for Dreyfoos transgender student | LGBT Community Centers | Scoop.it
Julie Seaver, chief financial officer of Lake Worth-based Compass, the largest gay and lesbian community center in the state, is frustrated that the nation has locked on to the bathroom issue.

“This hasn’t been a problem all this time and all of a sudden it’s a problem? They’ve been using the restrooms that match their own gender identity for years,” Seaver said.

While the debate has engaged an entire nation, the people at the center of it are estimated to be few – 700,000 compared with more than 8 million lesbian, gay and bisexual adults, according to the Williams Institute at UCLA.

“We all have a sense that the number is probably between 0.5 percent and 1.5 percent,” Emily A. Greytak, director of research at G.L.S.E.N., the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, told The New York Times this month.
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The Bay Area Reporter Online | Legal services agency to move into LGBT center

The Bay Area Reporter Online | Legal services agency to move into LGBT center | LGBT Community Centers | Scoop.it
A legal services agency that works with low-income Bay Area residents is moving its San Francisco office into the city's LGBT Community Center this fall.

Bay Area Legal Aid has signed a 10-year lease for the center's entire third floor to house 24 attorneys and additional support staff. It has the option to extend it another five years, and while the rent it is paying is below market value, the agency signed a confidentiality agreement barring it from disclosing the price.

"We knew we could not be forced out of San Francisco, as it is where all of our client population is," said Jerel McCrary, the managing attorney of Bay Legal's regional office in San Francisco since 2014.
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Utah Pride Center has sold their building - moving in 12 months - QSaltLake Magazine

Utah Pride Center has sold their building - moving in 12 months - QSaltLake Magazine | LGBT Community Centers | Scoop.it
Utah Pride Center leaders announced that their building, which they have called home since April of 2013, has been sold. “As our community continues to evolve, we found that the building no longer met our needs,” said Carol Gnade, executive director of the Center. “The annual maintenance costs and construction budget to update our current …
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San Diego's Annual Harvey Milk Breakfast focused on trans youth and their future

San Diego's Annual Harvey Milk Breakfast focused on trans youth and their future | LGBT Community Centers | Scoop.it
City Commissioner Nicole Murray Ramirez and Dr. Delores A. Jacobs of the San Diego LGBT Community Center (The Center) were the emcees of the morning, each giving powerful speeches about the changing landscapes of the LGBT movement.
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Phoenix Center hosts sixth annual PrideFest in downtown Springfield

Phoenix Center hosts sixth annual PrideFest in downtown Springfield | LGBT Community Centers | Scoop.it
This Saturday the Phoenix Center’s sixth annual PrideFest will take place downtown from noon to 10 p.m. This year’s fest will feature some new bands, new activities for kids and teens, and many more vendors, according to Jonna Cooley, executive director of the Phoenix Center, a support center in Springfield for the LGBT community.
The free festival “gets people out to celebrate the LGBT community and allows people who maybe aren’t out to a lot of people or don’t know anyone who is LGBT — because they’re living in a smaller community — it allows them to get out and see there are other people (who are LGBT). It brings people out of that isolation that particularly younger people find themselves in,” Cooley said.
Unlike Pride festivals in some other cities, especially large ones, Springfield’s festival does not feature a parade. Some of those parades have developed reputations that make them appropriate only for adult audiences, but Cooley says Springfield’s fest is different.
“Our pride festival is much more family-oriented, it’s much more fun-based,” she said. “I think a lot of people are pleasantly surprised when they come to our event”
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New LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland plans unveiled

New LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland plans unveiled | LGBT Community Centers | Scoop.it
The new LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland will be at 6705 Detroit Avenue, very close to its current address. The new, larger space will have a Cyber Center, community areas and Wi-Fi.
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Pittston at the forefront of LGBT equality - News - The Times-Tribune

Pittston at the forefront of LGBT equality - News - The Times-Tribune | LGBT Community Centers | Scoop.it
Rose Randazzo has accomplished plenty in her time as Pittston’s Main Street manager, but her involvement with a specific ordinance will always bring her the most pride.

Ms. Randazzo championed the city’s equality ordinance, which expanded nondiscrimination rules in the city to include sexual orientation. That initial legislation about three years ago set off a domino effect of benchmarks for LGBT equality in the city, up to the recent announcement of a Rainbow Alliance LGBT center set to open in the fall.

“We had the reputation of being old-school and traditionalists,” Ms. Randazzo said. “We’re the exact opposite of that, we’re progressive.”
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New York’s LGBT community rallies behind Obama’s call to allow transgender access to public school bathrooms

New York’s LGBT community rallies behind Obama’s call to allow transgender access to public school bathrooms | LGBT Community Centers | Scoop.it
"I think this argument of gender neutral bathrooms for children is way overdue," said Floyd Rumohr. "I don't know why we separate them in the first place."

Rumohr is the executive director of the Brooklyn Community Pride Center. He says the President's support for transgender community will help many people who struggled with their identity because they've felt neglected in the past.

"Whenever anyone of power or authority speaks out in favor or support of those who have felt invisible prior, it has a huge emotional impact," he said.
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Ten Percent Society asks UND to fund LGBT center

Ten Percent Society asks UND to fund LGBT center | LGBT Community Centers | Scoop.it

GRAND FORKS, N.D.—For the past 10 years, the Ten Percent Society—the University of North Dakota's student-run LGBT organization--has been asking the university for a little bit of help.


As the sole resource for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender population on UND's campus, organizers said the mostly self-funded group doesn't have the resources necessary to help educate the community as a whole.

Which is why they would like UND to step in with a university-funded LGBT center for all students.

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DC LGBT Centers Support FDA LGBT youth anti-smoking campaign

DC LGBT Centers Support FDA LGBT youth anti-smoking campaign | LGBT Community Centers | Scoop.it
David Mariner, executive director of the D.C. LGBT Community Center, and Sultan Shakir, director of the LGBT youth advocacy group SMYAL, said their respective organizations would help to facilitate the FDA’s anti-smoking campaign. Mariner said the D.C. Center has a long-established seven-week Freedom from Smoking class, which is offered at the Center’s offices
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Resource Center calls for city of Dallas sever ties with pastor

Resource Center calls for city of Dallas sever ties with pastor | LGBT Community Centers | Scoop.it
It's a war of words in Dallas and has one group asking the city to sever ties with one of its biggest churches.

"This most recent thing has crossed a bridge that should not be crossed," said Rafael McDonnell, with the Resource Center, a service organization for the Dallas-area LGBT community.

The Resource Center says it is appalled after hearing Pastor Robert Jeffress, of Dallas First Baptist, on talk radio last week.
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Home Sweet Home: Dallas LGBT Community Resource Center Grand Opening

Home Sweet Home: Dallas LGBT Community Resource Center Grand Opening | LGBT Community Centers | Scoop.it
Dallas LGBT Community Resource Center has Grand Opening.
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Demi Lovato Wears Support For Trans Community During Billboard Awards - Shirt Sales Beneficiaries include Time Out Youth

Demi Lovato Wears Support For Trans Community During Billboard Awards - Shirt Sales Beneficiaries include Time Out Youth | LGBT Community Centers | Scoop.it
During her performance, the GLAAD Vanguard Award recipient wore a T-shirt featuring an inclusive bathroom symbol. A replica of the T-shirt will be sold during Lovato's Honda Civic tour: Future Now and the proceeds will be donated to LGBT organizations in North Carolina, GLAAD announced today.

"Demi Lovato continues to be a fearless ally for LGBT equality and acceptance," said GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. "By wearing her support for the transgender community, Lovato is raising critical visibility for vulnerable LGBT North Carolinians and sending an invaluable message of support to transgender people everywhere."

Proceeds from the equality-affirming T-shirt will benefit Equality NC, the state organization working to secure equal rights and justice for LGBT North Carolinians, as well as Time Out Youth, a Charlotte-based community center that provides support and services for LGBT youth.
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STYX to Donate Proceeds from ROCK TO THE RESCUE to NC LGBT Charities

STYX to Donate Proceeds from ROCK TO THE RESCUE to NC LGBT Charities | LGBT Community Centers | Scoop.it
As part of the event, as it is at all of STYX's shows, a raffle will be held by the band's own Rock To The Rescue for one lucky fan to win a guitar signed by the members of STYX as well as DON FELDER. Funds raised as a result of the raffle, as well as ticket sales and donations taken at the venue, will benefit Girls Rock Camp Foundation, as well as local LGBT charities such as Equality NC (the oldest LGBT rights action group in the U.S.) and The LGBT Center of Raleigh.
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Phoenix LGBT leaders meet with Nowakowski about controversial video

Phoenix LGBT leaders meet with Nowakowski about controversial video | LGBT Community Centers | Scoop.it

The May 11 sit-down was an opening discussion between him and the community, said Rebecca Wininger, a representative of the LGBT-rights group Equality Arizona.

"All I can say right now is that we met, we had a good conversation, and I look forward to continuing the dialogue," she said in a statement. "It was the first step in what needs to be an ongoing conversation."

Nowakowski did not respond to a request for comment about the meeting. He met with Wininger and Justin Owen, executive director of the Phoenix Pride LGBT Center.

LGBT leaders said Nowakowski's office requested the meeting after a video surfaced in March, showing him apparently objecting to same-sex marriage and transgender people being allowed to use bathrooms that match their gender identity.

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Resource Center moves to its new landmark building this weekend 

Resource Center moves to its new landmark building this weekend  | LGBT Community Centers | Scoop.it

Resource Center moves to its new landmark building this weekend DAVID TAFFET  |  Senior Staff Writer taffet@dallasvoice.com Cece Cox said this week s

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LGBT Mental Health: Closet Prejudice Remains

LGBT Mental Health: Closet Prejudice Remains | LGBT Community Centers | Scoop.it
Though officially homosexuality is no longer considered an illness, some still see it as a sort of contagion — either a rival ideology that threatens to challenge political stability, or a lifestyle that can win converts through advertising. But in China, many argue that it’s more common to see attempts to convert gays and lesbians to heterosexuality. Xin Ying, director of the Beijing LGBT Center, says that many clinics around the country continue to offer “conversion therapy,” ranging from counseling to physical treatments, aimed at turning gays and lesbians straight.

Beijing LGBT Center, an NGO founded in 2008, has been working to expose and confront the practice. In 2014, the center helped prepare research and evidence for a gay man, Yang Teng, who sued a clinic in the southwestern city of Chongqing where he’d undergone electroshock therapy and hypnosis aimed at “curing” his homosexuality. The lawsuit also implicated search engine Baidu for advertising the therapy.
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Cecelia Iglesias and Robert Hammond Send LGBT Center OC Back to 1977

Cecelia Iglesias and Robert Hammond Send LGBT Center OC Back to 1977 | LGBT Community Centers | Scoop.it
Laura W. Kanter, director of Policy, Advocacy and Youth Programs with the LGBT Center OC, has questions for two local school board members whos
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Gabriel Dawe installation dazzles in new Community Center

Gabriel Dawe installation dazzles in new Community Center | LGBT Community Centers | Scoop.it
A dazzling installation made of thread hangs above the staircase of the new LGBT Community Center that's set to open on Saturday, May 21 with an open house fro
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LGBT center aims to bring community together

LGBT center aims to bring community together | LGBT Community Centers | Scoop.it
The committee envisions a place that is welcoming to people of all orientation, age and gender. They've named it the Polestar LGBT Center of Traverse City and are working on becoming an incorporated nonprofit and finding a safe, central location to either rent or build.

The plan is to offer inclusive activities, such as potlucks and movie nights, alongside social services, such as support groups and information sessions. Grim said he wants to create a place that will enrich the LGBT community while also educating those who don't identify as gay. He encourages family members, physicians, teachers and others to use the center as a resource.

"We've thought about setting up weekend seminars for people in different professions and having knowledgeable experts come in and talk with them," Grim said. "I think it needs to be stressed that it can be life and death, especially for young people. The pressures that they have, often they're rejected by their families or friends, and they are really lost."

Young knows how difficult is to come out, and he believes Polestar will make things easier on the local LGBT community.
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Rain doesn’t dampen enthusiasm for picnic fundraiser

Rain doesn’t dampen enthusiasm for picnic fundraiser | LGBT Community Centers | Scoop.it

Forty diverse picnic baskets dotted a plot of turf Saturday evening inside Pavilion 2 at the World Market Center.

While those picnic baskets were supposed to be spread across the street at Symphony Park, Saturday’s rainy forecast forced the second annual Picnic by Design: Parasols in the Park indoors.

“We held it in September last year, and it was 92 degrees and bottles were uncorking themselves,” said Cory Sadler, association board co-chairman and Picnic by Design co-chairman. “This year we decide to hold it in the spring and we get rained out.”

All 40 picnic baskets, which were designed by local designers, were auctioned off online with starting bids of $300 and increased by increments of $50 prior to the event, Sadler said. Tables of four and eight were also purchased.

Attendees enjoyed a gourmet buffet-style dinner and listened to performances by the UNLV Jazz Ensemble, Toscha Comeaux and the male quartet These Guys.

Basket donors included the Wynn, Summerlin-area restaurant Honey Salt and Blue Man Group, which included tickets to a show and a custom-designed drum in the picnic basket.

“Everything in the basket goes home with the person who bought it,” Sadler said. “People have poured their heart and soul into this.”

The fundraiser was hosted by The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada (The Center) in partnership with Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS , a New York City-based organization dedicated to raising awareness and funding organizations that provide treatment, services, programs and advocacy for those impacted by HIV/AIDS.

Sadler said he anticipates raising $75,000 this year, which will help fund programs at The Center.

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LGBT Community Center Opens In Northern Nevada

LGBT Community Center Opens In Northern Nevada | LGBT Community Centers | Scoop.it

A new community center catering to Northern Nevada's Lesbian, Gay, Transgender and Bisexual population is now open in Midtown Reno.

The grand opening of Our Center brought out hundreds of people this weekend to Wells Avenue for food trucks, games and live music.

The nonprofit group behind it has been working since 2009 to raise the funds to launch a dedicated space for LGBT education, advocacy and support services. Jeromy Manke is president of Our Center."

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