As a cast member in Near West Theatre’s 2010 production of RENT, Ken was educated about the resources available at the Center as a parallel to the themes portrayed in the musical. “Knowing there was a welcoming resource center nearby which I could go to with questions or for support was very uplifting in my coming out process.”
The unique difficulties of coming out and living as an LGBTQ person are Ken’s main motivation for giving to the Center. He wants to support the educational, social, and health and wellness resources provided at the Center, as well as maintaining a strong public voice for the local LGBTQ community: “The Center uplifts underrepresented groups of our community and provides a safe space for us to gather as one community. I give to support the Center’s important work.”
Ken was a volunteer for Pride in the CLE in 2017, and is excited to volunteer again in 2018. He is also an active member of the Stonewall Sports Cleveland community. He has played five seasons of kickball and is excited to start his second season of dodgeball this winter.
“My hope for the future of the LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland is that the new facility creates an environment which enables the Center to take its work to the next level. Specifically, I hope the Center can continue and improve its outreach efforts, social and health services, and advocacy on behalf of the various communities in the sexuality and gender spectrums. The Center’s improved visibility along Detroit Road through the construction of the new facility should certainly help with these efforts.”
For more information about how you can support the Center, visit our website or call Shae London at (216) 651-5428 ext. 109. Donate now.