A Note from Your LGBT Center
Dear Beloved Community Members,
Following this year’s election, our team, individually and as an organization, has been feeling the same emotions that many seem to echoing nationwide. Many of us, especially those of us existing within the intersection of identities, have felt disenfranchised and scapegoated throughout this election season. Our community, including transgender immigrants, bisexual Indigenous Americans, disabled queer veterans, black lesbians, married couples, gay Muslim men, genderqueer Puerto Ricans, and many more are coping with uncertainty, grief, anger, and fear.
Over the last week we have received increased engagement and support – our community, both LGBTQ and ally individuals, have reached out to get involved with The Center, financially support The Center, and ultimately, have sought out The Center as a place for both information and solace. We know that you are feeling this because we are feeling and seeing your support. And it matters to us.
It has been a tough year for the LGBTQ community both in Cleveland, with the continuous anti-trans violence, and nationwide, with the murder of 49 Latinx family members in Orlando.
Our commitment to you is that we will remain vigilant in working to realize our vision - that the LGBTQ community is embraced and celebrated as an integral part of the thriving Northeast Ohio region, no matter what challenges may arise. We will allow our mission, to enrich the lives of the diverse LGBTQ community through advocacy, support, education and celebration, to guide us.
Here are some steps you can take:
Solidarity. Pride. Power.
It’s official, The Center is moving to brand new digs in the Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood. We’ll have triple the programming space and double the fun. Learn more.
The Center is continuing to develop an ongoing list of LGBTQ resources in the Greater Northeast Ohio area. Click here to view them.
Ongoing Center Events
The Center has a full schedule of regular weekly and monthly events, ranging from Youth Groups, HIV testing, Senior drop-in Lunches and volunteer nights, to book forums and wellness clinics.
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The Center Receives Largest
Donations in its History
The Center has received a 1.8 million dollar donation from an anonymous donor, the largest donation in the Center’s nearly 40-year history. The purpose of the donation is for the Center to purchase and renovate a new facility and increase staffing and program capacity. In addition, The Milton and Tamar Maltz Family Foundation has committed a $500,000 matching grant in support of a new endowment fund to provide for maintenance, upkeep and renovation of the new facility.
The LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland is proud to acknowledge two new partnerships that will have a lasting impact on the Cleveland LGBT community.
The endowment fund will be an enduring legacy that will provide community members the opportunity to ensure the sustainability of the Center. Up to $500,000 will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the Maltz Family Foundation until December 31, 2016.