Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Community Center
“The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center provides a home for the birth, nurture and celebration of our organizations, institutions and culture; cares for our individuals and groups in need; educates the public and our community; and empowers our individuals and groups to achieve their fullest potential.”
MORE ABOUT US:
Established in 1983, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center has grown to become the largest LGBT multi-service organization on the East Coastand second largest LGBT community center in the world.
Every week, 6,000 people visit the Center, and more than 300 groups meet here. In addition, our myriad meeting rooms are booked months in advance, indicating the community is as hungry as ever for a place to call its own.
We provide groundbreaking social service, public policy, educational and cultural/recreational programs. We also serve as an incubator for grassroots groups that meet here. Indeed, we were the birthplace of organizations such as the AIDS activist group ACT UP and the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), the principal organization combating homophobia and stereotyping of gays in the media.
AMONG OUR GROUNDBREAKING PROGRAMS:
Center CARE Wellness (Counseling, Advocacy, Recovery and Education) is the Center’s adult mental health and wellness program. Since 1983, the Center has been at the forefront of creating awareness for HIV and AIDS, as well as providing counseling, education, prevention and bereavement services. Center Adult services have also been innovators in making available ground-breaking alcohol and substance abuse prevention and treatment services that are tailored to LGBT people; helping people of transgender experience find support, information and community; and helping individuals deal with their anxiety, depression and other mental health concerns.
Youth Enrichment Services (YES) focuses on ending isolation experienced by many LGBT youths. YES offers professional development training for youth workers, child welfare workers, teachers, guidance counselors and school administrators. YES also has a leadership training and networking project for students working to end homophobia in their schools.
As a result of intense focus on substance abuse prevention and treatment over the course of the past 22 years, the Center opened Center CARE Recovery in November 2007. Center CARE Recovery is a licensed, medically supervised intensive outpatient substance abuse and dependence treatment program that uses an abstinence model and incorporates a range of holistic services. Since opening, Center CARE Recovery has offered more than 6,100 units of service, screened more than 500 people for services and referrals and admitted more than 210 clients into the program with a linkage to heath care.
Culture at the Center spans a wide array of expression from dance to theater to fiction readings to operatic performance and much more. As the Center partners with cultural organizations around the City, we are expanding the reach of our artistic offerings to reach broader and more diverse audiences. The Cultural Programs Department engages an extensive variety of artists, authors, speakers and activists to create a safe space for culture and the arts to be well-represented at the Center and among the larger LGBT community. By cultivating new artists, understanding the demands of established performers, encouraging younger activists as well as inviting seasoned advocates, we embrace all segments of our community and integrate them into the Center’s world.
In addition, one of our prime functions is to provide affordable meeting space for LGBT organizations, many of which would otherwise have no place to go. The lack of affordable, harassment-free space in New York has pushed several organizations to the brink of extinction. Stepping forward more than once, we have ensured the delivery of much needed services and programs.