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June 25, 2009

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June 25, 2009

I came out at a ripe old age. Scared to death, I circled the block of the Pride Center for a year before I got the nerve to go in the door. When I got there, I found people laughing, happy and secure, all the things I was not. I needed to know that I was OK and that there was a place where I could be me and not be afraid. After coming back time after time, both in curiosity and a need to connect and learn about my new community, I found a peace that I had never had. A sense of belonging. The more I volunteered and went to various meetings and functions, the better I felt about myself. I found a place I fit. The pieces that were so shattered began to mend. I also found the love of my life. For that, I will be forever greatful to the GLSO and the Pride Center. I hope to work there until I cannot. I hope that I can give back at least part of what was given to me. Sincerely, Ginger

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The lives that I have seen it touch.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Don't get me started...I want a new, centrally located, Pride Center with ample meeting rooms, activity rooms with computers and game machines, etc., groups for young adults, old adults, parents, gay parents, educational and social activities...&more;.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The whole experience has been glorious. It is hard, sometimes exasperating, sometimes exhilarating, always interesting, always worthwhile.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Wonderful, warm, welcoming and dedicated. Such a hard-working bunch!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Spread the word (tv, radio, e-ads, print,) expand (new Pride Center, new programs,) reach out (rural areas, support and aid to the disenfranchised,) educate (GLSEN, PFLAG, classrooms,) give HOPE (Welcome, Accept, Empower!)

Ways to make it better...

Nothing. I believe life unfolds the way it should.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Education, education, planning, planning, execution, execution, follow-up.

One thing I'd also say is that...

The Board is dedicated and no matter what their shortcomings have always and will always continue to work toward a better future for GLBT individuals and the GLBT community.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

June 23, 2009

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June 23, 2009

The Pride Center is an essential hub of the LGBT community in Lexington. It is the primary source of info about organizations and events. It has and continues to provide resources for a wide range of people and groups including youth, transgender people, and others who may otherwise feel desperately isolated. It provides a physical space for many groups to meet in safety and confidentiality. Some of the folks who have sustained the center over many years are heroes in my mind.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the incredible Pride Festival last year. I honestly think it changed this town forever.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

simply build on what is already there.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the social opportunities.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

absolutely wonderful, warm, and helpful.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

open a center downtown with spaces for meetings, cafes, arts, recreation, extensive library with all the current materials, and well-compensated staff. It could support ventures of individuals and organizations to further the strength of the LGBT communi

Ways to make it better...

it hadn't rained on SisterSound. You all can control that, can't you. ;>

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

money, location.

One thing I'd also say is that...

If the board is in need of assistance with strategic planning for the future done in an open way based on group consensus, I can help. I would love volunteer to facilitate a process for this if it is needed.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

June 23, 2009

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June 23, 2009

While the GLSO does provide a few services, including a very nice book and video library, its main functions are not very prevalent in the community. As a matter of fact, the facility needs a complete overhaul of strategy and offerings for the gay community. While some have had very pleasant interaction with the facility, I fail to see how and where they got them unless they were part of the clique that makes up the so-called administration of the center. True, many of us need to volunteer or give more money, possibly, but there is enough revenue from a newsletter that is printed in color, but in a poor manner and on cheap paper. Not the quality newsletter a city like Lexington, Kentucky should be publishing. Furthermore, other than Insight and maybe another group there are very for activities for the community. Yes, there’s going to be the 2nd Gay Pride Festival which sounds fantastic – but that alone does not make a GLSO center. And by the way – how was the money spent from last year’s festival and events? The center should also be located in a more central location so that all of the gay community could participate – young and old alike. Being closer downtown would probably draw a larger crowd of UK students and young people from the community. Older adults who frequent the bars and restaurants would also probably pay the center a visit. But to make it viable, it must have quality programs, a friendly staff, and some consistency. As far as I am concerned Insights is the only thing that has been positive for me.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Sponsoring the Gay Pride Festival 2 years in a row

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Redo the organizational structure - some of the same people but redo the strategic planning

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Insights

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Most were nice others just ok

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Build a center and develop a thriving place for the gay community to gather in the city of Lexington

Ways to make it better...

There were more expeiences to be had

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Survival

One thing I'd also say is that...

GLSO is ok - it's just not the organization that meets my needs

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

June 22, 2009

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June 22, 2009

I started dating my first partner when I was 15. We were together for 10 years. Sadly, at the age of 25 I became a widower and a recluse. When my partner died I basically went into hiding for 9 years. I was done with the world until I found the GLSO Pride Center. Everyone I came into contact with there listened to my story with compassion, sincereity and heart. They encouraged me to reconnect with the community and supported me emotionally as I did. Eventually I began volunteering with The GLSO Pride Center and still work with them to this day, 10 years later. One thing I am most proud of is the fact that The GLSO Pride Center makes every attempt to keep their social event prices low so that EVERYONE in the community who wants to attend can.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the faces of our community, many of whom came to the Pride Center when they felt they were all alone in this world.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

like to come up with a strategic, long term plan on how to work toward obtaining our own property.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the sense of unity in the community. I like the fact that the GLSO Pride Center serves as an umbrella organization for all the local GLBT organizations and some non-GLBT organizations.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

sincere, loyal, dedicated and determined.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

finally fulfill it's dream of having it's own building in the heart of Downtown Lexington.

Ways to make it better...

more people would get involved with the board....and be active about it...not just sit on the board.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

finances, as with most non-profits.

One thing I'd also say is that...

The GLSO Pride Center is a much needed service in our area. They are a vital resource to mothers of teens who are just coming out and to those in the community who may have "lost themselves" for a while and everything in between.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

June 22, 2009

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June 22, 2009

The Pride Center has become my home. The people here have help find myself after hiding from the world out of fear for so many years. I have learned how to give back through volunteering here, and have met many new while doing so. This organization deserves so much more help than it receives from its community. It has come a long way though from its beginning many years ago.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the many lives it has touched and changed over the years I have been acquainted with it.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

have a housing fund open so that it would eventually be able to have its own building where they would like.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

working on the newsletter, and being able to work on Saturday mornings a few years ago.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very well informed of what was happening around town, and what was available to GLBT's in healthcare and other area's.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

first hire someone to oversee the accurate dispensing of the funds so that they wouldn't run out. Then get their own building. Then maybe hire more staff.

Ways to make it better...

it was more centrally located, such as downtown, and possibly opened more hours with more workers.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

finances, volunteers willing to work to keep doors open more hours, more diverse board memebers.

One thing I'd also say is that...

with the funds they do have, and the volunteers, and board members they run and an awesome Pride Center. They are growing, but with some help they could help the much needed GLBT growing community in Lexington and surrounding communites.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

June 18, 2009

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June 18, 2009

They created the first downtown high visability pride festival in 2008 and this year promises to be even larger. They have made Lexington Kentucky a warm place for GLBT folks by working hard with other organizations and being THOUGHTFUL about those interactions. This is a very conservative state and Lexington is a beacon of hope now to GLBT people living with a lot of homophobia in the surrounding area.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the impact in the larger community and the acceptance here of GLBT people.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

do a better job of making it accessible and protect volunteers better from personal attacks by hotheads that only occasionally volunteer

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

a real sense of accomplishment

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

mostly dedicated and interested in doing the best they can.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand its programs to better serve the glbt community instead of constantly throwing tiny fundraisers that more often than not lose money

Ways to make it better...

they had more people serving on the board and committees and if they made events more accessible to people with disabilities.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

getting rid of the board members who are clearly burned out. Most problems could have been avoided by reigning in over zealous committee chairs who tried to usurp the board.

One thing I'd also say is that...

most of the people there have their heart and their head in the right place. They just need to learn how to better deal with people that want to use the organization as some sort of launching pad for community stardom.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

June 18, 2009

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June 18, 2009

Although the GLSO Center seems to be very helpful in terms of resources, such as social and support groups; I didn't feel like I fit in well very. By this I am referring to the Insight group, the only gay social and support group that I've had exposure to. I've attended several meetings and felt very isolated. There seemed to be a lack of activities that the group participated other than movies and potlucks in the center. Perhaps topical discussion, games, and outings should be incorporated within this social and support group. A second comment refers to the availability, or rather lack of availability, of social and support groups at the GLSO Center. There seems to be a lack of social and support groups for younger people, particularly younger professionals and college-oriented students. Perhaps I would be more inclined to support the GLSO Center if such a group were available. My last comment refers to the location of the GLSO Center. Though the Waller Street does not seem like a poor location relative to other locations within Lexington, I believe a more central location of the GLSO center should be considered and may even perhaps be beneficial to the gay community in Lexington and within the Bluegrass Region at large. A downtown location, for example, may help increase the visibility of an active gay community within the city of Lexington and its surrounding communities, especially because our city's downtown is very vibrant, active, and a magnet for both residents within the city and residents within surrounding Bluegrass Region.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find inventive ways to fund the operation of the GLSO center

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very kind, friendly, and considerate.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Rent or own out a facility downtown or relatively close to downtown and provide more social and support groups. The facility should be spacious, with at least two floors. More staff to open and close the center so that it can serve as a "drop-in" center.

Ways to make it better...

there were a social and support group for young professionals or college-oriented people. Also a more central location for the GLSO center, such as downtown, which is a hub/magnet of activity for the city and Lexington and the surrounding Bluegrass Regio

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Funding. Perhaps if the GLSO center were organized differently this would not be a challenge. From what I hear, there seems to be problems running the center

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

June 16, 2009

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June 16, 2009

The GLSO Pride Center, its volunteers and officers have been instrumental in the formation, establishment and growth of the non-profit group, The Rainbow League. The Rainbow League is a GLBT all-inclusive bowling league in Lexington, Kentucky. The GLSO has helped us find and retain new members by including our announcements in their newsletters. They have personally connected me with interested folks in the community and with volunteers who have helped me organize and start the league. Our goal was to begin the 2009 season with 10 teams. We reached it within two weeks of start-up. Without the GLSO, I don't believe we would have been able to bring in so many participants or have created the receptive and large community awareness we now enjoy. Many thanks to the organization and its staff for their hard work, professionalism and dedication. Morgan Fry President The Rainbow League

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

...reaching members of our community in an effective manner.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Our growth and success, the ability to create awareness of our group through the GLSO and its publications.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Officers and GLSO publishing volunteers

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Become a regional resource for the GLBT community in both a business and community capacity.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

June 16, 2009

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June 16, 2009

The GLSO Pride Center is the "hub in the wheel" of LGBT activities in Lexington. It is through Pride Center activities that much of the LGBT community in Lexington (actually in the entire eastern half of Kentucky)stay connected. From the groups they sponsor to the newsletter to their outstanding library built entirely from donations from the community to the 2nd Annual Lexington Pride Festival coming up in a couple of weeks, Board members and volunteers have worked tirelessly for years to make sure that the LGBT community is not invisible in Lexington. The Pride Center staff have been there for me and many others and as the only Pride Center in the State of Kentucky has done an outstanding job of bringing the face of the LGBT community to the front in situations that affect its well-being.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the fact that Lexington will celebrate its 2nd Annual Pride Festival (on the courthouse lawn, no less)in June, 2009 due in large measure to the support of and coordination by the GLSO Pride Center.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the people I have met and the friendships I have made.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

always friendly and able to help me with whatever information I was seeking.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

stop worrying about where next month's rent was coming from and expand its services and its visibilty in the community.

Ways to make it better...

the hours the Pride Center is open were longer.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

finances, finding the money each month to keep afloat. If they didn't have to worry about money all the time, they could use their talent to expand programming and hours and possibly add other resources as well.

One thing I'd also say is that...

the Pride Center runs on the backs of some extremely dedicated volunteers. And volunteers who do everything all the time get burned out. A volunteer coordinator to keep new people coming in and plugging them into volunteer opportunities might be helpful

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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