GLSO Pride Center

Rating: 4.22 stars   9 reviews

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Location: Lexington KY 40504 USA

Mission: The mission of the Lexington Gay and Lesbian Services Organization is to improve the quality of life of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered individuals and their families in the Central and Eastern Kentucky areas by providing a community focal point through outreach, information access, support, and to create a welcoming and accepting community that exists to empower GLBT people.
Results: Started the first GSA Gay, Straight Alliance for youth in the state. Other organizations within the community begain as an subsidiary of our organization, such as; AVOL, AIDS Volunteers of Lexington. The Fairness Alliance and the ActOut Theatre Group.  With the opening of The Center we are able to provide a safe place for various groups and organizations to host their meetings and small events.  The Center also has the largest free GLBT lending library in the state.
Target demographics: Lexington Kentucky area.  All ages.
Geographic areas served: Central & Eastern Kentucky
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Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

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

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

The lives that I have seen it touch.

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;.

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?

2009-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

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.

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.

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.

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?

2009-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

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.

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.

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.

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?

2009-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

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.

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

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

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

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?

2009-3-01

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