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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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 4 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

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.

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

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

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

simply build on what is already there.

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?

2009-6-01

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 2 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

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.

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

Sponsoring the Gay Pride Festival 2 years in a row

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

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?

2009-5-01

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Rating: 2 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

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.

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

Find inventive ways to fund the operation of the GLSO center

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

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-3-01

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