When I moved to Memphis two years ago, I was newly "out" and looking to meet others in the rainbow community. Last year I heard about MGLCC and all the positive things that were going on there and decided to get involved. I attended a volunteer orientation and have been a fixture there every since. I like being able to assist others in the community with finding the resources they need. I also love all the people I get to meet while working the front desk or participating in various community events. MGLCC is a great place to really make a difference in your life and the lives of others.
I first moved to Memphis a year ago and it was the first time I was living so far away from home. I didn't know anyone and I was all alone. MGLCC was there when I needed it and eventually became my second home and the people there my second family! The work they do is so powerful and important to the community. The people who work there are so giving and wonderful that I can't imagine a world without MGLCC. They have given me so many opportunities to share my skills and give back to the community myself and it has been the greatest experience.
When I moved to Memphis 3 years ago I was pleasantly surprised to find out there was a community center for gay persons. I have benefited from meeting new friends, recieve testing services, and referral survices. But, what I get the greatest pleasure from is knowing the youth in our city have a place where they can find help and get services they need. I also feel I am being a part of services provided when I am able to volunteer at the welcome desk and financiall support the agency. Keep up the good work. Martin Pratt
The Memphis Gay and Lesbian Community Center has been extremely beneficial for me personally, but also academically and occupationally. I have moved to Memphis coming from a challenging background regarding sexuality, and MGLCC was just the type of place and the people I needed the most. Being a regular volunteer, I really got to see the impact the community center has on the LGBTQIA community, and the people that are affected by their work. I have also gotten to know the Director and other board members very well, and their passion for helping the community has inspired me in my future endeavors.
Coming out is a difficult process for someone over 40, at least it was for me. I spent many months last year arguing with myself about which way to turn. Then last November, I saw the MGLCC online newsletter asking for volunteers. Walking into the Center for the first time was such a relief for me. I finally found a place where I could be accepted for who I was. Volunteering has helped me to connect with others and see what a valuable asset the Center is for individuals and the community.
MGLCC serves our Mid South community in so many ways. There are programs for folks of all ages. The center offers education, advocacy and community! MGLCC has been there for folks who were hungry, homeless or just needed someone to talk to. The only place like it in a couple of hundred miles. We have been involved with homeless gay youth and I can't imagine what the kids would have done without having the center. MGLCC is a GREAT nonprofit for sure.
I was only able to volunteer briefly with MGLCC, but during my time there, I was so honored to be a part of a community that cares so greatly about the people it serves - whether they are regular visitors or whether it is someone's first time walking through the doors. MGLCC gives people an opportunity to be themselves, to feel supported and valuable regardless of where they come from and what others have told them. Every person has a role and a story to tell, and MGLCC allowed people to share those stories. I am not homosexual, and confess that I was nervous about whether others would question why I wanted to volunteer, but my fears were put to rest within 2 seconds of being there. The center is about loving and accepting others, and I'm a big fan of that. I think MGLCC is one of Memphis' greatest assets.