The Community Center serves so many people in so many ways and fills a gap that had long existed. It offers a home for many services and programs as well as just a place to drop in and visit, read in the library, etc. for those who need to see a friendly face and hear a friendly voice.
MGLCC definitely help our friends in the Gay, Lesbian,Bisexual, Transgendered and Straight communities. The fellowship, education and health programs offered by the center are instrumental in mental and physical well-being of the participants. My experience as a board member, volunteer and donor opened my eyes to the hardships, discrimination and hatred many in our community face. The MGLCC is HOME to those seeking shelter and protection.
The Memphis Gay and Lesbian Community Center serves a vital role for GLTB persons in the greater Memphis area, but none more so than teenagers. In an ultra-conservative region of the country, teenagers are often shunned not only by their peers, but by their own families, often thrown out of their homes for coming out. The MGLCC helps these at-risk youth to find temporary homes, provide food, clothing and toiletries, and provide programs to help them survive the emotional trauma of being rejected by their families.
The Memphis Gay & Lesbian Community Center (MGLCC) is a vital part of the Mid-South community. Not only does the MGLCC offer a wide range of services (including health screenings, educational classes & entertainment events), they are also a safe haven for the GLBT and GLBT-friendly community. This "safe place" is much-needed in a part of the country that is often not accepting, intolerant and full of hate for anyone who is perceived as "different". Having a place to gather where everyone is open and loving and accepting is a great asset to the Mid-South.
MGLCC does important work advocating for equality in the Bible belt. I especially appreciate the Outflix Film Festival. GLBT visibility is important in a state where elected leadership is vocally hostile.