My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for LGBT Center Of Raleigh Inc, Raleigh, NC, USA
The Center provides a generally low-stress environment with friendly people, so it's a great place for anybody who wants to gain volunteering experience and already has a lot on their plate. The leaders communicate with all the volunteers well. It has a wonderful library and lots of resources, and it's a good place for community members and allies to just hang out. Obviously you shouldn't disturb any events taking place, but you can come in almost anytime the Center is open if you need a friendly place to be. I know that sometimes I just need to be around people like me, and I tend to go to the Center when I feel that need.
There are programs for all four letters in the acronym. I can't speak for the gay and bi programs, but I can say that the Center provides some great support for transgender people. The trans* support group and supper club have friendly people in them with a wide range of gender identities. I've heard horror stories about gender policing within trans* groups in other cities, but I've never experienced anything like that here. This group is respectful and a lot of fun. I feel pretty comfortable in the group as a non-binary person. The lesbian/queer women's initiative is run by two trans-friendly people, so trans lesbians and queer women should have minimal problems in those programs.
I had limited experience with the youth coffee house program when I was still in high school, and I recommend it. It provides a low-pressure environment for LGBTQ teens to meet other people their age in the community.
I'll go ahead and promote my own program while I'm at it too. I run the open mic night. I aim to provide a safe, welcoming environment where the attendees feel free to express themselves without judgement. Not to brag, but I get a lot of great feedback about it. You should check it out.
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They're already getting a bigger location next year, and I don't have anything else to add.
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