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GLSO Pride Center
June 16, 2009

The GLSO Pride Center is the "hub in the wheel" of LGBT activities in Lexington. It is through Pride Center activities that much of the LGBT community in Lexington (actually in the entire eastern half of Kentucky)stay connected. From the groups they sponsor to the newsletter to their outstanding library built entirely from donations from the community to the 2nd Annual Lexington Pride Festival coming up in a couple of weeks, Board members and volunteers have worked tirelessly for years to make sure that the LGBT community is not invisible in Lexington. The Pride Center staff have been there for me and many others and as the only Pride Center in the State of Kentucky has done an outstanding job of bringing the face of the LGBT community to the front in situations that affect its well-being.

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

the fact that Lexington will celebrate its 2nd Annual Pride Festival (on the courthouse lawn, no less)in June, 2009 due in large measure to the support of and coordination by the GLSO Pride Center.

Ways to make it better...

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

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the people I have met and the friendships I have made.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

always friendly and able to help me with whatever information I was seeking.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

stop worrying about where next month's rent was coming from and expand its services and its visibilty in the community.

Ways to make it better...

the hours the Pride Center is open were longer.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

finances, finding the money each month to keep afloat. If they didn't have to worry about money all the time, they could use their talent to expand programming and hours and possibly add other resources as well.

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

the Pride Center runs on the backs of some extremely dedicated volunteers. And volunteers who do everything all the time get burned out. A volunteer coordinator to keep new people coming in and plugging them into volunteer opportunities might be helpful

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Donor & I have utilized their library and other resources several times, have attended activities there and willingly donated funds needed to keep the Pride Center operating as I feel it is a critical part of the Lexington GLBT community.