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GLSO Pride Center
June 18, 2009

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.

Ways to make it better...

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

Find inventive ways to fund the operation of the GLSO center

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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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
General Member of the Public & Attended Insight meetings; volunteered at the center.