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OUTMemphis: The LGBTQ Center for the Mid-South

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Civil Rights, Cultural & Ethnic Awareness, Education, Human Services, Lesbian & Gay Rights, LGBTQ, Libraries, Neighborhood Centers

Mission: OUTMemphis empowers, connects, educates and advocates for the LGBT community of the Mid-South

Geographic areas served: Memphis, West Tennessee, North Mississippi, East Arkansas

Programs: Perpetual Transition, Bold & Beautiful, Delta Transmasculine - Youth Emergency Services - For homeless and struggling LGBTQ youth Transgender support groups Free HIV Testing Gen Q and Queer as Youth - Youth services and support As I Am, As We Are - Men of color group Seeking Serenity - Al-Anon group Men's and Women's Potlucks Women's Book Club Outflix LGBTQ Film Festival Counseling Referrals Senior LGBTQ Services Safe, Welcoming, Affirming Space

Community Stories

18 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

Yes, I use to be a Board Member at the Memphis Gay Lesbian Community Center & work on the Newspape staff for our LGBTQ newspaper before it stopped being published. The MGLCC has a special place within my heart because it has allowed me to do a great majority of my Social Work Intern hours plus learn a great deal about many of the issues and concerns of teens who expeirence homelessness after telling their parents they are either gay, lesbian or trangendered to the point they're literally kicked out of the house right at that moment into the mean streets of Memphis.

The Memphis Gay Lesbian Community Center has become many of the teenagers and young adults refuge last hope before getting into serious trouble like attempting suicide or getting into drugs or prostitution after getting kicked out of their own homes. A few families has stepped up to allowed these teenagers and young adults to move into their homes but not until the Executive Director hss completed a background check on the adults.

I just think doing my hours at this Center has openef my eyes and made me feel good about many things am learning when I was a board member and volunteer. MGLCC is an excellent non-profit within 250 miles in any directon for many LGBTQ individuals in the South with many resources. Thanks for being a beacon for those individuals in the community.

Secelia W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1 Ri P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1 Martin P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

1 Tadumz

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

MGLCC serves a vital role in the community as a central point of connection and communication. It provides life-saving and life-enhancing services and programs. For newcomers to the area or those just coming out, MGLCC can provide referrals to gay-friendly businesses and professionals and help navigate life in the mid-south. I can't imagine Memphis without MGLCC.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

1 Alan12

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

1 Valarye V.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a member of one of the group meetings provided at MGLCC, I am learning how to manage what's been a part of me since I was real young. Will Batts, the director, always has a positive attitude and comforting words to anyone that needs to talk. I always feel welcome by the volenteers at the front desk, and have been given direction on who to talk to about certian issues I needed advice on. I wish they could open earlier though, but being a Non-profit organization i understand it's not cheap keeping a building open all day. I will continue to support the MGLCC anyway i can, because i know they support me.

3 Christopher17

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

2 Ray C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The MGLCC helped me transition from moving from California to Memphis from an accepting atmosphere to a not so accepting one. They took me in and helped me out when I needed it and was a safe place for me to go. They had numerous groups in which I loved being apart of and events which I always looked forward too. The MGLCC was my home away from home.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

MGLCC is doing a fantastic job and providing a necessary and vital resource for the mid-south community. They offer a variety of programs and the center is a warm and friendly place to stay connected.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

MGLCC is an amazing entity. The work they selflessly do has impacted many lives in a positive and caring way which in turn impacts the community in a positive way. Keep up the good work!

Deb_8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1 Anthony18

Donor

Rating: 4

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.