I came out at a ripe old age. Scared to death, I circled the block of the Pride Center for a year before I got the nerve to go in the door. When I got there, I found people laughing, happy and secure, all the things I was not. I needed to know that I was OK and that there was a place where I could be me and not be afraid. After coming back time after time, both in curiosity and a need to connect and learn about my new community, I found a peace that I had never had. A sense of belonging. The more I volunteered and went to various meetings and functions, the better I felt about myself. I found a place I fit. The pieces that were so shattered began to mend. I also found the love of my life. For that, I will be forever greatful to the GLSO and the Pride Center. I hope to work there until I cannot. I hope that I can give back at least part of what was given to me. Sincerely, Ginger
I started dating my first partner when I was 15. We were together for 10 years. Sadly, at the age of 25 I became a widower and a recluse. When my partner died I basically went into hiding for 9 years. I was done with the world until I found the GLSO Pride Center. Everyone I came into contact with there listened to my story with compassion, sincereity and heart. They encouraged me to reconnect with the community and supported me emotionally as I did. Eventually I began volunteering with The GLSO Pride Center and still work with them to this day, 10 years later. One thing I am most proud of is the fact that The GLSO Pride Center makes every attempt to keep their social event prices low so that EVERYONE in the community who wants to attend can.
The Pride Center has become my home. The people here have help find myself after hiding from the world out of fear for so many years. I have learned how to give back through volunteering here, and have met many new while doing so. This organization deserves so much more help than it receives from its community. It has come a long way though from its beginning many years ago.
They created the first downtown high visability pride festival in 2008 and this year promises to be even larger. They have made Lexington Kentucky a warm place for GLBT folks by working hard with other organizations and being THOUGHTFUL about those interactions. This is a very conservative state and Lexington is a beacon of hope now to GLBT people living with a lot of homophobia in the surrounding area.