Mission: The mission of the Lexington Gay and Lesbian Services Organization is to improve the quality of life of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered individuals and their families in the Central and Eastern Kentucky areas by providing a community focal point through outreach, information access, support, and to create a welcoming and accepting community that exists to empower GLBT people.
Results: Started the first GSA Gay, Straight Alliance for youth in the state.
Other organizations within the community begain as an subsidiary of our organization, such as; AVOL, AIDS Volunteers of Lexington. The Fairness Alliance and the ActOut Theatre Group. With the opening of The Center we are able to provide a safe place for various groups and organizations to host their meetings and small events. The Center also has the largest free GLBT lending library in the state.
Target demographics: Lexington Kentucky area. All ages.
Geographic areas served: Central & Eastern Kentucky
The GLSO Pride Center, its volunteers and officers have been instrumental in the formation, establishment and growth of the non-profit group, The Rainbow League. The Rainbow League is a GLBT all-inclusive bowling league in Lexington, Kentucky.
The GLSO has helped us find and retain new members by including our announcements in their newsletters. They have personally connected me with interested folks in the community and with volunteers who have helped me organize and start the league.
Our goal was to begin the 2009 season with 10 teams. We reached it within two weeks of start-up. Without the GLSO, I don't believe we would have been able to bring in so many participants or have created the receptive and large community awareness we now enjoy.
Many thanks to the organization and its staff for their hard work, professionalism and dedication.
The Rainbow League