With the Supreme Court leading the way, 2013 was a banner year for the LGBT community. It was also a headline year for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center, as we marked our 30th anniversary.
Over these three decades, The Center has grown to be an organization that welcomes more than 6,000 visitors a week, up three-fold from the 2,000 people visiting weekly when we opened our doors in 1983.
To position ourselves for the future and to meet the ever-evolving needs of our diverse community, this year we embarked on a $9 million renovation and revitalization of our facilities, successfully raising $2.2 million in private capital funds to make it happen. Thanks to the many of you whose generous donations, over and beyond your annual support of The Center, made this possible.
There’s no question that serious challenges remain. Chief among them are a rash of anti-LGBT hate violence in New York City and ongoing challenges passing the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA). You can count on The Center to continue leading—from improving the health and wellness of LGBT community members to pressing our elected and appointed representatives to stir wider public debate—around these issues. Your contributions fuel these efforts and the broader operation of our LGBT-specific programs, keeping our doors open and services accessible 365 days a year.
As The Center enters its fourth decade, we have no doubt that our best days lie ahead. We will get there faster and stronger because of your continued support, for which we thank you.
Board Of Directors
The Center’s Board of Directors is responsible for oversight of the organization’s operations and helps guide The Center’s long-term vision and planning.
Brian C. Offutt
H. Gwen Marcus
At-Large Members of
Board of Directors
Darilyn T. Olidge
Samuel W. Rosenblatt
Mario J. Palumbo Jr.
2010 to 2011
2005 to 2009
2001 to 2004
Judith E. Turkel
1995 to 2000
Steven J. Powsner
1992 to 1994
1987 to 1991
1983 to 1987
Young Leaders Council
Please also see the Young Leaders Council (YLC). The YLC works in conjunction with our board and develops programming to engage its demographic as Center supporters, members, volunteers and leaders.
Programs & Services
The Center provides a welcoming environment in which everyone is celebrated for who they are; where visitors can connect and engage with the community. We invite you to take advantage of everything The Center has to offer, including meeting rooms and event space, the David Bohnett CyberCenter, an outdoor garden, the library and archive. The Center is your resource and information hub. We coordinate thousands of activities each year on behalf of LGBT organizations, individuals and non-profits who host their events and meetings at The Center. Come see for yourself how our staff and the larger LGBT community contribute to a safe, enriching and affirming atmosphere.
Our LGBT community has made spectacular cultural contributions to New York City and beyond. A home for the arts and education since its inception, The Center is at the heart of this cultural evolution. From the birth of the ACT UP organization in our building to the famous Keith Haring mural and other permanent art installations, The Center provides a forum for artists to shed light on LGBT topics and issues of interest. The Center is a permanent home for The Pat Parker/Vito Russo Center Library and The LGBT Community Center National History Archive. We also provide extensive information and referral services as well as affordable rental space for more than 400 groups a year.
For more than two decades, The Center has been helping the LGBT community to build, nurture, protect and grow our families. From questions about starting a family, to parenting support and networking, to couples counseling, legal and medical resources and referrals, we provide information and answers. Whether a community member is ready to start a family, looking to make a play date with other LGBT families or just seeking an LGBT-family-friendly environment, The Center is here to help.
Center Recovery is the only New York State, OASAS-licensed, outpatient substance abuse treatment program specifically designed for the LGBT community. Even today, our community faces a number of issues and health disparities that place us at greater risk for alcohol and substance abuse. The Center recognizes how these elements affect our community, and we offer educational and recovery programs, psychiatric services, support groups and counseling to provide the tools our clients need to lead sober, healthier lives.
As with any community, quality of life is important. Through a range of programs, services and events, we provide the mental and physical health resources needed to preserve and enhance well-being. The Center offers extensive services, from short-term counseling and groups, to health referrals, smoking cessation, cancer support, HIV/AIDS prevention and support, and gender identity and LGBT immigration programming.
The Center provides a forum for the LGBT youth of our community (and those who are questioning their gender identity or sexual orientation) to celebrate who they are in an affirming, healthy and welcoming environment. We help our LGBT youth to live independently, establish support networks and to effect positive, social change. Open to young people between the ages of 13 and 21, our programs build self-esteem and help ready participants for various life stages. We offer peer leadership training and discussion groups, guidance for setting personal or vocational goals, as well as college preparation and career support.
Statement of Financial Position
|Accounts Receivable, Net||2,536,641||915,133|
|Cash held for other agencies||470,055||37,431|
|Property, plant and equipment||11,951,169||11,829,832|
Liabilites and Net Assets
|Accounts payable and acrued expenses||308,947||293,882|
|Amounts held for other agencies||470,328||37,341|
Program Services 71%
Management and General 12%
Activites and Changes in Net Assets
Revenue and Support
|Special Events, Net||1,114,824||1,487,758|
|Management and General||838,130||903,382|
|Change in Net Assets||2,645,622||(242,603)|
|Net Assetts, beginning of year||10,358,521||10,601,124|
|Net Assetts, end of year||13,004,143||10,358,521|
Visitors per year
to The Center…
*The Consolidated Statement of Financial Position for the Lesbian and Gay Community Services Center, Inc. as of June 30, 2013, related Statement of Activities, changes within net assets, and cash flows, which were audited by O’Connor Davies, LLP. The statements shown have been derived from the Consolidated Audited Financial Statements.
Visit The Center
Our function is to provide a place in which LGBT people can meet, seek services and find support. What truly differentiates The Center is the sense of home that we provide for the more than 6,000 people who visit us each week. Combine our services and programming with our role in the community, then place all of this in a facility like ours, and what you get is a one-of-a-kind LGBT center with a special purpose. The Center is the backbone of our community, with:
- Dedicated information and referral staff to help you navigate The Center and all of New York City
- Programs that evolve with the needs of our community
- Affordable meeting rooms and event spaces for rent
Want to socialize, make new friends and have fun? Need a little support? Or, are you just looking for a unique, LGBT-friendly environment in New York City? If so, welcome to The Center.
Learn more about The Center, find information about our programs, and support our mission by making a donation and becoming a member.