Greensboro LGTBQ Center is Open

GREENSBORO, NC – The very first LGBTQ center in downtown Greensboro has reopened after being closed for over a year.

The center moved to its new location on Greene Street in January 2020 and shortly after opening it had to close due to COVID-19.

Now the center is open and currently provides resources and programs on a wide range of topics such as; health care, knowing your legal rights, self-advocacy, aging and transgender issues.

What would you like to know

  • The LGBTQ Center is a space for the community to feel assertive and secure in its identity
  • It consists of a living room, meeting spaces, a resource library and a transgender clothing closet
  • It is open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Guilford Green Foundation and LGBTQ Center Executive Director Jennifer Ruppe said it was great to have everyone back in the building.

“For a lot of people, the community center, the LGBTQ center, might be the only place where they feel assertive and secure in their identity or where they turn for resources. So not being able to access that space during the pandemic was difficult for a lot of people, ”Ruppe said.

This was the case for Sophie Carson and her boyfriend James Kirland. Both are high school students from Guilford County and both are part of the LGBTQ centre’s youth program.

They feel like the center is one of the only places where they can be themselves without being intimidated.

“I’m the president of my GSA schools, the straight gay alliance, so I’m very present in my school and there are a lot of sarcastic comments,” Carson said.

“I received death threats for coming out as a trans man in my school,” added Kirklanded.

Carson adds that if you’re part of the LGBTQ community and looking for a welcoming community, the center is the place to be.

“Being in a space surrounded by queer people is really liberating and comfortable,” Carson said.

The center measures 2,000 square feet and consists of a lounge, meeting spaces, a resource library and a transgender clothing closet. It is open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Currently, the center is seeking donations for “Give Out Day,” which is a national online giving day for LGBTQ centers. The money is used for youth programs and social events, promoting the physical and mental health of LGBTQ youth.

To donate, you can text GGF at 44-321 to support their mission for the Pride Butterfly. For more information, you can visit the website.

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