CHARLOTTE — The board of directors for The Lesbian & Gay Community Center of Charlotte has unanimously approved a name change to reflect broader inclusion and diversity. The organization will now be known as The LGBT Community Center of Charlotte.

News of the unanimously-approved name change was delivered via the center’s email newsletter Tuesday night.

“In order to showcase the inclusiveness of The Center, effective immediately, we are The LGBT Community Center of Charlotte,” the organization wrote to supporters.

The news brief also noted that “other exciting changes” were forthcoming.

Efforts to establish a community center were begun in 2000. It opened a permanent location on Central Ave. in Plaza-Midwood in 2002. In January 2007, the group faced financial and other difficulties leading to a cut in its hours and programming. That same month, executive director Laura Witkowski resigned; the center has been without permanent, full-time staff since.

In May 2008, the center moved to new office space in the N.C. Music Factory on the outskirts of Uptown. After the departure of board chair Denise Palm-Beck last December, center board members held a community round table in which attendees suggested the organization look for new space and start developing more concrete programs and services.

Since 2006, the center has also operated the city’s annual Pride Charlotte festival. The event is the center’s largest fundraising source and will be held on Aug. 27 along Tryon St. in Uptown.

[Ed. Note — This writer is a member of the Pride Charlotte organizing committee.]

Stay tuned to and be sure to pick up the May 28, 2011, print edition for more news on this developing story.

Matt Comer

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.