RALEIGH, N.C. — The LGBT Center of Raleigh has announced that it is moving from its space at 411 Hillsborough St. to 324 S. Harrington St., effective Jan 2, 2014. They will welcome visitors from 12-6 p.m. and will hold a First Friday Art Reception from 6-9 p.m., when they will offer tours of the facility. Guest artist for January is Chuck Rose. “This will be a great opportunity to see the space and just how much potential it has!” said James Miller, center executive director.
The new location is in the Sperry Building and once housed the Alliance of AIDS Services-Carolinas. The center will continue to offer free and confidential HIV/STD testing from the Alliance.
The larger location offers several amenities, including a large activity room/gathering space, boardroom, kitchenette area, two executive offices, a private meeting room available for use by community organizations, ample storage facilities, gender-neutral restrooms and shared use of the parking lot behind the building. The new space enables the center to build upon its successful programming and outreach services to LGBT people and their allies across age, gender and cultural spectrums. Among these programs are the Transgender Initiative, Youth and Family Initiative, SAGE Raleigh senior outreach, and Affirming Faith Forum. The space also allows for the center’s library, already the state’s largest LGBT community lending library, to double the size of its holdings.
“We’re one step closer to the community center that we’ve all dreamed about,” Miller commented. “We’re a small center located in the South and people may have preconceived notions about that, but our community is just as dedicated and committed as any other in the United States. And, with over twice as much square footage, we’re going to be able to do a lot more,” he added.
A virtual tour is available online.
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