We’ve been blessed to have the First Congretional United Church host us for so long, and we’ve really enjoyed our time there! We are very grateful for the service that they have provided our community!
That said, we’ve been chomping at the bit to expand and…
We are please to announce that we will be one of three local organizations partnering to establish The WNC Community Center Partnership, consisting of Blue Ridge Pride Center, Inc., Tranzmission and us, Youth OUTright WNC, Inc!!!
Tranzmission is an education, advocacy and support organization that, since 2001, has dedicated itself to helping make the lives of non-binary and transgender people safer, healthier, and happier.
“The need for a space like this has never been greater,” says Executive Director, Zeke Christopoulos. “Working with Youth OUTright, and Blue Ridge Pride Center to make a space that our groups can use and offer to others in the LGBTQ Community is a culmination of years of ongoing discussion and dreaming.”
Founded in 2009, Youth OUTright WNC, Inc. is the only youth advocacy and leadership non-profit organization in the region LGBTQIA+ youth in Western North Carolina. Youth OUTright offers free and confidential discussion groups that serve youth ages 11-20. These groups offer a place where LGBTQ youth can feel safe expressing their true selves.
“We have reached a critical juncture. Having a home base for our youth, staff, and volunteers is crucial for our next phase of development.”
The Blue Ridge Pride Center, Inc. has long been known for its annual Pride Festival. This summer, its board of directors approved a substantial expansion in scope.
“As an umbrella organization, we feel that we are in a unique position to collaborate with and support other groups that serve the LGBTQ community in western North Carolina”, says White. “In addition to this physical center, we plan to launch a virtual LGBTQ community center.
The three partners envision a center that represents and serves the full breadth of the LGBTQ and allied
For now, the group refers to the center as The WNC Community Center Partnership. “That’s what it is”, says Allen, “a partnership to establish a center for our community.”
Our new location will be in Doctors Park at 417 Biltmore Avenue. Keep an eye out for event announcements coming soon!