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LGBTNO Community Center Expands Staff and Space

By Green Coast on 19 Dec 2016

LGBTNO Interim Executive Director Victorian Coy and Community Coordinator Amanda Emily Smith show off new space. 
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LGBTNO Interim Executive Director Victorian Coy and Community Coordinator Amanda Emily Smith show off new space.

With the organization’s 25th anniversary approaching, LGBT Community Center of New Orleans (LGBTNO) is celebrating a little early by expanding their office. The center is moving to a larger space at 2727 Broad Street and they have added two new staff positions.

“We’ve grown professionally and we need a space that reflects that,” says the center’s Interim Executive director Victoria Coy.

LGBTNO functions as a service organization. Instead providing direct services to the local LGBT community, the center provides a space and expertise for direct service organizations such as LOUD: New Orleans Queer Youth Theater. The group uses the center as a rehearsal location while other groups like Stonewall Sports can utilize LGBTNO’s tax-exempt status for grant applications.

“That’s how I got involved with the center as a community partner,” Coy says. “Being a marginalized community, you’re often missing the technical skills like grant writing expertise, which the center can help with.”

With the additional space, LGBTNO has the following plans:
• Reception and community materials
• Computer station for groups
• Meeting room
• A portioned off area for classes, and
• Two offices (one for private testing for sexually-transmitted infections and the other for LGBTNO).
Coy credits Sebastian Rey, LGBTNO board president, for making the expansion possible.

“Sebastian took over the center during a difficult time, so we’ve come a long way since then,” Coy says.

To find out more about LGBTNO, look for them on Facebook.

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