LGBTNO Community Center Expands Staff and Space
By Green Coast on 19 Dec 2016
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.