LGBT Community Centers Continue to Lead

Out Boulder County participated in this annual survey conducted by the Movement Advance Project and Centerlink. 

"For many lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, LGBT community centers are a critical and sometimes the only local source of targeted social, educational, and health services. According to a new report released yesterday from MAP and CenterLink, The 2018 LGBT Community Center Survey Report: Assessing the Capacity and Programs of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Centers, these centers are often understaffed, underfunded, and under resourced, yet they serve more than 40,000 people each week and provide targeted referrals to nearly 5,500 people. Surveying 128 centers including Out Boulder County located in 40 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, the sixth edition of the report provides a crucial snapshot of the centers that provide vital services, programs, and advocacy for LGBT people. 

The report found that the 113 centers that reported 2017 revenue data have combined revenue of $226.7 million, with both large and small centers reporting an increase over the previous year. However, the report also found centers faced significant challenges, such as a lack of resources and paid staff-particularly among smaller centers.

"LGBT community centers are incredibly resilient. Not only do these centers provide critical direct services despite a daunting lack of resources, they are also active advocates on behalf of their members," said Naomi Goldberg, MAP Policy Director. "Investing in LGBT community centers-particularly smaller centers-is an effective way to support LGBT people across the United States." The report found that 93% of centers are actively working to advance policy change at federal, state, and local levels.

Be sure to check out the OBC highlight for QTPoC on page 13 of the report!

Here is the link to the full report: http://www.lgbtmap.org/2018-lgbt-community-center-survey-report