Last updated on June 22nd, 2016
The Rainbow Outreach GLBT Center Becomes a Virtual Center
The Center was founded in 1997 with great hopes to help the GLBT community by providing information and services to help make life as a GLBT person more easily and safely accomplished. From day one and up until today and in the future, it has always been an all volunteer operation.
Some of the goals were reached and some were not. When there was very little public glbt information and a fledgling Internet, the Center was one of the few places where you could go to find a safe space to spend time at and find information and resources to make life safer, healthier and perhaps for some, a little more bearable.
But, like all things everywhere, times change. People change. Attitudes change. We have found that maintaining a physical Center just isn’t serving the purpose or need that it once did. Expenses keep going up. Income keeps shrinking. Grants and other sources of funding are harder than ever to come by.
The Internet is the place to find almost anything you are looking for these days and has largely replaced the functions we provided. In recent years attendance at the Center has dropped off significantly. So, the Center Board decided it was time to close the physical location but continue providing those things that we still feel we need to have available as a “Virtual Center”.
The Gayzette will continue to be published every two weeks just as it has always been. At some point in the future we will reevaluate the need for a Center in the Metro area and, if reopened, what form it may take. In the meantime, we hope to use income from donors and Gayzette advertising to make The Gayzette a better publication, to make donations to various other non-profit organizations and perhaps start a rainy day fund for the future. It’s all a little up in the air yet but plans are coming along gradually.
I have been with the Center since about the year 2000 and editor of The Gayzette since 2004. I hope to continue my relationship with the community for many years to come. Thank you to all of those volunteers over the years who helped make the Center a special part of the community. And thanks to all of you who have visited the Center and were hopefully helped in some way to make your life better.
Center Board Chair