A brief overview of The Center's history and milestones.
The Center serves as a space to organize around the HIV and AIDS crisis, as well as a space for the community to hold events and meetings. Here Robert Woodworth discusses the early days of The Center.
In 1985 The Center launches its first cultural program, Second Tuesdays, which brings in prominent figures from the arts, politics and academia to speak directly to the lesbian and gay community.
The Center provides an office in the West Wing for the regional organizing office for the October 11, 1987 Second National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights.
In 1988 volunteers, including Harvey Fierstein (center), create the Quilt Workshop at the Center as part of the national effort to create panels for the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt. Panels are displayed on the Great Lawn in Central Park in June and later on the National Mall in Washington, DC.
In 1989 The Center presents Imagining Stonewall, an exhibition in honor of the 20th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, and The Center Show, a collection of site-specific installations by 50 internationally known and emerging painters, photographers, videographers and sculptors curated by Rick Barnett and Barbara Sahlman.
In 1992 The Center receives several awards for its façade restoration, including the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission Certificate of Merit, The New York Landmarks Conservancy Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award, and The Metropolitan Chapter of the Victorian Society in America’s Certificate of Merit.
In 1998, over Labor Day weekend, The Center relocates to One Little West 12th Street in the Meatpacking District, so that renovations can begin at 208 West 13th Street.