More than 6,000 people visit The New York City Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center each week. These are a few of their stories and thoughts on The Center.
Joseph discusses finding The Center as a teenager and how it became his home away from home.
Kate, a self-professed "number nerd," talks about giving back while doing what you love.
Alejandro shares his thoughts and experiences as a drag performer.
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“My drag character is an extension of who I am as a person in my everyday life. It’s very important to always carry this spirit of generosity and it’s something I try to do as Alejandro and as Quesa.”
Nicole reflects on how The Center's physical space has changed.
Heather discusses the diversity at The Center and how it has become an oasis for the LGBT community.
Andrea talks about coming out to her family.
Anthony discusses giving back to the community through volunteering.
Rosemarie and Tracey, who have both been involved in LGBT activism since college, reflect on what it means to be a young leader.
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"For me, being a young leader means you are trying to make a difference in this generation."
Paul talks about how The Center provides a space for community groups to meet.
Austin reflects on moving to New York City from Wisconsin.
Megan discusses being a member of the community that she works to provide services for.
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"As a lesbian mom, being able to do the work that I'm personally connected to is incredibly rewarding."
Rosa discusses serving the LGBT community as a recovery counselor.
Rich discusses LGBT activism and how anyone can get involved.
Levi talks about his favorite part of working at The Center.
Cristina discusses finding a sense of community through The Center.
Ariana reflects on the differences in interacting with both LGBT youth and older adults.
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"There's less emphasis on pick a box, pick a label and that's what you are"
Howard discusses The Center's longest running cultural program, "Second Tuesday."
Jess reflects on the day that DOMA was repealed.
Jeff discusses how The Center helped him start his family.
Alvin talks about "Snap Fridays," a youth weekly voguing group.
Glennda discusses the joy of helping others and the power of community centers.
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"My job is to figure out how to make people's lives better, and that’s a really cool thing."