The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Community Center of Central Florida–The Center–has been in operation for over 32 years. GLBT individuals, as well as family and friends, in Central Florida have stood up to both institutional and individual injustice and discrimination by volunteering their time, money and talents at The Center. The Center has been an organizing force within the GLBT community serving as a source for information, education, advocacy and support. The Center has worked to foster the personal development and quality of life of the community it serves, as well as to increase understanding and acceptance within the greater Central Florida area. Today we offer a variety of support and social programs. We offer AA, AL-Anon, NA, CODA, CMA, HIV+ and Transgender support groups, counseling for individuals and couples at a reduced cost, and over 20 various social/support groups. The Center serves more than 15,000 individuals a year through its doors and over 8,000 a month online.
Volunteers are the ones that keep The Center’s doors open. With only one full time and one part time employees, The Center is open seven days a week…because of our dedicated volunteers!
The Center was started as a crisis hotline for gay men in 1978 and is the oldest, continuous GLBT organization in the State of Florida. Through the years, The Center has continued to add service and support for the entire Central Florida Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community. Formerly known as Gay Community Services, The Center was incorporated in 1981 and has been located at its present location for over ten years.
The Center is one of only 12 GLBT centers in the nation that also houses an art gallery. In addition, The Center operates a lending library with over 3,000 books, dedicated to GLBT content. Through the David Bohnett Foundation, The Center has created a Cyber Center that allows members of the GLBT Community free access to computers and the internet.
Every month over 1,300 people visit The Center and more than 25 groups meet regularly in one of our three meeting rooms. Most meeting rooms are booked months in advance, indicating the community is hungry as ever for a place to call its own.