Maintaining community despite the distance
by Dani Puccio (she/they)
July 3, 2020
With typically in-person pride events being postponed, canceled, or moved to a virtual format, LGBTQ people had to be creative in finding ways to celebrate Pride month this year. College students are no exception to these adaptations. After being sent to live off-campus months earlier than expected in the Spring 2020 semester, students had to adjust to new living situations that often caused them to be separated from their friends or potentially back in an uncomfortable housing environment.
Pride month just ended, and it sure wasn’t what most people expected. As a college student, I already feel the need to connect with friends who I haven’t seen since we were all sent home from campus; wanting to feel the collective joy of the LBGTQ community during Pride was no different. It was definitely strange to witness pride celebrations become live-streamed events or virtual meet-ups. I think these modifications, however, represent the will of the community as a whole to adapt to changing circumstances and find new ways to support each other through these new happenings.
by Shoshanna Carroll
June 4th, 2020
It’s July 1966, transgender people and transgender people of color are being targeted for gathering at Compton’s Cafeteria at 101 Taylor Street in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco. Why? Trans women, and especially trans women of color, were unwelcomed in the neighborhood gay bars and other restaurants due to legal discrimination, and transphobia. Compton’s Cafeteria was open twenty-four hours and provided a public place for food, and to meet up with others, and just to come and rest. However, the owner of Compton’s in 1966 began to call the police for the gathering transgender women in the restaurant. In 1966, it was illegal to “crossdress,” and transgender women were considered “crossdressers” by the police and law. It was stated these “female impersonation” laws were aimed at those “perceived to be male that were dressed as female” because they were seen as a threat to women, and impersonating someone was carried out with an intent to “commit crimes.” These crimes, of course, were sex work, and homosexual acts were also illegal.
During our first meeting via Zoom, the Center saw that this tool has enabled us to extend our reach as one of the parent participants was from Boone, NC. Their child had recently come out and they expressed that there was a lack of local resources, so it was great to be able to provide a space for them to connect and ask questions. Amidst shelter in place orders, and a global pandemic the Center is connecting people far beyond Raleigh to needed resources to help them learn and better care for queer youth, what better news could come from these challenging times than a better equipped parent, and a more loved and supported child!
Our Center is using virtual programming to continue to provide three vital things to our community: connection, resources, and support. Make sure you join us for some of North Carolina’s leading programs in transgender care, elder community, and more this month.
The LGBT Center of Raleigh is taking every precaution to ensure our staff, volunteers, and visitors remain safe and healthy. As we learn more about the COVID-19, it seems the best course of action is to apply a social distance model. This means that we will be limiting our staff, volunteers, and visitors’ face-to-face contact with the public. All programs will move to a virtual model, if possible, and the Center will be closed until further notice. Outside groups that use our Center will be on hold until further notice. The staff will be working remotely.
The best part of a Community Center is the community it serves, and we do not want people to lack for community now, even if it cannot be in person. To this end, we are working with local organizations to continue to provide resources and invite anyone facing isolation or other challenges to reach out to us at email@example.com. If you are age 50+, please contact SAGE at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our legal clinics will be closed for March and April, but if you have legal needs, we can connect you with the fabulous folks at Osborn Gambale Beckley & Budd PLLC who provide these valuable pro-bono legal services. If you need to be connected with other resources, contact email@example.com.
10th Anniversary of Out!Raleigh PRIDE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 27, 2020
LGBT Center of Raleigh
10th Year Brings New Focus on PRIDE in the Triangle
Raleigh, NC: The LGBT Center of Raleigh today announced the new date and updated logo for their Pride street festival. The event will be held on May 30, 2020 and the new logo celebrates the partnership with Raleigh PRIDE. This milestone is a major move forward for the LGBT Center of Raleigh as the Center continues to broaden its partnerships across the Triangle community. In addition, the LGBT Center of Raleigh has also released a new sponsorship, and advertising package along with updates to the Out!Raleigh Pride website. This inclusive and action-packed event is family friendly with activities for all ages. Out! Raleigh Pride is an important way to raise the necessary funds to support the LGBT Center of Raleigh and all of its 20+ amazing community programs. Last year, more than 66,000 people poured into Raleigh’s Fayetteville Street to celebrate the LGBT community, our friends, and families.