CenterLink Announces New Appointments to Board of Directors

For Immediate Release FORT LAUDERDALE, FL (January 3, 2018) - CenterLink, the Community of LGBT Centers, is proud to announce the appointment of two new members to its Board of Directors. The new appointments are Modesto Tico Valle, CEO of Center on Halsted (Chicago, IL),  and Debra Pollock, Executive Director of The GLBT Center of Colorado (Denver, CO). Founded in 1994 as a member-based coalition, CenterLink plays an important role in supporting the growth of LGBT centers and addressing the challenges they face, by helping them to improve their organizational and service delivery capacity and increase access to public resources. The addition of Mr. Valle and Ms. Pollock expands the Board to 17 directors. "CenterLink is honored and excited to have two new exceptional leaders joining our board of directors in 2018," said Lora L. Tucker, CEO of CenterLink.  "Debra Pollock and Modesto Tico Valle bring over 20 years of strong [...]

By | 2018-01-04T08:45:03+00:00 January 4th, 2018|General|Comments Off on CenterLink Announces New Appointments to Board of Directors

GLBT Community Center of Colorado chosen by Local Associate to Receive Staples Foundation Grant

DENVER, CO (December 12, 2017) – The GLBT Community Center of Colorado (“The Center”) has been awarded $500 by Staples Foundation, the private charitable arm of Staples, Inc., through a program called 2 Million & Change that allows Staples associates around the globe to direct more than $2 million in donations each year. “We are very grateful to Staples Foundation for supporting the work of The Center,” said CEO Debra Pollock. “Thanks to the generosity of the of the 2 Million & Change program, this money will help support our youth program, Rainbow Alley, and the upcoming Stepping Out Summer Academy, a program that helps LGBT youth and their allies discover career possibilities and develop into leaders of the future.” Created in 2012, the 2 Million & Change program is a philanthropic initiative which allows Staples associates around the world to direct funding to non-profit organizations focused on academic education [...]

By | 2018-01-04T08:49:15+00:00 December 12th, 2017|General|Comments Off on GLBT Community Center of Colorado chosen by Local Associate to Receive Staples Foundation Grant

Coming Out As An LGBTQ Ally

LGBTQ Ally Flag When I woke on Monday morning the first thing I saw was news of the mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada.  My stomach dropped and it reminded me of the horror of waking to the news of a similar event, the Orlando Pulse shooting, in June 2016.  I am deeply saddened for the victims and their loved ones, the city of Las Vegas, and America as a whole as it mourns yet another tragic loss of life and perception of safety. This year I have seen continuing statistics and stories that events like the Orlando Pulse shooting and changing federal policies are resulting in many in the LGBTQ community going back into the closet.  With hate crimes against LGBTQ people and other minorities on the rise it is easy to understand their fear and reluctance to present themselves as easy targets.   Each LGBTQ person must [...]

By | 2017-10-04T13:56:07+00:00 October 4th, 2017|RANGE|Comments Off on Coming Out As An LGBTQ Ally

Statement from The Center: DOJ position on Workplace Discrimination

Today the United States Department of Justice argued in court that federal civil rights law does not protect employees from discrimination based on sexual orientation. Coming just a day after the President of the United States declared that transgender individuals were not suited to serve in the United States military, this is a clear slap in the face to every member of the LGBT community. We stand in solidarity with the director of the American Civil Liberties Union LGBT and HIV Project, who called this step by the DOJ a “gratuitous and extraordinary attack on LGBT people’s civil rights,” and with the Human Rights Campaign, which said “today's filing is a shameful retrenchment of an outmoded interpretation that forfeits faithful interpretation of current law to achieve a politically-driven and legally specious result.” We cannot remain silent while the Trump Administration attempts to legalize discrimination and reverse decades of progress toward a [...]

By | 2017-07-28T13:35:35+00:00 July 28th, 2017|General, Legal|Comments Off on Statement from The Center: DOJ position on Workplace Discrimination

Statement from The Center re Transgender Service Members

We are proud of all transgender patriots who have served and who are currently serving our country. They deserve our respect and gratitude. This is simply a blatant and disgraceful display of bigotry. Just over a year ago, the Pentagon lifted the ban preventing transgender individuals from openly serving in the military. Today there are 15,000 transgender service members in the US Military. In spite of their honorable service to their country, they are potentially at risk. We believe society should be moving forward, not backward, and we demand that the administration reverse this misguided decision. How can you support the transgender community? Contact the chair and ranking members of the Senate and House Committee on Armed Services and demand that they take action to stop Trump’s Ban on Transgender Military Service. Suggested language: I strongly oppose any ban on transgender individuals from serving in our military. Our transgender service [...]

By | 2017-07-28T13:32:55+00:00 July 28th, 2017|Transgender Program, General|Comments Off on Statement from The Center re Transgender Service Members