Management of LGBTQ Community Centres

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Every community needs its local gathering spot and the LGBTQ community is no exception. Often called Pride Centres, many cities across the world have developed such spaces which are often located in the gay ghetto or village. These are dedicated physical spaces open to the public financed through community donations, government support, fundraising and endowed funding, and event or program income. The people and communities that centres serve are diverse, including many LGBTQ people of color, low-income people, youth, the elderly, transgender individuals, and more. Many are involved in public education and advocacy.

LGBTQ community centres provide spaces for socializing, receive social services, counselling, cultural programs, recreational activities, education programs, support groups, and care and treatment. These are provided in a comfortable and safe place for individuals that are often marginalized and face discrimination. Operating an LGBTQ community centre includes budgeting, staffing, programming, fundraising, liaising with a Board of Directors, and working with city officials and other organizations. This is often the responsibility of an Executive Director.

In the United States, CentreLink is a formal organization representing and connecting LGBTQ Community Centres throughout the country. A similar organization in France is called Fédération LGBTI+.

We have identified the following individuals involved in the management of LGBTQ Community Centres around the world.






  • Paco Arjona, SETAC Gay, Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) Center in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
  • Ed Thomas, SETAC LGBT Community Center in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico



United States

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