After more than three years working as a Coalition, in December 2011 the North County LGBTQ Resource Center opened its first location. Since the first few months of operations, the safe place for north County LGBT people was soon renamed “The Little Center that Could.” Almost twenty thousands people have walked through our doors demanding services, help, understanding, advocacy, and of course, a safe place to meet people and feel at home.
Thanks to the extreme efforts of over 100 volunteers, including support group facilitators, mental health providers, HIV testers and counselors, services started immediately and for free. This effort has spurred so much community support that official government relations have suddenly improved and school districts, the local police department and County service providers all wanted to reach out.
However, to be the only North San Diego County LGBT presence for the community at large — there are two other Pride centers located within Palomar College and Cal State San Marcos serving the student population — is a huge responsibility and it comes with a price. The price is literally the cost of running such an operation but also the fact that for almost anything that happens here around LGBT issues, the Center is responsible for that.
Read the full column on SDGLN media partner Gay San Diego HERE.