Charlotte LGBT center holds planning meeting

Attendees, details not disclosed; board says more details will be released after March 19 board meeting

lgbtcentercharlotteCHARLOTTE, N.C. — The LGBT Community Center of Charlotte is continuing its efforts to address community concerns, organizational changes and its financial outlook, according to a statement from the group today.

The center’s unsigned statement, released on its Facebook page, strikes a positive tone and outlook, with closure of the organization seemingly no longer an immediate threat.

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The group says three board members, its operations director and three community members met on Wednesday, March 5 to discuss potential bylaws changes and community engagement issues. The invitation-only meeting had been announced at the center’s February board meeting.

Today’s statement contains few specifics — it confirmed Operations Director Glenn Griffin attended the meeting, but did not disclose other participants. Additionally, there has been no full update on the center’s financial status since its February town hall.

The group says they will release further details following their board meeting on March 19.

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The center has been addressing community feedback since last fall. A town hall in December was attended by around 100 community members who called for more openness, transparency and accountability. In February, the group announced it could face closure at the end of the month. At the time, the center had just $6,000 on hand, with average monthly expenses of $7,000. A fundraiser last month and other efforts have kept the center open past its initial Feb. 28 deadline.

You can read the full statement below and click here for qnotes‘ archive of past center coverage.

Center statement, March 7, 2014

Dear Friends & Patrons:

On Wednesday, March 5th, The LGBT Community Center hosted a meeting that focused on the current situation and future direction of The Center. We had three leaders of the community along with three Board Members and our Operations Director to give input on several items. This was a very productive meeting and is opening up the dialog for change to come to The Center to better serve the community’s needs.

Re-focusing an organization is never a quick and easy process. The Board is committed to keeping our center open, and tonight was just one step in the course of many that will pave the way for a better and stronger LGBT Community Center of Charlotte that will serve your needs. Details will be released after our next full board meeting on March 19th, we do want you to know that we discussed the current by-laws, future changes to said by-laws and more importantly how we can engage you – our community – to let your voice be heard.

In the coming weeks and months, you will be seeing and hearing more from The Center so you, our supporters and sustainers, are kept aware of what is happening at The Center. We will be posting our news on our website, Facebook, Twitter and posting in our weekly newsletter.

The Center would like to extend a special thank you to the three community leaders who came together and offer input on The Center’s current and future needs.

Pushing forward for change!

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Posted by Matt Comer

Matt Comer is a staff writer for QNotes. He previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015.