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Watch: Memphis LGBT Center Faces Financial Shutdown; Memphis Residents Speak Out About Gay Rights

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The Memphis Gay and Lesbian Community Center is facing shutdown over financial issues after 22 years in operation, ABC24 reports:

"The goal is to raise $45,000 by the end of May,” explained Christy Tweddle, chairwoman of the Center's Board.

Without that money, the Center would “have to let go of our only employee, and our only employee runs all the programs for which we get grant money, which keeps our programs and services open,” she said. She said those programs and services are hard to find elsewhere.

“We have the YES program, which is a homeless gay youth outreach, we're the only place in 200 miles square that does anything remotely close to that,” Tweddle said, also pointing out that the Center offers after-hours HIV testing. Tweddle said the Center relies mostly on donations, a funding stream that has dried up because of the economy.

I've also posted an interesting "man on the street" report from 'The Important Questions' asking Memphis residents where they stand on gay rights in Tennessee.

Watch that clip and ABC24's report, AFTER THE JUMP...

You can make a donation to MGLCC from the group's website.

And here's the "man on the street" interview from The Important Questions:

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  1. At the very least there should be shelter and help for homeless gay teens, and homeless gays of any age for that matter.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Apr 22, 2011 11:36:32 AM


  2. Thank you - so much.

    Posted by: Christy | Apr 22, 2011 11:47:52 AM


  3. Thanks a billion, guys!!! MGLCC is such an important asset to Memphis and all the areas around it. Not sure how this cities young LGBT kids would fare without it.

    Posted by: Michael J. Hildebrand | Apr 22, 2011 12:00:27 PM


  4. I donated even though I'm nowhere near the area. We need to support each other whenever and wherever there is a need.

    Posted by: Cello_Jay | Apr 22, 2011 12:06:56 PM


  5. This is happening to LGBT Centers all over the country. Donations are down and so are the opportunities for grant funding. Please support your local LBGT Center wherever you are!!!!

    Posted by: qjersey | Apr 22, 2011 12:44:24 PM


  6. The MGLCC is such an important asset to our community. Thank you so much for highlighting the need. I hope everyone can give spare a little for this cause.

    Posted by: Michael Knight | Apr 22, 2011 1:09:43 PM


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