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Bronx LGBT Center To Close After Alleged Swindle


I'm sorry to report that the LGBT Community Center in the Bronx will close by the end of the month.

The news comes after the center's former leader, Lisa Winters (pictured), was charged with grand larceny for allegedly embezzling about $338,000 that she used on vacations, clothing and even dog walkers.

After more than two years of scrambling to fill the budget gap caused by the missing funds, the center’s board of directors decided last week to shut down the 16-year-old agency, which serves up to 1,000 clients a month, said Antonio Centeno Jr., the board chairman who joined the group months after Winters left.

"I’ve been trying to find money to keep salaries paid, to pay for the programs,” Centeno, 35, said Wednesday. “So even though I never met [Winters], I do feel betrayed."

The board said in a statement that it would work to arrange for other organizations to provide its clients with the services it had offered from its Longwood center, such as HIV testing and counseling, sexuality support groups and case management.

In addition to grand larceny, Winters also faces 23 counts of falsifying business records.

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  1. Thanks, Lisa.

    Posted by: JimmyD | Jun 28, 2012 8:30:19 AM

  2. Yeah.. thanks a lot Lisa. It's bad enough to have 'the world at large' going at us.. to have members of our own community stab us in the back like this.. Hope she's never in a place where she needs support from the gay community.

    Posted by: theotherlee | Jun 28, 2012 8:33:03 AM

  3. This is "gay bashing" at it's worse. So many will go without help because of her greed. She should be tried with a "hate crime".

    Posted by: John | Jun 28, 2012 9:51:20 AM

  4. Is there a way to raise money for them?

    Posted by: luminum | Jun 28, 2012 9:51:28 AM

  5. Any chance one of our financially successful brethren like Rosie or NPH might be willing to step in? I can't believe they know this is happening. The Bronx desperately needs for this center to be kept open.

    Posted by: Bill | Jun 28, 2012 9:54:31 AM

  6. This is a real tragedy.

    Posted by: JC | Jun 28, 2012 10:03:25 AM

  7. @Bill I hope a last minute rescue is in order. I know Cyndi Lauper is doing a lot of advocacy work in New York, hopefully one of her people will alert her to this issue. So depressing this is happening.

    Posted by: Lazlo | Jun 28, 2012 3:53:03 PM

  8. While Winters should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law, the Board of Directors (at the time of) also have responsibility for allowing this maleficence to occur.

    Posted by: StevyD | Jun 28, 2012 5:33:58 PM

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