After a conversation to build that lasted over 20 years and two long years of construction, the Savannah LGBT Center – the city’s first – officially opened on July 13th in Savannah, Georgia.
We can wholeheartedly thank the First City Network (FCN), Georgia’s oldest LGBTQ+ advocacy organization, for the addition of the new pinnacle for the community – one that it hopes will make Savannah a more inclusive community. FCN is a private non-profit organization that has been dedicated to enhancing and sustaining the well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals for over 30 years by providing educational, social, and health-related activities, programs, and services. They raised more than $75,000 of their $100,000 goal to cover the building and operational costs of the center.
“It’s very crucial. This is a safe place for teens. It’s a safe place for those who may feel bullied or having issues with acceptance. There are transgender people in the community who many times are scared to be who they are.”
- Bill Wooten, Center Committee Chairman
The LGBT Center offers conference rooms for support groups and community gatherings, handicap accessible and gender-neutral bathrooms, HIV testing and counseling, and other health services. The 32-years-in-the-making enter was introduced in style as it ditched the typical ribbon-cutting ceremony for a highly anticipated block party where guests could enjoy a few drinks, tour the new facility, and enjoy live music.
If you are ever in the Savannah, GA, area, don’t hesitate to stop in at the downtown location on 1515 Bull Street. For more information, please visit www.savannahlgbtcenter.org.