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LGBT Center Struggling To Stay Open

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The LGBT Community Center of Charlotte hosted a town hall meeting on Thursday.

The objective – to keep the doors open for those out of the closet.

The Center is low on funds. They need $7,000-per month to pay for their rent on North Davidson Street and all of the that come along with running the center – including paying one full-time employee.

Businesses and members of the community are willing to pay to keep the center running, but in that, they want more transparency and they want a vote.

Chad Sevearance is President of the Charlotte Business Guild – which acts as commerce for The Center. He says that he has 50 businesses lined up willing to donate to keep the center going strong – but they all want to have a vote in how the organization is operated.

“All 50 of my business said they would (donate) as long as the by-laws change,” Sevearance said. “That they’re given a voice to vote for board members and they’re given a voice to vote on changes of the center as members of the center.”

Roberta Dunn, Chair of The Center, said she will suggest an annual vote for members to vote on board members.

Whether or not she and other board members are willing to give voting rights on all of The Center’s happenings is still in doubt – but it’s what many want.

Dunn says she wants by-laws formed and for The Center to stick to them. The reason she is opposed to members voting on every detail, is because she doesn’t want a lot of change to continuously take place. She wants set guidelines and to move forward without looking back.

Time is running out, though. The Center does not have enough money to stay open next month and if they don’t get enough funding, will have to close their doors for good. They will be hosting a fundraiser this Saturday evening with live entertainment, but some say that is only a band-aid – that the funding may provide immediately relief, but the long-term financial problems won’t be solved until all members have more say.

It’s clear that everyone at the town hall meeting tonight was present to keep The Center alive – they all showed their passionate during the public comment portion. But The Center is on life support – scrapping for funding and hoping to stay alive.

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