This last Friday night as many as seventy five area youths gathered on the 1300 block between Locust and Grand for the Center’s first Teen Pride. The event included a drag show, a DJ and a potluck supper provided by the center volunteers. 2teenpride10

Area youths gather for Teen Pride (left)

“Teen pride is important,” says Center director Sandy Volpalka, “To create a safe place for the kids to gather away from the influence of drugs and alcohol. It also showcases how important the kids are to the Center and the Gay community.”

Many of the kids echo Sandy’s concerns. “There just isn’t anywhere to meet other gay kids,” one complained, “the bars aren’t open to anyone under eighteen. I know,  like four other gay kids at my school and that’s it.”

The event was a joint effort between the Center and the Rainbow & Allied Youth group, which meets at the Center every Sunday night for 8 pm until 10 pm. We thank everyone whose efforts made the night a success. Without all the help of the volunteers, young and old alike, the Center would not be able to host such events.

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