It is the only center of its kind in the borough specifically offering programs, services, and socialization for LGBTQ community.
"Today is a celebration of a promise delivered,” said CEO Floyd Rumohr. “After years of searching, assessing, fundraising, and negotiating, we signed a lease on our new, state-of-the-art headquarters in Crown Heights.”
The new space, located at Bedford Avenue and President Street, will include a conference room, flexible public space, and a public work area in the style of WeWork.
Additionally, the space will house new offices for senior leadership, as well as a laundry room to provide free washer and dryer access to LGBTQ people experiencing homelessness.
It was made possible thanks to a $1 million grant from Borough President Eric Adams, fulfilling a promise made by former borough president Marty Markowitz and then-council speaker Christine Quinn.
“Especially at a time of rising intolerance throughout the world, it is more critical than ever that we provide safe spaces where LGBTQ folks throughout our borough can come together,” said Adams.
The center will continue to operate out of its Bed-Stuy location, which opened in October 2017, and will continue operating workforce development and youth programming out of that location even after the new headquarters opens.
As part of a multi-year expansion plan, the Bed-Stuy facility will be the first of several planned satellite locations allowing the center to serve people across the borough.
The center also announced the opening of Brooklyn’s first dedicated LGBTQ mental health clinic.
Callen-Lorde, a global leader in LGBTQ-focused medical care, will operate the clinic as a community partner of the Brooklyn Center, treating patients regardless of ability to pay.
“Brooklyn Community Pride Center is an invaluable safe space for our LGBTQ communities, and Callen-Lorde is thrilled to partner with them to provide these critically needed services at their new site”, said executive director Wendy Stark.
Brooklyn Community Pride Center is best known for its Pride Path workforce development program, which offers paid training and internships to LGBTQ youth between the ages 18 to 24. For many of these participants, Pride Path offers their first workplace experience.
Additionally, programs in immigration, homelessness and housing are under development with plans to fully launch by 2025.
“For over a decade, Brooklyn Community Pride Center has been at the heart of expanding access to critical services for the LGBTQ community and promoting inclusion and respect throughout this great borough,” said Quinn.