The Memphis Gay & Lesbian Community Center is bouncing back from the economic woes it faced at this time last year, according to the center's annual report released Friday afternoon.
Last year, the center was faced with possible closure if it didn't raise some serious funds, but the report states, "The overwhelming response to our fundraising campaign, and our renewed focus to increase pledges for automatic monthly giving, strengthened our ability to serve the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in Memphis and across the Mid-South."
Of course, the center could still use donations, as a constant flow of funds is needed to maintain operations.
The report lists a few ways the center has served the Mid-South over the last year:
* More than 4,500 people visited the center seeking information, support, and assistance.
* MGLCC provided emergency food, clothing and found temporary shelter for 21 homeless or struggling youth.
* Outflix, MGLCC's annual film festival, drew more than 1,500 attendees who viewed LGBT films from 11 different countries.
* Ongoing support groups take place every night of the week and serve the needs of many different subgroups in the Memphis LGBT community – teens, college students, men and women of color, the transgender community, and men and women of many different age groups
* The center's HIV testing program, in partnership with Planned Parenthood, screened 195 people from all parts of the Mid-South.
To see the full report, click here.