Frequently Asked Questions

Who’s welcome at The Center?

Anyone. We welcome anyone interested in learning more about the LGBT community or related issues, those looking to make a difference, or someone in need of a safe space.

When are you open?

The Center is open Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. We are closed on Sundays. Volunteers staff all The Center’s hours of operation. To learn more about staffing the Center as a volunteer, please see our volunteering information.

What is LGBTQQAAIP?

LGBTQQAAIP is an acronym used to emphasize a diversity of sexuality and gender identity-based cultures. Sometimes used to refer to anyone who is non-heterosexual or non-cisgender instead of exclusively to people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender.

Refer to our LGBTQ Identities Overview for more information. See also our Understanding Trans* for more information about transgender identities.

Isn’t the word “queer” offensive?

In the past, it definitely was. Now, people in the community, especially the younger population, is reclaiming the word. Essentially, queer-identifying people are using it in a non-offensive way, in order to take others’ power to hurt. People who identify as “queer” typically have a unique, personal reason.

How can I support The Center?

Become a member! Donate your time, donate your skills, donate money. Every little bit helps. See more about how you can support The Center on our Get Involved page.

How can I be a better ally?

-When you introduce yourself, tell the person you’re meeting your pronouns. For example: “Hi, I’m Tommy. I use he, him and his for my pronouns. And you?” It makes other people more comfortable sharing their pronouns and can help others refer to you how you want them to.

-Include your pronouns on your email signature!

-Learn about different identities and terminology.

-Advocate for the rights of LGBT+ people.