The Equality Community Center in Portland, Maine rolled out the red carpet with a grand opening party Friday, evening, December 1. In the 3,000-square-foot facility, six LGBT organizations share the space, including EqualityMaine, Pride Portland!, SAGE Maine, PFLAG, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network of Southern Maine, and MaineTransNet.
The Center “gets us all out of our silos,” said Matt Moonen, executive director of EqualityMaine and a state representative from Portland. “We’re all doing good work, whether it’s with elders or with the trans community, but now we’re all together and talking to each other and figuring out what we can do to help everybody.”
And the new space is only Phase One of the Center’s plans. On the drawing board, Phase Two promises a free-standing facility with the Center occupying the first couple floors and providing several additional floors of affordable housing, notably for LGBTQ seniors.
The Equality Community Center is located at 511 Congress Street in Portland, Maine. For more information, call (207) 761-3732.