I’m the organizer for the North Shore LGBT Social Network. Before COVID we were simply a social group. As the pandemic grew more and more people contacted me for assistance in housing, employment, those transitioning, LGBT parenting and other queer needs. I directed them to various groups and organizations.
Due to COVID the queer community has been isolated and disconnected. It has become clear to me that we need a centralized website of resources.
The end goal would be an LGBTQ+ Community Center in the North Shore. A place where we can feel safe and where everyone is welcome. We could have a lending library of GLBTQ+ materials and pamphlets, a physical message board (for those without internet access) and meeting rooms for support for those struggling with substance abuse, those transitioning, new parents, coming out and even Saturday morning yoga.
I contacted the South Coast LGBT Network (Secretary, Traci Welch) which has a community center in New Bedford. She offered guidance.
The first step is in contacting all of the LGBTQ+ North Shore organizations: nAGLY, Project OUT, Beverly Human Rights Committee and LGBT Senior Social Connection. I’ve contacted all of them.
We also need supporters, government and spiritual leaders on board.
All the Best,