Christmas/Kwanzaa Family "Holigays" pot-luck gathering
Thursday, December 26, 2013 from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM (EST)
Reserve your spot now and come out to celebrate the holidays this year with your LGBTQ Family, where you won't be castigated just for being who you are.
The Holidays are frequently one of the most depressing times of the year for members of the LGBTQ community, as they often have been ostracized by their families and have no one with whom to celebrate in the festivities and joy.
To that end, we are pleased to announce our Family Holigays program, which is designed to create an all-inclusive LGBTQ extended family to provide support to community members during major holidays that typically are celebrated with one's blood relatives. What used to be known as "Traditional Family Events" has given us the opportunity to create "LGBTQ-Family Events."
Our Christmas/Kwanzaa Family Holigays program will include an extra component: the Unwanted Gift Exchange. The Unwated Gift Exchange works similar to a Secret Santa program; however, instead of buying a gift, we ask that you bring a gift with you that you've already received--one that you aren't too fond of. You know how every year, Aunt Sally buys you that Reindeer sweater or Mistletoe Turtleneck or, well whatever it is, you love that they thought of you but it's really not your thing? Re-wrap it and bring it along, and hopefully you'll get something a tad bit better than what you had in the first place.
Family Holigays events will be pot luck get-togethers, hosted in an safe space that supports the LGBTQ community and are open to everyone in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and supportive community. Whether you come for the day or just for dessert, you are welcomed to join in the fun that the "family" of our community can offer.
Guests are asked either to bring one dish and make a small contribution ($5 suggested), or make a larger contribution if they will not be bringing a dish with them.
Please visit http://familyxmas.eventbrite.com/ for full details and to purchase your ticket to this exciting new holiday tradition.
Family Holigays Christmas 2013 is a family-friendly event.
Water and other beverages will be provided during the event. Those who wish to do so may BYO Beverage.
It is our hope that the spirit of this new LGBTQ Family Holidays tradition spreads throughout our community, to other centers, and around the nation, so that no one need ever feel left out of the celebrations and merriment during holiday celebrations.
*** PLEASE NOTE: You will be asked to state which dish you will be bringing when you register to attend, so we can help coordinate the food, which will be listed below. ***
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (347) LGBT-BX1 for more information.
We wish everyone joyous, safe, and happy holidays, wherever you may be celebrating them.
When & Where
The LGBTQ Community Services Center of The Bronx, Inc.
The Bronx LGBTQ Center is a New York State membership-based not-for-profit corporation with 501(c)3 exempt status from the IRS building a new community services center for LGBTQ and supportive individuals in the Bronx, lower Westchester, and upper Manhattan. It offers supportive services (such as a free legal clinic, youth groups, and other support groups), social, recreational, business, artistic, and cultural events and programs. The Center partners with other community-based organizations to provide clinical and health-related services to the community. For more information, email email@example.com, call 347-LGBT-BX1, or visit us online at http://bronxlgbtqcenter.org, on Facebook at http://facebook.com/bronxlgbtqcenter, on Google+ at http://google.com/+BronxlgbtqcenterOrg, on Twitter at @BxLGBTQcenter, and on Instagram at @BxLGBTQcenter.
We are diligently working toward raising the funds necessary to secure an operating space and begin serving the needs of our communities within The Bronx and surrounding areas. The monies raised by our events will be used in furtherance of our mission, which is stated in the first paragraph.
We are actively seeking people interested in helping us serve the community and need as much help as possible. Please contact our volunteer coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to help out, or call (347) 954-9056.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q. WHO IS GETTING THE MONEY?
A. The money goes to the new Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) Community Services Center of the Bronx, Incorporated (d/b/a Bronx LGBTQ Center), the corporate entity that was formed in order to set up and operate the new community services center in The Bronx. All funds will be used in furtherance of the Bronx LGBTQ Center's mission. We will comply with all local, state, and federal laws ensuring accountability. We operate in an open and transparent manner (our board meetings are broadcast live on the Internet and archived on YouTube for anyone to see at any given time.
Q. IS THE CENTER REGISTERED?
A. Yes, we are a incorporated as a membership-based New York State Not-For-Profit corporation with 501(c)3 tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service. We also are registered with the NYS Charities Bureau, governed by all the applicable laws of such non-profit organizations operating in New York State.
Q. WHAT IS YOUR MISSION/PURPOSE?
A. The purpose of the Bronx LGBTQ Center is to provide a safe space for all Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) and LGBTQ, supportive individuals in The Bronx and surrounding areas (upper Manhattan, lower Westchester County); to meet, gather, socialize and receive support and services; to provide a safe space for other, licensed organizations to provide support and services to LGBTQ and LGBTQ-supportive individuals, to do everything normally associated with a community services organization, and for any other lawful, charitable purpose(s) in accordance with the provisions of these Articles of Incorporation and the By-Laws of the Corporation in which the Members and/or Board of Directors of the Corporation so elect.
Q. WHY IS THERE NO SPACE?
A. We are a new organization currently in the midst of raising the funds required to open in a new space, which as describe above requires between $100-$250k.
Q. HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED/HELP OUT?
A. Contact us here on this page (send us a message), e-mail email@example.com or call (347) LGBT-BX-1.
Q. WHAT'S THIS ABOUT MEMBERSHIPS?
A. The new Bronx LGBTQ Center is a membership-based organization. Individuals and Families can purchase an annual membership in the Center, which gives them the right to vote during annual membership meetings and raise member items, very similar to how a shareholder votes for the board of directors and can create a shareholder derivative action in publicly-traded companies.
Additionally, New York State law allows for organizations, businesses, and corporations to purchase an annual membership. More information about Memberships, pricing, types, levels, and amounts will be forthcoming in the next few weeks.
Q. WHY ARE TICKETS SO EXPENSIVE?
A. These expensive events are fundraisers, not just a party for everyone to attend. In order to raise the monies required to build and operate a new community services center that will serve the needs of the LGBTQ community, we need money to cover all of our expenses and also to ensure our operational survival.
It will take approximately $100,000 - $250,000 to open and fund a new center for one year. That is the amount of money we need to raise before opening in a new space. This does not include any payments to employees; it is just for rent, utilities, equipment, and other expenses in beginning to provide services to the community, all of which are additional expenses that must be paid as well.