News release from the White House about Broward-based CenterLink:
WASHINGTON, DC – On Thursday, July 19, the White House will honor ordinary people who are doing extraordinary things across the country to ensure safety, dignity, and equality for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community, as demonstrated by their inspiring video entries in the LGBT Pride Month Video Challenge.
“Today’s Champions of Change have worked tirelessly to improve the lives of LGBT people across the country, and they represent countless other individuals and organizations who are equally dedicated to equal rights for LGBT people,” said Jon Carson, Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement. “The collective efforts of these Champions, and others like them, are crucial to achieving our goal of full equality for all Americans, no matter their sexual orientation or gender identity. We are honored to join them in the march towards a more perfect union.”
The Champions of Change program was created as a part of President Obama’s Winning the Future initiative. Each week, a different sector is highlighted and groups of Champions, ranging from educators to entrepreneurs to community leaders, are recognized for the work they are doing to serve and strengthen their communities.
To watch this event live, visit www.whitehouse.gov/live at 10:30 am ET on July 19th.
CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers supports the development of strong, sustainable LGBT community centers to build a unified center movement. Founded in 1994, the organization assists LGBT centers in addressing the challenges they face by helping them improve their organizational and service delivery capacity and increase access to public resources. There are over 200 LGBT community centers across the United States, with new centers forming on a regular basis. LGBT community centers work more closely with their LGBT constituency and engage more community leaders and decision-makers than any other LGBT network in the country. Over 1.7 million people are served annually by centers and benefit from the culturally competent social services and other programs offered through these critical community-based organizations, which points to the enormous impact the LGBT center movement has on the health and lives of LGBT people.