photo by Ray Colodonato
It’s been a while, but we mentioned back in October that Raleigh was finally (one of the last major metropolises in the country) getting a LGBT Center in downtown. The time has come and this Friday, the new LGBT Center will have its Grand Opening celebration on Friday May 7th. The office will be located at 316 W. Cabarrus St behind Jibarra and a few doors down from Deep South (The Bar).
The Warehouse District is slowly becoming more and more of a central location for gay-friendly, progressive businesses and art galleries. There is even more brewing in this area, including the Multi-modal center and a few other smaller efforts. Once CAM opens, there will be no turning back. The Warehouse District will indeed be the place to be in the downtown area.
The office will also serve as office space for Triangle Community Works (TCW), an LGBT non-profit that recently became part of the Center. The office is equipped to host informal social events, conferences for up to 16 people and is a short walk from the gay-friendly businesses on Hargett St, the new Convention center and the new City of Raleigh Amphitheatre. In addition, the center has just appointed an executive director, Bobby Hilburn, to run the Center’s efforts full-time. Hilburn, a former financial adviser with Ameriprise financial, will serve as the Center’s full-time executive director. Prior to his appointment, he was vice president on the Center’s board of directors.
In addition, the LGBT Center of Raleigh has begun accepting donations for area residents to become a part of the Founder’s Triangle, a permanent installation commemorating the first 1000 people and business to donate $100 or more to the center. It will serve as a monument to those who had the vision to assist with this historic undertaking from its conception.