Delmarva Pride Center Announces Its New Physical Location and Grand Opening
Posted October 4, 2023
Photo: Delmarva Pride Center Board Chair and co-founder Kyle O'Donnell (left) and Board Member Sarah Stallings (right) stand in the newly painted office location.
Delmarva Pride Center is pleased to announce that it has chosen a physical location to support the LGBTQ+ community and its allies. Since 2021, Delmarva Pride Center has been dedicated to creating a positive environment where underserved members of the LGBTQ+ community and its allies can be welcomed as their authentic selves and connect with others. The Board of Directors is thrilled to achieve this goal after two years of successful programs and Pride events throughout the region.
Thanks to the unwavering and continued support from volunteers, donors, and partners, Delmarva Pride Center is able to officially open the doors to a space where people of all orientations and expressions can gather together. Donors, members, and volunteers allow the organization to keep the lights on and expand resources that the Delmarva LGBTQ+ community needs. Examples of future activities include hosting events and meetings, support groups, educational opportunities, and regular open hours with access to a mini-library of books and games.
Board Chair and co-founder Kyle O'Donnell reflects on Delmarva Pride Center’s journey so far. "Over the past two years, it has been exciting to see our events, groups, and volunteers grow. People want to connect and feel a sense of community and belonging. We are glad to offer LGBTQ+ folks a physical space for community and belonging year round."
The new space is centrally located in Easton to serve individuals and families in communities throughout Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It is being rented from the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at Easton, an organization who is supportive and inclusive of community members of all backgrounds, orientations, and identities. For years, the fellowship has flown the pride flag beside US 50 Ocean Gateway, standing as a welcoming beacon of kind people.
“We have been fortunate to build relationships and work hand-in-hand with other organizations since our founding. Now, we are eager to offer this new location to the existing network of resources and support in the region,” says Concetta Gibson, Delmarva Pride Center Vice Chair.
The Delmarva Pride Center Board of Directors invites community members of all backgrounds to join the ribbon cutting and opening celebration on National Coming Out Day, Wednesday, October 11, 2023 at the new physical location. Doors open at 5pm for short tours and refreshments, with ribbon cutting ceremony and remarks starting at 6pm.
None of Delmarva Pride Center’s activities are possible without continued support from donors, volunteers, and members. Anyone interested in supporting the center financially or by volunteering can reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.