Whittier College’s TOBGLAD (Trans, Other-identified, Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, Allies for Diversity) Club has recently joined forces with a group of alumni activists to form the Founders Circle, which is working to develop a queer center in Whittier. The Gateway Cities LGBTQ Center will be the first-ever Whittier-based brick-and-mortar resource for LGBTQ+ community members. The Founders Circle intends for the Center to offer educational resources, health and counseling services, local activities and gatherings, and, most importantly, a safe, supportive, and uplifting space for LGBTQ+ folks in the greater Whittier area.
The group meets weekly to discuss and plan the development of the Center—and to kickstart community awareness and involvement, they have planned an LGBTQ+ Mixer. This gathering will bridge the gap between the Whittier College community and the greater Whittier community, encourage meaningful connections, and gather support, funding, and community input for the Center.
“The Center will be a symbol of LGBTQ+ strength and pride in Whittier. It will not only provide resources to the LGBTQ+ community, but it will show them that they are welcome and supported here,” said Cole DiGrazia ’21, the president of TOBGLAD.
If you would like to learn more about the forthcoming Center, to have a voice in its development, to engage with your community, or simply to enjoy a night full of fun, food, and an amazing view, all are welcome to attend the Gateway Cities LGBTQ+ Mixer on Thursday, April 25th, at 6 p.m., on the 5th floor of the Science & Learning Center at Whittier College, 13615 Earlham Dr, Whittier, CA 90602.
Entry is free with a student ID. Otherwise, a $10 donation to benefit the future Center is suggested.
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