Stonewall Columbus Adds Café to Build Community and Provide LGBTQ + Opportunities
COLUMBUS (WCMH) – A new cafe coming soon to the North Court will offer more than coffee and tea. Stonewall Columbus is raising funds to create an inclusive cafe at its High Street LGBTQ + community center.
“What the community center really thought about was, how do you invite people in? How to create a welcoming space, in which people want to come and stop? Explained Densil Porteous, General Manager of Stonewall Columbus.
The café will open its doors on the ground floor of the building, in a corner of the association’s art gallery.
“The places we often see in the community as a community gathering space are cafes and tea rooms,” Porteous said.
This will work not only as an intentional way to engage the community, but also as a way to generate income for the nonprofit organization. In addition, the project will provide employment opportunities for trans people.
“Often times, they have the hardest time finding a job because people have all the preconceptions or beliefs they have against them,” Porteous said. on the rights of trans citizens. “
According to GLAAD, transgender people experience an unemployment rate three times higher than the general population. The rate is four times higher for trans people of color. The GLAAD study also found that 30% of trans people report being fired, denied promotion, or being abused at work in the past year because of their gender identity.
“These citizens are valued and valuable to our community and we want to make sure they understand their value and what they can do for our community,” Porteous said.
Several corporate donors, Abercrombie and Fitch and CAS, helped Stonewall Columbus start raising funds to create the cafe. Porteous said the goal was to raise enough funds by the organization’s 40th anniversary at the end of September.
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