Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 11 / 15 March 2018

San Jose LGBT center hosts Xmas meal

San Jose’s LGBT center will be closed for much of the rest of the year, but it is opening Sunday, December 25 to host a free Christmas Day dinner.

An annual tradition at the Billy DeFrank LGBT Community Center, the meal usually attracts up to 50 people, said organizers. Volunteer Diane Brown is hosting this year’s potluck.

“Not only will we have some great food, but there will be other entertainment to make this a happy holiday for all who stop by. We look forward to seeing you,” center officials wrote on the Facebook invite page for the potluck dinner.

Anyone interested in attending is asked to bring a pre-cooked dish to feed at least five people. The facility’s kitchen cannot be used for cooking, so items must be ready-to-serve.

The dinner will take place from noon until 2 p.m.

“The Board of Directors, employees, and volunteers of the Billy DeFrank LGBT Community Center wish our entire Community a safe and spectacular holiday season and best wishes for a healthy and happy New Year,” wrote the center in its weekly email blast.

It also announced its 2012 membership and fundraising drive has been launched. The all-volunteer-run nonprofit has struggled financially in recent years and depends on membership fees and other individual giving to help keep the building open.

“We are financially stable and have weathered the worst of the economic downturn. Through your generous donations, we are saving our pennies for some capital improvements, including a much needed new roof,” wrote the center’s three-person board in its 2011 year-end report. “Contrary to popular belief, most of the Center’s income is from private donations and facility rentals. Grants are difficult to obtain.”

Due to the Christmas and New Year’s holidays the South Bay facility is reducing its hours and has canceled its Wednesday Bingo night next week. It will be open from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. for HIV testing only Tuesday, December 27 through Friday, December 30.

Its LGBTQ Youth Space will be closed though January 2.

All regular center operations resume Tuesday, January 3.

For more information on the center and its membership drive, visit its website here.


— Matthew S. Bajko, December 22, 2011 @ 5:35 pm PST
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