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The hunt for a permanent home for Brooklyn’s gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer community received a financial boost at the Brooklyn Community Pride Center’s second annual fundraiser in DUMBO on Tuesday night.

The Founder’s Ball at the Galapagos Art Space raised greenbacks for the organization, which is currently operating out of Borough Hall and other locations in Downtown.

“We have no program space, we’re borrowing from all over the place,” said Rachael Stern, the group’s events and program coordinator, who helped put together the cocktail benefit, which featured performances, an open bar and a silent auction with such cool prizes as a personal voice mail greeting recorded by former Mayor Ed Koch, a Hirschfeld lithograph, and trips to Los Angeles and Disney World.

Plenty of well-heeled supporters flocked to show their support and hobnob with interesting notables; among them, Comptroller John Liu, Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D–Manhattan), and Borough President Markowitz and his Manhattan counterpart Scott Stringer, who opted to tie the knot with his fiancée (note the extra “e”) in Connecticut last year to protest New York’s discriminatory marriage laws.

“It was a friendly and wonderful evening,” stated Stern, who added that the final tally wasn’t yet in, but “we did well.”

Astronomical rents in the commercial corridor between Atlantic Terminal and the edge of Downtown, where the group ideally wants to settle down, have crimped its search for a location, despite receiving pledges for $1 million each from Markowitz and Quinn.

Brooklyn may be the most populous borough, but it lags woefully behind the others which already have established centers for gays, according to the group.

“All of us are familiar with Manhattan’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender center, we are trying to replicate that model right here in Brooklyn,” said its Communications Associate Caran Wakefield.

Updated 5:23 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Joey from Clinton Hills says:
maybe the Veil of Cashmere would work?
March 24, 2011, 9:34 am
robert from brighton beach says:
An LGBT Center should go in an area of the borough where it is most needed. Since an LGBT Center is way over due for Brooklyn why wait until you get the money to have it downtown? An area that is already heavly serviced by LGBT business's and organizations. If it's taking you so long to be able to put a center in Brooklyn just because you can't afford a tony address...put it where it is MOST needed! In an area like South Brooklyn where there are many gay people, but so little services for us!!
March 25, 2011, 4:55 pm
John from East Williamsburg says:
Please put the new center on the L-train line, otherwise I'll just keep going to the Manhattan one, which IS on the L-line.
March 28, 2011, 1:30 pm
Dennis from Bushwick says:
The Brooklyn LGBT Center should go somewhere where it would be easily accessible to everyone in the borough.
April 14, 2011, 9:25 pm
Bay Ridger from Bay Ridge says:
So where was our beloved State Senator Marty Golden. Did he have a KKK meeting that evening?

Also, to Dennis in Bushwick, there's NOWHERE in Brooklyn that accessible to all Brooklynites. That's the problem. The trains were designed to carry people to Manhattan.
Sept. 21, 2011, 4:09 pm

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