Compass Community Center strives to empower Florida’s LGBTQ+ community

Compass is one of the largest gay and lesbian community centers in Florida. Earlier this month, Compass made national news, appearing on Good Morning America to honor a longtime volunteer. The organization strives to empower lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people, as well as those affected by HIV and AIDS in Palm Beach County. We started in 1988 as the Stop AIDS project to really fight the AIDS and HIV pandemic. And we became a community center and now we provide youth and family services,” said Julia Murphy, director of development. It is these services that are making a big difference in our local LGBTQ community. Stay Informed: LGBTQ+ Resources in South Florida “They really feel at home in this space. It’s where they can find community and make friends. be the ones coming out of school, especially for our middle-aged kids, so here they don’t have to be the only one, there can be many of them,” said the director of youth and social services. family, Amanda Canete. Whether it’s a support group or mentorship, Canate and others w Work with LGBTQ children and teens and their families. “It’s really important for young people who come and their family members, we hear so often that they were really worried about where their child was going to fit in,” Canate said. The Pride Parade draws thousands to Lake Worth Beach. It’s part of a two-day festival organized by Compass. Celebrating the freedom to be whoever you us are as well as the culture of the LGBTQ community. Related: Project Community: Celebrating Pride Month “I’ve never experienced anything like it to be surrounded by so many people who are there to love and appreciate each other. That’s what this community. We fight so hard to be ourselves that when we’re around other people who do the same, it’s just an amazing day,” said Michael Riordan, chief marketing officer of Compass. Riordan said Palm Beach Pride is held in March when the weather is a bit cooler, but in June they celebrate big with the Stonewall Ball. The ball pays tribute to New York’s Stonewall Riots in 1969.

Compass is one of the largest gay and lesbian community centers in Florida.

Earlier this month, Compass made national news, appearing on Good Morning America to honor a longtime volunteer.

The organization strives to empower lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people, as well as those affected by HIV and AIDS in Palm Beach County.

“We started in 1988 as a Stop AIDS project to really fight the AIDS and HIV pandemic. And we grew into a community center and now we provide services to young people and families,” said Julia Murphy, director of development.

It is these services that are making a big difference in our local LGBTQ community.

Stay Informed: LGBTQ+ Resources in South Florida

“They really feel at home in that space. It’s where they can find community and make friends. Because a lot of our kids might be the only kids in their school, especially for our school-aged kids, so here they don’t. There doesn’t have to be one, there can be many,” said the Director of Youth and Family Services, Amanda Canete.

Whether it’s a support group or mentorship, Canate and others work with LGBTQ children and teens and their families.

“It’s really important for the young people coming in and their family members, we hear so often that they were really worried about where their child was going to fit in,” Canate said.

The annual Pride Parade draws thousands to Lake Worth Beach.

This is part of a two day festival organized by Compass. Celebrating the freedom to be who you are as well as the culture of the LGBTQ community.

Related: Project Community: Celebrating Pride Month

“I’ve never experienced anything like being surrounded by so many people who are there to like and appreciate each other. That’s what this community is. We fight so hard to be us like when we’re around other people doing the same it’s just an amazing day,” said Michael Riordan, chief marketing officer of Compass.

Riordan said Palm Beach Pride takes place in March when the weather is a bit cooler, but in June they celebrate big with the Stonewall Ball. The ball pays tribute to New York’s Stonewall Riots in 1969.

Jill E. Washington