FAHASS Announces New LGBTQ+ Community Center in Fredericksburg Area

Fredericksburg Area Health and Support Services, a local nonprofit that provides primary care and HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, will open an LGBTQ+ community center this summer.

Executive Director Joseph Lyttle announced the new center during the Fredericksburg Pride Festival at Old Mill Park. “Although our community has had gay-friendly businesses and churches, etc., we strongly believe that this community needs a space created just for us,” Lyttle explained. “Our hope is that the Pride Center can serve as a hub for our entire local LGBTQ community, providing free meeting space, free event space, information about community events and activities, and referrals for medical or health services. mental health and other support services. ”

FAHASS distributed community surveys around the festival to help decide what services and activities the Pride Center will offer. The nonprofit already has pre-existing ideas and programs that the new venue will be used for, Lyttle said, “but it’s very much a community center, so it’s up to the community to decide what kind of services she will want.”

The center is scheduled to open August 13 at 4343 Plank Road with a grand public opening ceremony.

Jill E. Washington