May 23, 2011

Action Alert! Thursday 5/26 - come out for an open LGBT Center!


WHAT:  LGBT group that is being denied meeting space at LGBT Community Center will show up to try to take it.
WHEN: Thursday, May 26 at 6:30 PM
WHO: Queers Against Israeli Apartheid supported by Queers for an Open LGBT Center
WHERE: LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St., Manhattan
MEDIA CONTACT: Pauline Park, Queers for an Open LGBT Center at (718) 424-4003 (phone); (718) 662-8893 (cell); e-mail:

Join a support action at the Center on Thursday, May 26 at 6:30 pm.

Call or email Center director Glennda Testone on (212) 620-7310/ to demand meeting space for Queers Against Israeli Apartheid.
Call or email Center board chair Mario Palumbo at (212) 875-4900/


We are calling to all those who support the meeting-space request of Queers Against Israeli Apartheid to come out in solidarity on Thursday, May 26 at 6:30 PM. We will meet in the Center lobby to make sure that there is a place to meet in the Center. We are not looking for a confrontation and we are committed to nonviolence, but we cannot predict how the Center will respond.

This is not about endorsing Queers Against Israeli Apartheid. Some of the undersigned are members of that group, others of Queers for an Open LGBT Center and some of both. But all of us longtime LGBT activists are united in insisting on an open LGBT Community Center that does not reject groups on the basis of political viewpoint.

More than 1,600 people have already signed a petition to demand an open LGBT Center. You can see who has signed and add your name at

You can read more about the issue, including press reports, at

We urge you to call Glennda Testone, the Center’s executive director, at (212) 620-7310 or e-mail her at and demand that Queers Against Israeli Apartheid be allowed to meet at the Center. Also contact Mario Palumbo, president of the Center board at (212) 875-4900 or e-mail him at

Let’s put the community back in our Community Center.

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