In early 2020, the Hudson Valley LGBTQ+ Community Center (The Community Center) received a very public call-out from community members, including a list of demands for action, in reaction to past harms experienced by some in the community – including issues with accessibility, misgendering, patriarchy and imperialist behavior, racism and a white-centered culture, competition, and the hording of resources.
During the subsequent two years, The Community Center board and staff have worked hard to address these demands and to act more broadly, too, to ensure that similar harms will never happen again. With the assistance of Flannel & Blade, a locally based intergenerational, queer, BIPOC-led organizational development company, we took a hard look at ourselves and our situation: we reflected deeply on how The Community Center had arrived at this place in time, our strengths and shortcomings, the composition of our team, and consideration of alternatives and avenues for the best way forward.
This document provides a snapshot of the actions we have taken and those still in process. The Community Center’s board and staff welcome discussion of further details at any time.