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Jim Nixon: St. Petersburg LGBTQ Liaison, LGBTQ Welcome Center manager

By : Kevin King
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Jim Nixon is remarkable. He is known to the LGBTQ community through his many years of advocacy, his sales work with Watermark and his efforts to elevate Metro Wellness and Community Centers through strategic outreach and marketing. Thanks to Jim, the LGBTQ Welcome Center in St. Pete’s Grand Central District has been refreshed and refocused, serving as a safe and inviting place for both residents and visitors.

The broader Tampa Bay community, and especially our growing arts community, may know Jim through his work with Ruth Eckerd Hall or The Dali Museum. Today, we also know Jim as St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman’s LGBTQ Liaison, a vital role encouraged by the Human Rights Campaign. It speaks to Jim’s remarkability that he volunteered for the position long before our city coffers allowed us to fund it. As both a volunteer and an employee, he has excelled. Readers of Watermark likely know that Mayor Kriseman is a longtime champion for the LGBTQ community and has illustrated that in ways big and small.

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Metro Wellness and Community Centers relaunches LGBTQ Welcome Center

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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ST. PETERSBURG | Community leaders and advocates gathered at Metro Wellness and Community Centers’ LGBTQ Welcome Center to officially relaunch the organization’s LGBTQ safe haven Oct. 6.

The welcome center, a renovated home located in the Grand Central District, has served Tampa Bay’s LGBTQ community since its opening in 2014. Through its weekly programming, the majority of which Metro Wellness provides at no cost, it offers a gathering space for LGBTQ community members of all ages.

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LGBT Welcome Center to finish renovating kitchen as MLK Day project

By : Staff Report
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St. Petersburg – The LGBT Welcome Center will celebrate MLK Day of Service by putting the finishing touches on its newly renovated kitchen. Wells Fargo volunteers will help complete the kitchen in the newly open space run by Metro Wellness and Community Centers on Monday, Jan. 19.

Volunteers will paint and help in other ways to make sure the job is completed by the end of the holiday.

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LGBT Welcome Center Ribbon Cutting

By : Steve Blanchard
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It’s official, the new LGBT Welcome Center is open for business along St. Petersburg’s Grand Central District.

Metro Wellness and Community Center celebrated the grand opening of the center with a ribbon cutting on Dec. 12.

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Metro’s LGBT Welcome Center opens its doors

By : Aaron Alper
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St. Petersburg – The Grand Central District has a new resident, one it has been expecting for quite some time. Larry Biddle, director of the Metro Wellness and Community Center’s LGBT Welcome Center Development, announced this week that the unique project’s doors are open for business.

The center, located at 2227 Central Avenue, is a historic home that was physically relocated to the site last spring. Besides that history, the new center has a deep connection to the local LGBT community.

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LGBT Welcome Center near goal’s halfway point, still needs volunteers

By : Steve Blanchard
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St. Petersburg – With $80,000 raised so far, the new LGBT Welcome Center is about halfway to its financial goal.

The former Grand Central District home was relocated last year to its current address next to the Metro Wellness Thrift Shop on Central Avenue—and a lot has changed since its relocation.

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Metro opens up future welcome center to tours in hopes to boost donations

By : Steve Blanchard
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St. Petersburg On a rainy Sunday afternoon, employees and volunteers with Metro Wellness and Community Centers welcomed guests to tour its new Welcome Center, which is in need of some TLC.

The new facility, which is in a relocated, old-style bungalow home that was moved from just two blocks away, is currently no more than a shell. But the Metro staff sees much more within its walls.

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Less than a month left for LGBT Youth/Welcome center to reach its financial goal

By : Steve Blanchard
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St. Petersburg- With less than 30 days remaining, Metro Wellness and Community Centers has raised 30% of its monetary goal to help open a new LGBT Youth and Welcome center in St. Petersburg.

And while that figure may sound far from spectacular, director of center development Larry Biddle said that fundraising is on track.

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Welcome Center will cater to Tampa Bay’s LGBT youth, travelers

By : Steve Blanchard
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St. Petersburg – The holidays are squarely upon us and Metro Wellness and Community Centers is ready to celebrate the season of giving back year-round. The organization announced this month plans to open its LGBT Welcome Center, which will also cater to LGBT youth in Tampa Bay.

Larry Biddle, director of center development, says he hopes the facility will be fully operational by St. Pete Pride in June.

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Metro to move on plans for an LGBT Welcome Center

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Metro Wellness and Community Centers has some landscape-changing plans for 2013 – literally.

In it’s 20th year, the organization will open a mixed-use space next to it’s Thrift & Gift retail center at 2235 Central Avenue. Soon, the vacant lot will be the new home of a bungalow-style house located a block away.

Through a donation by GSC of St. Pete, LLC, the house was granted to Metro.

“By moving the house, not only are we able to build on our partnership within the Grand Central District and the local community, but we’re able to save this beautiful historic bungalow which exemplifies so much of this district and neighboring Historic Kenwood,” said Lorraine Langlois, CEO of Metro Wellness & Community Centers.

According to local realtor Brian Longstreth, who is also a board member of the Grand Central District Association, the move has been in the works for years.

“It’s always exciting when something we’ve been talking about for several years in the community comes to fruition,” said Longstreth. “Everything seemed to fall into place. A historic home about to be torn down, the desire for Grand Central to have a 1st floor office on Central Avenue, the need for a LGBT welcome center in the area. The fact that it all happens in a saved 1920’s bungalow makes it even more special, and it only happened with the cooperation of many partners.”

Longstreth, along with his brother Jim, an agent at Your Neighborhood Realty, have helped facilitate this project with Metro and the GCDA.

This idea has been in the back of Langlois’ mind for years as well. Langlois, who helped start Metropolitan Charities 20 years ago, has always seen the need for a bigger presence on Central Avenue and the importance of a vibrant welcoming space for LGBT visitors to the Tampa Bay area as the community continues to grow.

“We are so excited to partner with our friends in the Grand Central District to make this happen,” said Langlois. “The space will serve as a welcoming hub for visitors and residents alike – providing resources for the LGBT and allied communities and expand on our mission to enhance the quality of life for those in our area.”

Metro hopes to have the house moved and in place by mid- to late-February, with plans to open the Welcome Center in the Grand Central District to the public as early as March. The building will serve as a visitor’s welcome center, community resource center and will provide office space for the Grand Central District as well as additional programming and event space. “There’s so much potential in this gorgeous bungalow,” said Langlois. “I can’t wait to see it grow into the vibrancy that already exists along Central Avenue.”

Metro’s Welcome Center in the Grand Central District will also have sponsorship and naming opportunities available for rooms along with the house itself

Metro Wellness and Community Centers currently has offices and LGBT Community Centers in St. Petersburg, Ybor City and New Port