The Community Center
Proudly Serving the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual,
Transgender Community since 1983
Your LGBTQ Resource Guide to the Treasure Valley
“ It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.”
~ Maya Angelou
December 4, 2012, the Boise City Council voted for the unanimous passage of a citywide LGBTQ non-discrimination ordinance, which will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2013: “prohibiting discriminatory acts in housing, employment and public accommodations based upon sexual orientation and gender identity/expression.”
LGBT Police Liaison Meet and Greet @ The Community Center
Boise Police Department’s LGBT liaison, Katie Davey, Maryanne Jordan, City Council President and Deputy Chief Pete Ritter discuss the new Boise Non Discrimination Ordinance and how it will work.
History of The Community Center 1983—2012
According to Evie–August 2, 2012
From an afternoon meeting in a north end Boise backyard emerged The Community Center (TCC). Friends met and discussed how to bring some subtle notice and unity into the small Boise Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual community. We discussed a community-wide calendar and somehow we began to think bigger. The Community center was launched. We also thought a long time about names to use. We settled on The Community Center with the subtitle, Resources for Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual people. We added Transgender folks to our subtitle many years later as we became more aware. The Paper, later Diversity, began as the first gay publication in Idaho. TCC published Diversity for over 30 years.
For many years, we existed mostly as an organization with library books and occasional activities and no location. In the 1970’s we had space on the ground floor of a community member’s house across from North Junior High. Our library grew and we hired a director. However, we had bigger appetites than funding, so we moved the library into a garage. The community owes many thanks to Nikki and Jae for taking such good care of the books for several years.
At one point TCC had a reputation of doing, well, not much. As a result, Your Family, Friends and Neighbors (YFFN) emerged with a bang in 1990 presenting Boise first Gay Pride Day. Activities with these organizations along with the Imperial Sovereign Gem Court of Idaho (ISGCI) became the byword for the Boise Gay and Lesbian scene. All worked together with the ‘NO on One’ Campaign to defeat Proposition One in 19. TCC then rented space on N 27th St and sublet space to YFFN. At last, we had space for the library, which had grown to the largest GLBTG source in Idaho.
We moved in 2007 to the present location at 305 E 37th St, in Garden City, where we remain today. TCC is committed to uniting the LGBT community, providing a regularly updated referral directory for medical, counseling, and legal assistance. Provide information for LGBTQA individuals considering relocation to Idaho, as well as, for employers and organizations with a desire to encourage diversity. With your generous, ongoing support we can continue improving the quality of lives for our neighbors and friends.
The Community Center (TCC) is committed to uniting the LGBTQA community through educational and developmental programs. As well as, providing resources for individuals new and old to the LGBTQA community for educatioon and find much needed support.
Founded in December 1983, The Community Center is the only facility in Idaho exclusively devoted to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) and allied population.
TCC is a non-profit 501(C) 3 organization.
The Community Center is entirely operated through the efforts of community conscious volunteers and donors.
The Community Center (TCC) provides a safe and welcoming location for group meetings and social activities for youth groups, LBGT support groups, women’s and transgender groups.
TCC is committed to uniting the LGBT community through educational and developmental programs such as:
Information and support to employers and organizations with a desire to encourage diversity.
A regularly updated referral directory for medical, counseling, and legal assistance.
Information for LGBT individuals considering relocation to Idaho.
The Community Center houses one of the largest LGBT Libraries in the Treasure Valley, with a wide selection of Gay and Lesbian fiction and non fiction.
If you are in need of a resource not listed, or have a group to add, send request to: email@example.com
The Community Center
Mailing Address P.O. Box 9078, Boise, Idaho, 83707-3078