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Out of the closet and into the ward: GLBT Community Center moves on from Montrose

Out of the closet and into the ward: GLBT Community Center moves on from Montrose

The GLBT Community Center is ditching its Montrose Boulevard digs and doing what gays do best: gentrification.

The organization will soon be nesting in the Dow School Building in the Old Sixth Ward historic district, tucked between Montrose and the Heights/West End. The community center, which serves as home base for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their allies in the metropolitan area and southeast Texas, will reside in the Lubbock Wing on the school's southern stretch, at the corner of Silver and Lubbock streets.

Since it's an historically residential area, street parking is ample. GLBT will have Multicultural Education and Counseling through the Arts (MECA), an art and culture organization that serves Latino youth and families, as neighbors in the 1912 building.

Visitors will also be able to access the GLBT center's resources, which include support groups, education and arts initiatives, via the Wave jitney and REV Eco-Shuttle, providing quick connection to Washington Avenue. The location near the Cor, the nexus of the city's bro's and ho's scene, may be the harbinger of a new gayborhood takeover.

A representative of the community center describes the move as "imminent."

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Justin E. Dow Elementary School, 1900 Kane St., the new home of the GLBT Community Center Google Maps
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Shady corners and historic architecture characterize the site of the Justin E. Dow Elementary School, 1900 Kane St. Google Maps
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The GLBT Community Center will be closer to downtown.