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YouthPride moves to house in West End, also home to Christian addiction ministry?

YouthPride House

YouthPride, the troubled Atlanta LGBT youth agency, has moved to a house located at 955 Washington Place in Atlanta’s West End neighborhood, according to its website. YouthPride was evicted from its Edgewood Avenue home on June 1 for non-payment of rent and posted a series of delayed openings before finally announcing the new address June 21.

Executive Director Terence McPhaul refused an interview June 21 at the new location. He and board members continue to decline interviews on the status of the organization, which has been mired in a financial and leadership crisis since December 2011.

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YouthPride relocates to West End; ED still refuses interviews


The executive director of YouthPride refused to discuss the status of the LGBT youth agency and its new location in West End today after the GA Voice visited the site.

The new address, noticed today on YouthPride’s website, is listed as 955 Washington Place SW, Atlanta. The address is posted at the very bottom of the page, but at the "contact us" link YouthPride's address is still listed as 1017 Edgewood Ave. YouthPride was evicted from its Edgewood Avenue home on June 1.

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YouthPride has blast at Childish Gambino hip hop concert — but no news where it will relocate

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YouthPride officially moved out of its space at 1017 Edgewood Ave. on June 1 after being evicted by its landlord Inman Park United Methodist Church for nonpayment of rent. The organization serving lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer youth ages 13-24 still hasn't publicly announced where its new location is or how it is providing services.

However, YouthPride did have a great time at the June 10 Childish Gambino hip hop concert at The Tabernacle, as Executive Director Terence McPhaul noted on the organization's website.

"Thanks to everyone who stopped by YouthPride's table at the Childish Gambino concert on Sunday!"

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YouthPride in limbo after move

YouthPride movers

Since March 20, YouthPride’s executive director and board of directors have known the organization needed to move out of its location at 1017 Edgewood Ave. by May 31 at 5 p.m.

Instead, movers arrived on the evening of June 1 to move the organization’s belongings into a storage facility after the landlord, Inman Park United Methodist Church, agreed to give the LGBT youth group an extra day to move out.

Postings to YouthPride’s website and Facebook accounts promised the organization would reopen on Monday, June 4. The new location of YouthPride would also be revealed on Monday via the website and Facebook, the group pledged.

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YouthPride still closed; no new location announced


Six days after YouthPride moved out of its space in Inman Park and promised to reopen in a new site, there is still no word on the new location or if the organization will resume services.

The organization serving metro Atlanta lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer youth closed June 1 after it was forced to move from its home at 1017 Edgewood Ave. Facebook and website postings for the nonprofit at first promised the organization would reopen on Monday at a site to be announced Monday. However, Terence McPhaul, executive director, then stated on the YouthPride website and Facebook pages that the organization "is closed through Wednesday."

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Packed up and moved out, YouthPride still has no new home


Three movers from All My Sons Moving and Storage showed up at 1017 Edgewood Ave. June 1 ready to load up YouthPride's belongings that are apparently being relocated to a storage facility.

The LGBT youth organization was forced to move out of its space by May 31 at Inman Park United Methodist Church as part of a court settlement over unpaid rent and fees. YouthPride missed the May 31 deadline but church officials said they allowed the organization an extra day to move out.

While the LGBT youth organization states on its website it will close for the weekend and reopen Monday, YouthPride Executive Director Terence McPhaul refuses to say where that space will be. He has been confrontational in the past when asked and not returned numerous emails, phone calls as well as text messages.

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Atlanta LGBT youth organization ordered out of current space; new site not known

YouthPride's landlord Inman Park United Methodist Church will change the locks of the LGBT youth facility at 1017 Edgewood Ave. on Friday, June 1, and soon move in a new tenant, but where YouthPride will relocate remains unknown.

YouthPride was to move out of its space in Inman Park on May 31 according to a court settlement with Inman Park UMC. YouthPride had failed to pay some $50,000 in rent and fees and the church said it had no choice but to take legal action.

On the YouthPride website, an entry states: "Movie night is canceled for tonight, Thursday, May 31, 2012. YouthPride will be closed Friday, June 1, 2012, and Saturday, June 2, 2012. Will reopen Monday, June 4, 2012."

A post to the YouthPride Atlanta Facebook page also stated the organization will be closed Friday, June 1, and Saturday, June 2, and reopen Monday, June 4.

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United Way releases funding back to YouthPride after investigation

The United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta has lifted its hold on donations designated for YouthPride after conducting an investigation into the LGBT youth nonprofit spurred by donor complaints and finding no wrongdoing.

“After looking into the complaints against YouthPride by our generous donors, United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta has decided to lift the hold on designated donor funds to the organization. We have alerted YouthPride and our donors of our decision,” United Way spokesperson David Graves said April 30 in a prepared statement.

Graves said April 13 that United Way had opened an investigation into YouthPride after receiving complaints from donors who made donations to YouthPride through United Way.

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New generation of Atlanta LGBTQ youth speaks out


“My mom met my boyfriend today,” Gabriel Haggray said, seated at a patio table at Savage Pizza in Little Five Points with friends Chris Kontopidis and Casey Geyer. “She gave him a hug.”

A huge grin allowed a flash of his blue-tinted braces to shine. This was a huge step for Haggray, 24, a psychology major at Georgia Perimeter College who once had dreams of a ballet career and now hopes to become a criminal profiler for the FBI.

When Haggray came out in the 11th grade, his parents were a bit reluctant to understand and accept. It’s a different story today. Haggray said the support he receives from his family, especially his older sisters, is monumental.

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United Way withholds individual donor money to YouthPride

United Way of Metro Atlanta is currently withholding individual donor contributions to YouthPride after donor complaints and community concerns were made about the LGBT youth nonprofit.

United Way allows donors to direct their financial contributions to specific charities. David Graves, spokesperson for United Way of Atlanta, said donor-directed funds are no longer being funneled to YouthPride.

"We took the step recently of holding designated funds (dollars individuals donate directly to YouthPride through United Way) after acknowledging donor complaints and growing community concerns over internal challenges at the organization," Graves said in a statement to the GA Voice.