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YouthPride faces eviction; community volunteers organize to save services for LGBT youth

Terrance McPahul

Two ad-hoc committees of community volunteers will try to assess the current financial and legal status of YouthPride and insure that at least some services for youth continue should Atlanta’s troubled LGBT youth agency close.

YouthPride has received an eviction notice for its current facility in Inman Park, Board Chair Jordan Myers told a group of LGBT leaders and allies who attended a meeting Jan. 25 at AID Atlanta convened by gay teacher Charlie Stadtlander to discuss the YouthPride crisis.

Myers said he could not recall the date the eviction would take place.

YouthPride leases its office from Inman Park United Methodist Church.

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YouthPride ED still won’t answer questions about board of directors

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With YouthPride in the midst of a financial crisis and facing possible closure, Executive Director Terence McPhaul will only say that the nonprofit's board of directors met perhaps in December 2010 to elect a new member but that he doesn't recall specific dates.

McPhaul was interviewed after Monday's meeting of the Atlanta LGBT Police Advisory Board, of which he is a member. He said the board has met within the past two years, disputing a claim made by former board member Marlys Bergstrom.

"Well, that's not accurate," McPhaul said when asked about the board not meeting for two years. "Did she actually say two years or did she say 2010? That's an error, that much I'm sure of.”

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Podcast: Health and Fitness

GA Voice editor Laura Douglas-Brown was featured on AM 1690 | The Voice of the Arts this week in a bi-weekly segment highlighting upcoming arts and entertainment events and LGBT community news featured in our upcoming issue.

In this week's segment, Laura discusses our second annual Health and Fitness issue, Bernice King's surprise speech at Atlanta's MLK Day rally, the ongoing financial crisis at YouthPride and more.

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YouthPride board member: Board has not met in two years

YouthPride logoYouthPride’s board of directors has not met in two years, according to one board member who added she was not aware of the nonprofit’s current financial crisis and possible closure.

YouthPride, which serves lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth ages 13-24, is facing a $67,000 shortfall this year after it did not receive expected grants of $27,000 from United Way and $40,000 from Fulton County, according to Terence McPhaul, the organization’s executive director.

McPhaul said in December that if YouthPride did not raise $40,000 by Dec. 31 it would be forced to close in 60 days. The agency has only raised about half of that amount, McPhaul said on Jan. 12, but continues to operate and offer programming.

YouthPride board member Marlys Bergstrom told the GA Voice in an interview Jan. 17 that the board has not met in two years. She also said she did not know about the organization’s financial straits.

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In midst of financial crisis, YouthPride board not meeting

As YouthPride struggles with a financial crisis that could force the LGBT youth agency to close, its volunteer board is not meeting on a regular basis and two board members listed on the organization's website say they are no longer involved.

In response to an emailed interview request, YouthPride Board President Jordan Myers wrote today the board has not met regularly because he is more focused "on the financial aspect of our organization than in holding to a meeting schedule."

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YouthPride halfway to fundraising goal, remains open despite Dec. 31 deadline

Terrance McPahul

YouthPride has raised approximately $20,000 in the past few weeks and remains open and operating, despite a plea from its executive director that the agency would shut down in 60 days if $40,000 was not raised by Dec. 31.

Terence McPhaul is executive director of YouthPride, the agency that serves metro Atlanta lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth ages 13-24. He said in an interview Wednesday that the agency has raised about half of its fundraising goal of $40,000. While the Dec. 31 deadline has passed, he added the agency has extended its deadline for reaching the goal.

"We don't have a specific date in mind, but we are closing in on one," McPhaul said. "There's going to come a stopping point for sure."

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YouthPride future remains uncertain as Dec. 31 fundraising deadline passes

YouthPride’s Dec. 31 deadline to raise $40,000 to remain open passed Saturday, but both how much money was donated and whether the LGBT youth agency will close are still unknown.

"We don't have a final count on what's been raised. If the numbers are not on target we will move ahead with closing," said YouthPride Executive Director Terence McPhaul in an interview today.

McPhaul said he has a meeting scheduled Wednesday and two meetings on Thursday with prospective donors. After those meetings he said he would know more about how much the agency will have raised. He said the meetings were with individual donors.

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Ga. LGBT organizations, local theaters seeking year-end donations

'Tis the season for giving and many of Atlanta and Georgia's LGBT nonprofits  as well as gay-friendly community groups are sending out emails asking for a final donations before the start of 2012.

Georgia Equality, the state's LGBT advocacy organization that works under the Gold Dome during the legislative session to track anti-gay bills as well as support pro-equality bills and does other advocacy work throughout the state, notes in its year-end message that less than 1 percent of the state's LGBT people regularly donate.

"In 2011, between Georgia Equality and Equality Foundation of Georgia, we raised and spent some $250,000 to advance your rights and the rights of your loved ones. Imagine what we could have accomplished if we had raised an additional $50,000 that could have been used for education, outreach or support of fair-minded candidates," says its letter titled, "Equality is Within Reach."

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YouthPride needs $40,000 by end of year or faces closure in 60 days

YouthPride Executive Director Terence McPhaul said today the nonprofit organization needs to raise $40,000 by Dec. 31 or faces having to close 60 days later.

The amount of money needed by the organization that serves metro-Atlanta lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth ages 13-24 has varied in the past two weeks. McPhaul said Dec. 8 he wished for $50,000. YouthPride Board Chair Jordan Myers took to Facebook Dec. 9 to say the agency needed to raise $25,000 in a week.

This week, McPhaul said the LGBT agency needs to raise $40,000 by Dec. 31 to cover all of its operating expenses. If the money is not raised, McPhaul said the agency will have to close 60 days after the Dec. 31 deadline.