CenterLink exists to support the development of strong, sustainable LGBT community centers and to build a unified center movement.
CenterLink envisions a society that celebrates diversity, acknowledges the dignity of LGBT people, and embraces full human rights for all people. Furthermore, CenterLink envisions a time when all LGBT people, in cities and towns of all sizes, have access to strong lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community centers that enrich and improve our lives.
Centers are engines of community organizing and liberation and crucial to the health and strength of LGBT communities. To assist centers in building a movement that honors and promotes full human rights and dignity for all LGBT people, CenterLink works to build capacity, strengthen linkages, and advocate empowerment, self-reliance, inclusion and diversity among every community center in our coalition. CenterLink acts as the voice for LGBT community centers in grassroots organizing and coalition building.
We believe in the axiom that “all politics is local” and therefore understand that community centers are primary change agents in a movement working toward the liberation and empowerment of LGBT people.
We support and honor other communities whose civil rights struggles paved the way for our movement, and we value and work for full human rights and self-determination for all people.
We believe that promoting and celebrating inclusion and diversity strengthens the LGBT community and is vital to CenterLink’s mission and vision.
We value an association governed by an inclusive process and that collaborates with other LGBT organizations.
We believe in the right of each member center to self-direction and value all centers regardless of size, services or programs.
We value the worth and dignity of all people and strive to create and sustain community institutions that make this value a reality in the workplace.
We celebrate our LGBT culture and value our cultural and political heritage.