Equality Florida Recognizes Lorraine Langlois, CenterLink Board Co-Chair

6/28/2013

CenterLink Staff

Equality Florida Recognizes Lorraine Langlois, CEO of Metro Wellness & Community Center


For Immediate Release:

(St. Petersburg, FL) March 13, 2013 – Few have been at the heart of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community as long as Metro Wellness & Community Centers’ CEO Lorraine Langlois. What started as an effort to assist those suffering from HIV/AIDS in Pinellas County twenty years ago has grown into a thriving beacon of service and education to those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS and a hub of community activity for the LGBT community across the Tampa Bay area.

Metro, which Langlois helped lead in 1993, is the longest operating AIDS Service Organization of its kind in the Tampa Bay area and has grown to offer so much more, including HIV prevention and education, LGBTQ youth services, counseling, health and wellness programs, senior programs, free HIV testing and health and client services. With over 90 employees the organization celebrates its 20th Anniversary this year and currently serves Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco and Hernando Counties with offices in St. Petersburg, Tampa and New Port Richey.

At this year’s Equality Florida Pinellas Gala, Langlois will be honored with the Amy Mandel Service and Leadership Award – given each year to an astounding citizen of Pinellas County who has gone above and beyond to serve the LGBT community and further the cause for equality. Equality Florida is the largest civil rights organization dedicated to securing full equality for Florida’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. Langlois’ involvement in Metro came about when she helped out with some of the administrative work at King of Peace Metropolitan Community Church in 1993. At the time, Metropolitan Charities was a very small operation with an operating budget of $42,000 and operated out of a small room in the church.

Utilizing her strong leadership skills, compassion and guidance over the years, Langlois has grown Metro to become one of the largest and most respected HIV/AIDS service organization and nationally known LGBT community centers in the country. She also received the Citizen of the Year award in 2006 for her cooperative work with other LGBT agencies and serves as Co-Chair of Centerlink, the national organization of LGBT Community Centers.

Langlois joins other 2013 honorees to include Trevor Burgess, CEO of C1 Bank; Joe Maddon, Manager of Tampa Bay Rays; Julie Mastry Janssen, Ed.D., retired Superintendant of Pinellas County Schools; and Allegra Kartha, President of Tampa Prep. Gay Straight Alliance.

Equality Florida will recognize Langlois and others at a private reception this Saturday, March 16 at USF-St. Pete’s Poynter Library and again at the organization’s annual Pinellas Gala on April 20 at the Dali Museum.

Metropolitan Charities, Inc. d/b/a Metro Wellness and Community Centers is a 501(c)3 organization committed to providing premier HIV services, social networking, and other health and wellness programs that enhance the quality of life. The organization strives to promote a healthy environment for all and to foster diversity within the community as a whole regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or economic status.

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Media Contact:

Metro Wellness & Community Centers

Chris Rudisill

Director of LGBT Community Center Services

Phone: 727-321-3854 ext. 238

Email: chrisr@metrotampabay.org

www.MetroTampaBay.org

Equality Florida

Todd Richardson

Pinellas County Development Officer

Email: todd@eqfl.org

www.eqfl.org

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