Center rebrands as OUTMemphis
A longtime presence in Cooper-Young, the Memphis Gay and Lesbian Community Center at 892 S. Cooper, recently rebranded.
The 27-year old center is now known as OUTMemphis: The LGBTQ Center for the Mid-South, a name seemingly inspired by two of the center’s most visible programs, the Outflix Film Festival and the Outbid fundraising auction. The name change is part of an ongoing effort to be as welcoming as possible to anyone who may require their services.
“Changing our name reflects our efforts to be more responsive to and inclusive of all LGBTQ people in Memphis and the surrounding areas,” says OUTMemphis Executive Director Will Batts. “Our new name mirrors the change this organization began eight years ago. It honors the diversity of our board, our staff, our volunteers, our visitors, and our services.”
The new name comes as OUTMemphis embarks on one of the most ambitious projects in its history, the Metamorphosis Project. The organization recently closed on the purchase of three real estate parcels on Southern Avenue south of the train tracks for the project, which will use refurbished shipping containers to construct the first transitional housing project for LGBT young adults in the city.