Rachel Boenigk, a senior at Texas A&M University, wants to build an LGBT community center in College Station. She’s submitted the proposal as a “Good Idea” to the Pepsi Refresh Project, which awards grants each month to top online vote-getters. Boenigk’s idea is currently ranked 28th to receive a $50,000 grant in March, but only the top 10 projects will be funded. Here’s Boenigk’s description of the project, which you can vote for by going here:
This project will provide a meeting place for GLBT people of all ages, races, genders and sexualities. My community is 100 miles away from the nearest GLBT center and with a center in my area, we would be able to reach so many more people, especially those in cental Texas. The center would provide a home for GLBT organizations, an alternative to club nightlife, a home for GLBT families and a networking center for what is for the most part a closeted community. We hope to provide support groups, entertainment nights, the occasional home for disowned GLBT individuals and free tests for STI’s. With the $50,000 that have been requested, we will continue fundraising to ensure that the center has enough money to function. We hope to raise at least $25,000 more to bring the total to $75,000. Introducing a GLBT community center into our area will encourage a more open and understanding community overall and provide opportunities for us to give back as well.