August 22, 2014 at 3:04 pm EDT | by Staff reports
El Paso gets new LGBT community center
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The OUTright Center space was made possible by a donation from the Elton John AIDS Foundation. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

EL PASO, Texas — The new OUTright Center, an LGBT community space made possible from a $50,000 donation from the Elton John AIDS  Foundation, has opened in El Paso, Texas, the El Paso Times reports.

The gift helped the International AIDS Empowerment agency, which has served the HIV community here for years, open the site.

The center will have a pharmacy and doctor’s space to see patients, a fitness room, an LGBT library and social activities geared toward gay youth. Desert View United Church of Christ also will have services on Sundays at the center, the Times notes.

The International AIDS Empowerment has been offering testing and other social services for the HIV/AIDS community since 1997. Those services include housing opportunities for people with AIDS, the Times article said.

The building, which has two floors, will have plenty of space to gut out a small kitchen and create a space for two exam rooms. Skip Rosenthal, Empowerment director, is working with two medical residents from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center who are interested in seeing patients at the center.

Ultimately, Rosenthal is hoping to create a comfortable place for the LGBT community as well as have visibility in the El Paso community, the Times reports.

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