Courtesy The Bay Area Reporter
LGBTs in the Central Valley are working to establish a
community center in Merced.
Gay Central Valley, which already operates a center in
Fresno, is working with the LGBT group Merced Full Spectrum to open a space.
The California Endowment is granting $20,000. Chris Jarvis,
Gay Central Valley's board president, said that most of that money would go
toward programming in Merced, which has about 81,000 residents. The funding is
"not going to be spent in Fresno at all," said Jarvis.
California Endowment spokesman Jeff Okey said the grant is
meant "to support the health, safety, and success" of LGBT Merced
high school students. The one-year grant was made to Gay Central Valley, of
which Merced Full Spectrum is listed as a project. The funding started June 1
and ends May 31, 2015.
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