Compass

  • 13th Annual Stonewall Black and White Ball This Weekend

    The 13th annual Stonewall Black and White Compass ball will be honoring 45 years of LGBT accomplishments of the LBGT rights movement on Saturday June 28at the Harriet Himmel at CityPlace, in the heart of downtown West Palm Beach.

  • 5th Annual White Party Will Raise Money for the Smart Ride

    Mix, mingle, and dance the night away at Compass’ 5th Annual White Party! 

  • Compass Accredited for Excellence in Nonprofit Management for 10th Year

    For the tenth year in a row Compass, Palm Beach County’s LGBT community center, received Accreditation for Excellence in Nonprofit Management.

  • Compass Board 'Too Busy' to Talk to Public, Press

    Compass spent most of 2017 celebrating Tony Plakas’ 20 years with the organization. In January of 2018 he was gone – with no fan fare, no passing of the baton, not even a press release. It even took Compass weeks to update their website to reflect his departure.

  • Compass Commemorates World AIDS Day

    On Dec. 1 the Compass Community Center showcased one of the biggest pieces of folk art in the world. The quilt, which was provided by The Names Project, was used in conjunction with World Aids Day. Even though the program started at 7, there was hardly a shortage of people at 6. Over 80 people showed their support, many of them came sporting their traditional red ribbon. 

  • Compass Community Center’s Fifth Youth Equality Prom Offers Free Styling

    LGBT youth deserve to celebrate their prom just like anybody else.

  • Compass Displays Memorial Quilt for World AIDS Day

    Thursday, Dec. 1 is World AIDS Day, and Compass, the LGBT community center of Palm Beach County, is getting ready to unveil their annual portion of the AIDS Memorial Quilt — which, at 126 panels, makes it the largest section of the Memorial Quilt in Florida.

  • Compass Hosts Annual White Party Saturday at Penny’s

    Summer is slowly winding down, which means it’s time for football and the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Before we say goodbye to the warm weather, Compass Entourage has decided to throw their fourth annual White Party on Sept. 30.

  • Compass Showcases World AIDS Day With Quilt, Discussions

    The month of December is associated with the color red for several reasons. One reason is the holiday season; another reason is the celebration of World Aids Day. 

  • Compass to Host HIV Survivors Event on Tuesday

    Compass, the LGBT Community Center of the Palm Beaches, will recognize HIV Long-Term Survivors Awareness Day with a presentation and dinner. It begins at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 5. The event is free and open to the public. It is requested that all guests register in advance (the link is below.)

  • Compass to Observe Transgender Day of Remembrance on Nov. 20

     

    Compass will observe this year's annual Transgender Day of Remembrance with an open mic event--to be hosted by Sabrine Pearson and Velvet Lenore, on November 20, at 6 p.m.

  • Compass: No Decision on CEO Yet

    No decision has been made on who will fill the spot of Tony Plakas, the former CEO of Compass. 

  • Compass’ White Party Raises $1,500 for Smart Ride

    This year’s White Party for Compass, held at Penny’s the Duke in Lantana, raised $1,500 for the LGBT community center’s Smart Ride team. 

    "This was my first White Party,  and I'll never forget it. The drag performances were full of energy and flair, and raising money for a good cause like the Smart Ride was an amazing feeling,” said Laura Diaz, a social work student at FAU who is interning with the Compass youth department.

    The Smart Ride is an annual two-day 165-mile bicycle ride from Miami to Key West that raises money for HIV related charities. This year’s event takes place Nov. 15-16.

    Last year’s bike ride had to be rescheduled due to Hurricane Irma. It ended up taking place Jan. 19-20 of this year, raising $840,245. In total the organization has raised $9.3 million. 

    Visit TheSmartRide.org for more information. 

  • Exclusive: Tony Plakas Speaks Out for First Time Since Leaving Compass

    In 2017 Tony Plakas won an international award from the Harvey Milk Foundation and celebrated 20 years with Compass, the community center he helped build. He also had to be resuscitated after having a seizure in February. These were the highs and lows of Plakas’ final year at an organization he has been credited with saving, not once, but twice from certain failure.

  • How Visible Are Bisexuals in South Florida?

    A lack of bisexual visibility is a common complaint from bisexual organizations and activists. Just including the B in LGBT isn’t enough. Bisexual programs need to stand on their own to increase awareness and visibility.

  • Idaho's Constitutional Defense Fund Goes Toward Losing Cases

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A special state fund created to help Idaho navigate state sovereignty conflicts with the federal government has paid out more than $2.1 million over the last two decades, nearly all of it spent on losing legal battles.

  • Julie Seaver Named Executive Director of Compass

    Julie Seaver has been named Compass’ new executive director.  

  • New County Grant Helps Compass Expand Trans Programs

    Compass is getting a boost from Palm Beach County for one of its most important programs with a $60,000 grant.

  • OUT50 Palm Beach: Adrienne Percival - The Community Organizer

    Adrienne Percival was born in Maryland and grew up in central Virginia. She attended Oglethorpe University in Atlanta whence she subsequently migrated to South Florida and Lake Worth, joining Compass Community Center. She is currently taking a program on Women’s Studies at FAU.

  • Rep. Lois Frankel to Attend Indivisible-Hosted Town Hall at Compass

    Democratic Congresswoman Lois Frankel plans to attend a town hall hosted by local liberal group Palm Beach Indivisibles.