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South Florida’s two LGBT community centers announced this week they would temporarily close to the general public.

adSFGNCaronaHomepageinstoryAddThe Pride Center at Equality Park in Wilton Manors, and Compass in Lake Worth both made decision due to the coronavirus pandemic spreading across the nation. “We understand this decision presents challenges to many, but we continue to follow the lead of the CDC, Department of Health and other health officials,” leaders of both LGBT community centers said in separate emails.taskforceinstoryAd3162020

“We want to help our clients and members of our community. We hope that these changes, while disruptive to people’s lives, will also help save lives.” HIV testing will continue at both centers, but for now will be by appointment only. 

The emails did not give a date when the centers might re-open.In Broward County a collection of LGBT organizations came together Monday to form the Broward LGBTQ Leader Response Task Force to keep each other informed on how they’re dealing with the pandemic, what their needs are and how best they can support the community during this crisis. 

“We are making sure we are aware of what each other is doing and be present for each other and for our community,” said Robert Griffin, Executive Minister of Sunshine Cathedral. Visit the Pride Center’s Facebook page or Compass’ page for more info.