The LGBTQ welcome & resource center finds a home on Commercial Street

Provincetown, Mass. (February 19, 2019) – The Provincetown Business Guild (PBG) and its separate 501(c)3 entity (launched in 2018), The Provincetown LGBTQ Welcome & Resource Center (“The Center”), announced today a leadership change and a new storefront for The Center at 368 Commercial Street.

Robin Lapidus, who has served as the PBG’s Executive Director for the last two years, has departed the organization to pursue opportunities closer to her family. The PBG Board of Directors recognizes the accomplishments of Robin Lapidus, thanks her for her dedication to the PBG’s programming and wishes her well. The board will immediately begin a search for a permanent replacement and has appointed Bon Sanborn to assume interim responsibility for projects. “Bob is a well-known and respected member of the community as the former Tourism Director for the Town, former member of the PBG Board, long time Inn and business owner and a member of the Provincetown VSB for a number of years,” said Fred Latasa, PBG Board President. “Bob provides continuity during this time of transition and his knowledge and expertise will support some exciting plans we have for 2019.”

The PBG also announced that the Provincetown LGBTQ Welcome & Resource Center has relocated to a retail store front located at 368 Commercial Street. The Center opened in June of 2018 at a location across from Town Hall on Bradford Street and was known as “The Shack,” given the quaint beach shack design by Ken Fulk and his team.

“Provincetown has led the way on LGBTQ history, culture, lifestyle, rights and advocacy,” said Michael Kelley, Founding Chair and Board Member of The Center and the PBG. “The mission of the Center is to provide information and programming throughout the year to benefit, enrich and advocate for the lives of our LGBTQ visitors, residents and those who love us. We look forward to announcing more exciting plans for 2019 to coincide with Pride, Carnival and other times of year that draw visitors and serve our residents.”

Like other non-profit organizations in Provincetown, the storefront will offer branded items and program tickets for sale with proceeds to benefit The Center’s planned year-round programming and operational expenses. The Center is also exploring digital streaming of its programming to the LGBTQ community around the world to reach, inform, inspire and encourage them to visit Provincetown. Additionally, The Center will work to strengthen our community of residents and 2nd homeowners with cocktail receptions, coffee socials, group gallery tours on Fridays and other activities.

The Center will be undertaking a fundraising effort to support its programming, new home and start-up costs. Donors can give tax deductible donations and receive updates on programs and events via its Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ptownlgbtq/

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About the Provincetown LGTBTQ Welcome and Resource Center
The mission of the Provincetown LGBTQ Welcome and Resource Center is to serve LGBTQ visitors, residents and those who love and support the Provincetown community. The guiding vision is to preserve Provincetown’s LGBTQ identity, share the town’s LGBTQ contribution to local and American history and build community as an education, information and resource center. Effective January 1, 2018, the LGBTQ Center will have a storefront at 368B Commercial Street with branded items and box office for the programming and events at various assembly points throughout town to educate and inform on topics of well-being, arts/entertainment, lifestyle, social justice and more in ways that provoke learning, dialogue and thought. The result will be a stronger sense of LGBTQ community, history and impact of our past, present and future in Provincetown. To learn more and donate, please visit www.facebook.com/ptownlgbtq/

About the Provincetown Business Guild
The Provincetown Business Guild is a not-for-profit organization promoting and supporting the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer business community in Provincetown, MA. The Guild is committed to improving the Provincetown community by advocating for the acceptance of diversity and tolerance through projects, programs and education. The Guild welcomes residents and visitors to experience America’s first LGBTQ tourist destination. For more information about the Provincetown Business Guild, visit www.ptown.org.

Media Contact:
Rachael Brister
Public Relations, Provincetown Business Guild
P: 206.218.8912
E: brister.rachael@gmail.com

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