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Inland Empire LGBTQ+ Center Opens in Riverside

TruEvolution's Project Legacy campus becomes a hub for local LGBTQ+ community

Jesse Melgar, Sabrina Cervantes, Mark Takano, and Gabriel Maldonado celebrate the opening of Project Legacy. (Courtesy TruEvolution)

The Inland Empire LGBTQ+ Resource Center is now open at TruEvolution’s Project Legacy campus in Riverside. The center provides resources and programs for the LGBTQ+ community.

Assemblymember Sabrina Cervantes, a co-founder, established the center and secured $3.063 million to fund it through the 2023-24 state budget. The center is powered by TruEvolution and aims to be a space for LGBTQ+ people to access community resources and build networks of support and mentorship.

“This Center represents a commitment to our future, ensuring that the progress we make today will continue to uplift and empower LGBTQ+ residents in our region for generations to come,” said co-founder Jesse Melgar, advisory board member for Equality California. “It is an investment in our collective strength, resilience, and will serve as an important gathering space for members of the community.”

The center is operational at TruEvolution’s Project Legacy campus in Riverside, and a second location is planned to open in Southwest Riverside County. The assemblywoman’s funding will also be invested in creating a Legacy Fund for local organizations serving the LGBTQ+ community in Southern California.

The opening of the center is a milestone for the LGBTQ+ community in the Inland Empire and marks a commitment to progress and inclusion. The center is expected to provide essential resources and programs for the LGBTQ+ community and help them reach their full potential.