Starting in 2007, a group of individuals set out to create a safe, welcoming place for all of the LGBT community to gather and call their own. Since then, our mission has grown.
Having a warm, welcoming and safe place wasn’t enough. We wanted our community and all who entered our doors to flourish, succeed, and blossom into their fullest, most honest selves.
Our mission has grown to since identify, address, and encompass the breadth of the community’s needs, emotionally, socially, vocationally, politically, and beyond. We’ve become a hub to connect the LGBT community to the right place, ensuring everyone lives their most successful lives.
2016-2017, Brett Perkins
2015, Julie Reliford
2014, Robbie Maris
2013, Joe Morris
2011-2012, Del Ray Zimmerman
2010, Jason Fletcher
2008-2009, Stephanie Berger
2007, Lloyd Lewis
OutCentral’s mission to empower Nashville’s LGBT Community to lead healthy, successful lives. We engage, celebrate, and foster the unique beauty of our diversity, creates community, facilitates relevant resources, and advocates justice and opportunity.
We achieve our mission by
• Building strong community by creating opportunities for authentic connections,
• Equipping and educating our community with relevant resources, and
• Increasing LGBT visibility through advocating justice and equal rights for all
Kesley is originally from Big Rock Tennessee. He moved to nashville in 2009. His desire to serve the board at Outcentral comes from his passion to build diversity in the Nashville community by bridging the gap between the gay community and the trans community.
Jaime grew up in a small town in East Tennessee and later moved to Knoxville, Tennessee to attend Johnson Bible College. It was in the Knoxville area that she began gender transition, became a stylist, and later a salon owner.
Je’Juan was born in Chicago and grew up in Louisiana. After Hurricane Katrina hit, he stopped on his way back to Chicago in Nashville and has been here since. He hopes to see change within the LGBT+ community and the world around, growing also in his own personal advocacy.
Scott was born and raised in Muskegon, Michigan, and moved to Nashville in 2007. He has served as a Social Justice Co-Chair of First Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashville, been a part of Team Friendly Tennessee, and has volunteered with events for the Music City Sisters, where he is now a “Saint.” He volunteered to serve on the board of OutCentral to help the center more visible within community. He hopes to share the mission and vision of OutCentral with churches, bars, restaurants, and many other LGBT organizations in the greater Nashville community.
Originally from Ardmore, Oklahoma, Terry moved to Nashville January of 2000. He joined OutCentral’s Board of Directors in December of 2016. OutCentral has given him the vehicle to strengthen and support the LGBT+ Community here in Nashville and surrounding areas. OutCentral is a safe space and always offers diversity, acceptance, and a sense of helpfulness to all members of the community. He’s very grateful and proud to be a part of this amazing organization.