Expect the Unexpected :: The Desert LGBT Center
Not everyone knows what it feels like to fall madly in love with a person, place or thing so completely that you just have to make it or them part of your daily life. But Brian Blueskye of Desert Hot Springs is someone who knows that feeling very well.
Before anyone jumps to the wrong conclusion, let’s be clear; Blueskye isn’t a stalker. He’s a volunteer at the LGBT Community Center of the Desert otherwise known simply as "The Center."
"The Center is special to me because it provides valuable services to our LGBT community," Blueskye told The Rage Monthly recently. "We offer unique classes for people to take, we have a food bank that distributes food to the elderly and people on disability. We have AIDS testing, low-cost counseling and so many other useful services that this LGBT Center provides to the community."
Leading the organization is a man who is equally passionate, "The mission of The Center is to enrich the lives of the LGBT community," explains Executive Director Gary Costa, adding that everyone is welcome. The Center advances its mission through senior programming, a clinical counseling and internship program, weekly food bank, extensive social and recreational offerings, a free community cyber center, a growing volunteer program and periodic special events in the community.
"I’d have to say that the low-cost counseling and the food bank are the two most vital services this organization provides," according to Bluesky. Low-cost counseling is crucial to the local LGBT community, he continues, "There are a lot of people who rely on it; sometimes when people are feeling troubled in their lives, they need a place to turn to for help and it’s not always affordable for them."
Asked how his volunteer work has impacted his personal life, Brian Blueskye is definite and philosophical in his reply: "It’s been wonderful for me. I’m a believer in generosity and the government-based social programs that save lives. I’ve always felt upset with how the government keeps cutting social programs and how people are really suffering. A lot of them don’t have access to health care, mental health or even things like food... It has really helped me see things differently and has sort of restored my faith in humanity."