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Longtime NYC LGBT Center Director Accepts Position at Arcus

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Richard Burns

Richard Burns

Last week New York City’s LGBT Community Center announced its executive director, Richard Burns, will be leaving the Center for a post at the Arcus Foundation as chief operating officer.

Since Burns accepted the position 22 years ago this month, he built the Center into a space for around 30 community groups to meet to a hub providing cultural programs, public policy and recreational programming, mental health and social services, and meeting space to more than 6,000 folks a week

Burns’ work at the Center will be remembered by many. His pioneering spirit that helped the Center through its early years during the onset of the HIV/AIDS crisis. His commitment to forge partnerships with allied progressive movements has left a mark on LGBT activism.

“Richard Burns has been the driving force of the Center for the past 22 years,” said Center Board President Bruce Anderson in a statement. “His vision, perseverance and dedication to the LGBT Liberation Movement secures his position as one of the more important social justice leaders in the country today.”