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.”