Tony Plakas receives The Harvey Milk Foundation Diversity Honors Award

TONY PLAKAS, COMPASS CEO, TO RECEIVE HARVEY MILK FOUNDATION DIVERSITY HONORS AWARD IN RECOGNITION OF 20 YEARS OF SERVICE TO PALM BEACH COUNTY Fort Lauderdale, FL — Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Senior Executives in State and Local Government program graduate, Tony Plakas, one of the First Bohnett Harvard Fellows, will receive The Harvey Milk...
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10 Years Later: PBA’s Monthly Mixers Still Successful

by Brittani Ferrendi, South Florida Gay News. February 22, 2016 In an effort to provide an increasing directory of gay and gay-friendly businesses for the community, the Compass Pride Business Alliance (PBA) will host their monthly mixer on Feb. 24 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. This month, the event takes place at the Residence Inn, 455...
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AIDS Memorial Quilt comes to Compass Community Center

By Kevin D. Thompson – Palm Beach Post Staff Writer Posted 11:49 a.m. Tuesday, Nov 24, 2015 LAKE WORTH — For the past ten years, the nonprofit Compass Community Center has displayed colorful panels from the AIDS Memorial Quilt, a 54-ton, handmade tapestry that serves as a tribute to the more than 94,000 individuals who...
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Compass Points the way

Springboards and vaults, trampolines and mats, ice skates and rollerblades dominated my youth. I learned the art of enjoying the free fall, the bliss of flipping hand over heels and landing on my feet, and the rewards of falling on my ass and getting back up to do it all over again. To me, all...
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Palm Beach County Leading the Way

Far too many people in elected office distract us from the true challenges our youth and families face by suggesting God has chosen them to lead the charge of anti-gay rhetoric and practice. I call it “pathological policies.” This perverted ideology is cloaked in righteousness and driven by political selfishness, at a cost to us...
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Have your parents come out yet?

I came out to my parents in my sophomore year of high school. They took the news with indifference, kind of an “oh like we didn’t already know this?” situation. So much for keeping it well-hidden up to that point. As the Youth Program Coordinator of Compass, the Gay and Lesbian Community Center in Lake...
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Community starts at home

I recently attended a Special Forum presented at Lynn University titled: “School Bullying: How to Stop It.” As I sat amidst the audience listening to the panelist speak I could not help but wonder what ever happened to the popular expression “it takes a village to raise a child?” It is no secret that interactions...
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My First Time with the AIDS Memorial Quilt

The first time I helped with the AIDS Memorial Quilt display was in December 2008.  I had only been working at Compass for a year and a half, and Compass’ new building in downtown Lake Worth was still under renovation.  At the time, the entire staff was divided into teams located in several caring organizations...
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Volunteer or Not

Volunteering is important for many reasons but the reality is that lots of people ask themselves this question: “What is in it for me to volunteer my time and energy?” In my personal experience volunteering allowed me to be part of a group of respected, well meaning people who help the community. In my own...
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