About the Center
Compass is one of the largest gay and lesbian community center in Florida and the Southeast United States and one of the largest and most respected of its kind in the nation. More than 25,000 people utilize its 14,000 square foot facility, and more than 17,000 referrals are fielded by more than 12,000 volunteer hours graciously contributed by hundreds of community-centered individuals each year.
Each year, the center organizes various special events, such as Palm Beach Pride and Stonewall Ball, which serve the public and increase pride, connectivity and positive portrayal of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth and adults.
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Main Hall and Library
The Compass main hall is the nerve center of the building. Not only is it the first room our guests experience, but it is also a gathering place for our community. Guests can come in, relax, use computers or read books from our library.
Compass GLCC established the Joel M. Starkey Library in recognition of one of the pioneer gay activists in South Florida. Joel Starkey (2/1/46 – 1/4/92) was the founder of The Southern Gay Archives (which later merged with the Stonewall Library in Fort Lauderdale) and published The Southern Gay Liberator during the 1970s.
David Bohnett Cyber Center
Alfred Fiandaca Ballroom
The Alfred Fiandaca Ballroom runs parallel to the main hall and can be separated into three separate rooms. The ballroom is used for meeting space, banquets, the Youth Equality Prom, plays, shows, seminars and a variety of other activities.
The ballroom is open to the community and its members. To reserve the ballroom, please click on the link at the top of the page.
The Memorial Garden
The Youth Room
For more than 25 years, the Compass Youth Program has provided a safe space for LGBTQ identifying youth and their allies to come to talk and build friendships with others.
The Youth Room is the central meeting space for the members of the youth program and their mentors. It provides a space where the youth can hang out, use computers, talk about the issues that matter to them, and connect with their community.