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Phoenix Center’s Out on Adams opens in Springfield

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Springfield’s Phoenix Center cut the ribbon on their new retail location on Saturday, Oct. 23.

Out on Adams had their official ribbon cutting during the weekly farmer’s market on Adams Street in downtown Springfield. Along with the cutting, there was also a selfie station, sidewalk chalk drawing and a drag queen story hour.

Phoenix Center Executive Director Jonna Cooley thanked the volunteers and neighbors who had helped make the opening possible.

Joining the volunteers were the owners of Clique, an LGBTQ bar just on the other side of the block from Out on Adams, and local leaders.

“I would like to welcome everyone,” said Lakeisha Purchase, alderwoman for Springfield’s Ward 5. “I’m very thankful to be in this position and I’ll be very supportive. Anything you all need, I’m a phone call away. And we’re here with two hands.”

“I think this is a great opportunity for Springfield,” said Kristin DiCenso, alderwoman for Ward 6. “I think just the support shown here shows how much this needed and wanted and welcome.”

The store will be acting as a supplement for the Phoenix Center’s main building on Lawrence Street a few blocks away. Along with selling Pride merchandise, the store answers questions, offers LGBTQ workshops and connects people to LGBTQ specific resources. It will be open only on Wednesdays and Saturdays, but more events are planned for later in the fall.

All photos by Tom Wray

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