Tony’s Place is named in memory of Tony Carroll, who died unexpectedly in December 2015. He was a founding board member of the center that now bears his name.
Tony—along with his husband, Dr. Bruce Smith — was a pillar of the Houston community and a tireless advocate for numerous LGBT causes. Tony and Bruce were strong advocates for a drop-in center for LGBT young people. Tony’s dream became a reality with the opening of Tony’s Place.
In 1983, Tony competed his Master’s in Social Work at the University of Houston and soon became one of Houston’s best-known gay psychotherapists. For 14 years, he was voted Houston’s “Gayest and Greatest” therapist by the readers of OutSmart Magazine.
A trailblazer in providing mental health services to the Houston LGBT community, Tony was the first openly gay president of the Texas Society for Clinical Social Work. In 2015, he was honored with the lifetime achievement award from the Texas chapter of the National Association of Social Work, which praised him as “an indefatigable civic activist, a generous philanthropist, a passionate supporter of the arts – and most significantly – a leader in the struggle for LGBT equality.”