wayOUT Bay Area Chapter

The wayOUT LGBTQ Foundation empowers LGBTQ+ youth to feel safe being who they really are. Through investing in organizations that provide life-saving services, wayOUT will change what it means to grow up as a gender and/or sexual minority in America.

The original chapter, wayOUT Bay Area, has raised over $378,000 for trailblazing LGBTQ+ youth organizations.

🥂 WAYOUT BAY AREA Gayla 2019 📆

wayOUT Gayla 2019
Thursday, October 3, 2019
6:30 PM – 12:00 AM
Great American Music Hall (map)
859 O'Farrell St, San Francisco, CA 94109

Join us for the 2019 wayOUT Bay Area Gayla — the Bay Area's premier event for celebrating queerness while raising money to empower LGBTQ+ youth to feel safe being who they really are.

This year, the Gayla is supporting Zebra Coalition, an incredible LGBTQ+ youth organization in Orlando. The Gayla will feature an unlimited open bar, food from local queer chefs including Top Chef star Preeti Mistry, a performance by queer pop icon VINCINT, and an incredible live auction.

This year's theme is floral and suggested attire is colorful cocktailbonus points for floral or zebra prints (in honor of our partner org)!

This will be a party you don't want to miss!

Our 2019 partner organization is zebra Coalition

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wayOUT Bay Area is proud to partner with Zebra Coalition

Zebra Coalition is a network of organizations in Orlando, Florida that assist LGBTQ+ youth facing homelessness, bullying, isolation from their families, and physical, sexual and drug abuse with individualized programs to guide them to recovery and stability.

announcing our 2019 gayla headliner: VINCINT

PAPER MAGAZINE says he “just might be our generation’s greatest vocalist.” 🎙️

If you’re not already one of his 5M+ Spotify fans 🎶, you will be soon! We are OBSESSED 🤩 with VINCINT.


Foodie? This year’s Gayla features unlimited food 🍽 from the Bay Area’s hottest queer chefs and an open bar 🍾.

AN incredible live auction awaits

Ready to vacay on the French Riviera? Want to treat your closest friends to a private SoulCycle class?

Bid on our incredible selection of live auction items during the Gayla. Here’s a teaser of what’s to come.

Private SoulCycle class in the Castro

Private SoulCycle class in the Castro

Private weekend stay at Lake Tahoe

Private weekend stay at Lake Tahoe

3rd row tickets to the Warriors v. Blazers game

3rd row tickets to the Warriors v. Blazers game


Join us in honoring LGBTQ+ attorney, advocate, and activist Julie Wilensky for her trailblazing work.



Can’t attend the Gayla? Still want to show your support? One-time and monthly donations are greatly appreciated 😍
Donate here to help us meet our 2019 fundraising goal in support of our partner organization Zebra Coalition.

All young people, regardless of sexual orientation or identity, deserve a safe and supportive environment in which to achieve their full potential.
— Harvey Milk

About wayOUT Bay Area


Cultivating joy • Inspiring activism • Empowering youth • Promoting diversity, equity & inclusion • Celebrating queerness • Fostering community

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Ari Lipsky

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The pioneers of the LGBTQ equality movement fought to ensure a safer, more accepting society for my generation. Now it is our turn to step up and pay it forward for today's LGBTQ youth. I joined wayOUT because our work is far from finished.

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David Nahmias

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When I first came out, I struggled without an LGBTQ community of friends, peers, and mentors to guide me. WayOUT is shining a light on the life-changing communities that LGBTQ youth programs around the country build for our next generation, and I'm thrilled to join in their efforts.

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Greg Zahner

chapter co-president
he/ him/ his

I was extremely lucky and had a positive coming out experience thanks to an incredible community of friends and found family. I joined wayOUT to help ensure all queer youth feel part of loving, supportive communities that see them for how unique and amazing they are.

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Harmony Palmer

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I joined wayOut because I know what it's like to be abandoned by family I thought loved me unconditionally for who I am. The wayOut team works hard to provide opportunities for LGBTQ youth to find their chosen families, as I was lucky enough to find, who will support them & give them the love they deserve.

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Ian Spear

he/ him/ his

I’m so lucky to have been surrounded by supportive, loving, and accepting people throughout my life. But as a community, we still have a long way to go. I joined wayOUT to help foster a world where all LGBTQ youth receive the resources, support, and love they need and deserve.

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Jen Ringoen

chapter co-president
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To be a part of the wayOUT family is incredibly humbling. The organizations we work with are run by heroes doing life-saving work to provide love, support and hope to LGBTQ+ youth in their communities. For me, it's an opportunity to say "thank you" and to offer what we can to aid in their fight.

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Kevin Xiong

he/ him/ his

All LGBTQ+ youth deserve communities that meet their unique needs. Proud to be part of an organization working to strengthen, create, and expand those spaces.

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Pedro Carreño

he/ him/ his

I joined wayOut so that youth in every corner of this country, particularly in places much less accepting than San Francisco, know that they are loved and supported for who they are. I want them to know that they are part of a much larger community that values and cherishes them for who they truly are, incredible individuals.

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Raquel Henry

she/ her/ hers

My coming out journey taught me that trying to fit into someone else’s mold would never allow me to appreciate who I am. Everyone's coming out story is unique, and I know not everyone has the support of a safe environment they need. I joined wayOut to honor and create space for each person’s story; yours, mine, and those yet to come.

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Victor Ruiz-Cornejo

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As a queer Mexican immigrant, coming out could have been easier, but it’s challenges also fortified my strength. Being a part of wayOut is a way for me to share with others an experience of struggle and beauty. I am lucky to have loving and supporting friends, teachers, and mentors who continue to inspire me to give back.

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Vinney Lê

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Growing up gay with a trans* sister and Vietnamese-immigrant parents in underserved communities was… not as bad as one might think—especially in hindsight. The transformation towards love and hope I experienced in myself, my family, and my communities gave all the rejection and bullying a higher meaning. We are stronger for it. I strive to share and multiply these gifts of love and hope through the wayOUT LGBTQ Foundation.