BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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Jonathan Anderson

London, UK

Coming out can be just terrible. You’re admitting to the world that you aren’t exactly who you say you are. Being embarrassed is the best case scenario if you happen to be surrounded by a community, friends, and a family that supports you. For so much of America, coming out can cost much more. I’m working with wayOUT because every LGBT kid deserves the chance to be, at most, embarrassed.

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Luke Henesy

London, UK

I feel lucky to be a part of a community of family and friends who unconditionally accepted me for who I am when I came out, but sadly this is the exception not the rule. Today, when groups who preach hate and bigotry feel a renewed sense of empowerment, it’s more important than ever for groups like wayOUT to support organizations that provide this type of support to LGBTQ+ youth who need it most.

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Bryan McDonald

San Francisco, CA

I joined WayOUT to give others what I took for granted growing-up, affirming spaces and services that allow youth to develop and better understand who they are. WayOUT will empower organizations to create change in their local community by ensuring these spaces exist and developing services specific to the needs of their people.

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Harry Spitzer

San Francisco,CA

I'm super lucky to live in a city where I can openly be with whomever I choose, to never have had to doubt my parents' unconditional love, and to be surrounded by people that celebrate diversity and inclusion. I joined the wayOUT board to help make safe spaces for LGBTQ+ kids in communities where these basic, affirming realities aren't yet the norm.

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Katie Fox

San Francisco, CA

I joined wayOUT because I want to change the dialogue around what it means to grow up queer in the United States – a process that can be overwhelming, confusing, and chaotic. As LGBTQ+ youth are disproportionally affected by negative health outcomes, I hope to support organizations that help create and maintain environments that promote good health, empowerment, education, and all the good stuff for LGBTQ+ youth everywhere.

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Katie Lefkowitz

Los Angeles, CA

I spurred into action to support LGBTQ+ causes after witnessing how the 2016 election was further demoralizing and destabilizing LGBTQ+ youth. I sought to find a way to directly help folks affected by the political discourse and was specifically interested in helping those in highly rejecting areas within the US. Creating wayOUT has been an absolute dream and I cannot wait to see where the momentum of the organization aids this crucial cause in the future.

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Amy Reams

Seattle, WA

I joined wayOUT because I want to ensure the safety of LGBTQ+ youth. Every child should grow up being proud of who they are, and know that it is safe to express themselves as whatever sexual or gender identity they are. I was fortunate enough to grow up in a home where my family accepted my sexuality. Due to homophobia, transphobia, and legal restrictions in our country---there are far too many youth who do not share this same privilege.

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Steph Wells

San Francisco, CA

I joined wayOUT because I know what it's like to be part of the LGBT community in a very accepting environment. I wanted to help bring the level of comfort and acceptance I feel to those in highly rejecting areas of the country.