wayOUT Los angeles Chapter
join wayout’s newest chapter for a gayla to benefit OUTmemphis at the historic globe theatrE on November 7th
Our 2019 partner organization is outmemphis
🥂 UPCOMING EVENTS 📆
wayout gayla 2019
Thursday, november 7th
7:00 PM – 11:00 pm
@ The globe theatre
Join us for the first Los Angeles wayOUT 🌈 GAYLA—one of LA's breakthrough events for celebrating queerness while raising money to empower LGBTQ+ youth to feel safe being who they really are.
Unlimited food, open bar 🍷, special performances, live auction, music, dancing 💃🏾, and gaiety!
Theme and special performances to be announced but let's just say, shantay you'll want to stay the whole night long.
All funds raised go to benefit OUTMemphis (check them out here). OUTMemphis empowers, connects, educates, and advocates for the LGBT community of the Mid-South. Their vision is that all lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals live in a world where everyone has equal rights, and is safe, respected, and celebrated. OUTMemphis provides dynamic, high-quality, life-enhancing programs and services that meet the diverse needs of the LGBT community of all ages.
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 OUTMemphis.
About wayOUT LOS angeles
Cultivating joy • Inspiring activism • Empowering youth • Promoting diversity, equity & inclusion • Celebrating queerness • Fostering community
More Americans are becoming accepting of LGBTQIA individuals, but this is not true for everyone across the country. I joined wayOUT so that queer youth, wherever they may be, are able to access a safe community for support and to shine their true colors.
Growing up gay in the Midwest and moving far away from home with the military, I’ve realized the importance of finding community. I’m honored to be a part of wayOUT and work to help LGBTQ+ youth find their own community and define their own success.
Not being fully accepted by one's family in your youth can be very challenging and traumatizing, it was for me. I now have the privilege of living in a community full of love and acceptance, but still recognize that not everyone has that blessing. I knew I wanted to get involved with wayOUT if only to help at least one kid feel love and supported. After all, we all need love.
It took awhile for me to realize how profoundly fortunate I was to come up and come out in an environment that accepted me for whoever I was or wanted to be. I’m lucky to have found wayOUT and I hope to give back by facilitating the supportive, loving experience all LGBTQ+ youth deserve.
From a very young age I knew I was different than the rest of my peers. Thankfully, coming from a small liberal town in Massachusetts and seeing other confident gay men living their out lives, I was able to come out to my friends and family without any retaliation or problems; I knew that I was very fortunate. I've seen first hand multiple people in my life that were bullied and disowned just for trying to live their authentic lives and I know that part of my own privilege is to give back to my own community.
I've always been an ally, but my connection to the LGBTQ+ community became personal in 2009 when my brother told me he's transgender. He was fortunate to come out into a family and community that loved him regardless of his sexuality or gender identity, but many aren't so lucky. I want to work towards a world without "privilege" - everybody should be accepted and loved for who they are.
Coming out for me was a personal experience I was lucky enough to do in Massachusetts just before gay marriage was legalized. Even in a relatively safe space I struggled with coming out and accepting my identity. Now we need to work until everyone can feel safe being who they are.
I feel incredibly lucky to be a small part of an organization that works with groundbreaking LGBTQ+ heroes all over the country. Our LGBTQ+ youth deserve better and I'm hopeful that we can all come together to create a more empathetic and accepting society.