WAYOUT NEW YORK CITY
ABOUT wayOUT NYC
On the night of wayOUT New York's first Gayla, a blizzard hit the city. Anyone who knows the impact weather can have on a NYC event can attest that it could be a recipe for disaster. However, that wayOUT magic carried us through resulting in a sold out event with a full turn-out! Nothing was going to keep New Yorkers from raising over $75,000 for wayOUT NYC's first grant recipient, Encircle in Provo, UT.
As the birthplace of the modern gay liberation movement, it should come as no surprise that New York welcomed the start of the second wayOUT chapter with incredible support and an even warmer reception. This success was followed in the chapter's sophomore year with a Gayla that raised over $100,000 for JASMYN in Jacksonville, FL.
From Gaylas to accupressure classes and yoga, wayOUT New York is fearless when finding new ways to fundraise for LGBTQ+ youth. Stay tuned to see what's in store for 2020!
You never completely have your rights, one person, until you all have your rights. And I feel as long as there's one gay person who has to walk for gay rights, all of us should be walking for gay rights.
— Marsha P. Johnson
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EQUITY & INCLUSION
WAYOUT NEW YORK CITY X IN OUR OWN VOICES
wayOUT NYC has selected In Our Own Voices as their 2020 Grant Recipient. As IOOV is based in Albany, NY this partnership marks the first time that a wayOUT chapter has chosen a Grant Recipient in their home state.
In Our Own Voices was formed as an intersectional arm of four social action groups before become an autonomous organization. These organizations initially came together to encourages human and civil rights groups to broaden their work to include the needs of LGBTQ+ people of color. Today, the organization works to address these challenges directly in their own community in Albany.
In Our Own Voices' mission is to work for and ensure the physical, mental, spiritual, political, cultural and economic survival and growth of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people of color communities.
In Our Own Voices aims to...
INCREASE CAPACITY FOR COMBATING OPPRESSION & MARGINALIZATION
STRENGTHEN LGBTQ+ POC VOICES IN LARGER COMMUNITY.
DEVELOP LEADERSHIP OF LGBTQ+ POC
HOW WILL IN OUR OWN VOICES BE USING THE GRANT?
Funds raised by wayOUT will be used to further In Our Own Voices lifesaving services:
Healthcare & advocacy for Transgender & Gender Non-Conforming people of color.
YOUTH DEVELOPMENT NETWORK
A youth focused coalition of community service providers.
ASK-A-LAWYER LEGAL CLINIC
Pro bono legal consultations for at-risk LGBTQ+ individuals.
HEALTH CARE KITS & HIV TESTING
UNITY THROUGH DIVERSITY
National LGBTQ+ POC health conference.
CAPITAL REGION LGBT ANTI VIOLENCE PROJECT
OUR SPACE/OUR FACE
A women-focused outreach program to prevent and reduce risk of HIV & STD’s.
A mental, physical and econimic health program furthering LGBTQ+ youth.
CURRENT EVENTS SUPPORTING IN OUR OWN VOICES
PREVIOUS GRANT RECIPIENTS
In 2019, wayOUT New York City selected JASMYN in Jacksonville, Florida raising $104,000. JASMYN also celebrated their 25th Anniversary that year. The grant allowed JASMYN to fund and sustain their new Safety Net Resource Center, a third building on their campus which allows Jasmyn to greatly expand their programming and efforts to end youth homelessness in the area by offering access to hot meals, showers, laundry, and onsite case managers to connect youth to housing opportunities and health resources.
In their inaugural year, wayOUT NYC chose Encircle in Provo, Utah as their grant recipient. The $75,000 grant funded by wayOUT allowed the opening of Encirle's second safe space home with their sites on two additional locations in 2020. Their two existing homes, located in Provo and Salt Lake City, serve approximately 1600-2000 individuals each month. Encircle is currently providing 250-300 therapy sessions per month. Since Encircle's opening in 2017, not one of their youth has been lost to suicide.