WAYOUT NEW YORK CITY
ABOUT wayOUT NEW YORK CITY
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. Since its inception in 2018, the NYC Chapter helped 4 amazing organizations across the country, and shows no signs of slowing down.
LGBTQ IN NYC
NYC and the LGBTQ spirit are as connected as the New York City subway system. With a strong historical past of activism in the 1950s and 1960s that led to, most notably, the Stonewall Riots in 1969, the city has always been a safe haven to those society had shunned. Today, as one of the premiere epicenters of both culture and fashion, including Broadway and NY Fashion Week, this metropolis boasts one of the most vibrant and diverse populations of LGBTQ persons in the world.
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
We are honored to be supporting Prism United this year, to help them continue to carry out their mission to provide a safe place where queer kids are not only supported, but celebrated, for their authentic selves. They are a beacon of hope for LGBTQ+ youth in Southwest Alabama and surrounding regions in the face of growing hostility and anti-LGBTQ+ legislation.
PRISM UNITED | Mobile, AL
Prism United responds to the comprehensive needs of LGBTQ youth. Specifically, Prism works to mitigate the psychological, socio-economic, and academic disadvantages caused by repression and victimization.
Prism strives to cultivate a cooperative governing ethos, de-centering power and prioritizing the voices of the youth it serves.
IMPACT BY NUMBERS:
Prism United serves an average of 60 individuals per month through our program gatherings, including over 120 youth participants last year.
79% of participant youth come from rural, low-SES communities.
Over 30 teens make use of our virtual spaces, for those who cannot attend the gatherings in person.
68% of youth served are gender diverse.
Trained over 1,000 individuals, and are seeing requests for training accelerate.
Prism Playdates: An upcoming program for gender creative and LGBTQ+ younger kids who need a safe space to make friends and have fun. Once that program is operative, our collective programs will serve youth ages 5-18.
Teen Discord: Discord server where teens can have safe, confidential, text-based conversations with their peers. Channels (i.e., chatrooms) on the server are monitored by facilitators who interact with and support the teens.
Southwest Alabama Inclusion Project: spearheading a collaborative effort of 29 local organizations to complete the first comprehensive community needs assessment of LGBTQ+ populations in Southwest Alabama
Prism Healing Fund: A fund that covers the cost of therapy for LGBTQ+ individuals and youth who can't afford it.
Family Support Groups