wayOUT empowers LGBTQ+ youth to feel safe being who they really are.
We empower local organizations and entrepreneurs by
supporting LGBTQ+ youth in places where society tells them it’s not okay to be who they really are.
Through investing in organizations that provide life-saving resources, wayOUT
will change what it means to grow up as a gender or sexual minority in America.
By 2022, wayOUT will invest $1m in 10 life-saving projects across 10 cities and host a national conference for LGBTQ+ leaders.
On a rooftop in San Francisco in 2016, five friends sat together discussing the changing and tumultuous political environment. Reflecting on an increasingly divided country and escalated threats to the emotional and mental health of LGBTQ+ individuals, the group collectively decided to act by combining their resources and focusing their efforts on a specific target. The result? wayOUT, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization focused on empowering LGBTQ+ youth by investing in LGBTQ+ centers in their local communities.
The Infamous "First Check" | wayOUT Bay Area Gayla 2017