In our first year, we raised $127,000 for the Magic City Acceptance Center in Birmingham, AL.
The Magic City Acceptance Center opened in the Spring of 2014 as the first and only direct-service provider to LGBTQ youth in Alabama. In just 3 short years, the center has grown 423% to serve over 540 youth through programs such as drop-in hours, free counseling, support groups, movie nights, art programs, self-care workshops, access to community resources and so much more. With all this growth, the center staffing had not changed. Only one full-time staff member was available each day, supported by a single part-time employee who facilitated many of the programs. With the support of wayOUT, and the nearly $120,000 raised at the Inaugural Gayla, the Magic City Acceptance Center has been able to launch its homeless youth program. Envisioned and created in 2015, the Magic City Acceptance Homes program will serve LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness through immediate housing assistance and support. Youth will be paired with affirming households who offer meals, transportation, a private bathroom, and a roof over their head, in addition to counseling and case management services.
Google commissioned a series of short documentaries for Pride and profiled Lily as she attends queer prom at the Magic City Acceptance Center in 2017. Have a look!