Pride Month — Organization Spotlight 2018

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Pride Month — Organization Spotlight 2018

If you haven’t noticed, the logos on our social media accounts have gotten a face lift! We wanted to show our support for Pride Month. During Pride Month, the world’s LGBTQ+ communities come together to celebrate the freedom of being their true selves, honor the achievements made by pillars of the LGBTQ+ community, and to bring awareness to issues that the community still faces.

Social Solutions is proud to work with nonprofit organizations that are dedicated to making an impact on a wide variety of LGBTQ+ issues. Read more about some of the amazing organizations we have partnered with below and visit their websites to learn more about them, Pride Month, and how you can get involved.

Lost-n-Found Youth

Based in Atlanta, GA, Lost-n-Found Youth is committed to ending homelessness amongst LGBTQ youth. Founded by Rick Westbrook, Art Izzard, and Paul Swicord after each of them experienced being turned away when attempting to place queer youth into local shelters and youth aid programs, the three resolved that something needed to be done.

They called a public town hall meeting and invited these local homeless youth support agencies to express outrage and determine what resources existed. The meeting made clear that no organization was actively working to take LGBTQ homeless youth off the street. Rick, Art, Paul, and others assembled in November 2011 with the support of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence to establish a privately funded emergency shelter, and the Saint Lost and Found project (now Lost-n-Found Youth, Inc.) was born.

Learn more about Lost-n-Found Youth by visiting their website.

Sacramento LGBT Community Center

The Lambda Community Fund, known today as the Sacramento LGBT Community Center, is Sacramento’s oldest nonprofit specifically serving the needs of the LGBT community. The Sacramento LGBT Community Center works to create a region where LGBTQ people thrive. They support the health and wellness of the most marginalized, advocate for equality and justice, and work to build a culturally rich LGBTQ community.

The Center continues to offer peer support groups for a variety of marginalized populations, community resource referrals to meet individual basic needs, education and training to improve the competency of businesses and organizations to LGBT issues, numerous artistic expression and cultural activities that build community, and volunteer opportunities that empower individuals to give back.

Learn more about the Sacramento LGBT Community Center by visiting their website.

Zebra Coalition

Zebra Coalition® is a network of organizations which provide services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and all youth (LGBTQ+) ages 13 – 24 based in Orlando, FL. The Coalition assists young people facing homelessness, bullying, isolation from their families, and physical, sexual and drug abuse with individualized programs to guide them to recovery and stability.

Their mission is to support and inspire LGBTQ+ youth. Zebra Coalition has been providing housing and support services for homeless LGBTQ+ youth for over 6 years.

Learn more about Zebra Coalition by visiting their website.

Anti-Violence Project

AVP empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV-affected communities and allies to end all forms of violence through organizing and education, and supports survivors through counseling and advocacy. In 1980, the New York City Anti-Violence Project (AVP) was born in the streets of Chelsea. From the beginning of their organization, they took to the streets, demanding safety and justice in the LGBT community at a time when few believed it was their right.

AVP was a free hotline and accompaniment support service that remained an all-volunteer organization until 1984, when the Director was hired. Over time, AVP‘s work expanded to provide free, confidential counseling to LGBTQ survivors of all forms violence, intimate partner violence, sexual violence, police violence and HIV-related violence.

Learn more about AVP by visiting their website.

Thank you to all of the organizations that work tirelessly to help the LGBTQ+ community every day. Happy Pride Month!

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