September 27, 2009
Out Youth has been a part of our family since my younger son came out 10 years ago when he was 12 years old. Our lives would have turned out very differently had Out Youth not been there as a resource for our family. Coming out during a time when being gay was supposed to be a part of a dark secret, a crisis that inevitabley would lead to doom, Out Youth helped create a very different world for us. Out Youth provided my husband and me with information and my son with the acceptance that every child should have. More importantly, Out Youth taught us how to be parents and advocates, and taught my son that he should expect respect and more from school, from the community, and from society. Did it make a difference? Absolutely. My son survived the harrassment, the clinical depression, the self-doubts, and came out of it strong and happy. He is a successful college graduate and teacher now, who plans to make education a liberating endeavor for his students. Now, ten years later, Out Youth as been there for our younger son, who is out to change the world, to make things better for other young people who are marginalized in society for whatever reason. Out Youth has provided him with excellent training through an internship with the Texas Gay Straight Alliance, which is housed at Out Youth, and through membership in the Youth Advisory Council, among many, many other things. I can't imagine Austin without Out Youth.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
in the many ways that I describe above. It was more than a support for the youth, a support for our whole family.
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About every week
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
MY ROLE:Client Served & I am a parent of two kids who have participated in Out Youth.