Today is National Coming Out Day, when LGBT people celebrate living authentically. But coming out is a challenging process, particularly when you’re a young person grappling with understanding your orientation or gender identity.
Take five minutes or five dollars to show support for some vital mentorship programs that help LGBT youth.
The GSA Network provides queer students and allies with funds to organize student groups focused on activism and school safety. (Though GSA has historically stood for “gay-straight alliance,” many clubs have expanded to include anyone LGBT-identified looking for support.) Donations fund training for GSAs across the country, in addition to programming and school facility updates.
Got Five Minutes?
Become a mentor yourself! There are various organizations that help match you with queer youth in need: True Colors offers one-on-one and group mentorship programs. The nonprofit requires six meet-ups per year with flexible scheduling to accommodate work hours.