National Coming Out Day: Show Support For Queer Mentorship Programs

Coming out is still a challenge.

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.

Got $5?

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.

Donate here.

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.

You can also get in touch with your local LGBT center: The New York City LGBT Center and the Los Angeles LGBT Center, for example, both offer standout youth development programs throughout the year.

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