Give Local on Give OUT Day
This year on Give OUT Day we want to say thank you to all of our supporters for showing up for us all year long. We also want to share the love by encouraging GLAD supporters to learn about groups doing important work near you.
The following list features some of our New England partners and other organizations whose innovative work we want to highlight. Our sincere gratitude– we couldn’t do this work without you.
Affirming Spaces Project (ASP), scheduled to launch in August 2021, will serve the trans and GNC community of NH, primarily by connecting TGNC persons with local TGNC-friendly businesses and services. ASP also plans to engage in community education and advocacy.
Coyote, which stands for “Call Off Your Old Tired Ethics,” was originally founded in 1973 by Margo St. James, who filed and won a class-action lawsuit in 1979 to decriminalize indoor sex work in RI. Coyote, which resumed its activism in 2010 in response to Rhode Island’s full criminalization of prostitution in 2009, is a coalition of current and former sex workers that advocates for the human, health, labor, and civil rights of sex workers in RI and across the nation.
Founded by activist Kamora Herrington, Kamora’s Cultural Corner (KCC) centers Black LGBTQ+ artists and their perspectives, intentionally creating spaces for community building, healing, and connection through Black queer art. In November 2020, KCC held a “Black Art Heals Tour” to exhibit their art throughout the Southeast.
Maine Inside Out (MIO), founded in 2008, holds theater programs at Long Creek Youth Development Center, Maine’s youth correctional facility. MIO continues to engage youth upon their release from Long Creek through community engagement, peer and adult support, participant-led advocacy, leadership development, and practical skill-building.
Out in the Open is a multi-issue social justice movement connecting rural LGBTQ people to build community, visibility, knowledge, and power. Last year, Out in the Open organized a Rural Community Care Support Network to provide mutual aid to the rural LGBTQ+ VT community during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Out Now, founded in 1995, provides a safe space for LGBTQ+ youth to learn about and explore themselves and the history of the LGBTQ+ movement while developing leadership skills. Out Now’s many programs include an Our Liberation! Theater of the Oppressed workshop.
Jamaica Plain, MA
Founded in 2015 by Ayana Aubourg, Meron Teklehaimanot, and Vanessa Ly, Sisters Unchained provides a safe space for the daughters of formerly and presently incarcerated mothers to heal and realize transformative social change. Sisters Unchained is a prison-abolitionist organization supporting community-based alternatives to incarceration.
TGI Network was founded in 2011 and serves trans, intersex, and GNC (TGI) Rhode Islanders through support, advocacy, and education. TGI Network currently offers three peer-led support groups for questioning persons, TGI persons, and their loved ones.