The past year might have been the year of making "It Gets Better" videos and sending positive messages across the World Wide Web, but maybe your actions this year could be even more impactful. Live Out Loud is bringing back its Homecoming Project, which partners successful LGBT adults with LGBT high school students. Get all the details on their back to school push, after the jump.
The Homecoming Project aims to bridge the gap between youth and adults, specifically providing LGBT youth with the positive role models they so desperately need. The call to action is simple: Live Out Loud needs you, successful LGBT adults, to go back to your high schools and talk about your experiences.
Sounds simple, right? But for many of us, this might be more terrifying than marching in our Pride parade with nothing on but a butt-flap.
Live Out Loud explains that research shows that nearly half of LGBT youth actively seek out role models to help compensate for a lack of supportive family and positive gay influences in their lives.
“We’re teenagers. We need people to be encouraging us. There are so many kids in this world who feel lost and they want somebody to be able to tell them ‘It’s ok. I’m here for you,’” said a student who attended a Homecoming Project event in California.
Past participants include Academy Award-winner Dustin Lance Black, and Neil Giuliano, the former president of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) and current head of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation.
To learn more and to watch Black return to his high school, visit www.liveoutloud.info.
The program is open to adults from all careers, including college students, educators, working professionals and much more.
Would you have the courage to return to your high school and speak out to the whole school about being gay?