Youth OUTLOUD has been a safe space for LGBT youth and their allies in the Midlands since 2008. As the longest running community Gay-Straight Alliance in South Carolina and one of the largest programs at the Harriet Hancock Center, we are in a unique position to offer both support and social events for our youth. We meet the first and third Sunday of every month from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM. So whether you want to RANT and RAVE or RELAX and REFLECT, we've got you covered. Dinner is provided, and YES you can absolutely bring your friends! Be sure to like us on FACEBOOK!
Our mission is to give the LGBTQ Youth between the ages of 12-19 years of age a safe and confidential environment that allows the youth to be who they are and to help them make friends with other LGBTQ Youth in the surrounding Midlands area. We promote open discussion and encourage the youth to create open dialogue between them so they may share experiences and make ties of friendship with other LGBTQ Youth. Membership is free and we encourage you to bring your friends.
Our vision is to transform safe spaces of support into brave spaces for action. By developing youth leadership and creating opportunities for youth-led initiatives, it is our hope that these young leaders not only build a strong community for themselves but are also able to engage the community of the Columbia area.
We value the time, energy, and dedication of LGBT youth and their allies in our community. In Youth OUTLOUD their voices and experiences are center, their identities and expressions are valid, and their fears and hopes are heard.