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.
Kate Hoffman (they/them pronouns) serves as the coordinator of Youth OUTLOUD, a safe and affirming discussion group for LGBT youth and allies ages 12-19. Kate is currently ABT in their studies in Political Science and Women's and Gender Studies at the University of South Carolina, with focuses in international human rights and American social politics. Kate's current studies are centered around combating adultism for marginalized youth and navigating bureaucracy to enact social change, specifically for transgender and gender nonconforming students. Before joining Youth OUTLOUD at the Harriet Hancock Center, Kate served as the statewide coordinator for the Gay-Straight Alliance Network in South Carolina and also completed their gender studies practicum with the SC Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. Under Youth OUTLOUD, Kate has the privilege to work with the State Coalition for Youth Empowerment and Access (SC-YEA!), of which they serve as secretary. Currently, Kate also assists in TakeBreakMake, a media-based workshop for LGBTQ youth and allies, hosted by the Nickelodeon Theatre. Kate's work in education and outreach has led to Youth OUTLOUD being structured as a collaborative curriculum based off of radical learning methodologies relating to social justice, as well as gender, queer, and political theories. Through Youth OUTLOUD, students use their individual and collective agencies to both tell their own stories and to rewrite them entirely. Students are encouraged to pursue service and artistic projects as well as social advocacy, but one can always see Youth OUTLOUD as a supportive brave space where LGBT youth and allies can simply be themselves.
You can contact Kate at YOL@HarrietHancockCenter.org.