The Spruce Foundation is one of the only organizations in the region with grant-making dedicated to helping LGBTQ youth.
What is unique about the Spruce Foundation’s services to the LGBTQ community in Philly?
We are the first foundation in the region — and still one of the only foundations — with specific grant-making programming dedicated to LGBTQ youth. We incorporated an LGBTQ-specific grant into our funding priorities in 2013, because we recognize the unique challenges that this population faces. It became clear to us as a foundation that while the programs we were funding were reaching LGBTQ youth, those programs weren’t necessarily affirming their very particular experience in a way that helped them feel recognized and accommodated. Now, we can proudly say that we seek out and support programs designed to meet LGBTQ youth where they are, and to help them develop the skills and resources that they need. Read more »
The Attic Youth Center is having its 6th annual “Sweethearts and Red Hots” fundraiser on Friday.
Sweethearts and Red Hots, 2016
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
William Way Community Center, 1315 Spruce Street; all ages
Head over to Philly’s only independent youth center for its annual fundraiser supporting the organization’s multi-enrichment workshops. The evening will be filled with talented youth drag performances and themed social networking. Tickets can be purchased online, with various special accommodations and offers. Read more »
On Thursday night, Punk Out, a local nonprofit with a mission to empower the lives of LGBT musicians and fans, held a food drive at Electric Factory. The event was a benefit for the Attic Youth Center, a fantastic organization that provides safe space, learning tools and more to Philly queer and transgender young people. The drive generated two boxes of non-perishable good for the Center and some cash collected through a raffle.
That was all well and good, but the centerpiece of the evening was a concert featuring five punk bands from across North America: Silverstein, Senses Fail, Boysetsfire, Capsize and Hundredth.
Local photographer Colleen Stepanian was capture the event. Check out her shots below:
For more information on how to support Punk Out and the Attic Youth Center, go here and here.
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A free panel taking place this evening, October 27, at Rutgers University Camden will discuss the barriers and difficulties that trans individuals often encounter when attempting to receive appropriate healthcare. Read more »
Photo by Samantha Munsch
Last evening, the Delaware Valley Legacy Fund (DVLF) awarded six local service organizations, which featured innovative LGBT initiatives, a host of handsome grants for their work during a ceremony at Old City’s Positano Coast. Read more »
Images from the “Showing Face” project.
Next Wednesday, June 24th, Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program will dedicate a project a year in the making called Showing Face at the John C. Anderson Apartments. However, this isn’t just another art show: It’s a collaboration between youth from The Attic Youth Center and seniors from the Anderson Apartments, along with participants from William Way Community Center, that tries to bridge the cross-generational gap in the LGBTQ community. Read more »
One of the most beautiful things about Pride is that, no matter where in Philly you celebrate, it’s an annual reminder that it really is a full community of so many different types: Every gender, sexuality, color, and social status come together for the same reason. Sure, at first glance, there’s a heck of a lot of half-naked dudes strutting on stages, but when you pull back the layers, you can see the faces of Pride are so varied and so beautiful, that it’s hard to ignore. We were keeping a close eye on your Instagram pictures today and selected a collection to share with you that we think captures that essence of variety, and what Pride is all about. Read more »
Today, Thursday, May 21st, is Give OUT Day, a national, 24-hour campaign that rallies donors for LGBTQ-specific causes. Samantha Giusti, executive director of local nonprofit-championing Delaware Valley Legacy Fund explains more: “For 24-hours, the LGBTQ community and its allies from across the country will come together to raise critically needed funds to support the diverse array of LGBTQ nonprofits including community centers, arts groups, organizers, clinics, student clubs, sports leagues and more.” Last year, she says, 13,000 people donated to raise more than $1 million for over 500 LGBT causes nationwide.
There’s no denying that there are a plethora of worthy organizations all across the country that deserve our dollars, but, naturally, we’d like to see some of our local organizations rack up some serious cash, too.
By doing a simple search for “Philadelphia” on the Give OUT Day site, I found a handful of statewide non-profits set up to receive donations. Here they are (with links to their giving pages.):
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Attic Youth Center
255 South 16th Street
The Attic creates opportunities for LGBTQ youth to develop into healthy, independent, civic-minded adults within a safe and supportive community, and promotes the acceptance of LGBTQ youth in society. It provides myriad creative outlets for local youth, such as poetry, print screening, drag, art and more.
1207 Chestnut Street
GALAEI (Gay and Lesbian Latino AIDS Education Initiative) is unwavering in its commitment to promote queer Latin@ social justice in the Philadelphia area. It’s outreach projects include everything from promoting sexual health in the Philadelphia Latin@ community to stumping for equal rights. It also fosters a program for trans folks in Philadelphia called the Trans-Health Information Project (TIP).
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G Philly presents a new collaboration with youth from The Attic Youth Center to spotlight the creative magic and cultural contributions of Philly’s LGBTQ youth of color. Today, we present Marcha Pieces as he talks about being the “Grandmom” of The Attic, stereotypes in LGBTQ youth, views on political justice and more.
What is your favorite thing about you?
My ability to press on, regardless of the situation. I like to have a great insight on whatever happens. I’m very optimistic. I like helping people, and that’s why I got the name, “Grandmom” at The Attic, because I’m like the cheerful person that wants to know “How are things going? How’s life?” I’m always upbeat and look on the positive side, even when there’s not a positive side.
What do you think is a common misconception about youth?
That we are just young and wild, and that we take things for granted. We’re stereotyped very fast and easy, especially as LGBTQ youth. We’re stereotyped and put into these categories and people don’t know that those stereotypes effect how people look at the world and how they develop into something.
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