Join us in our mission!
Join us in our mission!
Every year, an estimated 1.6 million youths find themselves without a home in the United States, a sobering reality brought to light by comprehensive research conducted by the Williams Institute at UCLA. Alarmingly, the LGBTQ+ community bears a disproportionate brunt of this crisis, representing up to 40% of the homeless youth population.
For many LGBTQ+ youths, the path to homelessness is paved with rejection from their families and communities, leaving them in a precarious position with scarce resources and fragile support systems. The ensuing stress and trauma can exacerbate the risk of mental health challenges, substance abuse, and engagement in dangerous behaviors.
Our LGBTQ+ youth are not only battling the threat of homelessness but are also confronting pervasive bullying and discrimination—particularly those who choose to express their identities in ways that defy gender norms. The myriad manifestations of bullying—physical assault, verbal abuse, and cyber harassment—can have profound and lasting impacts, sowing seeds of anxiety, depression, and despair and heightening the risk of suicide. Studies reveal a distressing truth: LGBTQ+ youth are up to five times more likely to attempt suicide than their non-LGBTQ+ counterparts.
We extend our hands and hearts to these resilient but vulnerable individuals, offering a refuge of love, acceptance, and empowerment. Our mission is to create a world where every young person, irrespective of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression, feels valued, secure, and loved. A world where the light of understanding, respect, and equality dispels the shadows of rejection and discrimination.
Join us in fostering an environment of compassion and support, working together to build a foundation of hope and healing for our LGBTQ+ youth. Here, we celebrate diversity, champion individuality, and strive to make a difference. Welcome to our community, where every heart is welcomed and every spirit is cherished.
Our organization's heart lies in an unwavering commitment to serving a critical need within our community. We recognize the unique challenges faced by at-risk LGBTQ+ youth, many of whom grapple with societal pressures, discrimination, and the heavy weight of isolation. Addressing these challenges head-on, we aim to provide safe, welcoming, and inclusive community centers and shelters that cater exclusively to their needs.
A cornerstone of our mission is championing opportunities for young drag performers. As a form of art and self-expression, Drag serves as an avenue for individualism and a powerful catalyst for activism and community-building within the LGBTQ+ spectrum. By nurturing and promoting these young talents, we want to cultivate environments where members feel seen, celebrated, and empowered to express their true selves.
But our commitment doesn't end there. We firmly believe that when LGBTQ+ youth are furnished with the right resources, mentorship, and community support, the boundaries of their potential expand exponentially. Within the embrace of a supportive community, they discover their strengths and pave the way for future generations to flourish without fear or prejudice.
In this shared journey of growth and empowerment, the role of the broader community is paramount. With your continued backing, we can make a transformative difference in the lives of countless vulnerable teens and young adults. Join us, and together, let's weave a tapestry of acceptance, love, and boundless possibilities for the future leaders of the LGBTQ+ community.
Behind every impactful project lies a dedicated team of passionate individuals in every vibrant community. At Life's A Drag, we are more than just coworkers – we are a close-knit family driven by a singular purpose: to bring about positive change in our community.
Unity in Diversity
We're diverse individuals, each bringing unique skills, perspectives, and experiences. From organizers, event planners, and outreach specialists to those who've personally felt the struggles of the LGBTQ+ youth we support – each team member plays a critical role in our mission.
Commitment to Growth
As we continuously seek to expand our reach and deepen our impact, we always seek new additions to our family. Volunteers are the lifeblood of our organization, and corporate sponsors provide the essential resources to fuel our initiatives. We understand the power of collective effort, and every helping hand, regardless of capacity, contributes immensely to our cause.
Join Us and Make a Difference
You may be a strategist with a knack for organizing events, a graphic designer eager to shape our campaigns, or someone with a big heart and some spare time. Whatever your background or skillset, if you share our passion for community upliftment and change, we welcome you to join our ranks.
Every day, the Life's A Drag team works tirelessly to touch lives, heal wounds, and forge pathways for a brighter future. And with every new member, we come one step closer to realizing our vision. If you're enthusiastic about creating waves of change and wish to be part of a dynamic and loving team, Life's A Drag is where you belong. Dive into this transformative journey with us today!
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