A Safe Haven for GLBTQQ Youth ages 14-20 in Clackamas County
At The Living Room, we believe that all youth deserve a safe place to be themselves, to be supported, and to be comfortable and accepted in their own skin. We provide support to GLBTQQ youth in Clackamas County through Drop In Activities, Events, School Support, and Community Education.
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The Living Room Provides Drop In Activities
Every week, The Living Room opens it doors to all youth ages 14-20 to hang out, meet new friends, find support, and have fun! Each drop in has an activity that youth can do if they'd like. These activities are planned by the youth and include things like support groups, gayme nights, art/craft projects, open mic and karaoke nights, and movie watching.
The Living Room Hosts Events
Throughout the year, youth from The Living Room help plan events for GLBTQQ youth in Clackamas County. The Living Room hosts an annual Youth Conference known as GSA Summit in the Winter, an Alternative Prom in the Spring, Pride Activities in the summer, and outdoor events throughout the summer and early fall.
The Living Room Supports Schools
The Living Room knows that schools can be a rough place to be, especially if you identify as GLBTQQ! We work with schools to provide support in whatever way we can. Usually this means helping to start clubs that support GLBTQQ students (such as a Gay-Straight Alliance, Queer Student Alliance, or Diversity Club), provide support to existing clubs, help plan events, and provide training to club leaders. We also work in conjunction with GLSEN-Oregon to work with advisers, staff, and faculty to help schools become a safer and more supportive environment for students.
The Living Room Educates
Working through partnerships and community organizations, The Living Room provides opportunities to outreach to and educate others about working with GLBTQQ youth - specifically from Clackamas County. We have worked with mental health providers, schools, and have even led workshops and local and national conferences. If you're interested in a workshop, panel, or having us table at an event, please contact us!
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