Youth Empowerment Theatre
YET is a theater troupe of youth who use Augusto Boal’s model of interactive theater to empower youth and educate our communities on various social justice issues, such as power and privilege, sexuality/gender, and safe school environments.
Southern Oregon Gender & Sexuality Alliance Network
SOGSASN is a support network for GSA leaders in area schools, including helping youth start and maintain their clubs in addition to offering trainings and support for social justice activities on their campuses.
Trans Initiative is a safe, private space for people who identify as transgender, gender-non-conforming, genderqueer/genderfluid, or who are in the process of exploration. We offer a support group, activities, resources, and referrals.
Sexuality and Gender Allliance
SAGA is a social and support group for queer youth (ages 14-24) which provides a safe space for social activities and free group therapy sessions with a qualified mental health practitioner.
Del’s House is an emergency fund and advocacy program that helps queer people in need. We have given money for: food, utility bills, medical needs, and items necessary to gender transitioning. We also give referrals to local support organizations.
Our Mission and Vision
In 2001, several Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, Transgender, Queer (LBGTQ) youth and a local therapist began meeting as a support group named Not Straight Not Sure (NSNS). The group members dreamt of starting a social justice organization to create systemic change throughout Southern Oregon. This dream came true, in 2008, when they and another mentor founded Lotus Rising Project.
The Lotus Rising Project is a youth initiated, compassion-based non-profit organization that embraces diversity. We create community and social change through respect, education and responsible action. Our vision is a world without oppression, where respect and compassionate activism is possible and people can freely express their sexual orientation and gender identity without fear of retribution.
90% of LGBT teens
have been bullied at least once in the last year because of their perceived sexual orientation.
30% of LGBT youth
are bullied or abused at home because of their sexual identity or gender identity.
62% of Homeless LGBT Youth
will attempt suicide. LGBT youth are also twice as likely to be homeless when compared to their straight counterparts.
38% of LGBT YOUTH of COLOR
have been physically harassed at school because of their perceived sexual orienation.
McKenzie River Gathering
Oregon Community Foundation
Meyer Memorial Trust
Are you a queer youth or ally in need of support or guidance? LRP might be able to help. We have resources to help you help yourself.
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June E-news 2016 All Ages Alternative Prom Dear LRP Supporter, Supporting LBGTQ youth in Southern Oregon is our mission. It also is our passion . . . and it showed on Friday, May 20th at the Ashland Armory during the All Ages Alternative Prom! Youth and young adults (230+) from all over the Rogue[…]
May E-news 2016 Join Us… Mask Making Event Our All Ages Alternative Prom is coming up on May 20th, and the theme is “Masquerade!” Check out this pre-prom event and make a mask with us! Bringing the kids? Great! This event is under the covered picnic area at Blue Heron park in Phoenix, right[…]
** The Year of Change ———————————————————— The 2016 year presents opportunities for LRP and you! We have open spots on our board…and we are looking for creative minds for this years Alternative Prom committee. Read on…. Letter from the Interim Executive Director Hello, You haven’t heard from us in awhile because 2015 was a pivotal[…]