PROGRAMS

Lotus Rising has a variety of programs which work comprehensively to support, inform, and reach out to LGBTQ+ people across Southern Oregon.

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

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

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.

LRP is one of ten grassroots nonprofits in Oregon awarded the Capacity Building Initiative, a three-year $90,000 grant, by the MRG Foundation.

Our Mission and Vision

We envision a world without oppression, where respect and compassionate activism create a climate in which people can freely express their sexual orientation and gender identity without fear of retribution. In this world, everyone creatively contributes to social change and youth are empowered to actively build the world in which they want to live.
"LRP is a youth initiated, compassion-based nonprofit."

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.

OUR BACKERS

LRP is sustained by the kindness of both individual donors and foundations. Here, you will find some of LRP's financial supporters along with links to check out the other organizations they fund.
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McKenzie River Gathering

MRG funds only grassroots organizations like LRP. MRG has funded LRP repeatedly, most notably with the $90,000 CBI grant.
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Equity Foundation

The Equity Foundation funds LRP for general operating. Equity is based in Portland and funds across Oregon.
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Oregon Community Foundation

OCF works with more than 1.900 charitable organizations around Oregon. LRP is proud to be one of them!
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Meyer Memorial Trust

MMT (currently on a working hiatus) granted LRP $10,000 to produce a film highlighting the lives of queer people in the Rogue Valley. Stay tuned!
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Pride Foundation

The Pride Foundation, in addition to giving scholarships to students who demonstrate leadership within the queer community, works closely with LRP to anticipate the community’s needs.
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Linda Perry

Singer/Songwriter
Linda Perry Singer/Song Writer Humanitarian
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Carpenter Foundation

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Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation

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Collins Foundation

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New World Foundation

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United Way of Jackson County

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Ashland Trinity Episcopal Church

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United Way Women Living Leadership

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Ashland Food Co op

What youth are saying

LRP solicits the feedback of our target population so that we may better serve them. Here's what they think.

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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