PROGRAMS

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

RevRising

RevRising 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.

Go to Southern Oregon Gender & Sexuality Alliance Network

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.

Go to Sexuality and Gender Allliance

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.

Go to Del’s House

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.


1. Growing up LGBT in America: HRC Youth Survey Report Key Findings – p.17
2. Growing up LGBT in America: HRC Youth Survey Report Key Findings – p.6
3. Supporting and Caring for our Gender Expansive Youth: Lessons from the Human Rights Campaign's Youth Survey – p.8
4. Growing up LGBT in America: HRC Youth Survey Report Key Findings – p.6

  • (91%) say they are out to their close friends and two thirds (64%) are out to their classmates. About a third (38%) are out to their teachers. In general, nearly two-thirds (61%) say they are out at school.

  • (73%) of LGBT youth say they are more honest about themselves online than in the real world, compared to 43% among non-LGBT youth.

  • gender-expansive youth (48%) agreed “strongly” or “somewhat” that they have experimented with alcohol and drugs. This is a rate double that of their straight cisgender peers.

  • (36%) of LGBT youth participate often in an LGBT club in school, such as a Gay Straight Alliance, while most (64%) do not.

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.

McKenzie River Gathering

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

Equity Foundation

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

Oregon Community Foundation

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

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!

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.

Linda Perry

Singer/Songwriter
Linda Perry Singer/Song Writer Humanitarian

Carpenter Foundation

Collins Foundation

New World Foundation

United Way of Jackson County

Ashland Trinity Episcopal Church

Ashland Food Co op

Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

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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