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.
Not Straight Not Sure
NSNS is a support group for queer youth (24 and under) which provides a safe space and offers free sessions with a licensed therapist.
Youth Empowerment Theatre
YET is a theater troupe of youth who use Augusto Boal’s model of interactive theater to educate about social justice and safe school environments.
Del’s House provides material support to queer people in need, including food, transportation vouchers, and clothing items pertinent to gender transitions.
Southern Oregon Gay-Straight Alliance Network
SOGSASN, in addition to putting on events and trainings for youth, acts as a support network for GSAs in the area and helps youth lead or start GSAs at their school.