Lotus Rising Project was created by youth and mentors who wanted to make a positive impact on social change in Southern Oregon. The founders saw a need for changes in our communities, our agencies and our services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and ally people. We began as an independent youth group with a passion for creating something larger, that would give back to the entire community.

LRP has been active since 2001 in the form of a local support group, Not Straight Not Sure (now Sexuality and Gender Alliance or SAGA). The organization grew into a non-profit in 2008, offering homeless advocacy and support (Del’s House), a social justice interactive theater (RevRising), and a safer schools project (Southern Oregon Gay Straight Alliance Support Network or SOGSASN).