Time Out Youth is a nonprofit organization in Charlotte, North Carolina, that advocates, supports and provides emergency shelter services for LGBT youth.
Time Out Youth was founded by Tonda Taylor in 1991 as a way to help LGBT youth who had been banished from their own homes because of their sexuality. In its first years it hosted Charlotte's first LGBT prom, and was part of the national initiatives for LGBT youth.
Today they offer group counseling and education to 11-20 year olds who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. They also have a host home program where LGBT youth 18-23 are temporarily placed with host families or individuals until they can find a permanent home. LGBT youth account for nearly 40 percent of homeless youth and are at a high risk for assault and violence, hence the need for an organization like Time Out Youth.The organization serves a seven-county region in the Charlotte metro area.
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OutFront Minnesota is a LGBT rights organization in the state of Minnesota in the United States, founded in 1987. The organization is community-based and uses memberships and other fundraising to support its activities, as well as receiving support from foundations and corporations.
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Q-Notes is a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) newspaper serving North Carolina and South Carolina. It is based in Charlotte, North Carolina. Published every other week, it has a circulation of 11,000 print copies and is the largest print publication serving the LGBT community in the American Southeast. The paper traces its origins to the monthly newsletter of the Queen City Quordinators, a Charlotte LGBT organization, which they began publishing in 1983. In 1986, Qnotes changed to a monthly tabloid. In 2006, it merged with the Raleigh, N.C. LGBT newspaper The Front Page.
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Lost-n-Found Youth is an Atlanta, Georgia-based organization that assists homeless LGBT youth. The organization, at the time of its 2011 founding was the "only organization actively taking Atlanta's LGBT homeless youth directly off the streets".
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