Empowering Central Ohio’s Trans Youth
Kaleidoscope Youth Center
With your support, the Genderscope program will continue offering twice-weekly meetings, resources, and programming through 2018 to trans and gender-nonconforming (TGNC) youth—providing a safe place for these young people to build community.
Founded in 1994, Kaleidoscope Youth Center (KYC) is the only organization in Ohio solely dedicated to supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth, ages 12-20, and their allies. For many young people in central Ohio, it’s simply a welcoming home away from home.
KYC developed Genderscope as a safe, affirming space where trans and gender-nonconforming youth can come together to build community, discuss issues related to gender identity and expression, and gain support from peers.
“Genderscope made me remember that I'm not alone in this world and that it's okay to be who I am 100 percent of the time."
— A recent Genderscope participant
The need for a program like this is imperative, as many of these youths face daily struggles. A national survey by the Gay, Lesbian, & Straight Education Network found that 75 percent of transgender youth feel unsafe at school, and those who are able to persevere had significantly lower GPAs, were more likely to miss school out of concern for their safety, and were less likely to plan on continuing their education.
“Michael attends Genderscope for trans and gender-nonconforming youth every Tuesday evening where he receives complete acceptance, understanding, and love. It’s his safe place… I can say without a doubt that my son’s life has been saved by KYC…”
— Robin Boggs, Parent of a Genderscope Youth
In the summer of 2017, Genderscope expanded from one to two nights a week due to the increase in attendance and the desire to reach as many youth as possible. KYC also recently hired a fulltime Trans Outreach Coordinator. This Better Together project will provide necessary funding to Genderscope so that more youth who are seeking guidance and resources will be served. Specifically, it will help KYC continue to build this vital program by funding staff, ASL Interpreters, guest speakers, program materials, and other vital services for the youth that attend.
Work in partnership with young people in central Ohio to create safe and empowering environments for LGBTQ and ally youth through advocacy, education, support, and community engagement.