Our Programs

Live Out Loud’s main goal is to connect LGBTQ youth to positive role models and affirmative experiences in the LGBTQ community, people who are passionate about their life’s work and committed to sharing their stories, insight, and advice with the next generation.


School Program
Volunteer role models are connected with LGBTQ youth in high school GSA clubs. Speakers discuss their personal journeys, including coming-out stories, career paths, as well as their successes and challenges.

The Homecoming Project

Sends successful LGBTQ role models to their hometown high schools to share their stories with the next generation.

Educational
Scholarships
Awarded annually to area high school students who demonstrate a strong capacity to “Live Out Loud.” They are making strides in the LGBT Community, both on and off campus and are active in their school’s GSAs.
Behind the Scenes
Connects youth with professional LGBTQ-affinity groups at major corporations. This unique program allows LGBTQ youth to meet out professionals who can help them see the support offered to LGBTQ employees.





Our Programs
5 Words of Advice from HBO’s LGBTQ Employees for the Next Generation
5 Words of Advice from HBO’s LGBTQ Employees for the Next Generation

If you watched the Game of Thrones season finale Sunday night, you already know that HBO is all about telling compelling stories. (Don’t worry – no spoilers in this post!)

What you may not know is that HBO is also dedicated to leveraging the power of storytelling as a means to build understanding and change. HBO’s programs provide a stage for members of the LGBTQ community to share stories and make others feel what they feel. From groundbreaking series like Six Feet Under to documentaries like The Out List, HBO pushes the envelope on real, authentic storytelling.

Celebrating Black History Month: February 2015
Celebrating Black History Month: February 2015

February is Black History Month – a time to celebrate, learn, and teach the black community’s rich history. This is also an important time for GSAs to recognize the contributions that African-Americans have made for the LGBTQ community.

Ally Castillo Inspires Students to Live Authentically
Ally Castillo Inspires Students to Live Authentically

In November of 2014, the Live Out Loud team attended a panel discussion called Transgender Perspective: In and Out of the Workplace in which transgender women from various walks of life shared their stories and experiences. After an insightful and inspiring evening, one of the panelists, make-up artist Ally Castillo, left our team particularly moved. Her openness, perseverance and vulnerability made her the exact type of role model Live Out Loud wants to connect to the students in our school programs.

Leadership Committee Event
Behind the Scenes at Johnson & Johnson
Behind the Scenes at Johnson & Johnson

Visiting Johnson & Johnson makes you realize how much one company can make up so much our everyday lives. With global brands like Tylenol, Benedryl, and Neutrogena, it’s no wonder that this company has such a large and diverse staff in the tri-state area alone. Last week, Live Out Loud gave LGBTQ and ally students from across NYC the opportunity to meet the people who market and develop these products, as they talked about being openly LGBTQ or Allied in the workplace. As it turns out, the employees of Johnson & Johnson are really just as caring as their marketing suggests.

Eleanor Roosevelt H.S. Students Meet Matt Martin from HBO
Eleanor Roosevelt H.S. Students Meet Matt Martin from HBO

“At a particularly emotional point in his sharing, Matt told students that he felt weird being referred to as a role model. He said that it was they who were the role models because they were making the choice to be part of the GSA. He reflected on what things could have been made possible for him had he had access to a similar group as a young person.”

Apply for Live Out Loud’s 2015 Scholarship

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Shaping the Conversation with LGBTQ Youth
Shaping the Conversation with LGBTQ Youth

When we consider the growing portrayal of LGBTQ community in the media, one of the most important considerations is the impact this has on the next generation. This is why telling our stories in a genuine way is the heart of Live Out Loud’s programs. While the influx of LGBTQ stories in the media is important, we need to be aware of which stories are being told and how they’re portrayed.

Go Behind the Scenes at InStyle – October 22, 2014
Go Behind the Scenes at InStyle – October 22, 2014

LGBTQ & Ally students are invited to go behind the scenes at InStyle on October 22nd, 4:30-6:00 PM. If you’re interested in fashion editing, photo editing, or design, this program is for you!

Go Behind the Scenes at Estée Lauder on September 30th!
Go Behind the Scenes at Estée Lauder on September 30th!

LGBTQ youth and their allies are invited to Estée Lauder for an exciting chance to meet openly LGBTQ employees and gain career advice.

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