The Homecoming Project

When you reflect on your high school experience, chances are there are aspects you would choose to do differently. Did you struggle with your identity? Did you have a hard time fitting in? Were you unsure of who to turn to for support?

Through The Homecoming Project, Live Out Loud is encouraging the LGBT community to make the journey back to their high schools to speak with a new generation of students about the unique experiences which have shaped the individuals they are today.

By participating in the home coming project, you will:

  1. Serve as a positive example for LGBT youth
  2. Empower young adults to reconsider the challenges and unspoken fears of growing up gay
  3. Replace your old and uncomfortable memories of high school with new and positive experiences




The Homecoming Project
Delmar Dualeh Reflects On His Year As Homecoming Project Intern
Delmar Dualeh Reflects On His Year As Homecoming Project Intern

Delmar Dualeh was Live Out Loud’s Homecoming Project Intern for the 2013-2014 school year. After a year of helping LGBTQ community members return to their hometown high schools, he decided to return to his own high school to become a role model for the next generation.

Laura Kanaplue Reflects on her Homecoming Project Experience
Laura Kanaplue Reflects on her Homecoming Project Experience

I came across Live Out Loud’s Homecoming Project while trying to find meaningful volunteer opportunities in NYC, specifically working with the LGBT youth. Once I learned about The Homecoming Project, I knew it was the opportunity I had been looking for.

Live Out Loud Intern Delmar Dualeh Reflects on Michael Levine’s Homecoming Project
Live Out Loud Intern Delmar Dualeh Reflects on Michael Levine’s Homecoming Project

Michael Levine, class of 1972, returned to his alma mater Ardsley High School in Westchester, NY through Live Out Loud’s Homecoming Project on February 27. Live Out Loud Homecoming Project Intern Delmar Dualeh attended with Michael and wrote the following reflection…

Gregory Boroff’s Message for the Next Generation
Gregory Boroff’s Message for the Next Generation

Gregory Boroff is the Executive Director of Friends of Hudson River Park. Gregory returned to his hometown high school in Rumson, NJ and shared his story with LGBTQ youth through Live Out Loud’s Homecoming Project. This is the story he shared with the next generation of LGBTQ and allied youth…

NBC-NY’s Raphael Miranda on his Homecoming Project Experience
NBC-NY’s Raphael Miranda on his Homecoming Project Experience

Read NBC-NY meteorologist Raphael Miranda’s reflection on returning to his hometown high school with his mother to share his personal story with the GSA.

“Be yourself. And be your best self.” Gail Wasserman’s Homecoming Project
“Be yourself. And be your best self.” Gail Wasserman’s Homecoming Project

Read Program Manager Tom Hernandez’s reflection on Gail Wasserman’s journey home for Live Out Loud’s Homecoming Project

The Homecoming Project
Return to your high school and serve as a positive role model for LGBT youth!
The Homecoming Project

Gay it forward! Return to your old high school as a role model and share what you know with today’s LGBT teens.

Homecoming Project Ad Campaign Launches!
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Homecoming Project Ad Campaign Launches!

Live Out Loud is kicking off the 2012-2013 school year with an exciting new ad campaign created by our generous and passionate partners, Deutsch A Lowe & Partners Company. This campaign urges LGBT role models to share their personal journeys with the next generation by going back to their hometown high schools through Live Out Loud’s Homecoming Project. The digital, print, and video creatives will be featured online, in LGBT publications, and in key placements around NYC, as well as urban areas around the country. Check back here on September 10, 2012 to see the campaign for yourself! You’ll be inspired to participate in The Homecoming Project too…

If you’d like to help us promote this campaign, please send us your ideas at tom@liveoutloud.info.

Live Out Loud wants to help your school raise awareness during Respect for All week!
Live Out Loud wants to help your school raise awareness during Respect for All week!

During the week of Feb 14 – 18, 2011, NYC schools will work to combat bullying and harassment due to sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, race, religion, and disability. Live Out Loud wants to help!

Download our Homecoming Project lesson plans to use during Respect for All week. You can help your students explore the topics “Everyone’s a Minority,” “Dispelling Myths, Facing Challenges,” and “Find a Role Model, Be a Role Model.”

Together we can make schools a more respectful place for LGBT students!

New Short Video Premiering Today Chronicles Visit of Openly Gay Oscar Winner Lance Black Back To His High School
To prevent anti-gay bullying and violence, The Homecoming Project brings gay adults back to their high schools to share stories, lessons, and hope
New Short Video Premiering Today Chronicles Visit of Openly Gay Oscar Winner Lance Black Back To His High School

In the midst of a national wave of anti-gay bullying and violence, a powerful short video premiering today reveals how one person can change a school – and the lives of hundreds of gay and straight youth – in just one day.

Academy Award-winning screenwriter Lance Black (“Milk”) is one of the many LGBT leaders participating in The Homecoming Project, Live Out Loud’s grassroots initiative that brings successful gay adults back to their high schools to share their stories, lessons, and hope with today’s students.

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