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posted Friday, December 17, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 51
LGBTQ youth key focus of Pride Foundation's fall grants
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LGBTQ youth key focus of Pride Foundation's fall grants

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Pride Foundation has awarded more than $200,000 in grants to 48 projects that support the LGBTQ community in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. Youth-related grants were the largest recipients of funds.

In 2010, LGBTQ youth issues came to the forefront with mainstream media reporting on a rash of LGBTQ youth suicides related to bullying.

'Supporting youth has always been a focus of our grants because LGBTQ youth are most vulnerable to harassment and bullying,' says Jeff Hedgepeth, grants program director at Pride Foundation. 'I'm glad to see that more people are getting exposed to LGBTQ youth issues but my hope is that people will also make the connection to take action and support the dozens of Northwest projects and organizations that are working with LGBTQ youth.'

This year's youth-related grantees include Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound in Washington, Idaho Safe Schools Coalition, and Identity Inc's Alaska Bush Youth at Pride Conference 2011, a project aimed at connecting LGBTQ youth in remote parts of Alaska to community services and networks of support to address the disproportionately high rates of LGBTQ youth suicide in remote Alaska.

A year-end giving appeal to the public allows donors to specifically give to LGBTQ youth-related projects. To donate, visit www.pridefoundation.org/giving/give-online.

These grants are just one way Pride Foundation works to empower and support the next generation of LGBTQ people. Pride Foundation grants focus on more than just youth. Dozens of grants were also awarded in the areas of Arts & Recreation, Education, Advocacy & Outreach, Health & Community Services, HIV/AIDS Service Delivery & Prevention, and Lesbian Health. The diverse range of grants included support for groups like the ACLU of Idaho, Oregon's Human Dignity Coalition, and Washington's Puget Sound Old Lesbians Organizing for Change.

One of the programs receiving a $2,500 Pride Foundation grant, the Youth Suicide Prevention Program (YSPP), says they will put the money to good use.

'The Youth Suicide Prevention Program and the OUTLoud Project would like to thank the Pride Foundation for their generous grant,' said Heather Carter, OUTLoud project manager. 'These funds will support the creation and distribution of a brochure that will highlight bullying and bias-based harassment and spell out the long-term negative mental health outcomes - including suicidal thoughts and depression - connected to these experiences. We're very excited about this new project and know the brochure will be a useful supplement to our curriculum but can also be a stand-alone resource. Thank you, Pride, for your support!'

Pride Foundation supports the LGBTQ community in the U.S. Northwest by providing grants and scholarships to LGBTQ-related projects and individuals. Donor-supported Pride Foundation is the largest LGBTQ community foundation of its kind, having granted more than $18 million in grants and scholarships since 1985.

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