Leaving the Light On: A Youth Pride, Inc. Summer Soiree

Leaving the Light On: A Youth Pride, Inc. Summer Soiree

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$50 – $5,000

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Skyline at Waterplace

1 Finance Way

Providence, RI 02903

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Join us for an evening celebrating the strength and resiliency of the LGBTQ+ community in the face of mounting challenges.

About this event

Leaving The Light On: When The World Goes Dark, We Are Committed to Leaving The Light On For LGBTQ+ Youth. This event will be an opportunity to re-engage with YPI, celebrate good work, and raise resources for the challenges ahead.

The YPI Summer Soirée will be held on Wednesday, August 24, from 7:00 to 10:00 PM at Skyline at Waterplace in Providence and will highlight community achievements and strengthen community ties, with special guests and performances. This event is organized with an eye toward COVID safety, with beautiful, open patio space, ample air circulation, and masks provided.

Despite considerable progress, serious challenges remain for LGBTQ+ youth. For over 800 youth per year, YPI is a safe haven. The disproportionate impact of the pandemic on our most vulnerable youth only compounds issues we already recognize, such as:

* Over 300 pieces of legislation affecting LGBTQ+ rights have been proposed across the country, including in Rhode Island. (Human Rights Campaign, 2022)

* Nearly 1 in 2 (45%) of LGBTQ youth seriously considered attempting suicide in the past year (The Trevor Project, 2022)

* LGBTQ youth report experiencing homelessness at a rate that is 120 percent higher than youth who identify as heterosexual and cisgender (National Network for Youth).

The funds raised will support Youth Pride, Inc.'s vital programs and services for LGBTQ+ youth, including counseling and case management, housing support, advocacy work, increasing LGBTQ+ safe and affirming space, leadership development, peer-support groups, and our basic needs pantry. In addition to hors d'ouvres and beverages, we will have a silent auction and raffle.

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