June is the month we spotlight the LGBTQ+ community, but it’s important to understand the struggle for equity is an everyday fight of incremental change. Untamed Humans invites everyone to come as they are, and we believe it’s important to focus on organizations that are part of the movement, 365 days a year.
With over 100 years of service to children all over the country, Big Brother Big Sister connects youth with mentors that help them achieve their full potential. This includes addressing the staggering statistic that 40% of the nation’s homeless youth come from the LGBTQ+ community. Beach Pace, President of BBBS Columbia NW, knew she had to do something for the LGBTQ+ kids her organization serves. “Our goal is to help all kids achieve their full potential, no matter what their background.” Beach has taken the initiative to add a staff member who is a resource for mentors and mentees as they navigate the issues that come with young people discovering their identities. With that, the program has worked to find more LGBTQ+ mentors to pair with mentees. By opening their doors to all that are willing to help, the organization is on the front of lines of changing the terrible statistics that affect this underserved community.
Peculiar is an organization whose mission is to inspire and empower parents and families to unconditionally love and embrace their LGBTQ+ children. This organization helps facilitate a balance between families’ traditional norms and their acceptance of their LGBTQ+ child(ren). Peculiar uses scientific based modules to teach families how to embrace their children, while still holding on to the beliefs in their own faith, with the final mission being a whole health approach that includes mental, physical and faith based information. In doing so, Peculiar is looking to break the barriers that block acceptance.