Lifting Our Voices for Equality, Inc.
We are a non-profit organization that works with the Gay, Bi, and Trans Community from the ages of 16 to 24 that helps through the Promotion of Political, Social, Economic and Religious Equality.
In order to reach our goal, the L.O.V.E Coalition has recently implemented different programs to achieve the mission of the organization. Some of our highlighted programs are, job Readiness Program, which will expose our youth to financial literacy workshops, entrepreneurial skills that include Mock interviews, Resume Building, Dress for success etc.
We also offer a ten week course for our youth who want to become young fashion designers in the fashion industries to learn abilities that will teach them from beginning to end, all the things they need to know on becoming the next big breakthrough in the world of fashion. At the end of the course, our young Up & Coming designers will participate in a Fashion Event, which will showcase their creations/skills ranging from various fashionable leisure from the theme of their choice.
We recognize that true change can only be achieved once people are informed and motivated; this is why L.O.V.E. has sponsored community forums that deal with issues such as homophobia, poverty and discrimination and forums that promote political and community awareness. Our goal is to mend the bonds between the community and the LGBTQ members within that community and to establish a safe and supportive environment for the LGBTQ community in Atlanta.
Mission:Lifting Our Voices for Equality (LOVE) is committed to healing the GLBTQ (gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans-gender and queer) community through the promotion of political, social, economic and religious equality.
In the past several years, the L.O.V.E. Coalition has become aware of the increasing need for a housing shelter that would cater specifically to LGBTQ young adults. In response to the outcry from the LGBTQ community looking for a solution to the plight of homeless LGBTQ youth/young adults, we are looking to create the first 501(c)(3) run transitional homeless shelter specific to at-risk, homeless GLBTQ youth/ young adults ages 18-24.
LOVE Coalition's Safe Shelter
According to The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, in collaboration with the National Coalition for the Homeless, 42% of the estimated 1.6 million homeless American youth are LGBTQ. Most often, these homeless youth did not lose their home due to cutbacks, lay-offs, or an unfortunate turn in the market; they are homeless because of their sexuality. Their parents turn violent or become terribly distant at the news of their child's sexuality, forcing many of these youth and young adults to live on the streets and care for themselves. While a number of these youth live in shelters or transitional housing, too many of them turn to drugs and prostitution as a means to ensure survival.