Growing up, I always had an attraction to women but because of my Christian upbringing I questioned it. I never really felt accepted at home, school, or even with friends. At home, my parents would ask me questions or make assumptions about my...
I came upon the Attic Youth Center a bit by happenstance. I was a part of a youth videography program that trained young people to make a documentary video about an issue in their community then take action steps towards a solution.
When I was in middle school I came out to someone I thought I could trust, and they outed me to the guy I liked. I thought it would feel better to let other people know who I was, but it just made me a target.
When I was 14, I had a friend who had heard of The Attic and wanted to go, but had no one to go with. Though I had no idea what The Attic was, I volunteered to go with him. Upon walking in, it felt like such a warm place, and everyone welcomed me...
Finding The Attic Youth Center was like finding a piece of myself that I never knew was there. The Attic helped me open my mind as a queer feminist leader of the LGBTQ community.
Seven years ago, I found The Attic Youth Center in a row home nestled snuggly between a restaurant and apartment building in downtown Philadelphia.
I started coming to The Attic when I was 15. I was lost and depressed, just looking for new friends to share my summer with. As someone who’s shy, coming to The Attic was overwhelming for me. But once I started interacting with the other youth I...
I have never in my life felt safer or more accepted then at The Attic. I've never felt more involved, more useful to the cause of making LGBTQ youth voices heard, and more helpful in my community.
In 11th grade, I made one of the best decisions of my life- I came to The Attic. I was scared and overwhelmed- dealing with coming out to unsupportive family members and being bullied at school for being gay.
I attended The Attic’s 20th Anniversary Gala in November and was awed by the fact that what I helped to build twenty years ago has grown into such a vital part of our community. I know firsthand the pride, confidence, responsibility, and joy that...