My name is Katrina, and I first learned about The Attic in 1996 when The Attic Speakers Bureau (now The Bryson Institute) did a sensitivity training for a group of youth. During the training, it all of a sudden hit me – they were talking about me....
Hi, my name is Margot and my pronouns are she/he/they/it. I started coming to The Attic four years ago. I had just come out at the time, in middle school, and was going to a charter school that resided within a church. So my coming out incited a big...
Hey, Hey, my name is AnDrea Williams and I’m a Trans Woman of Color. My pronouns are She/Her. I have been going to The Attic Youth Center for 5+ years. When I first came out, I didn’t know who I was, how to identify, or even what the letters of...
Hi everyone, my name is Jalyn. Before Covid I have been coming to the attic since August of 2019.
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...
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...
Seven years ago, I found The Attic Youth Center in a row home nestled snuggly between a restaurant and apartment building in downtown Philadelphia.
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.
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...