Advocacy and Awareness Events

Advocacy is a core aspect of Time Out Youth Centers mission and programming.   As an LGBTQ youth center, we advocate on behalf of LGBTQ youth in our community, in schools, and within their families. Youth develop advocacy campaigns and speak out for equal rights and treatment of themselves and/or the LGBTQ community. Time Out Youth provides opportunities for youth to develop leadership skills, raise awareness about the LGBTQ community, help make safer spaces for LGBTQ youth and allies, and advocate for positive social change.

As an agency, we design programming around the following national and local Awareness Days:  
  • No Name Calling Week  - No Name Calling Week is a week dedicated to the eradication of bullying in public schools. For more information visit http://www.glsen.org/nonamecallingwee

  • Transgender Day of Visibility - TDoV is a day to show your support for the trans community. It aims to bring attention to the accomplishments of trans people around the globe and spreading knowledge of the trans community. 

  • Day of Silence - The National Day of Silence is a day of action in which students across the country vow to take a form of silence to call attention to the silencing effect of anti-LGBTQ bullying and harassment in schools.

  • International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia - Join us on this day of action on May 17 to draw the attention of policymakers, opinion leaders, social movements, the public and the media to the violence and discrimination experienced by LGBTQ people internationally.

  • Stonewall Riots Anniversary -  Celebrate the anniversary of the riot that kicked off the fight for LGBT rights around the world.

  • Pride Charlotte and Charlotte Black Gay Pride–This is an opportunity for those who identify as LGBTQ and their allies to come together to create and celebrate our community.
  • Bisexual Awareness Week In celebration of the 17th anniversary of Celebrate Bisexuality Day, held every September 23rd, Bisexual Awareness Week (#biweek) works to accelerate the cultural acceptance of bisexual people.

  • LGBT History Month - October is LGBT History Month. It is a great chance to include positive representations of LGBTQ people and events throughout history in GSA club presentations and school curriculum.

  • Ally Week - Ally Week, held annually in October, is dedicated to identifying, supporting, and celebrating allies against anti-LGBTQ bullying and harassment.  
  • Spirit Day - Spirit Day began in 2010 as a way to show support for LGBT youth and take a stand against bullying. Today, people all around the country join in! Join us in showing our support for LGBT victims of bullying by wearing purple on October 15th. 

  • National Coming Out Day - Every year, on October 11th, we celebrate with pride the act of coming out as LGBTQ or as an ally.  For more information, please visit www.hrc.org.
  • Intersex Awareness Day - October 26th is an internationally observed awareness day designed to highlight human rights issues faced by intersex people.

  • Ace Visibility Day - On November 26th, celebrate and bring awareness to asexual identities!

  • Transgender Day of Remembrance - Transgender Day of Remembrance, held each year on November 20th, serves as a day to memorialize those whose lives were lost due to anti-transgender fear, bigotry, and hatred.
  • Teen Dating Violence Awareness- Focused on creating healthy relationships for LGBTQ youth with a focus on love and respect.

  • LGBTQ Homeless Awareness Month-Supporting National Homeless Youth Awareness Month by providing resources to help communities, families, educators, mental health and child welfare professionals, and policy makers and advocates better understand and deal with homeless youth.

  • World AIDS Day - World AIDS Day is held on December 1st each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate people who have died. 

  • Pansexual Awareness DayDecember 8th is our day to celebrate pansexuality in all forms!