Team OUT Run is running the Boston Marathon to raise awareness and money to support The Theater Offensive's ground-breaking, life-changing, and often times, life-saving program, True Colors OUT Youth Theater. True Colors create a safe haven where LGBT youth and their straight allies are supported and challenged to engage fully in their own personal, social, and artistic development. True Colors work with at-risk LGBT youth and allies in the creation of original theater pieces based on personal experiences, including: bullying, homelessness, harassment, discrimination, and suicide.
Youth receive high quality theater training, leadership development, and performance opportunities across the greater Boston area. With these programs, the youth’s own stories transform into powerful voices that fight bigotry, discrimination, and violence.
Youth directly participating in the program reported the following risk factors:
· 17% reported having learning or cognitive disabilities
· 54% live in economically depressed urban areas
· 30% reported living in neighborhoods facing violence
· 40% identified as low income
· 53% reported a history of family abuse
The Theater Offensive’s mission is to form and present the diverse realities of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender lives in art so bold it breaks through personal isolation and political orthodoxy to help build an honest, progressive community.
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