Live Out Loud Young Trailblazers Gala
Live Out Loud, a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring and empowering LGBTQ youth by connecting them with successful LGBTQ professionals in their community, celebrates its 19th anniversary with its Young Trailblazers Gala that brings together 400 donors, corporate supporters, elected officials, and youth scholarship winners to celebrate the group’s life-affirming educational programming for LGBTQ youth. The event honors advocates in the community who further Live Out Loud’s mission and bestows $10,000 scholarships on high school seniors for their leadership in the LGBTQ community.
In the words of Ben Dionne, 2019 scholarship recipient: “I was touched by all of the stories told of the many sacrifices that were made by older members of the LGBTQ+ community. I could see how their experiences paved a way for me to succeed. I saw the hope in their eyes when they looked at me, and it gave me the motivation to keep on fighting to further the community these people have worked so hard to nurture. Live Out Loud has opened so many new doors for me, and I can never express how grateful I am for this experience.”