LGBT advocate/educator Wade A. Davis, Jr. and writer/educator Darnell L. Moore came to Chicago this morning to announce the launch of their joint organization for LGBTQ youth in American titled You Belong.
You Belong is a four-day camp that will travel to select cities across America that engage local LGBTQA youth free access to sports such as basketball and football while providing them with leadership skills, empowerment and safe space training. The camp will begin in Chicago on July 25-28, 2013 at the Centre on Halsted. Participating mentors will come from the WNBA’s Chicago Sky, Outsports, You Can Play Project, the Center on Halsted, The Center for Gender Sexuality and HIV Prevention and other organizations.
Both Davis and Moore credit Center on Halsted’s Youth Program Associate Director Tim’m West – also one of our favorite rappers – for engaging them into bringing the launch of this exciting initiative to Chicago.
The event took place during the Center on Halsted’s inaugural Safe Space Day, which brings the Chicago local LGBTQA youth to the venue to learn all kinds of skills and trades such as photography and computer programming throughout the afternoon.
Check out the photos taken from the event below. Stay tuned for the video from the event’s press conference tomorrow.