This Pride Month, we celebrate our Public Allies AmeriCorps members and partner organizations working daily for LGBTQ+ equality and well-being:
Mileena Muhammad (Chicago) partners with the Broadway Youth Center to make life healthier and happier for young people who identify as LGBTQ+, and especially young people who do not have stable housing. “As Youth Development Specialist, I support LGBTQ youth by distributing food, hygiene supplies, and clean clothes. As a trans woman who used to attend the center as a young person, it is so rewarding to give back and create a space free of judgement,” says Mileena.
Lito Castillo Rodriguez (Arizona) partners with one•n•ten to provide LGBTQ+ youth with tools to improve self-esteem and self-acceptance. “My work has focused on expanding services to the Spanish-speaking LGBTQ community by providing translation, creating collateral material in both English and Spanish, and planning and delivering programs focusing on the Spanish-speaking community,” says Lito.
Jinx (Milwaukee) partners with Courage MKE to provide housing, resources, and services needed for displaced and homeless LGBTQ+ youth in Milwaukee to thrive. “As a queer indigenous two-spirit person, I know first-hand the struggles that come with being part of the LGBTQ+ community. Being able to provide educational aid, guidance, and holistic care services to the awesome teen residents at Courage House is a step in a direction that feels progressive, fulfilling, and right,” says Jinx.
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