Dear friends,

As I head out to spend this Thanksgiving with my own family, away from work, I am feeling especially grateful for all of you, our friends, volunteers, and our donors.

Molly Quinn
But the truth is, the holidays are a complicated time for LGBTQ+ people everywhere. Over the last decade, 39% of LGBTQ+ Americans were rejected by a family member. This season, many people are asked to share a table with those who choose to shame, to ignore, or to belittle us. Even more are excluded altogether.
 

In defiance of this fact, I often say that one of the privileges of being a part of the LGBTQ+ community is an ever-expanding definition of family. We understand the infinite number of ways to have family. We understand — more than most — the abiding love of chosen family. This time of year, I feel deeply grateful for this simple principle.

By participating in our programs, volunteering your time, and donating to OUTMemphis, you contribute to expanding this definition of love. Tomorrow, as I sit at my own, Thanksgiving table, I will be giving thanks for all of you: our chosen family.

 

With love from all of us,

 

Molly Rose Quinn
Executive Director

 

Staff Board of Directors

Molly Rose Quinn
Executive Director

Jonathan Ealy
Chair

Martavius Hampton
Senior Director,
Health & Evaluation

Carol Livingston
Vice Chair

Stephanie Reyes
Senior Director,
Development & Education

Maria del Socorro Hubbard
Secretary

Stephanie Bell
Director,
Metamorphosis Project

Matt Barrett
Treasurer
Becky Hall
Director of Finance & Operations
Aimee Lewis
Jessie Claudio
Health Services Manager
Jeff Rhodin
Emerson Kirkpatrick
Youth Services Specialist
Miska Shaw
Chris Railes
Operations Specialist

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