PRYSM focuses on providing dynamic programming and services for LGBTQIA+ youth under 17 and their families. What began as a weekly social support space for queer and trans teens has blossomed into resources, direct support for families, and coalition-building with social justice organizations across the Mid-South.
Now, in addition to weekly PRYSM meetings, OUTMemphis is proud to introduce its newest initiative, PRYSM Care Navigation, a case management program for trans, non-binary, and gender-curious youth ages 12–17. Youth and families can begin by reaching out to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you need emergency assistance today, please contact the Crisis Hotline or The Trevor Project:
Programs and Services
Frequently Asked Questions
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PRYSM is our group for LGBTQ and Allied youth ages 12-17. This group meets once per week, and is a safe, closed environment for connection, discussion, and most importantly fun!
At each meeting, the group spends time engaging in snacks and drinks, fun planned activities, and discussion, all with peers who understand their experience.
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Every Saturday, 1:00 – 3:00 PM
PRYSM Care Navigation
PRYSM Care Navigation is a new case management program for trans and gender-curious people ages 12–17. This program is staffed by a PRYSM Care Navigator dedicated to assessing, developing, implementing, and monitoring/modifying a participant’s individual care plan.
Our navigation program is committed to developing and centering our participants’ goals for success, which may also include support for any of the following services, following an intake and assessment:
- Support for social transition
- Mental health support
- Medical referrals
- Sex education
- Economic support
Families and teens seeking navigation assistance can begin by filling out our PRYSM Care Navigation Interest Form
Have questions? Contact PRYSM Care Navigator Sarah Davis at [email protected]
Parents, Caregivers and Families
For parents new to the LGBTQ+ community, learning how to best support your child or teen while they figure out who they are can be incredibly challenging. For parents who identify as LGBTQ+, finding community and other families like yours can also be difficult. We are here to help.
Parent Process Group
The Parent Process Group is a space to find connection with other caregivers, identify the resources and education needed to best support your youth, and process emotions in a group environment.
This group is free of charge for all and walk-ins are welcomed.
First Saturday of every month
First Congregational Church
1000 Cooper St.
TransParent is a group for parents and caregivers of transgender individuals of any age. This group is meant to be a place for people in this situation to meet others facing similar issues, to learn and grow together, and to ask questions in a safe and affirming environment.
TransParent is facilitated by Dr. KT Hiestand, a certified and licensed psychologist. Please email Dr. Hiestand to RSVP for this group before attending.
Every third Sunday at 1 pm.
We Are Family
We Are Family is a quarterly group that offers a chance for LGBTQ+ families with children ages 12 and under to connect with other such families. All families have a unique blend of members that don’t always look the same as others. The purpose of this group is for youth 12 and under and their immediate family to have a welcoming space to make lasting connections with other families that may or may not resemble their own. If you have more questions about who is welcome to attend, send us an email!
Each meeting will have snacks, refreshments, and a fun activity to engage in.
Quarterly (dates vary)
For more information, please visit the Facebook Event Page.
More resources for youth and families:
TN SB1 Resource Guide
This resource guide is designed to provide up-to-date information and concrete resources to help transgender youth continue accessing healthcare. Learn More
My Kid is Gay
An external resource filled with articles, books, podcasts and more, all focused on supporting and understand your LGBTQ+ child. Learn More
Mental Health Referrals for Youth & Families
Visit our resource guide for a list of our approved and vetted mental health providers. Learn More