LGBTQ+ young people are under attack in this country and are experiencing hate, stigma and social isolation. LGBTQ+ youth are more than four times as likely to attempt suicide than their peers. It is estimated that more than 1.8 million LGBTQ youth (13-24) seriously consider suicide each year in the U.S. and at least one attempts suicide every 45 seconds.
LGBTQ+ young people need and deserve a safe place where they are accepted and celebrated. A place where they can meet others that share similar life experiences. A place where they can just play and experience joy.
One Heartland has been providing camp programs for LGBTQ+ young people since 2010. We continue to expand as the need for this program continues to grow. There are no other LGBTQ+ camps in Minnesota and limited numbers across the US.
Camp True Colors is a program specifically for young people identifying as LGBTQ+, including camps specifically for transgender and gender expansive youth. The need for this program has increased over the past few years and we are grateful to help fill that need.
We need YOU to help provide financial assistance to families in need so we can move young people off the waiting list and into camp this summer. With the rising costs of everything from food to transportation, your support is crucial this year to help us welcome as many youth as possible.
With your help, we will be able to provide a safe and accepting community where each of our participants are celebrated.
"It's because of your camp that my child is beginning to accept themselves and they have friends that understand them. Before attending your camp they were depressed and had suicidal thoughts. After attending your camp, they found their people and they found a glimmer of hope. I truly believe your camp saved them. More families need to know about your camp and I am happy to spread the word." -Lorianne, Camp True Colors Parent