Friday, March 29, 2013

LGBTQ Homeless Leadership Conference in Washington D.C.

The LGBTQ Homeless Leadership Conference will gather 30 LGBTQ homeless youth, along with 10 support staff from the shelters and programs they represent from cities across the country.  Youth will gather from: Charolette, NC; San Francisco, CA; Los Angeles, CA; Philadelphia, PA; Portland, OR; Chicago, IL; Washington, D.C., New York, NY; Houston, TX; and Minneapolis, MN.

October 8-10th - Creating a National Agenda for LGBTQ Homeless Youth
While in DC, the youth will create a national agenda for LGBTQ homeless youth and teach the agenda to organizational leaders and lobbyists including: the White House LGBT Team; the Human Rights Campaign (HRC); the National Alliance to End Homelessness; and the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation GLAAD).

October 11th - Taking the Agenda to Capital Hill
A rally, congregational visits and national call-in will generate support for the agenda created by the LGBTQ Homeless youth.

October 12-14 - Leadership Training and Promoting the Agenda at Home
The LGBTQ homeless youth will work with mentors and receive leadership training to enable them to advocate for LGBTQ homeless youth in their hometowns. 

Transportation support will be provided for 30 LGBTQ homeless youth and 10 staff from shelters and organizations that serve LGBTQ homeless individuals.  If you or youth that you are connected to are interested in attending the LGBTQ Homeless Youth Leadership Conference, please contact the Rev. Megan Rohrer (

Our accommodations are designed to bring awareness to the youth who are sleeping in shelters, often in churches that have opened up space to them.  During our conference the LGBTQ homeless youth and the adults supporting them will be staying in a hostel at Luther Place.  Dedicated to serving the homeless with emergency, transitional and long term housing opportunities through innovative whole body care, we are proud to partner with Luther Place and the Steinbruck Center for Urban Studies.

Gatherings and meeting space will be provided by the Human Rights Campaign and the Lutheran Church of the Reformation.

Leadership Team
The Rev. Megan Rohrer - Welcome, San Francisco
The Rev. Jen Rude - Night Ministry, Chicago
Andrew Garside - LA Gay & Lesbian Center
Bianca Vazquez - Steinbruck Center for Urban Studies at Luther Place

Kate Bornstein
Candice Gingrich
Zander Keig

Support the Conference
If you would like to support the project or provide scholarships for LGBTQ homeless youth to participate in the conference, you can donate to Welcome (all donations are tax deductible).  Please put "LGBTQ Youth" in the memo line.  Donations are accepted online or by mail: Welcome, 1751 Sacramento St., San Francisco, CA 94109.

Contact Information
For more information about the project or to get involved in anyway, please contact the Rev. Megan Rohrer (

Friday, September 14, 2012

Best Practices for LGBTQ Youth Family Acceptance and Reunification

Title:Best Practices for LGBTQ Youth Family Acceptance and Reunification  (click her to learn more about our next webinar)
Presenters:Jerry Peterson of the Rainbow Community Center in Contra Costa County (Bay Area)

Pastor Megan Rohrer, Executive Director of Welcome
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Summary:A 101 level conversation with . An important conversation because of the laws that require mandated reporting of homeless youth and forced family reunification and for the increased desire of funders to see family reunification components in work with LGBTQ homeless youth.
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Monday, August 20, 2012

The Salt Shakers Broke, But they Were United that Day!

We marched because in the early 1960’s Vanguard (queer street youth) of the Tenderloin marched with pastors and seniors to get federal funds for the area and demand that the city pick up the actual trash rather than sending the police to sweep them out of the area.

They Won!  Poverty funds they won provided the funding for many of the homeless organizations that still exist in the Tenderloin, and the meal night they created at Glide Memorial is nationally known.
We gather at Turk and Taylor to remember the 46th Anniversary of the Compton Cafeteria Riots.  Documented in Susan Stryker’s Screaming Queens, the riots came were a response to police harassment and discrimination by the owners of all-night coffee shops.  Transgender activists and the Vanguard youth threw salt and sugar shakers out windows and fought back against police.  

The Work Continues!  LGBTQ homeless youth in the Tenderloin still struggle with police harassment and discrimination by business owners.  Today it is estimated that 1 in 4 youth who come out to parents will become homeless and that 40% of the estimated 3,200 homeless youth in San Francisco are LGBTQ. 

A contemporary group of LGBTQ homeless youth, supported by the Welcome Ministry and the GLBT Historical Society have been working in the last three years to share the story of the 1960’s Vanguard youth and meet regularly as the new group Otro Vanguard.  They helped to plan today’s action with Pastor Megan Rohrer and Felicia Flames. 

You can watch a live stream of the rally here:

The presentation begins about 20 minutes into the video. Enjoy!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Webinar Archive: Transgender Homeless Youth (featuring Zander Keig)

Title:Transgender Homeless Youth (featuring Zander Keig)
PresentersZander Keig

Pastor Megan Rohrer
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Summary:Webinars for faith leaders who work with LGBTQ Homeless youth meets every second Friday through the end of 2012. (this event is also open to those who are interested in working with LGBTQ Homeless youth, seminarians and those of no particular faith who want to learn how to work with faith groups) A project of Welcome (, sponsored by the Sam Mazza Foundation, Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries and the Coallition of Welcoming Congregations Bay Area. Webinars will enable participants to network and learn best practices: Join us for our next webinar on September 14th, on Learning Harm Reduction Skills For more information or to be added to our email list, contact the Rev. Megan Rohrer at
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Friday, August 10, 2012

Best Practices for Working w/LGBTQ Homeless Youth

Title:Best Practices for Working w/LGBTQ Homeless Youth

Presenter:Rev. Megan Rohrer

URL for Viewing:
Summary:A project of Welcome (, sponsored by the Sam Mazza Foundation, Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries and the Coallition of Welcoming Congregations Bay Area. This is a recording of our first webinar on best practices. This group meets every second Friday at 3pm EST, 2pm CST and 12pm PST. Join the live webinars at:
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