Proudly Local: Indie Bookstores

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Posted on May 25th, 2021

In 2020, The Silver Unicorn Bookstore approached us with an amazing offer: they were creating a list of books for Pride Month, and OUT MetroWest was going to receive a portion of proceeds when titles from the list sold during the month of June. We love books, shopping local, and all things LGBTQ+, so we […]

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Reserve Your Ticket to Come OUT & Celebrate

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Posted on September 29th, 2020

Saturday, October 24, 7-8 p.m. OUT MetroWest’s seventh annual Come OUT & Celebrate event will celebrate the local community and raise funds for our LGBTQ+ youth programs! This year, Come OUT & Celebrate will bring inspiration from all over the region and deliver it right to your home! Join us as we shine a light on […]

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Save The Date: October 24!

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Posted on September 1st, 2020

A note from our Come OUT & Celebrate chairperson, Angelique Tung: Ordinarily, late summer would find us planning for our annual Come OUT & Celebrate event, where we revel in the company of those who believe in the beauty and power of LGBTQ+ youth. For the past six years, this event has honored advocates and […]

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Racial Justice is an LGBTQ+ Issue

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Posted on June 4th, 2020

Our mission is to build communities where LGBTQ+ youth thrive, and working for racial justice is a necessary part of that commitment. Here is a note from our board chair, Donna Tambascio, followed by more information about how we are doing this critical work. The pandemic has changed life for all of us; it has […]

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Updated: Rolling Pride Parade

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Posted on May 25th, 2020

Updated 6/10/2020: We’ve cancelled our Rolling Pride Parade originally scheduled for this Saturday in order to focus our energies on two important demonstrations. Our mission is to build communities where LGBTQ+ youth thrive. Without racial justice, this isn’t possible. So we’re showing up this weekend alongside so many of our neighbors to advance that cause, […]

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Virtual meetings

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Posted on April 17th, 2020

With schools closed, many LBGTQ+ youth need places to connect with supportive peers and adult role models. Since mid-March, we’ve been offering all of our regularly-scheduled meetings online. Youth can video chat, audio chat, chat by typing, or simply listen. Remember: allies are welcome at our drop-in, Nexus, and WAGLY programs! If you are not […]

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Coronavirus updates

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Posted on March 10th, 2020

OUT MetroWest will hold online youth meetings until in-person gatherings are deemed safe by public health officials. Online meeting times correspond to the scheduled times for our Drop-in, Nexus, Umbrella, and WAGLY meetings. Links to the online meeting locations are available on our website calendar. Please note that all meetings will be facilitated by trained […]

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Trivia Night Tickets

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Posted on February 10th, 2020

UPDATE: We are postponing this event due to the novel coronavirus. Existing ticket holders have been contacted and plans for rescheduling will be announced soon. Our annual Trivia Night and Silent Auction was to be held Saturday, April 4, 2020 at Framingham High School. This event is open to all community members and raises funds […]

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Real Live Trans Adult Panel

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Posted on January 28th, 2020

Event Details Time: Saturday, February 29, 2 to 3:30 p.m. Location: First Parish in Needham, 23 Dedham Avenue, Needham Cost: Free of charge Event Description What is it like to grow up trans or non-binary? What do trans adults wish that you knew about caring for gender expansive children? At this OUT MetroWest event, a […]

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Celebrating OUT MetroWest

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Posted on October 2nd, 2019

Each year, we serve hundreds of youth at our drop-in, Nexus, Umbrella, and WAGLY programs for LGBTQ+ youth. We also offer a peer leadership cohort, a series of events for gender expansive young children and their families, and community workshops on gender and sexual orientation. While we address some undeniably tough topics through our work, […]

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Come Out & Celebrate: Honoring Perry Cohen

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Posted on July 10th, 2019

Our sixth annual Come Out & Celebrate event is just around the corner! The annual gala highlights the contributions of community leaders and raises funds for our LGBTQ+ youth programs. Past event honorees include Barney Frank, Ed Markey, Janson Wu, Asa Sevelius, and Grace Moreno. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, September 28, […]

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Community Service Day with TVOP

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Posted on May 5th, 2019

On Monday, July 29, we’re working with The Venture Out Project to improve a section of Bay Circuit Trail here in MetroWest. This community service event is open to queer, trans, and LGBTQ+ young people ages 12-22. No experience is necessary. The Bay Circuit Trail (BCT) is a permanent recreation trail and greenway extending through 37 towns […]

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OUT in the ‘Burbs

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Posted on April 10th, 2019

Do you miss the days of hole-in-the-wall lesbian bars and gay clubs? Do you love going out to dance but not love driving into the city in search of a safe space for trans people? We’ve got you covered with our upcoming OUT in the ‘Burbs event. On Friday, May 3, OUT MetroWest is taking […]

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Elected Officials Visit WAGLY

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Posted on April 1st, 2019

On April 1, WAGLY welcomed three LGBTQ+ elected officials for an interactive panel discussion. Peer leaders introduced the panel, which included Melrose school committee member Lizbeth DeSelm; State Representative Natalie Higgins; and OUT MetroWest’s former executive director, State Representative Jack Lewis. Holyoke city councilor Jossie Valentin was scheduled to appear but had to miss the […]

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We’re turning 8!

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Posted on March 21st, 2019

Attention high school youth and OUT MetroWest alums: WAGLY is turning eight, and you’re invited! Come celebrate our birthday at WAGLY on Monday, March 25. It’s a dress-up party: show up in fancy clothes, drag, cosplay, or whatever makes you feel festive. We’ll have birthday cake and an open mic with a special guest. As […]

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Free showing of “Love, Simon”

Posted on February 13th, 2019

We’re hosting a free showing of “Love, Simon” for youth in grades 6-12 on Friday, March 15, 2019. This 2018 film won both Teen Choice and MTV Movie awards and focuses on a high school senior who finds the confidence to come out as gay after corresponding with an anonymous friend online. The movie is rated PG-13; those […]

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Advisor Spotlight: Megan

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Posted on January 29th, 2019

Adult advisors help to run our Nexus, Umbrella, and WAGLY programs. They serve as meeting facilitators and role models, and they help to connect youth with our shared history and vibrant community. This month we want you to introduce you to Megan, one of our Nexus facilitators! Read on to learn more about this Hawaii-raised […]

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These amazing young people.

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Posted on December 19th, 2018

If you’re a visual person, we made this video just for you. We think you’ll enjoy witnessing the camaraderie, happiness, and spirit that carried us through 2018! If you’re a numbers person, you might want to know that in 2018: OUT MetroWest served nearly 300 youth. 98% of participants found a role model at our […]

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Trans Family Event

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Posted on December 3rd, 2018

We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve reserved Playtown Express in Southborough for the morning of Sunday, January 13, 2019! From 10 to noon, trans families are invited to our free gathering. Playtown Express is an indoor play space for children ages 0 to 12. There are activities for children of all ages, and plenty of […]

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November Advisor Spotlight: Genna

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Posted on October 19th, 2018

Adult advisors help to run our Nexus, Umbrella, and WAGLY programs. They serve as meeting facilitators and role models, and they help to connect youth with our shared history and vibrant community. This month we want you to introduce you to Genna, one of our Nexus facilitators! Read on to learn more about this Spanish-speaking […]

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