Pridelines

Mission

To support, educate and empower South Florida’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth and the community at large in safe and diverse environments through affirming programs and services to promote dialogue, wellness and foster social change.

History

 

Pridelines is a grassroots 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, founded by gay and bisexual youth for LGBTQ youth and their allies in the wake of Anita Bryant’s “Save Our Children” campaign.  Rooted in a peer-led/adult-facilitated youth group model, and with the help of Dr Marilyn Volker, Peter Meyer and other concerned adults, the group began meeting at Miami-Dade College in 1982.  In 1999, under the leadership of group member Dale Ayres, the group incorporated, moved into its own space and changed its name to Pridelines Youth Services.  Fundraising efforts quickly increased, Health Department contracts soon followed and programs grew contributing the growth of Pridelines Youth Services.  Pridelines was one of the first community-based HIV testing sites in Miami-Dade County.  More than 30 years later, Pridelines continues to provide safe space, social support, skills building, leadership development and referrals to mental health, health care and support services for LGBTQ youth and their straight allies throughout South Florida. 

Today, the agency has grown and matured just like our youth.  In 2015, Pridelines Youth Services shortened its name to Pridelines, reflecting our desire to support the lives of all members of South Florida’s LGBTQ community.  We will continue to ensure that our LGBTQ youth have the support they need, while also committing to doing so throughout their lifetime.  As we grow, Pridelines will expand programs and services for adults and families to provide life-long support for our community. 

Guiding Principles

  • All the decisions we make focus on the improvement of the lives of South Florida’s LGBTQ community members, especially youth.
  • We focus on identifying resources for the LGBTQ community, particularly for youth, creating the most comprehensive system of services.
  • We work together in building relationships based on equality and mutual respect.
  • Our programs are flexible and respond to the emerging needs and issues of the LGBTQ community with a focus on youth.
  • We are committed to creating an affirming, nurturing and inspiring environment that encourages self-expression, personal growth and community.
  • We have a demonstrated commitment to providing leadership opportunities to empower LGBTQ youth as full participants in the governance of their own services.
  • We have a demonstrated commitment to providing health services, including HIV and STI testing to ensure the health and safety of the community, and to de-stigmatize HIV/AIDS.

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