We Are Family in the Media
LGBT people have been under attack in South Carolina, and WAF was on the front lines advocating with and for our community. We worked with our youth and their families to help them develop as speakers and advocates on their own behalf. Below are media coverage we have received over the past few years.
Charleston Queer Prom will take place within an enchanted rainbow forest
Post And Courier - 5/6/2019
“An enchanted rainbow forest is the setting for this year’s Charleston Queer Prom.
The annual event organized by We Are Family and Closet Case Thrift offers a safe space for middle and high school members of the LGBTQ community to dance to their hearts’ content without judgment.”
We Are Family will open new office, move out of All of Us homeless center in January
Charleston City Paper - 11/13/2018
“We Are Family will move out of the homeless resource center it helped open this past summer and into a stand-alone office in January.
The exact location of the new office will be revealed at a fundraiser for the LGBTQ youth organization next month, according to a press release sent Tuesday.”
24-year-old Nijeeah Richardson set to take over leadership of the LGBTQ nonprofit We Are Family
Charleston City Paper - 8/24/2018
Richardson will take over as executive director in January 2019.
"I know that Melissa always wanted to transition of We Are Family as executive director and pass the torch to younger generation of activists and community leaders, and I’m just honored that I’m the person," Richardson said.
Moving Forward for LGBTQ Rights, Not Just Fighting Back
REWIRE NEWS - 4/12/2016
“To advance true equality, activists need to do more than just fight back. We need to have a more proactive vision for what equality even looks like. That vision encompasses the broad spectrum of human rights abuses, and it centers those whose voices are often left out and who are harmed most by anti-LGBTQ laws and inequality: young people, people of color, and the transgender community.”
Lowcountry school boards face school closings and transgender debate
CHARLESTON CITY PAPER - 5/18/16
“Having spoken before the Berkeley County School Board, Melissa Moore, executive director of LGBTQ nonprofit We Are Family, applauded the Department of Education's announcement and encouraged local and state educators to comply with these guidelines.
"Finally, the struggles faced by transgender and gender non-conforming youth are getting the attention that they deserve. It is transgender people who are more often the targets of harassment and sexual assault, not the other way around," she said.”
Transgender students face challenges from Columbia and in the classroom
CHARLESTON CITY PAPER - 4/20/16
“Unlike many districts, Charleston County has a policy in place that specifically protects students from bullying based on gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression. In 2014, local LGBT advocacy groups We Are Family and the Alliance for Full Acceptance worked with faculty and staff in the district to inform educators about the issues faced by gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender students across the county.”
Local LGBT students are forced to look outside of the classroom for guidance
Charleston City Paper, 10/3/16
“With little guidance in the classroom, Frank has turned to after-school groups like Spectrum and We Are Family to learn more about the LGBT community and have open discussions about their personal experiences. In Spectrum, Frank has learned about LGBT history, safe-sex practices, and the best way to talk to those of different genders. As a parent, Frank's mother Melanie sees the lack of instruction provided to LGBT students as a matter of safety, but also one of respect.”
Berkeley County schools bathroom bill stalls in Senate, for now
“Grooms said transgender students should continue to use faculty bathrooms with their school's permission. Melissa Moore, LGBT advocate and Executive Director of We are Family said reversing the district's decision is taking a step back.
"It really isn't an issue," said Moore. ‘They're making a problem where there really isn't a problem.’”
Senators want to reverse Berkeley County Schools' decision on transgender bathroom use
“Citing Sen. Lee Bright's failed attempt at a statewide bathroom bill, Melissa Moore, the executive director of We Are Family, called the new bill "another baseless attack on transgender people."
"This time lawmakers are going after young people by pushing a bill that specifically withholds fair and appropriate accommodations for transgender students in Berkeley County," Moore said.”