vision statement

We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 2013. We recognize that no matter who you are, having a like-minded community is key to living a healthy lifestyle. We strive to unite LGBT+ high school students who live near one another through an online platform that operates in partnership with youth-serving professionals, keeping the platform safe. We believe that the real-life friendships formed on our community platform will lead to a decrease in the struggles that are common among LGBT+ youth, such as homelessness, depression, and even suicide.   

“Our (LGBT+) students… don’t have a large community to pull from in their school, and they need a way to connect with people in the area that’s safe”
— Kate Ward, Former Teacher at NYOS Charter


  • 42% of LGBT+ youth say the community in which they live is not accepting of LGBT+ people
  • LGBT+ youth are twice as likely as their peers to say they have been physically assaulted, kicked, or shoved at school
  • Over 30% of LGBT+ students report missing classes or days of school because they feel unsafe in their school environment
  • The stress experienced by LGBT+ youth puts them at greater risk for mental health problems, substance use, and physical health problems
  • 40% of homeless youth identify as LGBT+
  • 92% of LGBT+ youth say they hear negative messages about being LGBT+ at school, on the internet, and from their peers
  • 1 out of every 9 teens identify as LGBT+ in America