SPARTANBURG
210 Henry Place, Spartanburg, SC 29306
Mailing Address:  PO Box 1942, Spartanburg, SC 29304-1942
864-574-1253
Parents & Guardians
Thank you for supporting your child and for your interest in Spartanburg Teen Outlook. Below are some frequently-asked questions from parents. If you still have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at spartanburgtout@gmail.com or 864.574.1253.  If you would like to talk with other parents about how they deal with their childrenís sexual orientation or gender identity, and any other issues that they as parents of LGBTQ youth may have already confronted, please contact Teen Outlook.

If you are looking for supportive faith-based institutions, LGBT national, state, regional, and local organizations, and other information about high school and college campus support please visit Additional Resources on this website under Resources.
Parentsí Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I attend a TOUT meeting with my child?
A
: No. Teen Outlook was created to be a safe space for youth in grades 9 - 12 only. They need a space that is confidential, welcoming and based on a peer-only model. This is a social environment in which your child can develop.  We encourage you to positively communicate with your child at home regarding LGBTQ issues, because it is important for them to have a clear, open line of communication with their parent(s).

Q: How do I talk to my child about gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender issues?
A
: We encourage open, balanced discussions at home, at a time thatís right for you and your child.  Remember to listen with an open mind, ask questions to understand, and donít be offended if your child doesnít communicate everything to you immediately.  If you feel uncomfortable talking to your child at home, try making an appointment with a local mediation center or getting together with a member of PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) together as a family.   PFLAG Spartanburg:  http://pflagupstatesc.org/spartanburg.htm . 

Q: How do I know if a meeting is cancelled?
A:
We will change the meeting status on the meeting schedule here on the website and post an announcement on the front page and on our FaceBook account. We will also send a Twitter message.  Meetings will never be cancelled if we can help it, but it is a good idea to sign up for meeting updates via Twitter or check the web site frequently).

Q: Can I enter the building at the end of the meeting to pick up my child?
A
: No. In order to respect the privacy and confidentiality of the youth attending the meeting, we ask parents, guardians and others providing transportation to please wait outside in their cars until the meeting is over. Sunday meetings end at 6:00 p.m.

Q: Can my child come to a meeting if he/she doesnít identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender?
A: Yes.  We encourage all questioning youth and straight allies to attend.

Q: Can you recommend other local resources for my child?
A: We try to recommend local resources based on each individual situation, as each child has different needs. Please visit Resources on our website or contact us at
spartanburgtout@gmail.com <mailto:spartanburgtout@gmail.com> or 864.574.1253 if you need further assistance.

Q: How do you recruit volunteers and group facilitators?
A: Volunteers are recruited on an ongoing basis.  All volunteers must fill out a volunteer form and complete an interview with a member of the leadership team.  Youth meeting facilitators must complete a volunteer form, complete an interview, attend an orientation session, and are subject to a criminal background check.

What Happens at a Teen Outlook (TOUT) Meeting?
Meetings are free, confidential and open to youth in grades 9 - 12. Refreshments are served, and free educational pamphlets and flyers are available for teens to take home.  Our calendar of upcoming activities and events is available on our website! Itís a very casual, friendly atmosphere with three trained adult facilitators present to ensure that meetings are safe, welcoming and supportive.