Spartanburg Teen Outlook (TOUT) evolved from concern and discussions that began with the Social Justice Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Spartanburg. Because of a two year educational emphasis in preparation for becoming a Welcoming Congregation, the Social Justice Committee and the congregation were deeply familiar with the needs of this at-risk population and their susceptibility to bullying and hate crimes. Later, a core leadership team was selected and began meeting to concretize plans for a gay straight alliance for LGBTQ teens and their supportive peers to begin in October 2014.
What We Do
Teen Outlook holds bimonthly youth support meetings for LGBTQ and straight youth on the second and fourth Sundays at the Unitarian Universalist Church in downtown Spartanburg. These meetings offer youth peer and adult support, cultural and health education, social activities, events, and leadership opportunities. Trained facilitators ensure the group dynamics remain safe, fun and supportive.
We provide local, state, regional and national resources that are beneficial to LGBTQ youth, their allies, and their parents. These resources include local counseling services, crisis hot lines, welcoming and supportive institutions, high school, college and university gay/straight alliances, and other similar organizations that offer vital and beneficial services, information and education.
We also partner with educational, social service, religious and cultural networks to advocate for LGBTQ youth and educate the public about the harmful effects of bullying, harassment and discrimination.
210 Henry Place, Spartanburg, SC 29306
Mailing Address: PO Box 1942, Spartanburg, SC 29304-1942