Youth Center in Phoenix, a safe (and fun) haven for LGBTQ kids

Kathy Ritchie

One-n-Ten Youth Center has lots of fun games for LGBTQ youth, including this gender-affirming foosball game. There’s even a drag queen caretaker.

For LGBTQ youth, finding a safe place to hang out and be themselves is extremely important. A space in downtown Phoenix is ​​designed with this population in mind.

Walk into One-n-Ten’s Youth Center and it’s hard not to be impressed.

“We have computers for young people who need to check their emails, maybe pick up their skills, we have foosball with gender-affirming sports characters, we have drag queen goalies and we We have all kinds of game systems that I don’t even know the name of, an entire music room,” says Sandra Foisy. She’s One-n-Ten’s satellite program manager. There’s even a gender-affirming placard , she says. “To get outfits that feel good to them in a safe place, to try them on and for people to get excited about what they choose for themselves, so that they don’t have to lock yourself in the binary world of fitting men and women pieces.”

Kathy Ritchie

One n Ten is an organization focused on LGBTQ youth.

The youth center serves people aged 11 to 24 with a wide range of needs. “But the main thing that everyone can find in common is that it’s a safe, sober place to call home,” Foisy explained.

Foisy says everything is free – from books to clothes to the many programs they offer.

One-n-Ten is hosting an open house on April 9 and is open to the community.

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