OUT Metrowest

Our Share the Plate partner for January is OUT MetroWest and on January, 27th the director of OUT MetroWest (Sawyer Bethel) will be our guest speaker for the service.

OUT MetroWest began running youth programs in 2011 and became an independent non-profit organization in 2015. The organization’s first program, WAGLY, was created as a program of the Unitarian Universalists of Wellesley. It formed in response to requests from local youth and their families, who sought a safe space for LGBTQ high schoolers in MetroWest Boston. Jack Lewis, then a minister at the Unitarian church, led the initial group with the help of supportive community members. The only program of its kind between Boston and Worcester, WAGLY immediately drew dozens of area youth with its weekly social, educational, and supportive meetings.

In 2012, the organization’s second program launched. Umbrella, a twice-monthly program for transgender and gender non-conforming high schoolers, was created in response to community requests. Umbrella offered social interaction, education, and support within meetings facilitated by transgender and gender non-conforming adults.

In 2015, OUT MetroWest launched the state’s first program for LGBTQ and allied middle schoolers, Nexus. Two years later, the organization began offering weekly drop-in sessions for LGBTQ middle and high school students.

Between WAGLY, Umbrella, Nexus, and drop-in sessions, the organization currently runs more than a dozen youth meetings per month out of locations in Framingham, Newton, and Wellesley. Since 2011, OUT MetroWest has directly served more than 1,000 youth at its meetings, has conducted dozens of trainings for local schools and organizations, and has welcomed nearly 200 guests at its events for LGBTQ families.