The Theater Offensive–LGBT Acting OUT

theateroffensiveThe Theater Offensive was founded in 1989 based on a gay men’s guerrilla theater troupe. Today, the mission of The Theater Offensive is:

To form and present the diverse realities of queer lives in art so bold it breaks through personal isolation and political orthodoxy to help build an honest and progressive community.

In addition to the theater experiences many of us are familiar with, The Theater Offensive also takes their performances to the streets of Boston, raising awareness, educating, and having fun. What I find most exciting is their True Colors: Out Youth Theater initiative, a touring theater company of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgener, queer and questioning youth and straight allies. The group ranges in age from 14-22 and performs at school and community events in the area. I understand what it feels like to be “other” in your school, community and even home. And given how challenging it can be to come out to family and friends, I can’t help but think how powerful it would be to see people you can identify with on stage. Not only that but it’s the chance to educate entire groups of young people on issues facing the LGBTQ community.

You can support The Theater Offensive by donating your time. They will work with you to find just the right volunteer opportunity. And, while they wouldn’t turn down financial donations, a old Macintosh computer would be welcome as well. Perhaps the best way to support The Theater Offensive is to attend one of their shows and bring a friend.

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