!OutProud!, The National Coalition for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth, recently announced the launch of a new web site designed to provide an archive for coming-out stories. Outpath can be found at www.outpath.com and provides an international resource to queer youth considering coming out.
"Over six years ago, when !OutProud! pioneered the use of the Internet to reach queer youth, we couldn't have imagined how indispensable this technology would become in the lives of these teens," said Christopher Kryzan, Executive Director of !OutProud!. "Now, in commemoration of National Coming Out Day, we are excited to expand our extensive presence on the Internet with Outpath, an international archive of coming-out stories."
Outpath is designed as a resource both for queer youth going through their own journeys of self-acceptance and coming out, as well as to family members who are searching for the right way to deal with this news. It contains the personal accounts of both youth and their families, and an extensive search capability which allows readers to find stories which most closely pertain to their own situations. Individuals can also add their own stories using a simple, interview-based format, allowing others to benefit from their experience.
!OutProud!, The National Coalition for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth was founded in 1993 to provide advocacy, information, resources and support for queer youth. The organization pioneered outreach to teens through America Online and the Internet, and today serves more than 100,000 youth each year. !OutProud! is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.