Side by Side offers last ‘Run for ROSMY’
Richmond’s only LGBTQ+ youth group Side By Side is lined up, read and set to host it’s last Run for ROSMY fundraiser in November.
Side By Side, formally ROMSY (Richmond Organization for Sexual Minority Youth), has been active in Virginia for 25 years supporting LGBTQ youth ages 11-20. There, LGBTQ youth can be free to express themselves and connect with other folks for resources and support.
Their “Run For ROSMY” fundraising event had been held for the past six year, coinciding with the larger Richmond marathon with VCU Health 8k, AmFam Half Marathon, and Anthem Richmond.
“With the rebranding of the organization, we weren’t exactly sure what we were going to call it, but we ultimately decided to use the name Run for ROSMY as a send off to the old name but also to celebrate our new chapter as Side by Side,”said Charles Fields chair of Run For ROSMY.
Side By Side set a goal of $18,000 for their ideal outcome for the fundraiser. With people from all walks of life and community groups participating in this event they hope to not only raise money but have a visual show of solidarity for queer youth.
“This year folks can either participate in the marathon as an individual or a team by running or walking as usual but we have many more creative methods of participating, like Netflixing For ROSMY Spinning for ROSMY, or Reading for ROSMY. We want for folks to participate in whatever way they choose to show their support for Side By Side,” Fields said.
The funds generated by the Run for ROSMY will enable Side By Side to continue to grow their support network for LGBTQ youth across Virginia.
“What we love about our new name, Side By Side, is the focus on community building and the power that youth have in determining their own path to who they really are and we work side by side with them as they are figuring out their journey,” said said Ted Lewis, executive director of Side By Side.
The journey that LGBTQ youths live is constantly changing.
Research has shown that the average coming out age has decreased from about 22 in the 80s to around 13-16. This, coupled with data that shows suicide attempts among gay, lesbian, and bisexual youth are four times more likely to than their straight peers, and trans youth are 13 times more likely to attempt suicide than those who do, give Side by Side a reason to run.
“This research shows us is that younger people are coming out and oftentimes that means they will need more support,” Lewis said. “Through our programming, youth are finding ways to reach out for support, find peers that are similar them, find adults that they can trust, and share stories and troubles to seek guidance from,” said Lewis.
As a part of their Run For ROSMY campaign, Side By Side is running a special collaboration with Chipotle at 7000 Forest Ave and Glenside Dr. As folks are paying for their meal, if they tell the person at the register that you are supporting Side by Side, 50% of the profits will go to the Run for Rosmy. The Run For Rosmy will take place Saturday November 12th beginning at 7AM as part of the Richmond Marathon.
To sign up or learn more, head to Side by Side’s website here.
‘Agents of Change’ gives local LGBTQ youth the chance to share their stories at community forum this Thursday
The good folks at Side by Side (formerly ROSMY) are working with Sabot at Stony Point School to give local LGBTQ youth the chance to share their stories and answer questions at a community forum event happening this Thursday. We just got this in our inbox and wanted to share details – we’ll be covering [...]April 19, 2017
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