Our Mission

The mission of WeExist.LGBT is to make schools more welcoming for LGBTQ+ students and their families, and end the practice of conversion therapy in the United States.

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WeExist.LGBT was conceptualized from the collaborative imagination of parents, activists, and academics working on topics of LGBTQ+ inclusion.

As parents and members of the community ourselves, we saw the needs of LGBTQ+ teens and wanted to support them without entering the spectrum of religion.

The answer was to form our own nonprofit organization. We picked two mission areas which are basic to the safety and well being of any group, but are frequently denied to LGBTQ+ community: making schools more welcoming to students and their families, and ending the practice of conversion therapy, designed to erase their very identity.

The organization has grown beyond a mostly progressive Mormon core to encompass people from diverse backgrounds. We have people from all faiths and no faith. Our members are Fedex drivers, psychotherapists, police officers, full-time moms, military, school teachers, entrepreneurs, writers, caterers... united by a common goal of improving the quality of life and personal safety of a group of people who have been marginalized, beaten, tortured, killed, denied medical care, and refused the right to marry and adopt children, because they don't fit the mold of some people's preconceived ideas of how life should be lived.

There will come a time in the not so distant future when our descendants will look back and not understand why people's gender and sexuality was a basis for excluding them from society. Just as women once had to fight for the right to vote, just as it was once acceptable to consider certain races of people as less than because of the color of their skin, LGBTQ+ people are a discriminated group who must be given full rights to live their lives in peace and love.

We also believe that we can make a difference. United and as individuals, we can work daily to make the world a safer and more inclusive place. This will lead to a better world for everyone.


Christina Kassabian Schaefer, Board Member, WeExist.LGBT
Michael Adam Ferguson, Board Member, WeExist.LGBT

The only thing they have to look forward to is hope. And you have to give them hope. Hope for a better world, hope for a better tomorrow, hope for a better place to come to if the pressures at home are too great. Hope that all will be all right.”
—Harvey Milk

Our method


Make schools more welcoming for LGBTQ+ students and their families

END workplace discrimination so teachers can be out. A safe school environment can't happen without a safe work environment.

ENSURE that school policies support the full inclusion of LGBTQ+ students in classrooms, athletics, and other activities free from harassment.

ENSURE curricula across all content areas includes the lives and histories of LGBTQ+ individuals. This requires the end of policies that deem the discussion of LGBTQ+ unhealthy or deviant.

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End practice of conversion therapy in the United States

EDUCATE: Same-gender sexual orientation (including identity, behavior, and attraction) and variations in gender identity and gender expression are a part of the normal spectrum of human diversity and do not constitute a mental disorder.

ADVOCATE: LGBTQ+ youth still need additional support to promote positive development in the face of such stressors. Supportive family, community, school, and health care environments have been shown to have great positive impacts on both the short- and long-term health and well-being of LGBTQ+ youth. Families and others working with LGBTQ+ children and adolescents can benefit from guidance and resources to increase support for sexual and gender minority minors and to help facilitate the best possible outcomes for these youth.

ELIMINATE conversion therapy—efforts to change an individual’s sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression—as it is a practice that is not supported by credible evidence and has been disavowed by behavioral health experts and associations. Conversion therapy perpetuates outdated views of gender roles and identities as well as the negative stereotype that being a sexual or gender minority or identifying as LGBTQ+ is an abnormal aspect of human development. Most importantly, it may put young people at risk of serious harm.

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