What We Do
Camp Lilac is a summer camp in Ohio for transgender and gender diverse youth. Trans youth often face stressful, unwelcoming, and even hostile environments in their day to day lives, and depression, anxiety, and suicide are much higher among them. Since 2017, we’ve been creating a safe, welcoming, and confidential space in which gender diversity is the norm. Our program is designed so that campers emerge with an increased sense of confidence in their identities and a strong community of peers and supporters. We believe our camp fills a crucial gap in the lives of trans and gender diverse youth, setting them on a path to success.
The only time I was sad is when I had to leave. Camp gave me confidence to be myself and stand up for myself. I learned I wasn't alone.
My son has to have his defenses up and maxed all day, everyday until he gets home. At camp, he’s just who he is! Unapologetically! Running around in his binder and not having to explain himself. He came back 1,000,000% more confident in himself and ready to tackle being out at school and in his life.
Camp Lilac has been the most amazing experience for most of these kids and counselors. It provides a safe, accepting environment for everyone and these kids are having a ton of fun and making connections and being themselves without any fear or reservations. It's truly an amazing thing to see! I highly recommend it for both the youth and for counselors!