The LGBT youth theater program True Colors, the nation’s longest-running queer youth theater group based in Boston, received the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from First Lady Michelle Obama.
It’s the first LGBT organization to receive this award, and it was recognized for its effectiveness in promoting learning and life skills in young people through the arts by engaging them in creative youth development programming.
True Colors uses a community-based theater approach to provide an outlet and safe space for LGBT and allied youth leaders aged 14 to 22 to develop artistically and emotionally, and to empower them to change their communities. They bring their work to all the neighborhoods of Boston, performing in schools, community centers, private homes, and other venues.
Abe Rybeck, founder of True Colors, said in a statement: “As we continue to focus on the challenges faced by LGBT youth, from family rejection to bullying to homelessness, this award is inspirational and a validation of our impact.”
Majority of participants are youth from Boston neighborhoods