I officially decided to launch the You Belong Here Project early in the summer of 2019 after being awarded the Presser Grant for undergraduate students by the Butler School of Music. As a member of the LGBTQ+ community myself, I understand some of the struggles that our youth may face in regards to personal identity, acceptance, confidence, and well-being.
My hope for You Belong Here is to open our educational spaces to individuals of diverse genders and sexualities, while also drawing the discussion of such identities to the forefront of our repertory.
This has been a dream of mine since the moment I stepped, blinking, into the light (of choral music, that is). With thanks to the Presser Foundation and the support of our amazing faculty at the University of Texas, it is a reality.
Sabrina Ellis, Executive Director
The You Belong Here Project
To our LGBTQ+ youth:
You are valuable. You will always find love here. You belong here.