ABOUT

All Rainbow and Allied Youth Inc., is a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization pursuant to Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. All Rainbow and Allied Youth’s registration number issued by the Florida Department of Agriculture, Division of Consumer Services under Chapter 496 of the Florida Statutes is CH52640.

 

 

A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE (800-435-7352) WITHIN THE STATE OF FLORIDA OR BY VISITING http://WWW.800HELPFLA.COM. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE OF FLORIDA. 

HISTORY AND MISSION

ARAY got its start in 2017, thanks to Charlotte County residents who came together to create a better community for their LGBTQ+ youth and allies. We have grown by leaps and bounds since, creating partnerships across the community, and bringing youth together in a safe and fun place.

Our mission is to​ ​create​ ​a​ ​place​ ​of​ ​support, and​ ​provide​ ​information,​ ​advocacy,​ ​and​ ​resources​ ​in​ ​Charlotte​ ​County, Florida,​ ​for​ ​our​ ​Lesbian,​ ​Gay,​ ​Bisexual,​ ​Transgender,​ ​Queer,​ ​plus,​ ​youth​ ​of​ ​all​ ​races, nationalities,​ ​and​ ​incomes.

OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
All Rainbow and Allied Youth Directors at Florida Southwestern State College Pride. From left to right, Lisa Trejo, Hal Trejo, and Kristina DeVries.
Hal Trejo
(They/Them/Theirs) 
President

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Hal is a transgender activist and community organizer. They grew up in Port Charlotte, FL, seeing the need for LGBTQ+ youth support, and in 2017 decided to work together with others in the community to make this a reality for our youth.

Lisa Trejo
(She/Her/Hers) 
Treasurer

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Lisa is a longtime resident of Charlotte County and a mother of two queer people. She had extended her help to many LGBTQ+ kids over time, and ARAY is the next step for her to continue to support youth.

Kristina DeVries
(She/Her/Hers) 
Secretary

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Kristina is an activist and parent of two, who works constantly to make the world a better and more inclusive place. Through years of activism and political organizing, Kristina found a place with ARAY and with supporting local Charlotte County youth.