Bradenton church generous in aid to LGBT support organization

July 16, 2014 


Shannon Summers, executive director of the Prism Youth Initiative, greets people gathered at the Manatee County Pride Festival in March 2014 at Bradenton's Riverwalk pavilion. The festival was organized by Prism, a local nonprofit that serves young people, ages 13-23, who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. All proceeds from the event benefit Prism. GRANT JEFFERIES/Bradenton Herald


Prism Youth Initiative, Manatee County's only established organization dedicated to supporting, affirming, encouraging, and empowering lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth ages 13-23, would like to thank the Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship for their generosity.

After a youth from Prism gave a talk about his life experience growing up gay in this town during a recent Sunday service, the Fellowship graciously embraced Prism by spontaneously collecting and donating over $800 for direct youth services.

Additionally, they extended an invitation for the youth to meet at their facility until Prism finds a permanent home.

Although Prism has no religious affiliation, the group does meet every Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. in the Fellowship's Social Meeting Room, located at 322 15th St. W., Bradenton.

For more information, find Prism Youth Initiative on Facebook, go to or call 941-357-0111. For more information about the Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, call 941-746-0067.

Valerie A. Fisher, President, Prism Youth Initiative Board of Directors


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