Navigating life as a young adult is already difficult. Navigating life as young adult while also being part of a marginalized group is even harder.
That’s why people like Adam Rominger volunteer their time and work creating places where LGBTQ+ youth can relax, have fun and connect with other members of their community.
“LGBTQ+ youth are deserving of safe spaces and a supportive community that lets them know that they matter,” says Rominger. “That it is OK for them to be exactly who they are in a world that frequently tells them otherwise.”
Adam Rominger, whose pronouns are he/him, is the vice president of Vancouver’s Queer Youth Resource center and a local advocate for the LGBTQ+ community.
The Queer Youth Resource Center is an established nonprofit organization founded to support LGBTQ+ youth ages 12 to 24 in Vancouver and Southwest Washington. Their work includes putting on and promoting local recreational events catered toward queer youth and allies and providing a network of community and support resources for members of the LGBTQ+ community.
Rominger got his start volunteering for the Queer Youth Resource Center back in 2018; he was elected vice president the following year.
As vice president, Rominger oversees onboarding new volunteers and board members, conducting interviews with prospective volunteers and board members, and running background checks for each. He also works with fellow board members and volunteers in putting on various Queer Youth Resource Center events and activities.
As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, supporting queer people through activism and community outreach has always been a value that Rominger has held close to his heart.
“I wanted to get involved with the organization, because I know first-hand how important it is to create safe spaces for queer youth to be themselves without fear,” said Rominger.
In a time where the country is seeing a new wave of homophobic and transphobic legislation specifically targeting queer youth, the connections and acceptance provided by the Queer Youth Resource Center has become all the more important.
“My favorite part of working with the organization is getting to see youth having a good time and connecting with others in their community,” Rominger said. “I love seeing young LGBTQ+ people getting to be their unique and authentic selves.”
Rominger said those looking to get involved with the Queer Youth Resource Center or other forms of local LGBTQ+ community and activism can visit its website, www.qyrcvancouverwa.org.
“The advice I would give to both allies and queer people alike, is to be kind,” Rominger said. “We all have our own struggles and worries. Even when we disagree with each other, it is so important to choose kindness and compassion over anger and hate.”