This is one in a series of profiles on the 2018 Giraffe Award winners. Each week leading up to the Champions for Children Luncheon on November 15th, we are featuring a profile on a 2018 Giraffe Award Winner and showcase how they “stick out their neck” for Maine children, youth and families. This week, we are pleased to introduce you to Osgood, Executive Director of Portland Outright.
Osgood is the Executive Director of Portland Outright. Osgood was hired as the director of Outright in 2013, as part of a transition in the organization to mobilize LGBTQ+ youth in Maine for gender, racial, and economic justice.
Osgood is a white, working-class, queer and trans organizer who has called Portland, Maine home for the better part of the last ten years. Their introduction to youth organizing was through the New Hampshire Teen Institute Summer Leadership Program, first as a participant then as a volunteer from 2006-2014. There, Osgood developed skills and organized alongside other young people in NH at the intersections of poverty, criminalization, and health disparities. They are an alum of Hampshire College, where they worked to create better conditions for low-income students and as a student organizer with Civil Liberties and Public Policy.
“When a transgender youth committed suicide in Long Creek Youth Development Center, Osgood spoke out in the media about the treatment of LGBTQ youth and led a protest march in honor of the victim. Osgood’s passion for this work has inspired advocates from all over the spectrum to commit to weekly meetings and coordinate our efforts to fight for better outcomes for youth.” -Joseph Jackson, Maine Prisoner Advocacy Coalition
Osgood will be awarded a 2018 Individual Giraffe Award for their dedication to serving and advocating for LGBTQ incarcerated youth on November 15th at the Champions for Children Luncheon.
Don’t forget to join us for the 2018 Champions for Children Luncheon – this Thursday!