The Barbershop Safe Haven for Queer Youth

ProjectQ started as a way to provide gender-affirming haircuts to LGBTQ+ youth experiencing homelessness — here's why that matters, and how the org has since expanded its scope

Establish: ProjectQ was founded in 2012 by Madin Lopez. The nonprofit initially focused on providing free gender affirming haircuts to LGBTQ+ youth experiencing homelessness, but has since expanded its scope.

Invest: All of ProjectQ services are provided free of charge through the support of grants and donations.

Influence: Taking inspiration from science fiction author Octavia Butler, Madin encourages other innovators in the harm reduction space to have a “positive obsession” with their work.

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