Meet Sharon Herrera: Executive Director and Founder - Shoutout DFW

July 8, 2020

I started this organization without any idea "how to" with a vision and mission to save lives! Our youth needed, not only a safe space but also a brave place to be themselves and build positive relationships.

S.A.V.E.-ing lives - Dallas Voice

March 27, 2020

New programming includes more leadership opportunities — and more meetings. “We have increased our monthly meetings from two to four, our assistant director and program leaders are building our programming and providing daily support through our ‘Groupme’ chat that we call our lifeline,” Herrera said.

Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth and Being God’s People in the World - First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth

December 11, 2019

One of the ways that we can “show up” for our youth is to become more educated about the ways in which we can love and support our LGBTQ+ youth.

Making history: Tarrant County Commissioners Court honors Pride Month - Dallas Voice

June 28, 2019

The Fort Worth resolution earlier this month passed unanimously, with Councilwoman Ann Zadeh presenting the signed proclamation to a group of activists, including Herrera, former Councilman Joel Burns, and Resource Center Communications and Advocacy Manager Rafael McDonnell.

Pride Month - Fort Worth Weekly

June 5, 2019

Unfortunately, that work is not complete, even here in the United States. The very real fear of a teen being thrown out of his or her family home for admitting to being part of the LGBTQ community is devastating. According to Sharron Herrera, a former member of the United States Air Force and founder of LGBTQ Saves, a nonprofit that provides a safe space for social and personal development in Fort Worth, 40 percent of the people in the LGBTQ community between the ages of 10 and 24 try to commit suicide, and enough succeed to make it the leading cause of death in that age group in the country.

Meet Sharon Herrera of LGBTQ S.A.V.E.S. in Tarrant County - Vogage Dallas

March 22, 2019

"Some of past roadblocks included finding venues to host events, reaching LGBTQ students, and sustaining LGBTQ-friendly programs in a conservative community. Also, financially, most of the funding was out of my pocket and the pockets of friends, family and their family and friends. Once word got out, we saw an amazing outpouring of commitment to LGBTQ youths, churches, artists, local businesses and theaters, other non-profit organizations and entertainers began to have fundraising events in our honor and still do today!"

Gender Fluidity - Fort Worth Weekly

January 30, 2019

“These kids are feeling rejection, being kicked out of their homes,” she said. “They are bullied at school, and they are trying to find out who they are in the middle of all this adult chaos going on around them. We create a safe space where they are supported and loved and accepted, which allows the child to have hope and get rid of that negativity. One child told me that when they are here, they do not think about suicide. That’s important, because the majority of the youth that we serve have tried to commit suicide. We have the tools to help these children deal with what they are going through with love an acceptance. It’s what we do.”

What does it mean to be an American? - Dallas Morning News

July 3, 2018

Herrera wants to be, quite literally, a lifeline for LGBTQ youth in her community. Nearly all of the kids who have attended her youth meetings have attempted suicide, she said, and it breaks her heart.

Daireds and Teed Pride Boost Self-Esteem - Fort Worth Weekly

September 27, 2017

“We are trying to help the kids,” salon owner Daired Ogle said. “I guess in a lot of situations, these kids have self-esteem issues, and they experience bullying, which upsets us all. We’re going to give them a new perspective and let them see their value a little differently and more positively.”

Rainbow Reception celebrates diversity - The Shorthorn

August 31, 2017

LGBTQ S.A.V.E.S., an independent LGBTQA rights and support group, was also present at the event. The organization provides counseling and advocacy resources to the LGBTQA community. The organization creates a safer environment for the community and promotes equality, president Sharon Herrera said. “Would you deny your own child a place at the table?” Herrera said about people who are anti-LGBTQA.

LGBTQ Saves - Fort Worth Weekly

May 17, 2017

The equal treatment of LGBTQ students in Texas’ public schools remains a battle. One year ago, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick visited Fort Worth school district headquarters to lambast the transgender student guidelines that allow students to use the bathroom of the gender with which they identify. In a press meeting tirade, Patrick invoked the term “social engineering” several times when referring to the school policy. More recently, Patrick, with the support of Gov. Greg Abbott and several high level state officials, pushed for a state bathroom bill that mandates people use public restrooms that correspond to the gender listed on their birth certificates. The controversial bill, which many say will harm business, has until May 29 to reach the governor’s desk. Amid a hostile political climate, Herrera and her volunteers soldier on.

Battleground Fort Worth - Dallas Voice

May 13, 2016

Sharon Herrera, the FWISD educator who founded LGBTQ S.A.V.E.S., a support group for LGBT youth, was one of those who spoke during the meeting, talking about her own experience as a lesbian teen and how she attempted suicide at age 16. On Wednesday, she said she is encouraged by what she sees as the board’s support of Scribner and the guidelines. “These policies have been in place since 2011. I worked with Fairness Fort Worth’s former president, Tom Anable, and current President David Henderson and Jon Nelson on those policies,” Herrera said. “This superintendent made those policies come to life to ensure that all students are safe on our campuses. Dr. Scribner made an impact on students’ lives.”

Standing out in the crowd - Dallas Voice

October 17, 2014

Khan, an active participant in PFLAG and LGBTQ Saves, said he would love to eventually be a mentor as well. But one look shows he’s doing it already: A closeted friend recently asked him how to come out. Another friend wants to join PFLAG because he “always talks about it.”And it’s that spirit, that willingness to stand up and stand strong when it counts, that makes Khan — despite his young age — worthy of the honor he is receiving. It’s also what puts him in position to become a leader for tomorrow’s LGBT community.

Cowtown Pride - Dallas Voice

October 3, 2014

LGBTQ S.A.V.E.S., an independent LGBTQA rights and support group, was also present at the event. The organization provides counseling and advocacy resources to the LGBTQA community. The organization creates a safer environment for the community and promotes equality, president Sharon Herrera said. “Would you deny your own child a place at the table?” Herrera said about people who are anti-LGBTQA.

LGBT students prepare for Tarrant County Gay Pride Week - Fort Worth Star-Telegram

October 1, 2014

“It is a very vulnerable and a very dangerous period of their lives,” she said of the teen years. “The reason is there are few resources out there. Parents or society has rejected the LGBT community, and so I designed this so they can have a place to reach out and meet others.”

Saving LGBTQ youth - Dallas Voice

November 15, 2013

“I think it’s important to have these events and show people that being gay doesn’t mean you have to hide,” Ortiz said. “It actually saves those kids who are gay when they tell their parents because it shows there are people who care for the gays and support the gays.

‘It’s NOT Okay’ - Dallas Voice

May 3, 2013

“I choose to be openly gay because of my personal story,” she said. “I want people to know I am here for them. I want to also be a role model for our LGBTQ students.”

Dying for Change - Fort Worth Weekly

June 6, 2012

“The community has a right to its own cultural norms, but when they become a part of a larger institution — a school, for example — they have to make sure that other cultural groups are protected as well.” Teachers and administrators don’t have to approve of homosexuality to enforce anti-bullying policies that protect students, Vallarino said. “The community has a right to its own cultural norms, but when they become a part of a larger institution — a school, for example — they have to make sure that other cultural groups are protected as well.”

Another LGBT Issue for Dansby’s Plate - Fort Worth Weekly

October 22, 2011

Anable, Vann, Herrera and others have praised the district for expanding the district’s anti-harassment and anti-bullying policies to include protections based on gender identity and gender expression. This week, however, Anable told the Voice, that advocates have become frustrated with the district’s slow progress in implementing training regarding the policies and in enforcing them.  The fact that there have been no training sessions set up for administrators and teachers to fully understand the policies and to know when and how to recognize hate speech and to understand that expressions such as those voiced by the secretary thru the district’s email system are not allowed, led to the unfortunate outcomes for both Franks and the secretary, Herrera said. “This is a clear failure of leadership,” she said.

Safe haven - Dallas Voice

October 13, 2011

Inclusivity, says Herrera, is not enough; LGBTQ kids need programs tailored to their specific challenges — challenges that are made ever more apparent every time the local news reports on yet another bullied teen’s suicide.

ADDRESS

1959 Sandy Lane

Fort Worth, TX 76112

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • YouTube
  • Instagram
AmazonSmile_screen_no_tagline.png
SUBSCRIBE FOR EMAILS