At the end of 2016, we started as a grassroots initiative with the goal of creating projects for the LGBTQ community in Iași, Romania.
In 2020, Rise OUT was founded as the first non-governmental LGBTQ organization in Iași, which continues to support the local community and aims to contribute to a more equitable future for everyone.
The name "Rise OUT" was born out of the intention to empower the local LGBTQ community and to call for acceptance and visibility.
The mission of Rise OUT is to inform, educate and support LGBTQ people in Iași, Romania and to form a stronger community together.
You may have noticed the symbols scattered around the website and on social media. These symbols represent the values of the association, which our identity as an LGBTQ organization is based on: diversity, unity, dignity, equality, inclusion, love, engagement and resilience.
LGBTQ people come in all shapes, colors, sizes, and abilities. We welcome everyone.
Respect for ourselves and for others helps us all grow.
The LGBTQ community is diverse and everyone should be included and celebrated.
Collaboration and cooperation help us build a community.
Together we can make change happen.
No letter of LGBTQ is better or more valuable than any other. We all deserve fairness.
Things get better when our actions come from a place of love.
LGBTQ life can be difficult, but we are stronger together.
President, Founding member
Vice president, Founding member