“Growing up can be tough,” said Markham. “Growing up LGBTQ is that much tougher. I wanted to create a special place that is a stepping stone in life for the younger members of my community, as they figure out who they truly are, surrounded by peers and role models, and a supportive and embracing community.”Read more
Ethan Palmer, a 17-year-old from Pennsylvania, attended a Jewish summer camp for many years before switching to Camp Lightbulb, an L.G.B.T.Q. camp founded in 2011 with locations in Massachusetts, New York and Los Angeles.
1: What is Camp Lightbulb purpose?
To create a fun environment for LGBTQ youth that allows them to be carefree and connect with peers while challenging them to grow and step out of their comfort zone.
2: What made you decide to create this environment?
We saw that there was a need for LGBTQ youth to have a space they could share with their peers and let their guard down and just have fun and let loose.
3: What do you hope to achieve by having this summer camp?
We hope to cultivate a group of LGBTQ youth that will step up to the plate and have done what Marsha P Johnson did by throwing the brick through the window.
Decades after being a “not-out” gay teen at a sailing camp, Puck Markham decided to create a camp for LGBTQ teens while vacationing in bohemian Provincetown, Massachusetts. He thought, “this would be an amazing place for a kid to walk around.” After researching LGBTQ camps and not seeing many options, he founded Camp Lightbulb in 2011.Read more