Tag Archives: Resources for LGBT Youth & Their Allies

Map of California, Green on Blue

California’s new transgender student equality law, which took effect on January 1, ensures that all public school students, including transgender students, have access to sex-segregated facilities and programs consistent with their gender identity.

Media reports and commentaries tend to describe the law as “unique,” “groundbreaking,” “unprecedented,” and the “first of its kind.” Are these exaggerations, or does the new law, often called AB 1266, truly adopt a novel approach to transgender issues?

I’ve published an answer to this question in an update to an earlier post, California’s New Transgender Equality Law & the Effort to Repeal It: Frequently Asked Questions. Here’s a teaser:

AB 1266 is, in limited but important respects, unique. But media reports and commentaries often exaggerate the extent to which the law breaks new ground, because they overlook similar legal developments at all levels of government and in different parts of the country. Authorities charged with enforcing federal, state and local non-discrimination laws have increasingly recognized the right of all students, including transgender students, to access programs and facilities consistent with their gender identity.

Click here to read, from the beginning, the full post on California’s new law, or click here to jump directly to the new question and answer.


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New GLSEN Video Gives Voice to LGBT High School Students

Posted by MK on Oct 4, 2013 @ 6:00 pm

The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) posted this video on YouTube today, again giving voice to young people who have faced anti-LGBT bullying and other mistreatment at school.

New Infographic: What To Do If You’re LGBTQ & Bullied

Posted by MK on Sep 22, 2013 @ 11:55 am
Partial image of LBGTQ & Bullied Infographic from Lambda Legal

Lambda Legal has a great new infographic for youth who face bullying or harassment because they are or are perceived to be LGBTQ, or because they associate with people who are or are perceived to be LGBTQ.

Click here to view the full infographic. (Or click here to see it on Lambda Legal’s website.)

Lambda Legal also provides information and resources for LGBTQ youth through the Know Your Rights section of its website. And here at Youth Allies, we’re in the process of putting together a new page with resources related to bullying & harassment: It’s still a work in progress, but you are welcome to check it out (and to send suggestions).


Video: Missouri School Board Continues Anti-LGBT Censorship

Posted by MK on Sep 5, 2013 @ 10:20 am
Missouri Drawn on Chalkboard

Missouri’s Rutherford County School Board is refusing to allow an LGBT-supportive poster back on the wall at a local school. Administrators recently required a teacher to take the poster down after a parent complained.

The poster, created by the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, reads: “This is a safe and inclusive space for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students and their allies. All students deserve a safe and welcoming school environment.” It also includes some statistics about LGBT youth, noting, for instance, that 9 out of 10 LGBT youth face harassment at school based on their sexual orientation, and that many LGBT youth do not feel safe at school. You can view the poster here.

Rutherford school officials and their representatives have offered various, shifting excuses for the anti-LGBT censorship, all of them terribly weak.

Click here or scroll down to read more and to watch a video report

Expanding Resources

Posted by MK on Sep 3, 2013 @ 2:35 pm
Group of hands forming a circle

We’re expanding the resources available through the website.

Most recently, we’ve been updating these pages:

We’ll be adding more information about foreign (non-U.S.) organizations in the future as well.

Think we’re missing something? Have other suggestions? Complaints? Let us know!


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Know Your Rights as an LGBT Youth or an Ally

Posted by MK on Aug 23, 2013 @ 4:45 pm

Have questions about the legal rights of LGBT youth and their allies?

Several websites can help you learn the basics when it comes to discrimination, bullying, proms, gay-straight alliances, free speech, transgender issues, and more.

Video: Vogueing in Highland Park!

Posted by MK on Aug 21, 2013 @ 8:01 pm
Logo: Ruth Ellis Center

MLive.com has published two stories (here and here) about the Ruth Ellis Center, a social services agency in Highland Park, Michigan, that provides “short and long-term residential safe space and support services for runaway, homeless, and at-risk lesbian, gay, bi-attractional, transgender, and questioning youth.”

Youth and young adults visit the center for all sorts of reasons—including to dance, as you can see in the videos above and below.

Quist: A New LGBTQ History App

Posted by MK on Jul 29, 2013 @ 11:16 am
Logo for new Quist app

The Communicationist recently launched a new mobile app, Quist, that brings users a bit of LGBTQ and/or AIDS/HIV-related history each day. One of the app’s purposes is to “[l]et LGBTQ youth know that others have shared their struggle.

Each day, the app displays “events of note” that took place on that day in history. Today, for example, Quist teaches about four Spanish men who were burned for sodomy on July 29, 1519; it also notes that Panama decriminalized same-sex sexual activity on July 29, 2008.

The Latest LGBT-Equality Legislation: Info & Links

Posted by MK on Apr 26, 2013 @ 4:15 pm
Openly gay Representative Jared Polis of Colorado has sponsored or co-sponsored several pieces of LGBT-equality legislation this year, including two bills related to youth and schools.

Openly gay Representative Jared Polis is supporting several LGBT-equality bills this year, including two bills related to youth.

As some readers are likely aware, members of Congress have recently introduced important legislation affecting the LGBT community.

I hope to blog more in-depth about the legislation in the near future. In the meantime, I’ve added a page about federal legislation to the Resources section of this website. This new page, which I’ll continue to expand, now includes basic information about the Student Non-Discrimination Act, the Safe Schools Improvement Act, and the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, along with links to additional resources related to those bills.

The new page also includes an optimistic statement from Freedom to Work’s Tico Almeida about the prospects for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) in the Senate this year. The Senate last voted on ENDA in 1996, when it failed on a vote of 49-50. Stayed tuned for additional updates.