New List(s) of National Organizations Supporting LGBT Youth & Their Allies
Our Resource Library’s list of national organizations supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth and their allies was due for an update—or better said, an overhaul! Click here to see the expanded and updated page.
Click here or on ‘Read More’ for a summary of the changes.
Resource Update: Marriage Equality
New Resource Expansion: Information for & about LGBTQ Homeless Youth
As part of a broader effort to update and expand the Youth Allies Resource Library, I am building a new page with information for and about LGBTQ homeless youth and those who advocate on their behalf.
The first version of this work-in-progress appears here. Feel free to send along requests and suggestions at any time.
Follow Youth Allies on Facebook, Twitter & Google Plus.
Additional Recent Resource Update: Envisioning Equality: LGBT Maps & Infographics.
Envisioning Equality: LGBT Maps & Infographics
This summer, I’m developing a new Youth Allies page with links to useful LGBT “equality maps” and other infographics from all around the web. The page will focus first and foremost on youth issues, but will also link to maps and graphics about employment discrimination, marriage equality, censorship and more.
I’ll also publish an occasional blog post on the maps and graphics—particularly where I spot a discrepancy among them that requires some explanation.
Click here or on “Read More” to check out the first iteration of the new page. And feel free to send questions, requests, and other ideas!
Follow Youth Allies on Facebook, Twitter & Google Plus.
It’s National Gay-Straight Alliance Day!
Is California’s New Transgender Equality Law Really “Unique” and “Unprecedented”?
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.
October 17: It’s Spirit Day! (Updated with Video of Marcel Neergard)
Today, October 17, is Spirit Day, sponsored by GLAAD and supported by countless others. Wear purple (and/or turn your images or logo purple on-line) to show your support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth and their allies.
You can find an app to turn images purple in the iTunes and Google Play stores.
New GLSEN Video Gives Voice to LGBT High School Students
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.
More October Events! Coming Out Day
October Events for LGBT Students & Their Allies: Bullying Prevention, Ally Week, Spirit Day & More [UPDATED 10/16]
Two Videos: What Can We Do? Bias, Bullying and Bystanders
What Can We Do? Bias, Bullying and Bystanders, a new professional development film from the Welcoming Schools project of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, premiered yesterday in D.C. You can order a DVD copy here. Click here or on Read More to learn more and to see another video.
New Infographic: What To Do If You’re LGBTQ & Bullied
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).
Our Newly Designed (and Rapidly Expanding) Resource Library
Video: Missouri School Board Continues Anti-LGBT Censorship
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.