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Sharing the Stories of LGBTQ Youth: Caitlyn, 18, From Las Vegas

Diana Scholl | Posted 04.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Diana Scholl

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The (Genderqueer) Kid I Never Expected

Julie Tarney | Posted 03.30.2015 | Parents
Julie Tarney

When Harry told me at age 2 that "inside" his head he was a girl, I have to admit it was an unexpected moment. And it took me awhile to realize that the awareness he'd had of his outer world as an infant applied also to his inner self as a toddler and growing boy.

Why We Need LGBTQ-Inclusive Colleges

Bek Jakola | Posted 03.18.2015 | Gay Voices
Bek Jakola

Choosing the school that's right for you is never easy, but it's especially hard when you're an LGBTQ student. The questions you have to ask multiply.

Our Black Future Legends Are Here

Mustafa Sullivan | Posted 04.21.2015 | Gay Voices
Mustafa Sullivan

When black people are homophobic, they are doing the oppressor's work for them, and when white queers erase the experiences and efforts of black transgender women and LGBTQ youth of color, they are doing the oppressor's work for them.

An Open letter to the LGBTQ Task Force: "Creating Change? For Whom?"

Jonathan Perez | Posted 04.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Jonathan Perez

As Undocumented Queer & Trans* Youth of Color we noticed a repetitive theme in The National Conference on LGBTQ Equality. The conference created an environment where our experiences as youth of color are being told by people who don't necessarily face our situations/struggles.

Study Finds It Does Get Better For LGBTQ Youth

Reuters | Posted 03.31.2015 | Gay Voices

By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning adolescents who face bullying and other ty...

Falling in Love With a Cartoon Character (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 03.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

2015-01-14-20150109AlexZuccarosmall.jpgAlexander first realized he was gay at 5 years old thanks to a Hercules pillow set, a secret comfort he could turn to when he couldn't explain himself to his friends at school. The pillow was his "boyfriend," he says.

Dear Fellow Parents of LGBTQ Youth

Beth Leyba | Posted 03.08.2015 | Gay Voices
Beth Leyba

Like so many, I was devastated to hear the news of Leelah Alcorn's death. As a parent of a trans teenager, I was heartbroken that Leelah never knew what it was to fully and fearlessly be herself and to be loved and accepted for who she was.

Recognizing Transgender Awareness Week

Abbe Land | Posted 01.19.2015 | Gay Voices
Abbe Land

As a suicide-prevention organization, The Trevor Project knows how important it is for young people to feel accepted for who they are and know that someone out there cares about their future. That's why we're standing alongside national organizations, colleges, and communities nationwide to help raise the visibility of trans* people and the unique issues they face.

Real Strategies to End Bullying

Daniel O'Donnell | Posted 12.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Daniel O'Donnell

The Dignity Act is a different kind of anti-bullying law.

A Letter to the People Who Hate Us Because of What Happened to Our Gay Son

Linda Robertson | Posted 12.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Linda Robertson

For those of you who are determined that we suffer and be held accountable for our mistakes, we can only say that the pain of knowing how deeply we wronged our son and not being able to sit down across from him and ask for his forgiveness is agony beyond all attempt to describe it.

Rebecca Klein

LGBT Kids Of Color Are More Likely To Be Disciplined In School, Study Shows

HuffingtonPost.com | Rebecca Klein | Posted 10.08.2014 | Gay Voices

Tanayshia Price, a 15-year-old black student who identifies as queer, says she has been suspended from school more times than she can count. “I f...

Harlem Parents Respond to Local Hate Speech

Stacy Parker Le Melle | Posted 06.28.2014 | New York
Stacy Parker Le Melle

I am a Harlem parent. For the last seven years, I've lived near ATLAH Ministry, a church that has made itself notorious for posting hateful screeds...

Gay Teen Uses Boy Scouts to Help Gay Community (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 04.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

2014-04-17-20140416EricSnydersmall.jpgAs a sophomore in high school, Eric Snyder was about to come out. But then he realized the Boy Scouts had a discriminatory policy against gay and bisexual scouts, forcing him to remain in the closet. Even though Eric couldn't be openly gay, he decided that his Eagle Scout project would be.

My Friend Andy, a Gay Teacher

Melissa Bollow Tempel | Posted 06.03.2014 | Gay Voices
Melissa Bollow Tempel

I didn't have to think about how I'd describe a party, an outing, a dinner. I didn't have to censor my stories.

I'm Not The Only Gay Student In My School, I'm Just The One Standing Up

Marcel Neergaard | Posted 05.10.2014 | Teen
Marcel Neergaard

I'm not the only gay youth in Tennessee. I'm not the only gay kid in Oak Ridge. I'm not even the only gay student in my school, I'm just someone who is standing up.

Creating Safe and Welcoming Spaces for LGBTQ Youth

Cirecie A. West-Olatunji, Ph.D. | Posted 05.03.2014 | Gay Voices
Cirecie A. West-Olatunji, Ph.D.

Despite the praise and support Page and Sam have received from the public, research shows that LGBTQ youth in America struggle with prejudgments and rejection. Professional counselors are trained and ready to help

The Pervasive Heterosexualizing of American Youth

Michael Carosone | Posted 04.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Michael Carosone

The pervasive heterosexualizing of American youth is becoming worse, more severe, and more dangerous. Allow me to explain. More and more, I am readi...

The Clearance Kids

e.E. Charlton-Trujillo | Posted 04.13.2014 | Impact
e.E. Charlton-Trujillo

These kids are collectibles. Their value has yet to be set. Their stories represent a new American voice -- the voices of those who can never be counted out.

Music for Social Change: Fancy Reagan's 'Say Something' Helps LGBTQ Teens

Brian Normoyle | Posted 04.06.2014 | Gay Voices
Brian Normoyle

LGBTQ teen homelessness is an often-overlooked aspect of the national struggle for equality. Of the nearly 2 million teens affected by homelessness each year, an estimated 40 percent of them identify as LGBTQ.

My Son's First Drag Idol Was a Cross-dressing Rabbit

Julie Tarney | Posted 02.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Julie Tarney

My heart swelled as I patted Harry's head. He was happy, and so was I. Because while too many people questioned my young son's preferences, and therefore my skills as a mother, we both stood strong with a cartoon rabbit who carried an anvil in his pink purse.

The Loss of My Boyfriend

Scott Beaver | Posted 02.05.2014 | Gay Voices
Scott Beaver

I've been thinking about Kade a lot lately, about what his story means and how, at only 16, he'd died as a result of other people's ignorance and violence. What might have happened to us if he had made it? What might he have made of his life? I don't know.

Hackathon Seeks to Create Tech for Queer Youth

Kortney Ryan Ziegler, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Kortney Ryan Ziegler, Ph.D.

This Nov. 22-24 is the first annual Hack 4 Queer Youth, a hackathon hosted by Maven, an interactive virtual community for LGBTQA youth to network, organize and educate for social change. I had a chance to chat with Maven's founder, Monica Ann Arrambide, to find out more.

Safe Schools for LGBTQ Youth

J. Patrick Redmond | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
J. Patrick Redmond

LGBTQ youth experience relentless physical and verbal harassment, and now, with online bullying, there is no escape. It is 24/7. If LGBTQ youth aren't safe at home, and they aren't safe in their place of worship, shouldn't they be safe at school?

My First Boy Crush, and Why I Will Always Remember Him

Gary Nelson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Gary Nelson

The first time I said "I love you" out loud and actually meant it was on my high-school stage in the spring of 1966. We were alone, or at least I thought we were. Joey, my beloved, was sitting at the baby grand. He looked right at me and started playing "Michelle" by the Beatles.