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Lgbtq Youth

What Should LGBTQ Applicants Look for in a College?

Robert Franek | Posted 11.11.2015 | College
Robert Franek

Coming up with a list of colleges and universities for application involves a lot of consideration for every student. Students who identify as LGBTQ have extra best-fit criteria to consider when it comes to finding their ideal schools.

On Being the Parent of a Transgender Child

Paul Heroux | Posted 10.27.2015 | Parents
Paul Heroux

Recently, I had the opportunity and pleasure of meeting Marcia and Ryan. Marcia is the mother of Ryan who is a 9 year old transgender child living in my community. Ryan was born with the anatomy of a male, but Ryan describes herself as having "the heart and brain of a girl."

Coming Out of the Closet: When Do You Know and When Do You Go?

Raina Bowe | Posted 10.19.2015 | Gay Voices
Raina Bowe

It seems to reinforce the idea that the age at which people start to understand their sexual orientation really can happen at any time. Basically, anytime is a normal time.

Stop Conversion Therapy -- It's Based on Pseudoscience

Elizabeth Yuko | Posted 10.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Elizabeth Yuko

A report released on October 15 is a major step in President Obama's commitment to expand the number of states enacting "Leelah's Law," which would ban the use of conversion therapy to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of lesbian, gay and transgender children and youth.

#SpiritDay: Go Beyond the Hashtag and Purple Pics

Shane L. Windmeyer | Posted 10.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Shane L. Windmeyer

Anything limited to one day and 140 characters is likely never going to prevent or end a culture of LGBTQ youth harassment and bullying. It doesn't just get better. We have to do better.

Can a 12-Year-Old Really Know They're LGBTQ?

Raina Bowe | Posted 10.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Raina Bowe

In my casual interactions with people over the years on this topic the answer I've heard the most is "I guess I always knew." It's not that I don't believe them, but as someone who likes data to back things up, it's too vague for my tastes.

The Purple Bough: A Bisexual's View of an Interfaith Conference

Kevin Hogan | Posted 10.08.2015 | Gay Voices
Kevin Hogan

I listened to one after another speak sincerely about helping those most vulnerable. And instead of feeling more out of place, I came to understand why Kimberly had invited exactly this mix of people to this discussion.

Camp Brave Trails: Healing Behind the Lens

Kyle Jarrett | Posted 09.10.2015 | Gay Voices
Kyle Jarrett

It was a weekend of beautiful invitations, to dance, to hike, to talk and to prance across the dining hall in a lacy, blue tutu, hailed by shouts of "Go Kyle!" rather than "Oh God," or "You're so weird" or that awful silence.

Author Hits Road for LGBTQ Youth, the Trevor Project

Bill Konigsberg | Posted 09.01.2015 | Gay Voices
Bill Konigsberg

When you're 16 years old, you have absolutely no control over where you live and where you go to school. And if you're LGBTQ, that lack of control is multiplied by a zillion.

"The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey:" A 21st-Century Play for a 21st-Century Audience

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 08.06.2015 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

His sensitivity and thoughtfulness contrasted my first impression of him from a few days before, when he primarily portrayed a gruff detective from the Jersey Shore in his one-man show at the Westside Theatre.

LGBTQ Youth: Young, Out and Afraid

Steve Pierce | Posted 08.04.2015 | Gay Voices
Steve Pierce

While many of us celebrate the victory for marriage equality in the U.S. Supreme Court, research shows that LGBTQ people face significant challenges throughout their lives -- beginning at a very early age.

Could God Be Gay?

Mette Ivie Harrison | Posted 07.01.2015 | Religion
Mette Ivie Harrison

Struggling with my own limited capacity of faith, I nonetheless cling to the hope that Christ understands all pain, even this one. He was not a woman, but in the Garden of Gethsemane, part of the Atonement was his experiencing every kind of human suffering.

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

Diana Scholl | Posted 06.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Diana Scholl


The (Genderqueer) Kid I Never Expected

Julie Tarney | Posted 05.30.2015 | 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 05.18.2015 | 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 | 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...