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Queer Youth

A New Birth: Faith And Equality As One For LGBT Youth, Families And The Nation

Brent Childers | Posted 03.02.2013 | Gay Voices
Brent Childers

Let's resolve that 2013 will be the point in history where we no longer offer the imprimatur of respectability to the notion that a person's sexual orientation is something to be shamed and condemned, nor to anyone who promotes that notion.

Sharing the Stories of LGBT Youth: Alex, 19, From Minneapolis (PHOTO)

Diana Scholl | Posted 05.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Diana Scholl


Homeless For The Holidays: Witnessing The Lives Of Homeless LGBT Youth

Carl Siciliano | Posted 02.20.2013 | Gay Voices
Carl Siciliano

As LGBT youth come out at younger ages, thousands are driven from their homes by rejecting families. And in a society that has grown increasingly unwilling to support a safety net for the most vulnerable, they are forced to endure homelessness and destitution.

Sharing the Stories of LGBT Youth: Ella, 17, From Colfax, Iowa (PHOTO)

Diana Scholl | Posted 05.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Diana Scholl


Sharing the Stories of LGBT Youth: Dawaune, 18, From Omaha (PHOTO)

Diana Scholl | Posted 05.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Diana Scholl


Helping Out Our LGBT Youth

Justin Hernandez | Posted 01.15.2013 | Gay Voices
Justin Hernandez

Some experience a lack of support from their loved ones, and others are even faced with homelessness. Here in New York the Ali Forney Center and the Hetrick-Martin Institute are invaluable resources to these kids, but both of these organizations were affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Sharing the Stories of LGBT Youth: Izabela, 17, From Lincoln, Nebraska (PHOTO)

Diana Scholl | Posted 05.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Diana Scholl


Modern Family 'Yard Sale': Do TV Writers Still Have a Social and Cultural Responsibility?

Taylor Cole Miller | Posted 12.31.2012 | Gay Voices
Taylor Cole Miller

It used to be that we, as a public, could hold networks accountable and responsible for the ways in which they represent minority characters. But can we still do that? Are writers of our current television fare no longer held accountable for the characters they create?

Making It Better For Today's LGBT And Questioning Youth

James Lecesne | Posted 12.24.2012 | Gay Voices
James Lecesne

With all the discussion lately about bullying and the frequency of reports about LGBTQ suicide, we can sometimes lose sight of the changes that have happened over the past 15 years, and we can forget the ways in which the LGBTQ community is making it better for young people.

What Spirit Day Means To Me

Brittany McMillan | Posted 12.19.2012 | Gay Voices
Brittany McMillan

Today, a closeted peer can look around a room and see all the people who will support his or her decision to come out. A bullied student can see the people who will not stand by without intervening. As we wear purple today, we give a visual of all the love and support we have to offer.

Why I'm Going Purple This Spirit Day

Zach Wahls | Posted 12.18.2012 | Gay Voices
Zach Wahls

My family has been bullied by anti-gay activists who want to take the protection and the promise of marriage away from my moms. Were it not for our allies, I might not have had the strength to stand up and speak out in support of my family back in January 2011.

Be An Ally To Help Youth In Crisis

Abbe Land | Posted 12.17.2012 | Gay Voices
Abbe Land

This time of year can be especially challenging for many school-age youth. Ally Week is a good time to commit to making it easy for the young people in our lives to ask for help and letting them know that asking for help is good and should be celebrated as courageous.

This Spirit Day, Take A Stand Against Bullying

Jordan Addison | Posted 12.17.2012 | Gay Voices
Jordan Addison

I'm choosing to stand up as a Spirit Day Ambassador because I know what it's like to be bullied. I know the pain that LGBT youth are facing, the self-hatred and the disappointment. There is a real need for legislation against bullying, but even more so, there is a need for allies.

Spirit Day: Wear Purple And Make A Difference In Someone's Life

Shane Bitney Crone | Posted 12.16.2012 | Gay Voices
Shane Bitney Crone

As a teenager who was once ashamed to be gay and afraid to speak up for himself, I know that an event like Spirit Day can make all the difference for someone. By wearing purple, LGBT supporters of all sexual orientations and gender identities can send a powerful message.

Why I'm Standing With LGBTQ Youth On Spirit Day And Beyond

Janet Mock | Posted 12.15.2012 | Gay Voices
Janet Mock

I'm a Spirit Day Ambassador for the same reason that I shared my story of growing up as a young trans girl: Only by amplifying our voices and sharing our truth, in its wide array of brilliant colors, do we learn to accept and embrace one another. I urge you to wear purple Oct. 19.

I Didn't Deserve To Lose You: An Open Letter To My Anti-Gay Parents

Shura Lopez-Beale | Posted 12.14.2012 | Gay Voices
Shura Lopez-Beale

I was filling out an application the other day. It asked me what I felt my greatest accomplishment thus far was. I thought for a moment and answered that I am most proud of surviving all that came with coming out to you as a lesbian.

'Out In The Silence' Award For Youth Activism 2012: And The Winners Are...

Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson | Posted 12.12.2012 | Gay Voices
Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson

We launched the Out in the Silence Award for Youth Activism to encourage, highlight and honor creative and courageous young people and their work to call attention to bullying, harassment, bigotry and discrimination, and to promote safe schools and inclusive communities for all.

The Vital Importance Of Sharing Our Coming-Out Stories

Wayne Dhesi | Posted 12.11.2012 | Gay Voices
Wayne Dhesi

The next time I saw the 17-year-old, I gave him my coming-out story. He seemed surprised that I'd gone to the effort of writing it down for him, and he was very grateful. I watched his eyes as he eagerly read my words. "I wish I could read another one," he said, finally.

Don't Just Come Out... Out Your Story!

Derek Gerson | Posted 10.11.2012 | Gay Voices
Derek Gerson

Beginning today, we're giving you (yes, you!) an unprecedented opportunity to connect with LGBT youth and let them know about the world of support that's out here for them. We're launching Out Your Story, a new online platform for people to share their experiences of growing up LGBT.

'Born This Way': The Radical Possibilities In Sharing Our Stories And Photos Of When We First Knew We Were Queer

Noah Michelson | Posted 12.08.2012 | Gay Voices
Noah Michelson

While the stories and photos in Born This Way range from heartbreaking to hilarious and are each uniquely told by a range of voices, from the famous (like Sen. Barney Frank and singer-songwriter Sia) to "everyday" people, it's heartening to discover how much common ground we share.

A Gay Dad Sound Off On Bullying Prevention Awareness Month And Rescuing Bullied Teens

Rob Watson | Posted 12.04.2012 | Gay Voices
Rob Watson

I am calling for the formation of groups of "Rainbow Berets" within schools. These would be concerned peer groups that would stand up to the circumstances that inspire bullying. They would be visible in their schools and would serve as safe confidants.

Sharing the Stories of LGBT Youth: Nel, 18, From New Jersey (PHOTO)

Diana Scholl | Posted 05.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Diana Scholl


Sharing the Stories of LGBT Youth: Mars, 18, From Brooklyn (PHOTO)

Diana Scholl | Posted 05.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Diana Scholl


The Queer Guide to Surviving Middle and High School

Nico Lang | Posted 09.09.2012 | Chicago
Nico Lang

I didn't have the luxury of hiding my sexuality, because my giant lisp kind of spread the word for me, and I learned a lot from being the only Super Out guy around. If you plan on packing your Tegan and Sara CDs with you to school, this is how to deal.

It's Not Easy, But It's Worth It!

Catherine Oliver | Posted 09.05.2012 | Gay Voices
Catherine Oliver

We and set about making a magazine for LGBT* youth (as well as their straight allies). We focused on highlighting bullying prevention, raising awareness of bullying, transgender issues, how educators can best serve their LGBT* students, and much much more.