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Indiana Offers Nation's First License Plate Promoting LGBT Youth Causes

Posted 01.17.2012 | Gay Voices

Indiana made U.S. history today by becoming the nation's first state to promote lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth causes with a spec...

San Francisco Chronicle: Gay Straight Alliance Taking Hold In Earlier Grades

San Francisco Chronicle | Lacy Atkins | Posted 01.15.2012 | Gay Voices

It took just a single word for Marcel Brown to make up his mind to join his school's Gay Straight Alliance. "I was walking down the hallway with my...

Gay Filipino Teen Scalded With Boiling Water By Father

Posted 01.05.2012 | Gay Voices

A Filipino teen has become the victim of a horrifying, allegedly homophobia-fueled attack by his own father. The Philippine LGBT Hate Crime Watch ...

Tribute to Youth Activism & Possibility for a Better Tomorrow

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 02.28.2012 | Education
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Young people have been integral in the development and success of social movements from the very beginning, and today, they are shaking up traditionally dichotomous notions of male/female gay/straight, and masculine/feminine.

Private Tennessee School Bans All Mentions Of Homosexuality Among Students

Posted 07.23.2012 | Gay Voices

A Tennessee private school's decision to ban any mention of homosexuality among its student body is raising more than a few eyebrows among parents. ...

Tebow Being Petitioned To Join 'It Gets Better' Campaign

Posted 12.19.2011 | Gay Voices

He may have made the controversial choice to star in a Super Bowl ad for the anti-gay, anti-abortion organization Focus on the Family, but Denver Bron...

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 2.0

Domenick Scudera | Posted 02.14.2012 | Gay Voices
Domenick Scudera

All of the other reindeer used to laugh and call him names: "queer," "dickhead," "fruit," "fairy," "faggot," "ho-ho-homo," "retard," "douche," "gay," "tranny," "pussy," "sissy boy." They hit him and shoved him, and spit their reindeer spit on him.

How One 'Little' Book Became a Movement That Saved a Gay Teen's Life

Judy Shapiro | Posted 02.12.2012 | Gay Voices
Judy Shapiro

It's not hard to spot a book that seems to be a "little" book but is, in fact, a portal to something much more important. This is the story of a remarkable book, a powerful movement, and one very scared, young middle-school student.

Anti-Gay Bullying Victim Had No Close Friends: Parents

AP | By GEOFF MULVIHILL | Posted 12.12.2011 | Gay Voices

RIDGEWOOD, N.J. -- When ultra-responsible New Jersey teenager Tyler Clementi unburdened himself to his parents before heading off to college, there wa...

Gay Rights Activists At UN: No More Bullying

AP | ANITA SNOW | Posted 02.07.2012 | Gay Voices

UNITED NATIONS — Activists called on governments around the world to end homophobic bullying and violence, saying Thursday that gay rights are h...

Tennessee Teen Takes His Own Life After Years Of Anti-Gay Bullying

Posted 12.08.2011 | Gay Voices

A Tennessee teen has taken his own life after being subjected to anti-gay bullying which, friends say, officials at his high school did little to prev...

New 'Homeless For The Holidays' Campaign Highlights LGBT Youth

Posted 12.07.2011 | Gay Voices

The devastating rate of homelessness among New York's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth continues to rise each year -- a fact brough...

WATCH: Homeless LGBT Youth Issues Emphasized In New Clip

Posted 11.22.2011 | Gay Voices

The rising rate of homelessness among New York's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth is examined as part of "A Day In Our Shoes," a ne...

Queer Kids (PHOTOS)

M. Sharkey | Posted 01.16.2012 | Gay Voices
M. Sharkey


LGBT Youth Shelter Faces Licensing Problems

The New York Times | STEVEN W. THRASHER | Posted 01.06.2012 | Gay Voices

HARD by the mouth of the Lincoln Tunnel, on one of the last ungentrified blocks of Midtown Manhattan, Metropolitan Community Church sits sandwiched be...

WATCH: Gay Teen Suspended For Wearing Makeup

Posted 01.04.2012 | Gay Voices

A Tennessee teen was briefly handed a three-day in-school suspension after being deemed a distraction for wearing eye make-up on school grounds 10 min...

What Matters

Donique R. McIntosh, Ed.D. | Posted 12.18.2011 | Gay Voices
Donique R. McIntosh, Ed.D.

I do not believe that straight and gender-conforming people are any less caring or are any less concerned about our youth. Yet there is too little said and done to save the lives of LGBT youth.

Born This Way: 15 Stories Of Growing Up LGBTQ

Paul V. | Posted 12.11.2011 | Gay Voices
Paul V.

I think it's about time the world knows what it means to grow up as an LGBTQ kid, and I wanted to create a safe place for the LGBTQ youth of today to hopefully see themselves.

Why Gay Youth Need More Out Public Figures

Michael Lucas | Posted 12.11.2011 | Gay Voices
Michael Lucas

Appearances do matter -- public appearances, the kind that a confused and lonely kid in Russia or Kansas or your neighborhood might see. "It gets better" is a nice but passive sentiment; come out, go out and help make it better.

'Give a Damn' About LGBT Youth Homelessness

Cyndi Lauper | Posted 12.10.2011 | Gay Voices
Cyndi Lauper

Twenty to 40 percent of homeless youth identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, yet only 3 to 5 percent of the general population does the same. Shock was the first thing I felt when I heard this statistic, and then sadness.

Heal Homophobia and Save Our Youth

Jason Mannino | Posted 12.09.2011 | Gay Voices
Jason Mannino

This article is my third in less than three years about teen bullying and the tragedy of suicide among LGBT youth. Today, I write an almost identical article with practically the same statistics that I have written for the past two years.

Ending Bullying: A Community Obligation

Thomas Krever | Posted 12.07.2011 | Gay Voices
Thomas Krever

For Jamey, and potentially many more young people in a similar situation, being told and believing that "it gets better" is not enough. For Jamey and these other youth, the situation must be made better -- now.

Guiding Proud: LGBT Youth Program Deals with Stigma Unsolved by Rights

Adrian Margaret Brune | Posted 12.06.2011 | Gay Voices
Adrian Margaret Brune

Natasha Dillon began investigating the social resources for LGBT youth in New York and found nothing. So, Dillon set to work, beginning the process of forming the first LGBTQ youth mentoring program in New York City.

In Some Ways, It May Already Be Better

Heather Corinna | Posted 12.06.2011 | Gay Voices
Heather Corinna

LGB youth really, really need to hear about the good stuff. Because while it's not awesome to be queer in most places of the world yet, it's less and less scary and sucky than it used to be.

Midnight Radio: Gay Youth and Pop Redemption

Joe Schraufnagel | Posted 12.06.2011 | Gay Voices
Joe Schraufnagel

Against my better sonic judgment, I believe that artists such as Lady Gaga have the electromagnetism to gift my gay brothers and sisters with the inspiration and tools they need to cultivate self-love and respect.