Category Archives: Youth

Apply for a Point Foundation Scholarship

Point Foundation

Point Foundation (Point) is the nation’s largest scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) students of merit. Point promotes change through scholarship funding, mentorship, leadership development, and community service training. The Application Cycle for 2017-2018 Point Foundation Scholarship will take place from November 1, 2016 through January 30th, 2017. Point Foundation considers many factors when assessing scholarship   […]

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New DOE Guidance Provides Help for Homeless Youth

DOE Guidance on Homeless Youth

The Department of Education has released a new guidance with recommendations to assure homeless youth have equal access to educational opportunities.   The document will help school make sure they are in compliance with the Every Student Succeed Act. The guidance also acknowledges youth of color and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth are dispraportionately impacted by […]

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Talking about Suicide and LGBT Populations

Center for American Progress: Talking about Suicide and LGBT Youth

In the past few years we’ve seen more awareness in our community about suicide and LGBT populations, especially LGBT Youth.   Studies like the Youth Risk Behavior Survey -when LGBT data is collected by some states at the local level –  have consistently shown that LGBT Youth are at higher risk for ‘suicidal ideation’ (suicidal thoughts).  This is largely due to minority stress which […]

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NCAA: Divest From Campuses Requesting Discriminatory Religious Title IX Waivers


Led by Campus Pride and Soulforce, a coalition of over 70 lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBTQ), sports, religious and youth advocacy groups have signed on to a letter calling on NCAA to divest from all religious-based institutions who have made Title IX requests to discriminate against LGBTQ youth.  The NCAA has long held as core values a commitment to […]

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What We Know: LGBT Youth & Family Acceptance

LGBT Youth & Family Acceptance

The What We Know Project at Columbia Law School has released a new research analysis on what scholarly research says about the link between family acceptance and LGBT youth wellbeing.  Family rejection, and the fear of family rejection, has always been a major concern for LGBT Youth, particularly transgender and gender non-conforming youth.   And it’s a valid concern considering that in the […]

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Homeless LGBT Youth in the District of Columbia

Homeless LGBT Youth in the District of Columbia

District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser released the results of the 2015 Homeless Youth Census at a press conference held at Casa Ruby on Wednesday, January 13th.  The Census is now required to be conducted every five years due to the passage of The LGBTQ Homeless Youth Reform Act; legislation introduced by Councilmember Mary Cheh and Mayor Muriel Bowser (when she served on […]

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Take Action to Protect Youth from Institutional Abuse

Protect Youth from institutional Abuse

Programs that claim to help parents with “troubled teens” have become a multi-million dollar industry in the United States.  The unregulated business of boot camps, wilderness programs, and training academies make promises to parents desperate to help their children, but what parents don’t understand is how dangerous these institutions can be. “My mom didn’t like it when I came out […]

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