Young Adult

Your resource for news and information which features or directly impacts young adults; Frequent topics include K-12 schools and higher education, young adult media, young adult advocates, coming out, family and community acceptance, youth homelessness, and student advocacy including Gay Straight Alliances and safe schools initiatives.

Supporters Of Gay Man Still Say Hate Crime Was Committed

Arguing that a young gay man was charged with assault when he was really the victim of a hate crime, about 30 people gathered at the steps of the St. Louis County Courthouse on Saturday to demand that the charges against him be dropped.

The Duluth News Tribune
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July 9, 2012
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How LGBT Summer Camps Shaped My Faith

[My experience at LGBT summer camps] strengthened my faith. Although the dynamics were different, both religious camps provided spaces for LGBT Christians. Not only did the camps allow attendees to feel safe being themselves, I found the environment to be a reaffirming sanctuary. I think that it is so important for LGBT Christian youth to have places in which they can be themselves and explore their faith and identity. I was fortunate to find these two camps and feel it is important to educate people about these opportunities.

Huffington Post
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July 5, 2012

Witness Emerges in Teen Lesbian Couple Shooting

A witness has come forward in the killing of a teenage lesbian couple and told police the shooter was a white man in his 20s with dark hair, police in Portland, Texas, said today.

Molly Olgin, 19, Mary Kristene Chapa, 18, were both shot in the head a week ago in a park in Portland, Texas. Olgin was pronounced dead at the scene. Chapa was taken to a hospital and has since regained consciousness.

ABC News
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July 2, 2012
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Orange County Youth Speak Out to Support Seth's Law Against LGBT Bullying

On July 1, Seth’s Law (AB9) and AB1156 became a reality and California schools are now required to enact anti-bullying policies. Some young adults in Orange County are making sure that teens feel empowered to cite these laws if they experience bullying or discrimination. And they have some famous friends helping them including Betty DeGeneres, Ellen’s mom.

Kristene's 'Amazing' Progress After Tragic Texas Shooting, Says Her Family

Last week, Texas teenagers Mary Kristene Chapa and Mollie Judith Olgin, who were in a relationship, were shot execution style with a large-caliber gun in a park and were found approximately nine hours later. 19-year-old Texas A&M student Mollie was pronounced dead at the scene. Kristene, 18, has since been recovering at a rate that her doctors and family call “amazing.” NBC Latino and MSNBC spoke with Kristene’s older brother, Hilario, about his sister.

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Tyler Clementi's Parents Speak Out On Son's Death, Dharun Ravi's Trial And Their New Foundation: VIDEO

Joe and Jane Clementi, Tyler Clementi’s parents, sat down with NBC’s Lester Holt to discuss how Dharun Ravi’s actions led to Clementi’s death ("This was an executed plan,” says Joe), how they’re coping since the trial and the way their their evangelical Christianity influenced their reaction to Tyler’s coming out.

“Sin needs to be taken out of homosexuality,” they learned.

Towleroad
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June 29, 2012
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