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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.

Outpouring of Support for Gay Mom Ousted from Boy Scouts

In the week and a half since Jennifer Tyrrell was ousted from her son's Boy Scouts troop, just because she's gay, more than 40,000 people have signed her Change.org petition calling on the Boy Scouts of America to end their longstanding - and well-known - policy of discrimination against gay youth and LGBT families. On Saturday, April 21, Jennifer will speak onstage at the 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles.

Students Participate in Day of Silence 2012

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth across the nation are making a statement today through the annual Day of Silence organized by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN). The Day of Silence encourages students not to speak in order to raise awareness about anti-LGBT bullying in schools.

Day of Silence Crucial for LGBT Youth of Color

Day of Silence begs the question: What will you do to end the silence? This is an important probe, especially when it comes to LGBT young people of color, as it asks for a unified front to battle the discrimination and bullying that LGBT youth endure in the school environment. Their safety and academic success is at risk due to fear of bullying and harassment.

Ohio Boy Scouts Chapter Removes Gay Mom; Protest Happening Today

Jennifer Tyrrell of Bridgeport, Ohio is a devoted partner, mother, friend and community leader. Until recently, she also volunteered her time to serve as the den leader of a local Cub Scout chapter. She was removed from her volunteer post not because of issues with performance; she was removed only because she happens to identify as a lesbian.

Gay Brigham Young University Students Come Out in Web Video Promoting Understanding

Students from a strict Mormon college that prohibits “homosexual behavior” have launched a Web video aimed at reassuring other gay and lesbian youth struggling with their faith and sexual orientation.

The video recently posted to YouTube by 22 Brigham Young University students is the first of its kind with ties to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which forbids gay sex and marriage. By posting the video, the students could face excommunication from the church and expulsion at BYU, where gay students are prohibited from touching or kissing.

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April 9, 2012

UPDATED: BYU Students Release "It Gets Better" Video

On April 4, Brigham Young University’s Provo campus held a one and a half hour forum titled “Everything you wanted to know about homosexuality but were too afraid to ask,” sponsored by BYU’s sociology department in coordination with a few sociology and psychology classes. Openly lesbian and devout Latter-day Saint Bridey Jensen, a student at BYU, was part of the panel. She said, “Both of these things are just a fundamental part of me that I never chose […] Just because I accept [that I am gay] doesn’t mean I believe in the gospel any less."

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