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.

Bullied Gay Teen Becomes An Activist

Zach King says that when he goes back to high school next month, he won’t be scared.

Bullied since second grade, the openly gay 16-year-old was harassed and taunted for acting “ girly,” having long hair and being different at Unioto High School in Chillicothe.It came to a head in October when he was severely beaten in his third-period class by another student, and it was captured on video.

The Columbus Dispatch
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July 30, 2012
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VIDEO & PHOTOS: Orange County Youth Demonstrate Chick-fil-a Grand Opening

In the early morning hours, a group of youth gathered in Laguna Hills, California, to let people know that there are better dining options for LGBT equality then the newly opening Chick-fil-a restaurant. Youth from the Youth Empowered to Act (YETA) distributed fliers to inform potential customers of Chick-fil-a’s donations to anti-LGBT organizations and political statements. They also offered suggestions for alternatives to Chick-fil-a.

Once Blocked, Boy’s Appeal for Gays to Wed Gets Council Audience

Wearing a pressed gray suit, black shoes and a purple shirt and tie, Kameron Slade, 10, fidgeted slightly before his name was called in the City Council chambers on Wednesday. He approached the microphone set before the room full of politicians, lowered his head to the papers he clutched in his hands and began to speak.

The New York Times
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July 26, 2012
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Gay Youth Plans Protest Against Chick-fil-A

A local gay and lesbian youth group is planning a protest at the new Chick-fil-A in Laguna Hills when it opens early Thursday morning, a response to the recent statements by the company’s chief executive supporting “the biblical definition of the family unit.”
In an interview posted July 2 with Chick-fil-A CEO and President Dan Cathy, Bibilical Recorder editor K. Allan Blume wrote “some have opposed the company’s support of the traditional family.”

The Orange County Register
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July 25, 2012
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Undocumented Activists Follow LGBT Tactics

In recent years, a growing number of young undocumented activists, many of whom are also part of the LGBT community, have blended the “coming out” philosophy into the immigration-reform movement and are talking openly about their status as undocumented immigrants to humanize the issue.

National Journal
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July 24, 2012

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