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.

Film Offers Refreshing Take on Gay Christian Youth Experience

Stephen Cone’s film The Wise Kids, which opened at ReRun Gastropub Theater in Brooklyn this past weekend, is a refreshing take on youth sexuality, both gay and straight, in Southern Baptist communities. Set in Charleston, South Carolina, the film features three high school seniors: About-to-come-out Tim, doubting preacher’s daughter Brea, and biblical literalist Laura, who all confront issues of identity, self-acceptance, and faith.

Indiana Youth Group Loses Specialty License Plates After 20 Senators Complain

For months now, the Indiana General Assembly has been trying to rescind a specialty license plate that benefits the Indiana Youth Group, an organization that provides support for LGBT and questioning youth. Last week, on the last day of the 2012 legislative session, lawmakers decided to table the issue, saying they would 'discuss' it during a special summer committee. Today, however, the Indiana Board of Motor Vehicles (BMV) announced that as of tomorrow, IYG's specialty license plate will no longer be available for sale.

The Indianapolis Star
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March 16, 2012

'Don't Say Gay' Bill May Be Dead

The sponsors of the so-called “Don’t Say Gay” bill agreed Tuesday to put off debating the measure until the end of the legislative session, a procedural move that usually signals they do not intend to pursue it. Backers said they would instead shift their focus to an abstinence education measure that is favored by social conservatives.

The Tennessean
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March 14, 2012
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Bullying Bill Rejected in Kentucky Committee

A bill to protect students from bullying by their classmates died Tuesday in the House Education Committee because some lawmakers claimed it would give “special rights” to gay students.

The proposal by Rep. Mary Lou Marzian, a Louisville Democrat, failed to get the 15 votes it needed. The party-line vote was 13 in favor, 10 against and three abstentions.

WLWT-TV
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March 14, 2012
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Imperdible e Innovadora Novela de Telemundo Trata Temas LGBT y Otros Más

En cuanto al tratamiento inclusivo de temas LGBT, rompe el molde la novela provocativa y moderna de Telemundo, “Relaciones Peligrosas” por su representación justa de las altas y bajas de la vida de su--hasta ahora—único personaje gay. Se transmite por Telemundo de lunes a viernes a las 10pm/9pm tiempo del centro.

Must-Watch, Groundbreaking Telemundo Novela Tackles LGBT & Other Issues

Telemundo’s sleek, modern and provocative novela, “Relaciones Peligrosas” (“Dangerous Affairs”) breaks the mold in terms of LGBT-inclusive novelas with its fair depiction of the highs and lows in the life of the novela’s--so far--only gay character. It airs weeknights at 10PM/9PM Central on Telemundo.

Yearbook Staff Protest Censorship of Lesbian Couple

Four former members of the Palmer High School yearbook staff are protesting after a school adviser ordered them to eliminate a picture identifying a lesbian couple.
Students Rudolpho Tribulio and Anna Carmicheal say their yearbook adviser told them that a photo of a lesbian couple holding hands could not be on a page they were creating about high school relationships.

Associated Press
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March 13, 2012
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GLAAD Applauds Media Coverage of Indiana LGBT Youth Controversy

At midnight on Friday, March 12, Indiana lawmakers wrapped up their 2012 legislative session. While a number of pressing items might have made headlines during the session's final days, in the end it felt to many observers like the highest priority facing some members of the General Assembly was revoking a hard earned, specialty license plate that demonstrates support for LGBT youth.

Looking Ahead After Bullying Lawsuit, Let's Stay Vigilant

Damian McGee-Backes got a big surprise on his first day at Totino-Grace High School in Fridley. "The kids in my classes asked me what lunch I had. Then they said, 'Sit by me.'" It's hard to blame Damian for being overjoyed by this simple gesture. The 15-year-old is one of six plaintiffs in the federal civil-rights lawsuit settled last week against the Anoka-Hennepin School District. The lawsuit argued successfully that the district did not adequately respond to constant physical and verbal harassment of students based on real or perceived sexual orientation.

Minneapolis Star Tribune
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March 12, 2012

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