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.

UPDATED: Ohio Teen Sues School District for Prohibiting "Jesus Is Not a Homophobe" T-Shirt

An openly gay Ohio teen has filed a lawsuit against his high school for refusing to allow him to wear a t-shirt featuring a rainbow-colored fish and the words “Jesus is Not a Homophobe.” Maverick Couch first wore the t-shirt, and was told to remove it, during last year’s Day of Silence, a campaign organized by GLSEN to bring awareness to the silencing of LGBT students through bullying and harassment.

Gay High School Student Sues Ohio District Over Right to Wear T-Shirt Urging Tolerance

A gay student whose southwest Ohio high school prohibited him from wearing a T-shirt designed to urge tolerance of gay people is suing the school, saying it’s violating his freedom of expression rights.

The mother of 16-year-old Maverick Couch filed the federal lawsuit on his behalf against Wayne Local School District and the principal of Waynesville High School, northeast of Cincinnati.

Associated Press
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April 4, 2012
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Anti-Gay Attack Spurs UC, Miami Rallies

A physical assault last month against two gay men who were holding hands in Oxford has prompted students at Miami University and the University of Cincinnati to plan coinciding rallies on Thursday condemning anti-gay hate crimes.

One of the victims was a Miami student and the other was a UC student.

The Cincinnati Enquirer
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April 4, 2012

More Videos from the 'I AM: Trans People Speak' Campaign

Last month, GLAAD and the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC) announced the upcoming national launch of the “I AM: Trans People Speak” video campaign. The campaign has since received considerable attention from advocates and the media, and more user-created videos have been added to the campaign’s video channel. In addition to the campaign trailer, you can view some of the user-created videos below.

A Father's Reaction to His Very Young Gay Son

I don't see how a father, or any parent, can look at their son, the one they've loved since before the child was even born, and upon hearing him say, "Dad, I'm gay," turn their back on him. The comments from men much older than me telling stories just like that break my heart. My wife always wants to adopt the teenage kids who write to her; I want to adopt the 60-year-old men who cry when they read that I tell my son how awesome he is. I don't care if they are as old as my father; they deserve love just as much as anyone else.

Huffington Post
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March 30, 2012
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Standing Up for All Youth of Color

In the wake of Trayvon Martin, NBJC's Executive Director Sharon Lettman-Hicks discusses the importance of combating the systematic policing of all youth of color, especially those who identify as LGBT.

The Advocate
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March 30, 2012

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