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.

What I Wish I Could Say to My Younger, Still-Closeted Self

The advent of A.B. 9 (also known as Seth's Law) and A.B. 1156 will help in the fight against bullying, which wreaks havoc on many kids, LGBT or not. Schools will be required to have anti-bullying policies, giving support for victims of bullying, and making it far easier for students like me to switch out of their current school district if they need to. Now as students and young adults, we need to make sure our friends and family know that Seth's Law is in effect in California, and to start standing up and speaking out.

Huffington Post
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July 16, 2012
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STUDY: 40 Percent Of Homeless Youth Are LGBT, Family Rejection Is Leading Cause

It has previously been estimated that as many as 40 percent of homeless youth identify as LGBT, and a new Williams Institute study of youth shelters confirms this estimate. Between October 2011 and March 2012, 354 agencies completed surveys about their clients and found that about 40 percent of their homeless and non-homeless clients were LGBT (9 percent of whom identified as bisexual). About 30 percent of clients using housing-related services (like emergency shelter and transitional living programs) were LGBT.

ThinkProgress
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July 12, 2012

5 Tips for Bullied LGBT Youth

The type of bullying I experienced in middle school was subtle, and its effect even more so. I never expressed the pain they inflicted on me, simply because I did not want any more attention. Within me, however, their bullying and words had sparked a battle between my culture's machismo, my Roman Catholic background, and a sexual part of me that just wouldn't go away. I thus graduated middle school very disturbed, dreading the possibility of my homosexuality and the future it held. I was scared of potential abandonment and of the teachings of people in positions of power in my church.

Huffington Post
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July 12, 2012

From Bullied Gay Teen to Anti-Bullying Activist: Why I Decided to Make a Difference

I'm truly honored to be working for a change with local students and YETA. As much of a cliché as this may be, I just wanted to help. I wanted no one to have to go through what I went through, and I am enthralled to have had the opportunity to make it so that at least one student is better off than I was when I was in school. Moments like that are what keep me pushing forward, and I will never stop.

Huffington Post
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July 10, 2012
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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

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