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Blog Posts for Youth Initiative

November 15, 2016 10:12 pm

FAQ: How Might the Incoming Presidential Administration Impact the LGBTQ Community?

Following the presidential election we know that many of you have questions about the future of LGBTQ rights and protections. Here are a few initial answers to questions we've been hearing from the community.

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August 15, 2016 1:55 pm

A Look Back at High School

Public affairs and education intern Alison Geoffrey reflects on her experience in high school.

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July 13, 2016 3:32 pm

Why Religion is Not an Excuse to Discriminate in Public Accommodations

With wit, logic and common sense, Professor Joe Singer exposes how public accommodations that invoke “religious freedom” to bar service to LGBTQ people are simply discriminating based on religious beliefs. Our nation already turned away from the era where people had to “call ahead” to businesses to make sure they are welcome,’ we are “already invited.” Professor Singer makes a compelling argument that using religious beliefs as a sword is actionable religious discrimination. As our nation considers anew claims of religion in the marketplace, Professor Singer reminds us that we already have the answers.   - Mary L. Bonatuo, GLAD Civil Rights Project Director

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December 24, 2015 11:16 am

15 Steps Towards Justice in 2015

As the year comes to a close, here are 15 (plus a bonus for the New Year) things your support helped GLAD take on in 2015:

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November 2, 2015 12:00 pm

Middle Schools, GSAs and School Safety for All

Going back to school after a long summer can be an exciting time for young people; they get to see their friends again, and get a fresh start on a new schoolyear. For others, particularly for students who identify as LGBT or Q, this may be a time of anxiety and fear at the possibility that as soon as they return to school, they also return to bullies.

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August 31, 2015 2:54 pm

Everything is Rent

For so many LGBT people who have been rejected by families and experienced disproportionate rates of homelessness, poverty, discrimination and violence, participation in street economies is often critical to survival. That is why GLAD, along with other LGBT legal organizations, supported Amnesty International's recent resolution calling for the complete decriminalization of sex work. 

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August 26, 2015 10:51 am

My Child’s School Won’t Tell Me How They Disciplined a Bully: What Can I Do?

Oftentimes we at GLAD hear from parents of LGBTQ youth who have been told that the school cannot disclose any disciplinary steps they have taken against a student who bullied their child because of “FERPA.”

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July 28, 2015 8:00 am

Do We Need a Law That Says Being LGB or T Is Normal and Healthy? Yes, We Do!

When we think about the goals of the laws we have to protect LGBT people, we mostly think about solving concrete problems: ending discrimination, ensuring access to healthcare, keeping people safe from violence and other harms. But there’s another vital purpose of the law: the message that our government sends when it passes a law. 

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July 25, 2015 4:30 pm

Making the impossible, inevitable

What are the dreams that we, together, can make a reality across the country, in the next ten years? 

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July 13, 2015 10:00 am

Re-Think the World Around You

As we go about our daily routines, we encounter the same objects over and over again.  Usually, we do not give these things a second thought and only look at them through one perspective—typically the most well-known or superficial perspective.  But what if we changed our perspective? Could seeing literal things in a new way change the way we, and society, look at sexual orientation, gender, and gender expression?

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