Advocating for LGBTQ Youth at Maine’s Long Creek Youth Development Center
The health, safety and well-being of LGBTQ youth is at the forefront of GLAD’s work. LGBTQ youth face a number of challenges, particularly those in the juvenile justice system, where they are disproportionately represented. We are currently working in Maine, following the tragic suicide of a young transgender man in November, to monitor the treatment of LGBTQ youth in the Long Creek Youth Development Center, Maine’s juvenile detention facility. In collaboration with local, state and national groups, GLAD is working to ensure a thorough and transparent investigation into the death, to promote better conditions for LGBTQ youth in the facility, and to explore systemic issues in the hopes of supporting LGBTQ youth in their communities rather than incarcerating them.