Although not everyone knows while they're still a teenager that they are homosexual, bisexual, or transgender, many do. And for these young people, growing up can be much harder due to the isolation, ostracism, and negative pressures they frequently face.
LAMBDA makes youth issues a priority, and youth representation at the highest levels of LAMBDA a requirement. LAMBDA protects lesbigay youth by giving them a voice, listening to them, and then working to address their concerns. Historically, gay youth issues have been taboo and ignored. Youth OUTreach strives to insure that gay youth are given an opportunity to participate in gay community events and forums. Youth OUTreach volunteers and participants work year-round to articulate what it's like to grow up "different" to non-gay teens and adults through our speakers' bureau and various educational campaigns. For many years, LAMBDA has served as a source of information to local and state media on stories concerning LGBT youth, bringing their issues to the forefront:
LAMBDA has a long history of working with young queer people. We speak before hundreds of young people through our Lesbian and Gay Speakers Bureau with the the dual goals of providing positive models for out and questioning youth, and educating young minds about what it is like to be queer -- in the hopes that they will be less likely to bash or taunt us.
Among the program's aims, Youth OUTreach works to train LesBiGayTrans and friendly teens in skills that will allow them to seek jobs, to reassure them that they can make valuable contributions to a society that constantly reinforces its homophobia, and to boost their self-esteem. Taking care of themselves and responsible decision-making is also important, such as by minimizing risk-taking and through choosing abstinence or consistently using condoms for sex, and we begin by helping teens to respect and protect themselves. LAMBDA uses youth in virtually all areas, including office work, speakers bureau, and fundraising. Special positions for youth were created to allow young queers to be represented on LAMBDA's Board of Trustees.
If you are interested in learning more about this or other LAMBDA programs e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to:
Youth OUTreach works with other LAMBDA departments, such as the Anti-Violence Project and the HATE-CRIME NETWORK to:
It has been long known that gay teens are greatly affected by homophobia. LAMBDA is working to make schools and gay teens' lives safer.
Use this special form to tell us about what is happening to you or your friends.
LAMBDA sponsors A-Safe-Place, a unique email list for gay, bi, transgender, and questioning youth to share personal experiences and questions/answers in a safe, friendly, non-sexual, non-threatening environment.
Want to organize activities in your own area? Contact us -- we can help you!
Youth OUTreach provides information for GLBT/straight/questioning teens and their parents, families & friends. Contact LAMBDA for printed lists of books and materials, many of which are available in the LAMBDA lending library.
resources are available online:
The following resources, currently available only by snail mail, will soon be available in PDF:
Reading about sexual orientation can be very helpful. There are many lists of books for gay youth at LAMBDA. Many can be found at your local Community Center library. There are many sites on the Internet that are geared for gay youth. Youth OUTreach also has tips for safely surfing the Web.
Parents and friends can find support and information by contacting P-FLAG, a support organization. National Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC) and other religious/spiritual organizations can also be excellent resources.
Teachers, administrators, and others can find resources at LAMBDA to help them create safe schools for queer and questioning teens. email us
For comments, assistance, or questions contact: Youth OUTreach.
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