Supporting LGBTQ Youth & Families in the Face of Anti-LGBTQ Policies & Rhetoric

In a very short time, we’ve seen a distressing backlash against LGBTQ rights – from challenging parents’ right to form families to restricting which pronouns can be used in schools to prohibiting gender-affirming healthcare for young people. Challenging LGBTQ rights is challenging democracy. It’s challenging quality healthcare and quality education. A welcoming and supportive community…

GLSEN Navigator

LGBTQ youth have access to varying levels of support and protections under state laws. GLSEN’s maps provide communities with information on the policy landscape, experiences of students, and resources on how to advocate for positive school transformation that benefits all youth, including LGBTQ students, in K-12 learning communities.

The 2021 National School Climate Survey – GLSEN

GLSEN’s National School Climate Survey provides an overarching examination of the school experiences of LGBTQ youth, including the challenges they face and the resources that support LGBTQ students’ well-being. The survey consistently indicates that specific school-based supports are related to a safer and more inclusive school climate, including supportive educators, LGBTQ-inclusive curricula, inclusive policies, and…

Under Fire Series: The war on LGBTQ people in America – Movement Advancement Project

This series from the Movement Advancement Project includes six reports on the campaign to undermine equality for LGBTQ people in America. Topics covered include erasing LGBTQ people from schools and public life, erecting systemic and structural barriers to make change harder, enshrining inequality for LGBTQ people, banning medical care and legal recognition for transgender people,…

US Trans Survey

The US Transgender Survey is the largest survey devoted to the lives and experiences of transgender people across the United States. It was created by trans people, for trans people and covers topic areas including health, family, jobs, housing, education, safety, and public life. It is an excellent resource for data. For example, nearly half…

Democratic Backsliding & LGBTI Acceptance – Williams Institute School of Law at UCLA

This report from the Williams Institute School of Law at UCLA examines the relationship between LGBTI acceptance and principles of liberal democracy worldwide. They find a strong association between a country’s level of democracy and LGBTI acceptance, with attacks on LGBTI people and their rights seen as frequent precursors to democratic backsliding. If you are…

The Impact of 2023 Legislation on Transgender Youth – Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law

The legal landscape for transgender youth shifted significantly in 2023. Nearly 500 pieces of legislation restricting the rights of LGBTQ people were introduced in state legislatures this year. This study from the UCLA School of Law estimates the number of transgender teenagers affected by five types of laws and policies from the 2023 legislative session—gender-affirming…