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May 2019 Edition 
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Earlier today the HRC Foundation and more than 15 of the nation’s largest national organizations launched Project THRIVE, a groundbreaking multi-year campaign to improve the lives of LGBTQ youth. These organizations represent more than 5 million professionals who -- like you -- are committed to the well-being of young people. This partnership will focus on improving policies and practices nationwide while informing the work of several HRC Foundation programs, including All Children - All Families. Learn more about this exciting new campaign and keep reading for some great new publications and upcoming learning opportunities.

ICYMI:

  • This National Foster Care Month we shared the stories of three young adult leaders working to improve the experiences for LGBTQ youth in foster care.
  • We also explored ways to combat mental health stigma as part of Mental Health Awareness Month (see upcoming webinar on effectively working with LGBTQ people of color in behavioral health settings listed below).
Share Your Pride Stories!
 
Tomorrow kicks off pride month! As you prepare for your celebrations, watch ACAF’s 60-minute webinar, Strategies for LGBTQ Community Engagement at Pride Festivals, for tips from HRC’s pride experts. And ACAF is once again collecting stories of agencies celebrating pride this year. Share your story here and we’ll include it in our compilation later this summer!

New This Month


2019 LGBTQ Asian & Pacific Islander Youth Report

The HRC Foundation, in partnership with the University of Connecticut, has released the 2019 LGBTQ Asian and Pacific Islander Youth Report, detailing the experiences of Asian and Pacific Islander (API) LGBTQ youth. The report, which analyzes survey responses from nearly 1,200 young people reveals elevated levels of stress among these 13-to-17-year-olds, as well as an overwhelming lack of comfort in being open about their identity at home and in school. The report was released during Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month to further conversations about the intersections of LGBTQ experiences and Asian American and Pacific Islander identities.

Model Policy for Supporting TGNCI Youth in Youth
Justice Facilities

 
The National Center for Lesbian Rights and the Center for Children’s Law and Policy, with support from the National PREA Resource Center, released a groundbreaking new publication to address the crisis affecting transgender, gender nonconforming, and intersex (TGNCI) youth in youth justice facilities, Model Policy: Transgender, Gender Nonconforming, and Intersex Youth in Youth Confinement Facilities. The model policy provides a blueprint of practices that promote the safety, dignity and well-being of TGNCI youth, who face systemic mistreatment and abuse in these facilities.
 
Allegheny County Report on Building Affirming & Supportive Child Welfare System
 
The Department of Human Services (DHS) of Allegheny County, Pa., released the final getREAL institutional analysis report of the work done in the county, in collaboration with the Center for the Study of Social Policy, to improve the way they support children, youth and families around sexual orientation, gender identity and expression: Progress Towards Building an Affirming and Supportive Child Welfare System: getREAL in Allegheny County.
Summer Learning Opportunities
 

LGBTQ Trauma and Resilience
(National Resource Center for Reaching Victims)

LGBTQ individuals experience crime victimization at rates higher than individuals from other communities, yet these survivors are less likely to seek victim services. To learn more, sign up for this virtual training series for victim service providers.

Considering the Whole Person: Contexts for LGBTQ People of Color Mental and Behavioral Health Treatment
(National Council for Behavioral Health)

During this webinar on Wednesday, June 12 at 3:00 p.m. ET, Antoine Craigwell, founder, president and CEO of DBGM (Depressed Black Gay Men), Inc., will present on effectively working with LGBTQ people of color in behavioral health settings. Craigwell will discuss systemic racism, homophobia, the compounding effects of intergenerational and contemporaneous trauma and resiliency as these relate to treating the whole person and advancing health and wellness for often-marginalized communities. Register today!

Historic Progress On the Legislative Front


U.S. House of Representatives Passes the Equality Act

History was made on May 17th with the passage of the Equality Act by the U.S. House of Representatives, the first time a chamber of Congress has approved a comprehensive LGBTQ civil rights bill. The crucially important, bipartisan legislation will finally provide clear, comprehensive non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people across the country in employment, housing, public spaces, education, jury services, credit and federal funding. Learn more about the Equality Act.

17 States Now Have Laws Prohibiting So-Called “Conversion Therapy”

On May 29th, Maine Governor Janet Mills signed into law L.D. 1025, which protects LGBTQ youth from the dangerous and debunked practice of so-called “conversion therapy.” The bill was passed with strong bipartisan support and makes Maine the 17th state in the U.S. to protect youth from this egregious practice. More from HRC.
ACAF Project Updates

The 2019 ACAF Report will be released the week of June 24th. All participating agencies will receive more updates next week. Stay tuned!


ACAF in the Field
 
National Foster Parent Association
June 12-15
Anaheim, CA 


NACAC Conference
July 18-20
Las Vegas, NV


Resource Spotlight
 
HRC’s Pride Event database will help you find pride celebrations in your area.


Quick Links
 
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