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February 2019 Edition 
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This month HRC released an important new report on the experiences of Black and African American LGBTQ youth. We hope you’ll take some time to review its findings and consider how you can respond to its call to action: “Black and African American LGBTQ youth continue to be their own powerful forces of change; their stories of empowerment, resilience, activism and advocacy are pronounced in these findings. Across the country, they are demanding due respect and equity. They need us to do the same.”
2019 Black & African American LGBTQ Youth Report

HRC’s 2019 Black & African American LGBTQ Youth Report, explores a subset of data from the 2018 HRC LGBTQ Youth report, highlighting the experiences of LGBTQ youth who identify part or all of their ethnoracial identity as either Black or African American.

Key findings include more than three-fourths of Black and African American LGBTQ youth who responded to the survey have heard family members say negative things about LGBTQ people, and eighty percent “usually” feel depressed, down, worried, nervous or panicked. Nearly half feel critical of their LGBTQ identities. These findings are similar to those on the overall LGBTQ youth population surveyed and underscore the importance of family education to help parents and other caregivers explore their feelings about having LGBTQ children, unlearn biases and gain accurate information in order to believe that their LGBTQ children can lead a happy, healthy life.

The report was released as part of HRC’s celebration of Black History Month. Throughout February, HRC has honored the ways in which Black LGBTQ and allied trailblazers have been and continue to be at the center of the fight for equality, breaking down barriers every day.
Prince George’s County LGBTQ Advocates
on Intersectionality

HRC’s Black & African American LGBTQ Youth Report also found that ninety percent of respondents have experienced racial discrimination, and only five percent believe Black and African American people are regarded positively in the U.S. In a recent interview with HRC, LGBTQ advocates within Prince George’s County's Department of Social Services in Maryland explained why we can’t ignore this impact of racism when working to improve outcomes for LGBTQ youth of color. Dr. Amena Johnson, Harry Morgan and Tia Brooks each gave their perspectives on LGBTQ advocacy within social services and the importance of taking an intersectional approach to the work. Prince George’s County has teamed up with All Children - All Families and the LGBTQ2S Quality Improvement Center at the University of Maryland School of Social Work to implement policy and practice change and provide LGBTQ training to all its staff. Share the blog and read the full article.

Thank You to All Time to Thrive 2019 Attendees

Thank you to all who joined HRC earlier this month for our sixth annual Time to THRIVE Conference in Anaheim! Make sure to check out a recap of Day One, Day Two and Day Three. Next year’s conference will take place in Washington, D.C over Presidents’ Day Weekend, February 14-16, 2020. We hope to see you there!

New Research:
30.4% of Youth in Foster Care are LGBTQ

 
A study in the February issue of the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics examined outcomes for LGBTQ youth who have been in the child welfare system. Researchers Baams, Wilson and Russell found that 30.4% of youth in foster care and 25.3% of youth experiencing unstable housing are LGBTQ. The study looked at disparities in education, substance use, and mental health for LGBTQ youth compared to their non-LGBTQ counterparts. Download the full report and watch an introductory video to the research here.
CSSP Report Explores Child Well-Being and
Non-Discrimination Policies in Faith-Based
Child Welfare Agencies 

 
This month the Center for the Study of Social Policy released “Supporting All Our Values: How Publicly Funded, Faith-Based Child Welfare Providers and Non-Discrimination Laws Can Promote Well-Being,” a report on partnerships between states and faith-based agencies and the role of non-discrimination policies in promoting child well-being. Download the full report.
Educational Resource: #AdvancingAcceptance Campaign on Trans & Gender Diverse Youth 
 
The Movement Advancement Project, the Biden Foundation, and Gender Spectrum have launched “Advancing Acceptance,” a campaign that raises awareness and encourages family and community acceptance for transgender and gender diverse youth. 
New Research on LGBTQ Families

On Family Building for LGBTQ Adults in U.S.
A recent survey by the Family Equality Council found that LGBTQ families are expected to grow dramatically in the near future. LGBTQ
millenials are eager to start building their families. Read more from FEC and in this USA Today article featuring stories of LGBTQ people on their journey to parenting.

On School Performance of Children Raised by 
Same-Sex Couples

In other LGBTQ family news, according to a recent study conducted by European economists, children raised by same-sex couples perform better in both primary and secondary school. This data comes from research conducted on all children born since 1995 in the Netherlands, the first country to legalize same-sex marriage. Read more in the Washington Post and check out the major social science research on LGBTQ parenting in the states.

ACAF Project Updates
 
Agency assessments must be submitted today! Agencies have until the end of April to meet the webinar participation requirement. Email acaf@hrc.org with any questions.


ACAF in the Field
 
CWLA Conference
April 9-13
Washington, DC
AEA Conference
April 29-30
Orlando, FL
Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Summit
May 20-22
Columbus, OH
National Foster Parent Association
June 12-15
Anaheim, CA 


Resource Spotlight
 
This HRC blog post discusses ways to support LGBTQ youth during National Eating Disorder Awareness Week.


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