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LGBTQ: On the Streets, In the Schools, Outside the System

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Pride Bike, part of a Queer Youth parade in Burlington, VT on May 14, 2005.   Source: Outright VT

Pride Bike, part of a Queer Youth parade in Burlington, VT on May 14, 2005. Source: Outright VT

Thousands of Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer (LGBTQ) youth are forced out on to the streets in the U.S. each year, and face harassment, homophobia and even violence in their high schools. In addition, there are many LGBTQs outside this country seeking an increasingly difficult path to political asylum in the U.S.

On this edition, we’ll hear from the LGBTQ community, on the streets, in the schools and outside the system.

Featuring:

Bridget, formerly homeless gay youth; Sharon and Kimi, formerly homeless transgender youths; Carl Siciliano, founder and director, Ali Forney Center; Kate Barnhardt, manager, Sylvia’s Place; Lew Fidler, NYC Council Member and advocate for homeless LGBTQ youth; Bruce Weiss, Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League (SMYAL); Kevin Jennings, Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN); J. Harris, Metro Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG); Darlene Nipper, DC Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Affairs; Dilcia Molina, Honduran lesbian human rights activist living in asylum in U.S.; Chris Nugent, attorney, board member of Immigration Equality; Farahperi, Congolese lesbian living in asylum in the U.S.; Jaime Contreras, coordinator, National Capital Immigration Coalition; Ruby Corado, El Salvadoran transgender activist living in asylum in the U.S.

Senior Producer/Host: Tena Rubio
Contributing Producers: Leanne Stahnke, Selina Musuta, Darby Hickey
Voice-over work: Susan Ruether

For more information:

Sylvia’s Place – Metro Community Church – New York, NY

The Ali Forney Center – New York, NY

Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League (SMYAL) – Washington DC

Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) – New York, New York

Metro Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) – Washington, DC

District of Columbia Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Affairs – Washington, DC

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) – New York, NY

Immigration Equality – New York, NY

National Capital Immigrant Coalition – Washington, DC

Coalition to Clarify the DC Human Rights Act

Other helpful links:

Lavender Youth Recreation and Information Center, Inc (LYRIC) – San Francisco,CA

Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere (COLAGE) – San Francisco, CA

Green Chimneys – New York, NY

Queer Immigrant Rights Project

International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission – New York, NY

Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition (CAIR) – Washington, DC

Articles to check out:

Children’s Health Fund

Youth and AIDS Project

Safe Schools Coalition

Author: Sabine Blaizin

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