Boston Gay and Lesbian Adolescent Social Services (Boston GLASS) 266-3349
93 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA 02115
Community Resource: Boston GLASS provides services to youth ages 13-25 who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgendered, as well as to youth questioning their sexuality. Bisexual Gay Lesbian Adolescent Defenders - Provides support services in a safe environment for gay, lesbian, bi, trans, straight and questioning youth up to age 21. The Boston Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Youth - BAGLY is a youth-led, adult supported organization that creates, sustains and advocates for programs and policies for the Boston, Massachusetts youth community. Information on meetings, activities, and photographs. Brighton's Lesbian and Gay Youth Group. - Somewhere you can go when you want to chill out, meet new people or talk to a listening ear. All you need to be, is 14-19, gay or lesbian and a person. Central Minnesota GLBT Youth Group - Supporting gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender youth in Central Minnesota. Discussion, fun, ending the isolation. Coalition for Positive Sexuality - Giving teens the information about sexuality they need to take care of themselves and affirm their decisions about sex, sexuality, and reproductive control. We also hope to facilitate dialogue, in and out of the public schools, on condom availablility and sex education. Just Say Yes, our irreverent and unabashed comprehensive sex education guide is available here. Face to Face - Offering programs to serve the developmental needs of adolescents and young adults who are in need of accessible and culturally sensitive services. Outlines and contact information for the five programs. Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth Outreach Network (GLBYON) - Group listings all over the United States, aranged by state. IGLYO - International youth and student organisation activities, news, and reports. Lesbian, Gay & Bisexual Youth Project of Halifax - community based information network for gays, lesbians and bisexuals. Aims, meetings and contacts. Memphis Area Gay Youth - Support group for GLBT and questoning youth in Memphis Tennessee area. News, events, members and links to other resources. Mpower - Group of young gay and bisexual men working to strengthen communities in Boulder County, Colorado. Features monthly events, daily calendar, and information for safe sex. Organization for Men of Ethnicity Geared to Advancement - The OMEGA Project and Y-MEGA programs in Rhode Island. Events calendar, contact information, and downloadable public files. Outlet - Offering LGBTQQ youth ages 13-18 a free, confidential support group, mentor program, and social activities. Includes e-zine and events calendar. OutProud - National coalition for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered youth. Offers a wide variety of resources for youth and educators. Outright Online! A site for GLBTQ youth. - Creating safe, positive and affirming environments for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning folks ages 22 and under. Outright aspires to a youth-driven philosophy in which youth needs and beliefs form decisions and a collaboration of youth and adults provides support, education, advocacy and social activities. Based in Portland, Maine. OutZone Youth Project - LGB project running several youth groups in North London. Health, coming out, gay film and other topics. Overview of activities, current programmes and contact information. Pacific Center: Queer Youth - Youth group programs and events in the San Francisco Bay Area. Pride Youth - Program of the North Shore Youth Health Service that provides service and community education. Events, members' writings, and youth center guidelines. Rainbow Area Youth Toledo - Rainbow Area Youth (RAY) is a social and support organization for lesbigay teens in the Toledo Ohio area. For more information about our group or to get the time and location of our weekly meetings, call (419) 874-5954 and ask for Brenda. Rainbow Youth: An Organization for GLBT Youth - Message board, meetings, and events of a non-profit, volunteer organization. Rainbow Youth Coalition - A lesbian, gay, bisexual, and two-spirited (LGBTS) youth coalition providing support, advocacy, and educational services to LGBTS youth and youth service providers living in the area of Peterborough, Victoria, Northumberland and Haliburton counties of Ontario, Canada. Rural, Suburban, and Urban Youth Outreach Network - RYON is a non-profit organization that caters to the emotional, supportive, and social needs of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, transexual, and questioning youths. Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League - SMYAL works to support and enhance the self esteem of sexual minority youth-any youth (13-21) who is lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or who may be questioning their sexuality-and to increase public awareness and understanding of their issues. So Cal Royalties - Group devoted to assisting the community, by promoting fun and unity. Event dates and locations. Spot 25 - A Zurich, Switzerland group programs, location, local guide, and links to other area groups. Ten Percent Youth - Group in Dallas/Ft.Worth for those 22 and under. Programs, resources, and location. True Expressions - A community youth group in Pinellas County, Florida that offers peer support, social education, and advocacy opportunities. List of related publications and location map. Tuscaloosa Area Gay Straight Lesbian Youth - Social support network for young people ages 13-21. Group guidelines and contact email for joining. ViSAGE - Verona Straight and Gay Experience - Teen social support group (14-21) meeting times, local news, and volunteer information. We Are Family - A voice of informed straight, lesbian and gay people who have chosen to love and support gay and lesbian relatives and friends by working to spread truth about homosexuality with a focus on youth. Young, Loud & Proud - LYRIC's yearly San Francisco queer youth activist conference, which kids all over the world attend. Youth First Texas - Social organization for GLBTQ youth in Texas. Introduction, upcoming events, services, youth connections and contacts. YouthPride - An organization in Atlanta, Georgia, dedicated to service and support for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth.
Information About Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered and Questioning Youth
An increasing number of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning (GLBTQ) young people experience alienation by peers, rejection from family and friends, and derision by society at large. Home and school often lack the necessary resources to help GLBTQ youth with the fear and isolation they often face. Without support from their peers or allies, many are likely to find themselves confronted with HIV disease, depression, drug and alcohol abuse, homelessness, and suicide.
Yet, thousands of young people every year are coming out and developing pride in their identity. Having found new communities and direction, many are ready to reach out to their peers through support activities and community organizing. This has resulted in a growing national movement of GLBTQ young people speaking out about their experiences and demanding respect, rights, services and a voice in their schools and their communities. It has also resulted in a greater need for skills-building training and peer support.
The explosion of GLBTQ youth activism has created a great need for resources and institutional support. Youth activists are challenging adults to respond to their needs and concerns. They are asking for the tools required for them to develop as leaders and to be able to share organizing skills and issue-based knowledge with their peers. GLBTQ youth are building a movement - and they are asking NGLTF to help them to achieve their goals. NGLTF operates four programs to nurture and support youth activism:
NGLTF views this work as a critical component to realizing its mission of advancing equality and civil rights of GLBT persons and raising public awareness about issues that affect GLBT communities. NGLTF recognizes the necessity to provide institutional support to young people, and is committed to supporting the needs of GLBTQ youth and youth activists.