By: Sam Piha
There have been recent attacks on LGBTQ+ youth in political rhetoric and as state houses around America are considering legislation that targets LGBTQ young people. Even though there are inclusive and progressive politics in some states, afterschool programs in states across the country do not enjoy this. How can they promote a safe space for all youth amid state efforts to erase the LGBTQ+ community? To read part 1 of this blog, click here.
WHAT CAN WE DO?
Begin by staying informed. Below, in this blog we continue our listing of articles about these attacks which are listed by topic. If you click on the title, it will take you to the original article.
MORE ABOUT SCHOOLS
March 24, 2023 • One parent complained that a Renaissance art lesson was “pornographic.”
March 27, 2023 • The school also tried to ban a Kermit the Frog song.
May 17, 2022 • South Carolina's governor signed into law a bill that would ban transgender students from playing girls' or women's sports in public schools and colleges.
March 25, 2022 • Lawmakers voted to override GOP Gov. Spencer Cox's veto of legislation banning transgender youth athletes from playing on girls teams. The move comes amid a nationwide culture war over trans issues.
IOWA PUBLIC RADIO NEWS March 3, 2022 • The ban takes effect immediately. The ban applies to K-12 schools and community colleges as well as colleges and universities that are part of the NCAA or NAIA.
March 24, 2023 • Russia's gay propaganda law creeps into the National Hockey League.
CRIMINALIZING LGBTQ+ YOUTH AND THEIR FAMILIES
May 13, 2022 • The ruling overturns an injunction barring state officials from following Abbott's directive to view treatments such as hormones and puberty-blocking drugs as incidents of child abuse.
SOME PUSH BACK
April 6, 2023 • The proposed rules would give schools flexibility for “fairness in competition” or where participation could lead to injury.
February 27, 2023 • Dandelion Hunt-Smith moved across the country with their family from Columbus, Ga., to San Francisco for their senior year of high school in search of a welcoming school.
March 2, 2022 • Judge's order stops short of preventing the state from looking into other reports about children receiving similar care.
May 14, 2022 • The federal judge issued a preliminary injunction while a court challenge goes forward. The judge left in place other parts of the law that banned gender-affirming surgeries.
March 22, 2022 • Eleven states have enacted transgender sports bans, though many have been snarled by lawsuits.
THE TEXAS NEWSROOM, March 11, 2022 • The judge halted the state from enforcing Gov. Greg Abbott's directive to launch "child abuse" investigations against parents getting gender-affirming care for their transgender children.
March 8, 2022 • Disney CEO Bob Chapek says the company will pledge five million dollars to groups "working to protect" LGBTQ+ rights. The Human Rights Campaign says it won't take Disney's money.
- VIDEO: A look at efforts targeting LGBTQ youth around the country
- The Genders & Sexualities Alliance Network is a next-generation LGBTQ racial and gender justice organization that empowers and trains queer, trans and allied youth leaders to advocate, organize, and mobilize an intersectional movement for safer schools and healthier communities.
- The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN). Every day GLSEN works to ensure that LGBTQ students are able to learn and grow in a school environment free from bullying and harassment. Together, we can transform our nation’s K-12 schools into the safe and affirming environment all youth deserve.
- GLSEN- The 2021 National School Climate Survey, Executive Summary
- Global Giving- After School Programs for Gay & Lesbian Youth
- National Afterschool Association- Four Things to Remember About Supporting LGBTQ Youth
- California Afterschool Network- LGBTQ Youth Resources
- More Than a Safe Space: How Schools Can Enable LGBTQ Students to Thrive