Fast Forward 235 Years

A fellow official and good friend of mine, "Julia" recently sent an unusually emotional email advising that her partner of 19 years, "Danielle", had been removed as assistant scout leader for their son's Boy Scout troop. The Boys Scouts of America informed Danielle, that the basis of their decision was that her sexual orientation was" a detriment" to the scouts.

Family Acceptance of LGBT Adolescents Protects Against Depression, Substance Abuse and Suicidal Behavior

For the first time, researchers have established a clear link between accepting family attitudes and behaviors towards their lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) children and significantly decreased risk and better overall health in adulthood. The study shows that specific parental and caregiver behaviors -- such as advocating for their children when they are mistreated because of their LGBT identity or supporting their gender expression -- protect against depression, substance abuse, suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts in early adulthood. In addition, LGBT youth with highly accepting families have significantly higher levels of self-esteem and social support in young adulthood.

Helping Your Daughter Cope With Being Lesbian In Sports

As a parent of a lesbian tween or teen, one of the things you will have naturally have to worry about is how your tween or teen daughter is going to do socially, not just at school and in general, but in extracurricular activities in particular, such as team sports.

High Schools and Colleges Should Establish Standard, National Policies for Transgender Student Athletes, Report Says

A groundbreaking report sponsored by the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and It Takes A Team!, an Initiative of the Women's Sports Foundation, is urging high school and college athletic associations across the country to adopt standard policies to provide transgender student athletes fair and equal opportunity to participate on athletic teams.

Family rejection of LGB children linked to poor health in early adulthood

For the first time, researchers have established a clear link between family rejection of lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) adolescents and negative health outcomes in early adulthood. The study, published in the January2009 issue of Pediatrics, shows that negative parental behaviors toward LGB children dramatically compromises their health.

Parents Can Help Make Youth Sports Safer for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Coaches and Athletes

Advice from the Women's Sports Foundation on how parents can help make youth sports safer for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender athletes.
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