Education and Youth Policy

Education and Youth Policy

With increased access to information through the internet and social media, young people are coming out as LGBTQ or non-binary at much younger ages.  Even those fortunate enough to have the love and support of their parents and guardians may find their schools to be hostile and sometimes dangerous environments, particularly in more conservative parts of the state. LGBTQ youth in the foster care and juvenile justice systems are at special risk of harmful, dangerous, and even deadly situations.

Issues include:

  • LGBTQ youth not receiving support in the foster care system
  • Lack of LGBTQ policies and protections in the Department of Juvenile Services
  • Need for inclusive sex education