What We Work For
We believe LGBTQ+ youth—and all people—deserve to be supported and affirmed in their identity and to have meaningful access to resources and supports that will allow them to thrive.
LGBTQ+ children, youth, and families too often experience trauma due bias, and discrimination, including within their family, in their communities, and from public systems designed to serve their needs.
How We Do It
We work in partnership with public systems to help them develop new and better practices and policies that transform how they interact with and support LGBTQ+ children, youth, and families.
We honor the full identities of children, youth, and families—and the fluid nature of the lived experience—in all the work that we do. We constantly center the race, socioeconomic status, ability, and language of the LGBTQ+ children, youth, and families with whom we are working.
We recognize that we cannot adequately support LGBTQ+ youth unless we directly address how systems are oppressive and how racism, homophobia, and transphobia are perpetuated. We also recognize that many systems are operating in a larger environment that attacks the well-being of LGBTQ+ children, youth, and families—an environment focused on debates about bathrooms, conversion therapy, or the national movement to allow for federal and state tax dollars to fund child welfare agencies that will not serve LGBTQ+ people on the basis of individual religious beliefs.
We work to dismantle systemic oppression. We support systems in respecting the full, diverse, and unique experiences of LGBTQ+ people.
Our work will be successful when all children can live their personal truth and celebrate their sexual and personal identity without fear of repercussions, harassment, or denigration either from society or their families and communities.