Advocate for Homeless LGBT Youths to Be Honored at White House
June 29 2012 3:27 PM ET

Advocate for Homeless LGBT Youths to Be Honored at White House

Julie Bolcer

Carl Siciliano, the executive director of the Ali Forney Center for homeless and runaway LGBT youths, will be honored at the White House next month as a “champion of change.”

WATCH Trans Kid Seeks Help With School
June 23 2012 2:10 PM ET June 23 2012 9:51 PM ET

WATCH: Trans Kid Seeks Help With School

Diane Anderson-Minshall

 Public schools can be a drag for LGBT kids, but one enterprising teen is doing something about it.

Take a Look Back Gay At The Prom
June 20 2012 5:00 AM ET

Remember Your Prom?

Michelle Garcia

Some of us look back on our high school proms fondly, and some of us would love to forget.

Gay California Assembly Speaker Addresses LGBT Grads
June 18 2012 4:54 PM ET

Gay California Assembly Speaker Addresses LGBT Grads

Michelle Garcia

The gay speaker of the California state assembly delivered the keynote address last week at the University of California, Los Angeles's Lavender Graduation. Speaker John A. Pérez offered encouraging words to the 44 LGBT students graduating from UCLA. He also asked the new graduates to keep fighting for causes such as the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and transgender rights. The full text of the speech is below: “Good afternoon.  I am honored to be here as part of UCLA’s 15th Lavender Graduation. This campus has been a leader on LGBT issues for more than 50 years, and the Lavender Graduations continue to be an expression of that commitment. The word ‘lavender’ was once code to deride and demean gay people. In some antigay hysteria during the 1952 presidential campaign, it was even suggested that a Republican win would -- quote -- get all those ‘lavender lads’ out of the State Department -- unquote.

Meet the 2012 Point Scholars
June 14 2012 9:43 AM ET

Meet the 2012 Point Scholars

Advocate.com Editors

These 29 amazing students are on their way to becoming leaders in the LGBT community and society.

Boy Scout Fight Over Inclusiveness Moves to the Board Room
June 13 2012 12:26 PM ET

Boy Scout Fight Moves to the Board Room

Lucas Grindley

The fight over whether the Boy Scouts should allow openly gay troops and leaders is moving to the boardroom.

Southern Poverty Law Center Intervenes After Tennessee Student Banned from Supporting Gay Rights
May 18 2012 6:02 PM ET

Tennessee Student Banned from Supporting LGBT Rights Finds Legal Ally

Neal Broverman

An assistant principal refused to allow students to wear anything with a rainbow on it, saying the image implied sex.

Kansas Teachers Posts on Facebook That Homosexuality on Par With Murder
May 16 2012 2:58 PM ET

Kansas Middle School Teacher Posts on Facebook That Gays Go to Hell

Neal Broverman

An educator announces that gays are as bad as murderers.

LGBT Families and Their Kids to Ring New York Stock Exchange Closing Bell Tonight
May 09 2012 12:17 PM ET

LGBT Families and Their Kids to Ring New York Stock Exchange Closing Bell Tonight

Diane Anderson-Minshall

The Family Equality Council will celebrate more than just the 30th anniversary of the organization tonight:  Jennifer Chrisler, executive director, will ring the New York Stock Exchange closing bell accompanied by dozens of children and their LGBT parents. Family Equality Council supports, represents, and connects the 1 million moms and dads in America who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender as well as the 2 million children they are raising. This is its first visit to the NYSE.

David Bohnett Foundation Donates CyberCenter to Out of Work Aid LGBT Youth
May 08 2012 2:04 PM ET

David Bohnett Fdn. Is Helping LGBT Youth Find Jobs

Neal Broverman

  For many LGBT youth, especially those living on their own, Internet access is a lifeline: providing communication, places to live, job opportunities. The White House and the nonprofit David Bohnett Foundation recently launched a program to ensure disadvantaged queer youth will never be out of work because a computer is out of their reach.

Catholic High School Will Not Allow Gay Student to Accept Matthew Shepard Scholarship
May 08 2012 1:36 PM ET

Gay Student Can't Accept Matthew Shepard Scholarship Onstage

Michelle Garcia

A gay high school senior was told that he cannot formally accept the Matthew Shepard Scholarship at his Catholic school's annual awards ceremony, despite being encouraged to apply for the award by school administrators. ---

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