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Adult LGBTQ+ role models are instrumental to queer youth's mental health. Here's how

Two-thirds of LGBTQ+ young people (67 percent) report having at least one older LGBTQ+ adult role model in their day-to-day lives. Here's why that's important.

Moms for Liberty joins in suing Biden administration over Title IX protections for trans students

The extremist group joined one of the country’s most extreme attorneys general in suing the Biden-Harris administration over it’s protection of trans and nonbinary kids in school.

Meet the gay man who will be Tennessee's first out LGBTQ+ school board member

Zach Young is running unopposed for his seat in the state's third district, solidifying his spot in history.

The queerest education in America: How LGBTQ+ kids thrive at this Indiana school

In South Bend, River Montessori High School is supporting its students to be their true selves. Here's a look inside its affirming walls.

Cyndi Lauper hailed as a pioneering activist for queer people in a new documentary

The documentary Let the Canary Sing outlines Cyndi Lauper's rise to fame in the 1980s along with her early activism for LGBTQ+ people, reproductive freedom, and more.

Now is the time for scouting to fully embrace trans and nonbinary youth

"Scouting has the opportunity to make its program a true safe haven for these vulnerable youth at a time when many other institutions are threatening their physical safety," writes Mike De Socio.

Watch Sherry Cola passionately defend LGBTQ+ youth: 'Queerness is such a superpower' (exclusive)

The Joy Ride and Good Trouble star got emotional while talking to The Advocate about coming out and the new GLAAD campaign #ProtectThisKid.

Wilson Cruz aims to 'change minds and hearts' with new docuseries about queer Mormon teens

The six-episode series, Not Part of the Plan, spans across two years, following four young members of Utah’s Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Anti-LGBTQ+ laws lead to 'public health crisis' with higher suicide rates among queer youth

Ninety percent of LGBTQ+ youth said their well-being has been negatively impacted by recent politics, according to a new survey from The Trevor Project.

Nymphia Wind hopes to represent Asian excellence after winning 'Drag Race'

After making herstory, this crowned queen is ready to take on the world.

Forced outing leads to high depression rates among LGBTQ+ youth, yet legislation persists

Eleven states currently either mandate or "promote" the forced outing of LGBTQ+ students, despite the proven harm to their health.

West Virginia can’t ban transgender athletes says federal court

Another court stands in the way of Republican attacks on transgender people.

There have already been 4,000 instances of book banning in America this school year: report

PEN America’s latest findings shed light on the targeted censorship of content related to race, sexuality, and violence, sparking advocacy and resistance across the nation.

After decades of silent protest, advocates and students speak out for LGBTQ+ rights

This year, for the first time, the “Day of Silence” morphed into a day of action called the “Day of (NO) Silence.”

The North Face faces conservative boycott for sponsoring a queer summer camp (exclusive)

LGBTQ+ summer camp Brave Trails gave The Advocate its response to the backlash, maintaining that "the negative words from these hate groups won't stop the important work we do."

Wisconsin’s Democratic governor vetoes Republican transgender sports ban bill

The Democrat stood in the way of a law that Republicans wanted to have enacted targeting the trans community.

Creating a safe and affirming space for transgender youth

In the face of rising anti-trans legislation and cultural challenges, the resilience and joy of trans youth underscore the urgent need for affirming spaces and supportive communities.

Trans Latina woman fighting to shut down ICE facilities honored with human rights award

Arely Westley, this year's recipient of the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award, tells The Advocate about this "crucial moment" in time for queer and immigrant communities.

Nex Benedict's autopsy report released

The long-awaited report about the death of the LGBTQ+ Oklahoma teenager was released Wednesday.

If Nex Benedict's autopsy is part of a cover-up, Oklahoma officials are playing a dangerous game

Oklahoma officials have treated Nex's death as 'less than,' and if they are hiding behind suicide to protect Nex's assailants, they are putting the lives of other queer youth at risk in more ways than one.