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Democrats introduce resolution in support of LGBTQ+ youth

The resolution demands "equal educational opportunity, basic civil rights protections, and freedom from erasure."

Louisiana theatre students take to the state capitol's steps to protest ‘don’t say gay’ bill

Thirteen students traveled from New Orleans to Baton Rouge on March 27 to protest several anti-LGBTQ+ bills up for consideration by the Republican-controlled House and Senate.

LGBTQ+ adults face discrimination in health care settings: survey

They are twice as likely to report discrimination or unfair treatment as straight and cisgender people, according to KFF.

Republican anti-LGBTQ+ legislation bad for mental health and quality of life: survey

New research from Data for Progress highlights the negative effects of these bills and the desire for supportive environments.

Election season got you down? This crisis line is soothing LGBTQ+ mental health (exclusive)

As lawmakers target the community, the need for mental health services skyrockets. FOLX Health CEO Liana Douillet Guzmán tells The Advocate about a new service that's helping.

Black LGBTQ+ youth need spaces that embrace them fully, researchers say

Two recent reports detail the challenges they face and provide a roadmap for services that acknowledge their intersecting identities.

Nex Benedict died by suicide, says Oklahoma medical examiner

The coroner’s report indicates that Benedict died from a toxic mix of diphenhydramine and fluoxetine.

In GOP-led states with anti-LGBTQ+ laws, school hate crimes quadruple: report

A recent analysis highlights the rise in incidents and the critical role of crisis services for LGBTQ+ youth in the wake of anti-LGBTQ+ legislation.

How you can support queer and trans kids in Oklahoma after Nex Benedict’s death

Donate, volunteer, write a letter to trans kids: There are lots of ways for you to turn your grief into action.

Youth mental health crisis calls in Oklahoma skyrocket after Nex Benedict’s death

Trans and nonbinary youth in Oklahoma are suffering from the news of the death of a bullied high school sophomore.

What it means for LGBTQ+ Americans to leave — or choose — Christianity

Almost two-thirds of LGBTQ+ people who were raised Christian have left, new data finds. But queer Black Americans have more to leave behind.

North Carolina's 'don't say gay' law and anti-trans sports statute challenged by activists

The Campaign for Southern Equality filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education, saying these statutes violate federal law.

Meet the Gen Z trans woman running for Congress in Louisiana

Rivule Sykes's campaign in the Fifth Congressional District of Louisiana is one that aims to bring "people’s attention to the issues we all face together."

Experts say that gender-affirming care bans amount to 'abuse.' Why won't lawmakers listen?

Despite medical professionals insisting bans on gender-affirming care for minors “amount to state-sanctioned medical neglect and emotional abuse," politicians won't relent.

Gun violence ‘is always going to sit with me:’ Grief, trauma, and the rising threat of firearms in America

In a week dedicated to reflecting on loss and advocacy, two survivors opened up about their personal battles and the ongoing fight against gun violence during National Gun Violence Survivors Week.

LGBTQ+ youth of color predict shorter lives than their white peers: report

While the majority of LGBTQ+ youth expect to live to age 35, a new report from the Trevor Project reveals alarming similarities among those who don't.

Gay Black father left for dead after 20-minute beating in jail cell – now the family wants answers

Only questions remain for the family of Janard Geffrard, who leaves behind a 10-year-old child.

Massachusetts governor seeks IVF coverage for veterans in same-sex relationships

Maura Healey, one of the first out lesbian governors in the nation, wants to equalize coverage of assisted reproduction and provide other new benefits to Massachusetts veterans.

The Holidays and the Epidemic of Loneliness

I will not be alone this Christmas; however, it wasn’t always that way, writes John Casey.