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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.

This queer author is teaching kids to be kind: 'There is nothing political about kindness'

Jackson Cooper tells The Advocate about his new book, A Kids Book About Kindness, and its universal message everyone needs to hear.

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.

Nico Tortorella was changed by fatherhood. His new album is all about it (exclusive)

Nico Tortorella told The Advocate how fatherhood inspired him to break his hiatus and release a new album of his own.

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.

Democrats introduce resolution in support of LGBTQ+ youth

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

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."

Kansas bill requires ID to view material 'harmful to minors,' including 'acts of homosexuality'

The Kansas legislature has passed a bill that requires age verification to view "material harmful to minors," which includes "acts of homosexuality."

New kids’ book ‘Hooray for She, He, Ze, and They!’ explores gender euphoria amid LGBTQ+ book bans

Nonbinary author Lindz Amer’s new children’s picture book champions diverse representation and free expression. The Advocate spoke to them about their motivation for writing it.

Black trans, nonbinary youth have higher suicide risk than cisgender queer peers (exclusive)

A new Trevor Project report details the challenges faced by Black LGBTQ+ young people and how they differ within this population.

Utah student athlete threatened after school board member implies she's trans

The student's parents are calling on Natalie Cline to resign from the Utah State Board of Education.

Less GOP and more LGBT — Gen Z is more likely to be queer than Republican, survey reveals

Members of Gen Z are more likely to be LGBTQ+ than they are to identify as Republican or as white Christians, according to a new survey from PRRI.

Trans healthcare, abortion, & more: These are the LGBTQ+ laws that took effect January 1

Here are the biggest pieces of legislation for bodily autonomy that are now in the law of the land.

Aunts are a key source of support for LGBTQ+ youth, study says

Aunts often act as buffers between young people and parents, and they sometimes provide practical support in the form of housing, say researchers from Texas and California.

Kentucky's 'Don't Say Gay' Law Brings Misery to LGBTQ+ Students

The law threatens gay-straight alliances and is causing other harms to LGBTQ+ youth.

Middle-Schoolers Tell Moms for Liberty to Stop Bullying LGBTQ+ Youth

Middle school students in Seattle sent handmade cards to respond to the anti-LGBTQ+ group. But Moms for Liberty claims this shows the schools are "indoctrinating and weaponizing" students.

How to Produce 'Gender Euphoria' for Trans and Nonbinary Youth

A new research brief from the Trevor Project shows what makes these young people happy.

For Transgender Awareness Week, a Look at the Reality of Health Care for Trans Youth

The National Center for Lesbian Rights is telling the real stories of trans youth and their families through the new #HealthcareIsCaring campaign.

Latinx LGBTQ+ Youth Have High Suicide Risk, Other Challenges: Trevor Project

But support in families and schools reduces this risk as does pride in one's identity, the Trevor Project's new report says.