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Gay Foster Kids’ Discrimination Battle Heats Up In States

Sixto Cancel says his ultra-religious foster family frequently talked about their disdain for his homosexuality at the dinner table, trashed his room and called him homophobic slurs. While he was still a teenager, he says, they kicked him out of their Connecticut home after he had lived there for More >

Gay Grandparents: The Second Coming Out

Most GLBT folks came out once, usually to parents, brothers and sisters, and friends. That was stressful enough. Let’s explore the experiences of grandparents who have gone through or are thinking about The Second Coming Out – to their grandchildren.

Thalia Verros of Mashpee has three More >

Ellen DeGeneres Is The Most Visible LGBT Public Figure In America

More than anyone else, Ellen DeGeneres is the face of LGBT America. Still.

That’s the verdict of two new Pew Research Center surveys, one of the general U.S. population and the other of LGBT Americans specifically.

Not only was the comedian and television host by far the most frequently cited More >

LGBT Youth And Suicide Study

Each year, one out of every three gay, lesbian or bisexual students in the San Francisco Unified School District reportedly attempts suicide. For transgender students, that number jumps to nearly one in two.

These statistics were captured in a 2011 survey of nearly 5,000 SFUSD middle and high More >

To Christian Parents of Gay Children

You want to shove those words back in and put the lid on. But you can’t. Your child is gay. This goes against everything you’ve been taught. It was not what you had in mind, and you instantly wonder where you went wrong.

When you become a parent, you know to expect the unexpected. But for most More >

8 Year-Old Meets His “Boyfriend” Darren Criss

Back in December I asked my oldest son what he wanted for Christmas. He only had one request:

“I want to meet Blaine and sing and play the guitar with him.”

My son has had a huge crush on Blaine, a popular character on Glee played by Darren Criss, for two years now. Despite the passage of time, his More >

When Teachers Tell Students “I’m Gay”

It began as a classroom discussion about families. First-graders at the Burr Elementary School in Newton, Massachusetts, asked teacher David Gaita whom he lives with. According to press accounts of the exchange, Gaita told the children that he is gay, and that he lives with a partner, “someone you More >

The First Ali Forney Center Resident Graduates Law School

by Carl Siciliano

Last weekend I found myself in a gym in Portland, Oregon with tears streaming down my face. I was at Lewis & Clark Law School, at the graduation ceremony of Ksen Pallegedara, one of the first young people ever to stay at the Ali Forney Center. As I saw Ksen walk by in his cap and More >

The Gay Dad Project: Opening Discussion For When A Parent Comes Out

Two strangers, Amie Shea and Erin Margolin, share a unique commonality. Both their dads came out to them as gay, late in life.

Erin Margolin, now 36, was in high school when her parents announced that they were getting a divorce—at the same time her father explained that the marriage was ending More >

WATCH: NASA releases “It Gets Better” video

Originally posted 2013-05-31 11:12:24.

My Friend Says He Is Gay, What Should I Do?

The first thing you need to do is take a step back from your feelings of shock and confusion and try to see things rationally. This is easier than it sounds, but it is not impossible. Being homosexual in modern Western culture carries with it a great deal of social taboo and ostracization. It is More >

WATCH: How To Be Gay In High School

High school can be a battlefield for many teens, particularly if you’re gay.

Now, however, video blogger David Levitz, who reveals that he came out at age 11, offers his tips on how to survive high school if you’re gay on his “Stories of a Star” blog.

Levitz, who calls the four years of high school More >

The Experiences of LGBT Students in Rural and Small Town Schools

Rural lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students feel less safe, face heightened victimization and have fewer supportive resources than LGBT students in suburban and urban areas, according to Strengths and Silences: The Experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Students in More >

Coming Out May Have Mental, Physical Benefits

A new study finds that openly acknowledging one’s sexual orientation is more than just a societal question, but an action with an impact on public health.

Researchers affiliated with the University of Montreal say lesbians, gays and bisexuals (LGBs) who have “come out” have lower stress hormone More >

Coming Out In College: Helpful tips and recommendations

Are you gay and out in college? Or, are you planning on coming out in college? College is much less insular than high school campuses can be. It’s a great time to explore your interests and your sexuality.

I didn’t come out until I went to college. Here are the things I would’ve done differently More >

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