Boys & Girls Clubs are committed to ensuring equity and inclusion for all young people.
Our Clubs work to offer a safe, positive environment for youth, staff and families of all sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions. It's part of our broader mission to ensure every young person has access to quality out-of-school time opportunities where they are physically and emotionally safe, healthy and develop the leadership skills they need on their path to a Great Future.
Allie D, former Wisconsin State Youth of the Year.
16% of Club teens identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or Questioning (LGBTQ)
2017 BGCA Teen voice survey
Only 26% of LGBTQ youth report that they always feel safe in the classroom
HRC 2018 LGBTQ Youth Report
LGBTQ Tools & Resources
Boys & Girls Clubs of America is proud to partner with the following organizations to provide resources to our Clubs, our members and their families.
See Why LGBTQ Initiative Matters to Boys & Girls Clubs
Billy Mann of Boys & Girls Clubs of Toledo discusses the importance of the LGBTQ project to his organization and to all Club kids.
Boys & Girls Clubs leaders discuss why creating inclusive environments for LGBTQ youth and all youth is core to BGCA’s mission.
Hear stories from the youth at Boys & Girls Clubs of Fox Valley on their creation of a Gay Straight alliance to support their LGBTQ youth and allies.
Here’s why Pride Month matters to me.
Today, as the voice of more than 4.3 million young people, it’s my responsibility to be honest and transparent about my identity, my leadership journey, and my commitment to advocating for the needs of LGBTQIA+ youth. Read more»
- Carlos P., 2017-18 National Youth of the Year
I Shared Who I Was
Despite labels and status, young people respond to confident and self-assured adults. I am open my life. When I first started at my Club, I prepared an “About Me” presentation. This presentation showed pictures of my hometown, my hobbies, my family, my partner, and my partner’s family. I never felt obligated to shy away from what might make a member uncomfortable. Instead, I shared who I was and was prepared to address feelings of discomfort and curiosity.
- Lacey Salas, Unit Director, Columbus Boys & Girls Club
I Can Really Be Who I Am
I can come here and really be who I am. At home there’s always a filter but here there isn’t. People here are more accepting than where I typically am for most of my day. From my perspective it seems that it’s the only accepting place.