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.

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Allie D, former Wisconsin State Youth of the Year.

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Only 13% of LGBTQ youth report hearing positive messages about being LGBTQ in school.

2018 LGBTQ Youth Report, Human Rights Campaign
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Only 25% of LGBTQ youth have families who show support for them by getting involved in the larger LGBTQ and ally community.

2018 LGBTQ Youth Report, Human Rights Campaign

Our Commitment to Inclusion

We believe every kid has what it takes. The mission and core beliefs of Boys & Girls Clubs fuel our commitment to promoting safe, positive and inclusive environments for all. Boys & Girls Clubs of America supports all youth and teens – of every race, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, ability, socio-economic status, and religion – in reaching their full potential.

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

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Billy Mann of Boys & Girls Clubs of Toledo discusses the importance of the LGBTQ project to his organization and to all Club kids.

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Boys & Girls Clubs leaders discuss why creating inclusive environments for LGBTQ youth and all youth is core to BGCA’s mission.

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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.

- Casper, BGC Wisconsin