Supporting LGBTQ Youth

Boys & Girls Clubs of America is committed to providing a safe, positive, inclusive environment for all young people, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

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LGBTQ youth at risk

Young people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender are twice as likely to have been verbally assaulted, bullied or physically assaulted at school, according to national surveys. They are also twice as likely to have been excluded by their peers because they are “different.” Research shows that when we create a more inclusive environment for LGBTQ youth, we elevate the social and emotional safety for all young people.

How we’re helping

The LGBTQ Inclusion Initiative supports local organizations in providing a safe and welcoming environment for youth of all sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions in Clubs and BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers. Working in partnership with Club leaders in the field, content experts and other youth development professionals, we seek to create a shared understanding of gender and sexuality; introduce inclusive language; and equip Club staff with the tools they need to create a safe and supportive atmosphere not only for our LGBTQ youth, but for all young people.