Young people thrive when they feel a sense of belonging.
Resources for LGBTQ+ youth, families and allies
Boys & Girls Clubs are committed to ensuring equity and inclusion for all young people.
After more than 160 years serving youth, we know that a sense of belonging is everything, and that’s especially true for LGBTQ+ kids and teens. Clubs work to offer a safe, positive environment for youth, staff and families of all sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions. In physically and emotionally safe places, young people can be themselves, ignite their interests and develop skills to be successful in school, the workforce and in life.
Leonard A. on what the Club means to them.
4 in 10 LGBTQ+ youth (42%) say the community in which they live is not accepting of LGBTQ+ people.
Human Rights Campaign
59% of LGBTQ+ students felt unsafe at school because of their sexual orientation.
GLSEN National School Climate Survey
One accepting adult can reduce the risk of a suicide attempt by 40% in LGBTQ+ youth.
The Trevor Project
“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
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.