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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Leonard A. on what the Club means to them.

“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.

News & Stories

Carter’s Pride

It was liberating to finally be okay with simply just being me.

How to be an Ally

Ensuring that all members of the LGBTQ+ community, especially our youth, feel welcome and supported.

Supporting Black LGBTQ+ Youth

Ways to help Black LGBTQ+ youth cope with trauma and be a supporter and ally.

Empower LGBTQ Youth

Letting kids know that we see them, and we accept them for whoever they are.

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.

Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network

GLSEN believes that every student has the right to a safe, supportive, and LGBTQ-inclusive K-12 education. 

Human Rights Campaign

Find a wealth of resources for supporting LGBTQ youth at home, in school and in the community.

The Safe Zone Project

The Safe Zone Project Is a Free Online Resource for Powerful, Effective LGBTQ Awareness and Ally Training Workshops.

The Trevor Project

The leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.

LGBTQ Initiative

Download Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s PDF - Engaging Families and Communities in Support of LGBTQ Youth.

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