Thursday, June 11, 2009

June is LGBT Pride Month

This month, President Obama proclaimed June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month (see the proclamation here, on the White House website). In his proclamation, President Obama states that "LGBT youth should feel safe to learn without the fear of harassment". Many schools have GSAs (Gay-Straight Alliances) to help with this issue, and we at the public library believe in providing access to information for every member of our community. So, here's some resources--whether you're gay, straight, or just curious--here you go.
  • Local Gay-Straight Alliances - see if your high school has one
  • The Trevor Project & The Matthew Shepard Foundation - two online communities for gay youth
  • S.A.F.E. - Straight Advocates for Equality (a local group)
  • PFLAG - Parents, Friends & Family of Lesbians & Gays
  • Our Queer Lit booklist right here on Read.Watch.Listen., as well as the Sex & Relationships page in the 411 section. It lists all kinds of stuff about, well, sex & relationships for all teens, even those practicing abstinence. There are also several phone numbers of hotlines to call if you need to talk to someone.
  • What is Gay Pride? The history behind it, including why the rainbow is its symbol.

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