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Okay, so I know I’m going to catch some flak here from the predictably self-righteous who think I’m trying to influence America’s youth (not to mention undermine the country) by offering this page and these resources….

Here’s what I know. I grew up as a child in the 1950’s already feeling attractions to my girlfriends in elementary school, and not understanding what that was all about. I didn’t have any role models on TV or in real life that I could relate to. There were no “hotlines” to call and no one to talk to, for fear I would be labeled some kind of psychopath and socked away in an institution somewhere. I lived in fear of being discovered. I was scared and confused. I tried to fit “the mold” – pretending to be interested in boys – but it was excruciating!

Today, thankfully, that doesn’t have to be a gay or questioning youth’s fate. Today there are resources and whatever I can do to help make those available, I am here to serve.

Please feel free to contact me with resources that you know or have helped to establish. (No “gays can be cured” propoganda, p-l-e-a-s-e! ). This is a site for positive resources. So send me your links! -MsQ

See post “A Word About Gay Teen Suicide and Who Can Help”:

https://msqueer.wordpress.com/2008/02/21/a-word-about-gay-teen-suicide-and-someone-who-can-help/

The Trevor Project launched its Blog  September 9. 2008

Visit the original home page at http://thetrevorproject.wordpress.com/2008/09/09/welcome-to-the-trevorblog/

For latest posts go to: http://thetrevorproject.wordpress.com/

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TrevorSpace is an online, social networking community for LGBTQ youth ages 13 through 24 and their friends and allies. Youth can create personal profiles and connect with other young people throughout the country, as well as find resources within their communities. TrevorSpace is carefully monitored by administrators designated by The Trevor Project to ensure all content is age appropriate, youth-friendly and factual. This ensures the site provides the safest space possible for its young members. The TrevorSpace interface is a youth-only model of Connexion.org, a popular LGBTQ networking site. The software used to create TrevorSpace was donated to The Trevor Project by Tim Gill, an American software entrepreneur and philanthropist. Join TrevorSpace today!

(from the TrevorSpace page of  TrevorBlog)

A Young Film-maker talk about The Trevor Project:

New Study Shows Affects of Tolerance from Family on Gay Teen Suicide Rate

https://msqueer.wordpress.com/2009/01/01/study-shows-toleramce-lowers-gay-teen-suicide-rate/

See “Gay Teens” page at About.com http://gayteens.about.com/

See post https://msqueer.wordpress.com/2008/07/28/httpgayteensaboutcom/

A personal message  from MsQueer to Parents of Gay Teens

(and accompanying resourses, of course!)

https://msqueer.wordpress.com/2008/12/16/for-parents-of-gay-teens/

See post “Remembering Lawrence King”

(https://msqueer.wordpress.com/2008/07/28/remembering-lawrence-king/)

National Coalition for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth

GLSEN

Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network

GLSEN, or the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, is the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students. Established nationally in 1995, GLSEN envisions a world in which every child learns to respect and accept all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. For more information on GLSEN’s educational resources, public policy agenda, student organizing programs, research, public education or development initiatives, visit www.glsen.org.

Florida High School’s Gay-Straight Alliance Upheld by Judge. See post: https://msqueer.wordpress.com/2008/08/07/federal-judge-rules-in-favor-of-florida-high-schools-gay-straight-alliance/

The Gay-Lesbian-Straight Education Network (GLSEN) provides guidelines for helping schools to address bullying and harrassment of LGBT Youth.  See post: https://msqueer.wordpress.com/2008/08/07/helping-schools-address-bullying-and-harrassment-of-lgbt-youth/

See post about Cracked Xmas 11, Annual Gala Holiday Fundraising Event for The Trevor Project (and view highlights from 2007’s Cracked Xmas 10, honoring Ellen Degeneres and Clear Channel Radio Los Angeles.)

https://msqueer.wordpress.com/2008/08/13/annual-holiday-gala-fundraiser-for-the-trevor-project/

Gay Homeless Youth

A Special OurChart Report

Featuring actress Katherine Moennig from The L Word

See Post: https://msqueer.wordpress.com/2008/08/14/gay-homeless-youth-an-ourchart-special-report-featuring-katherine-moennig/

September 10th, 2008 is named The Trevor Project Day in New York

in honor of National Suicide Prevention Week and World Suicide Prevention Day

see: https://msqueer.wordpress.com/2008/09/10/world-suicide-prevention-day-and-the-trevor-project/

CELEBRATING ANNUAL “NATIONAL COMING OUT DAY”

OCTOBER 11TH

http://msqueer.wordpress.com/2008/10/13/10th-annual-national-coming-out-day-celebrated-october-11th/

National Coming Out Day 2008

Video by HRC

Queer Youth Information and Psychotherapy

This is a new site launched by Jayme Peta, a pre-licensed professional psychotherapist registered with the State of Colorado. This site provides a wealth of  information and resources, as well as news and a blog.  Check it out at:

http://www.qyip.org/home

Queer Youth Mental Health Blog

Here’s what the site’s originator says about it: “My decision to create this site was driven by how little information there is for LGBTQI youth on mental wellness and counseling.  I wanted to fill this gap by providing information, support and referrals to LGBTQI youth.”

On April 7, 2009, the legislature of the state of Vermont overturned their Governor’s veto of a Freedom of Marriage Law legalizing Gay Marriage. Vermont is the 4th state to do so, but the first to enact this law through the legislative process rather than the courts.  Hearings were held and both advocates and opponents came to speak.

View 17-year-old James Neiley from Charlotte, VT, testifying before the Vermont Senate in favor of Marriage Equality:

For more details see https://msqueer.wordpress.com/2009/04/08/vermont-legislature-overturns-governors-veto-to-pass-gay-marriage-law/

©2008 MsQueer.com. All rights reserved.  (NOTE: MsQueer claims no ownership of photos, videos, press releases or content owned by other agents or sources.  Full credit is given the sources of unoriginal material on this site.)

4 Responses

  1. Hi! I have started a website for LGBTQ youth on mental health issues and I’ve included some free articles: http://www.qyip.org. I also began a blog for LGBTQ youth on mental health concerns at http://queeryouthmentalhealth.wordpress.com. I really appreciate your blog & the resources!

    • Great! I will set up a link to your blog & subscribe to it as well. I’ll watch for articles, stories to re-post here (I always credit the source and provide link back to original site). Best of luck with your venture. We need all the avenues we can get for this vital information to b accessible to our LGBTQ youth! -MsQueer

  2. I just happened accross your blog and wanted to say that I think what you are doing is awesome. I can remember being attracted to females from a young age and not realizing why or that it was ok. I never had any resources and very little support growing up. It is vital and you are doing something great!

    • Thanks for taking the time to comment! I know that pain of confusion when I was young and attracted to my girl classmates. I am so thankful that there are resources for our young people today! Thanks for the encouragement. BTW, I enjoyed visiting your blog and will be back again! Take care.

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