New Website Offers Legal Information to LGBTQ & HIV Positive Youth in New England

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BOSTON, Mass.—Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) has launched a new website to empower young LGBTQ and HIV positive people in New England with valuable information about their legal rights in school, sports, GSAs, work, foster care, the juvenile justice system and more.  The URL is www.glad.org/youth.

The lively, easy-to-navigate, mobile-friendly design has information organized by subject, and features interactive tools such as quizzes, videos, and profiles of young people GLAD has helped.  The site is not only an educational tool for LGBTQ and HIV positive youth, but is also helpful for parents, teachers, school administrators, and youth workers. In addition, www.glad.org/youth provides links to local youth programs and services in each New England state.

“Legal information can be complicated and intimidating no matter what your age,” said Vickie Henry, Senior Staff Attorney at GLAD, and director of GLAD’s Youth Initiative. “Our goal is to make this information approachable and useable for both young people and the adults who can advocate with them.” [pullquote]The site is not only an educational tool for LGBTQ and HIV positive youth, but is also helpful for parents, teachers, school administrators, and youth workers.[/pullquote]

While the information on the website is not legal advice, it is meant to equip youth and their supporters with enough information about the specific laws in their state to advocate for themselves.

On each page of the website, youth and their supporters are invited to contact GLAD Answers, a legal information service, with further questions. GLAD Answers can be reached by phone (800-455-GLAD), live chat, or email (GLADAnswers@glad.org).

Through strategic litigation, public policy advocacy, and education, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders works in New England and nationally to create a just society free of discrimination based on gender identity and expression, HIV status, and sexual orientation.

[From a News Release]