Federal Advocacy

At its core, our federal advocacy work is framed around the idea that discrimination and stigma are the cornerstones of many of the disparities faced by LGBTQ youth and other at-risk populations, particularly those with mental health concerns. We believe that one of the most important advances we can make is the passage and enforcement of laws and regulations that prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity and expression in health care, education, employment, housing, and public accommodations. This should include advocacy against laws and policies that stigmatize or isolate LGBTQ youth, as well as policies supporting sexual orientation change efforts for LGBTQ youth.  We believe that we can only succeed in our mission with a broad vision of justice and equality, and in all of our work we are committed to recognizing the diverse health needs of youth with disabilities, transgender youth, youth of color, homeless youth, youth in the juvenile justice system, and youth with diverse family backgrounds.

Mental Health and Well-Being

Family Acceptance and Reduction of Homelessness

Education and Safe Schools

Data Collection and Research

Juvenile Justice

Armed Services