The Kids are Listening: LGBTQ Foster Youth (Video)
Youth who identify as LGBTQI2-S are over represented among youth who are homeless. They often face rejection as a result of their sexual identity. This can be particularly true for youth exiting the foster care system. This video, by the Opening Doors Project, seeks to raise awareness about the hate speech and discrimination these youth often face.
This video is brought to you by the Opening Doors Project, through the American Bar Association Center on Children and Law. The Project works to make life better for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans gender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth today. It is dedicated to training and supporting the legal and social service professionals on the front lines to ensure that LGBTQ foster youth have the support they deserve and the rights they demand. Through on-the-ground trainings, local task forces, and comprehensive research and training materials, the Opening Doors Project provides the legal community with advocacy tools they need to successfully represent LGBTQ youth in foster care. The project introduces this video stating, "Our kids are listening - whether it's on the news, at home or in our schools and it's up to us to make sure they hear the right things. Share this video with five friends and together we will stand up to hate speech and discrimination." (Adapted from the authors).
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