GLAAD’s 2017 Accelerating Acceptance report revealed that 20% of young people identify as LGBTQ. By identifying outside of traditional binaries like gay or straight, man or woman, young people are redefining what it means to be LGBTQ. GLAAD’s youth programming works to engage, inform and inspire the next generation of LGBTQ changemakers.
With these advocates, GLAAD is building networks of young LGBTQ and ally activists to promote LGBTQ acceptance through the media in youth communities nationwide. Together, GLAAD and our youth advocates provide outlets and platforms of expression for younger generations to incorporate intersectional LGBTQ advocacy in their everyday lives.
Current Youth Programs
amp is young creators series, produced by GLAAD, featuring content and stories created by and for young change makers. amp series features original content including op-eds, creative writing, photography, art, videos, and other creative content. Click here to check out and subscribe to amp!
GLAAD’s Campus Ambassador Program is a volunteer network of university and college LGBTQ and ally students who work with GLAAD and in their local communities to take action and build a movement to accelerate acceptance and end hate. Click here to learn more about the program.
The GLAAD Rising Stars Grants Program celebrates young people’s commitment to enhancing LGBTQ representation within their communities and culture at large. Click here to apply and learn more.
Spirit Day began in 2010 as a way to show support for LGBTQ youth and take a stand against bullying. Following a string of high-profile suicide deaths of gay teens in 2010, GLAAD worked to involve millions of teachers, workplaces, celebrities, media outlets and students in going purple on social media or wearing purple, a color that symbolizes spirit on the rainbow flag. Click here for more information about Spirit Day.
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