Subject: strictly fyi: Holistic Center for Homeless Youth

From: Julie Parmenter Date: 11/8/2011 7:22 AM



Dear Safe Schools Coalition Members and Friends:




(1)   Reciprocity Foundation Launches First-ever Holistic Center for Homeless Youth in New York City       

(2)   Lady Gaga announces ‘Born this Way Foundation’ to support, empower youth

(3)   Bisexual Teens at Highest Risk of Bullying and Suicide

(4)   New federal bill would defund abstinence-only programs, include LGBT youth in sex-ed discussion

(5)    Transgender Youth Kicked Off Spokane Bus            



(1)    The nonprofit organization called the Reciprocity Foundation launched the first-ever Holistic Center for Homeless, runaway and LGBT-identified youth in America.  Located in the Fashion District in New York City, the center will house yoga classes, meditation, massage, nutrition and integrative counseling alongside the organization's award-winning filmmaking, employment training and college preparation programs.  More.




(2)   Lady Gaga on Wednesday announced the launch of the Born This Way Foundation (BTWF), an organization to support programs and initiatives that deal with all aspects of empowering youth..   The foundation, a non-profit charitable organization, will focus on youth empowerment and equality by addressing issues like self-confidence, well-being, anti-bullying, mentoring and career development, according to a media release.  See more.




(3)   Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth and those questioning their sexuality are at greater risk of suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts, bullying by their peers and truancy, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Illinois.  The study, published in the October issue of the journal Educational Researcher, also revealed some striking differences among the various groups of sexual minority youth.  More here.



(4)   Under newly proposed legislation, the federal government would no longer fund projects that only teach sex education in the context of “abstinence only until marriage.” In addition, organizations applying for federal sex-education funding will be required to address LGBT youth and their sexual-health issues in grant programs.   Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) and Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) introduced House Resolution 3324, or the “Real Education for Healthy Youth Act” into both chambers of Congress on Wednesday. The bill would require student instruction on both abstinence and contraception. Information taught to youth and young adults will have to be “medically accurate and complete,” meaning the information provided to students will have been verified and supported by scientific research.  Also see.


(5)    Three young transgender people were allegedly told to get off a Spokane, Wash. bus after their discussion over LGBT issues offended the driver.  The group, two twenty-somethings and a 16-year-old, say they sat in front of the bus because they've known things to get hostile with other passengers in the back of the bus.  The driver allegedly told them their conversation was inappropriate. When they accused her of being discriminatory, they say she kicked them off the bus a mile from their intended stop. More here.



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