Empowered LGBTQ youth and young adults are our blueprint to a future where every person can live safely and freely with dignity and respect.
On June 28, 1969, a group of young LGBTQ patrons–particularly young Black transgender women—led the Stonewall uprising, paving the way for the modern movement for LGBTQ rights. Today, LGBTQ youth and young adults still seek what these leaders called for at Stonewall: respect, equity, justice and belonging for all people.
LGBTQ youth and young adults are facing a wave of new and unprecedented challenges, including dozens of new anti-LGBTQ legislation in the United States and a lack of resources and support systems amid a global pandemic. As we celebrate Pride Month, we spoke with leaders whose work prioritizes the pressing needs of LGBTQ young people across the globe.
Below, we invite you to read interviews with four of our grantees on the forefront of this work across our Gender and Reproductive Equity, U.S Jewish, Israel, and Tulsa portfolios. They include: Advocates for Youth, Keshet, Youth Services of Tulsa (YST) and Israel Gay Youth (IGY). While the individual missions of these organizations vary, each supports LGBTQ youth and young adults through innovative programming, groundbreaking partnerships and collaborations with young leaders who are ready to make a difference.
We hope these interviews deepen our shared understanding of the challenges facing LGBTQ youth and young adults today, showcase the voices of young leaders and activists and inspire new ways to engage with Pride and LGBTQ rights advocacy year-round.