LGBTQ youth frequently feel excluded from the mainstream student body. One recent survey conducted by the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network, found that 79% had been verbally harassed in the prior year due to their sexual orientation and 62% were harassed because of how they expressed their gender. Being repeatedly bullied is related to high risk of depression, as well as suicidal ideation and attempts.
Expanding Services Within the Schools
Our vision is to support schools that are already providing services to LGBTQ youth and to promote the beginnings of LGBTQ programs in schools that are not yet offering them.
Call us about staff training and consultation.
Supporting Parents and Caregivers
With support from Orange County System of Care, Jewish Family Service of Orange County is hosting several discussions for the LGBTQ community and allies – including parents, friends, and service providers – about growing up and living as a lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, or questioning/queer individual. Parents and other caregivers of LGBTQ youth are especially encouraged to attend.
The discussion topics will include the LGBTQ culture, common challenges faced by LGBTQ youth and their families, possible benefits and consequences of “coming out,” and other issues raised by participants.
For further information, contact LGBTQ@JFSorange.org or call Jewish Family Service at 341-1173 ext.398