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    Adolescents in Lesbian Families: DSM-Oriented Scale Scores and Stigmatization

    By Henry Bos, Nanette Gartrell & Loes van Gelderen
    May 2013

    The present study focused on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)-oriented scale scores from Child Behavior Checklists completed by parents of the 17-year-old offspring in the U.S. National Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study.

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    Adolescents with Lesbian Mothers Describe Their Own Lives

    By Nanette Gartrell, Henny Bos H, Heidi Peyser, et al.
    November 2012

    Teens with lesbian mothers are academically successful and happy with their lives. These adolescents had strong family bonds, and they were nearly unanimous in describing their mothers as good role models. They also reported having numerous close friends—generally with same-age peers who were predominantly heterosexual. Teenagers were asked a series of questions about their everyday life experiences including academics, extracurricular activities, aspirations, friendships, family interactions, role models, health problems and wellbeing.

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    Serving Our Youth: Findings from a National Survey of Service Providers Working with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Youth Who Are Homeless or At Risk of Becoming Homeless

    By Laura E. Durso, Gary J. Gates
    July 2012

    Over the past ten years, the percentage of homeless youth providers serving LGBT clients has increased from 82% to 94%. Nearly seven in ten (68%) respondents indicated that family rejection was a major factor contributing to LGBT youth homelessness, making it the most cited factor.

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    Peer-To-Peer Violence and Bullying: Examining the Federal Response

    U.S. Commission on Civil Rights
    September 2011

    This report analyzes government efforts to protect minority youth from violence and bullying in school. The report cites Williams Institute scholars Dr. Ilan H. Meyer, Williams Senior Scholar of Public Policy and Williams Institute Faculty Advisory Committee Members Stuart Biegel and Greg Herek.

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    Statement to U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Regarding Peer Violence & Bullying

    By Stuart Biegel
    July 2011

    Statement delivered to Commissioner Roberta Achtenberg, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, regarding Peer Violence & Bullying

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    Briefing on Peer-to-Peer Violence and Bullying: Examining the Federal Response

    By Ilan H. Meyer
    May 2011

    Testimony made before the United States Commission on Civil Rights briefing on “Peer-to-Peer Violence and Bullying: Examining the Federal Response.”

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    Safe at School: Addressing the School Environment and LGBT Safety through Policy and Legislation

    By Stuart Biegel & Sheila James Kuehl
    September 2010

    This policy brief examines what we know from both litigation and research concerning the challenges faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth in America’s public schools.

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    The Right to Be Out: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in America’s Public Schools

    By Stuart Biegel
    2010

    Despite significant advances for gay and transgender persons in the United States, the public school environment remains daunting, even frightening, as evidenced by numerous high-profile incidents of discrimination, bullying, violence, and suicide.

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