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    Suicide Attempts Among Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Adults

    By Jody L. Herman, Ann P. Haas, Philip L. Rodgers
    January 2014

    New analysis of responses to the National Transgender Discrimination Survey (NTDS) shows that transgender respondents who experienced rejection by family and friends, discrimination, victimization, or violence have a higher risk of attempting suicide. 78 percent of survey respondents who suffered physical or sexual violence at school reported suicide attempts, as did 65 percent of respondents who experienced violence at work.

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    Civic Competence of Dutch Children in Female Same-Sex Parent Families: A Comparison With Children of Opposite-Sex Parents

    By Henny Bos, Nanette Gartrell, Jaap Roeleveld, Guuske Ledoux
    September 2013

    Pre-teen Dutch children raised by female same-sex parents scored higher on core principles of democratic citizenship than their peers in heterosexual-parent families. In a Dutch national survey of civic competence, children between the ages of 11 to 13 years old reared in female-parent households scored significantly higher than children in heterosexual-parent households on attitudes concerning acting democratically, dealing with conflicts, and dealing with differences.

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    Provider Perspectives on the Needs of Gay and Bisexual Male and Transgender Youth of Color

    By Laura E. Durso, Angeliki Kastanis, Bianca D.M. Wilson, Ilan H. Meyer
    August 2013

    Los Angeles-area gay, bisexual, and questioning male and transgender (GBTQ) youth of color face individual, organizational, and structural barriers to educational, health and social services. Both schools and service providers struggle to provide institutionally-supported GBTQ-friendly services. And while some individuals within health and social service agencies were equipped to support GBTQ youth, organizations lacked institutional policies, practices or training opportunities to better serve this population.

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    School-Based Gay-Affirmative Interventions: First Amendment and Ethical Concerns

    By Ilan H. Meyer, Ronald Bayer
    August 2013

    Public health professionals and educators have developed effective school-based interventions to reduce prejudice and stigma against LGBT students. These interventions can reduce the harm caused to sexual minority youths by stigma and can improve health outcomes. Critics have warned that these interventions attempt to control speech and religious beliefs protected by the First Amendment. Legal and ethical analysis shows that, both legally and ethically, there is great leeway for schools to implement LGBT-affirmative interventions.

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    Minority Stress Experiences and Psychological Well-Being: The Impact of Support from and Connection to Social Networks Within the Los Angeles House and Ball Communities.

    By Carolyn F. Wong, Sheree M. Schrager, Ian W. Holloway, Ilan H. Meyer, Michele D. Kipke
    August 2013

    African American young men who have sex with men (AAYMSM) from the House and Ball communities are at high risk for HIV infection. Because these communities are not only sources of risk but also support for AAYMSM, researchers must also consider the resources these communities possess. This knowledge will assist in the formulation of more effective prevention strategies and intervention approaches.

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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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