Gender Archives - NWI

KSOC-TV on Jan. 26: Intersecting Identities Improving Health Outcomes for LGBTQI2-S Youth of Color

January 25, 2017 | Emily Taylor

On January 26 at 2 p.m. ET, KSOC-TV will release the interactive webisode, “Intersecting Identities Improving Health Outcomes for LGBTQI2-S Youth of Color.” This webisode will focus on issues affecting LGBTQI2-S youth of color and share ways to help providers, after-school program facilitators, families, and youth understand the intersection of identities and the associated challenges of trauma, suicide, and resilience. Participants will learn strategies to address behavioral health challenges and facilitate healing among children, youth, and families. State and local community leaders, health care providers, child- and youth-serving agencies, schools, LGBTQI2-S supporting organizations, and caregivers are encouraged to watch and participate in the webisode.

Watch the live webcast on January 26 at 2 p.m. ET»

Access previous KSOC-TV webisodes»

Community Schools Can Make a Difference for LGBTQ Youth

January 5, 2017 | Emily Taylor

This recent post from the Center for American Progress highlights the many benefits of community schools that “leverage partnerships between government agencies and community-based service providers to improve the educational achievement of students by caring for the overall well-being of students and their families”. The authors argue that community schools can also improve outcomes for LGBTQ youth by providing access to services and supports.

Read about community school programs that support LGBTQ youth»

New Studies: Trans Youth and Mental Health

March 30, 2016 | Emily Taylor

Two recently published studies explore the effects of socialization patterns on transgender youth. One of the recent studies, focused on 16-29 year old women, found that “the rate of psychiatric disorders and substance dependence among these women was 1.7 to 3.6 times greater than in the general population”. These young people grew up in poverty with little acceptance of their gender identities. The other study assessed the mental health of 73 transgender 3-12 year old children in Washington state and the results showed that this group did “not experience any more depression, and had only slightly more anxiety, than their siblings and non-transgender peers”. In contrast, these young people grew up in relatively affluent households and were more emotionally supported.

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Bullying and Substance Use Among Gay and Bisexual Youth

February 18, 2016 | Halley Doherty-Gary

New research shows that gay and bisexual youth score lower on key indicators of youth development – increasing the chance they will participate in health risk behaviors like cigarette smoking and alcohol use. Bullying was identified as a factor that hindered access to building blocks of health and well-being.

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Lasting Mental Health Problems for Victimized LGBT Youth

February 18, 2016 | Halley Doherty-Gary

Northwestern University reports on new research showing that severely victimized LGBT youth may experience lasting mental health problems such as major depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The study’s findings suggest changes in school policies and programs to help prevent bulling and provide coping strategies for those who are being targeted.

Read the synopsis>>

“Girls Court,” a new approach to girls in juvenile justice

October 19, 2015 | Halley Doherty-Gary

A court experiment in Florida, Girls Court, attempts to help delinquent girls by promoting rehabilitation rather than incarceration.

Watch the PBS video >>

Impact of school discipline on southern black students

October 14, 2015 | Halley Doherty-Gary

The Center for the Study of Race and Equity & in Education aims to make transparent the rates at which school discipline practices and policies impact black students in every K-12 public school district in 13 Southern states. The report concludes with resources and recommendations for parents and families, educators and school leaders. An illuminating infographic accompanies the report.


Black girls matter

October 13, 2015 | Halley Doherty-Gary

The Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy and African American Policy Forum address the need to integrate a gender lens into an analysis of the racial/ethnic disparities in school attachment and completion. This publication works to broaden our understanding of the current crisis facing youth of color.

Read stakeholder interviews >>

The sexual abuse to prison pipeline

October 12, 2015 | Halley Doherty-Gary

Human Rights Project for Girls, Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality, and Ms. Foundation for Women, address girls’ high rates of sexual abuse and their increased involvement in the juvenile justice system, and the direct correlation between the two. This article discusses the systemic criminalization of victimized girls.


Ensuring a safe space for LGBTQ youth mental health

October 9, 2015 | Halley Doherty-Gary

HRC addresses the limited access LGBTQ young people have to quality mental health care services. This article discusses the context of limitations to accessing quality mental health care for LGBTQ young people and what lawmakers are doing to challenge those barriers.

See what lawmakers are doing >>

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