Battling the Ninth Grade Bulge

Researchers call it the “ninth grade bulge,” and it has nothing to do with weight gain among teenagers. Rather, the term refers to a decades long trend that could prove critical to helping more students graduate high school and go on to successful careers . . .

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Safe Spaces: Supportive Environments Are Crucial for Transgender Youth

The cover of the January 2017 issue of National Geographic was a first for the historic magazine, though at first glance it seems fairly traditional: A striking 9-year-old girl looks confidently into the camera, her rainbow hair in a deep side part, her jawline set. The words “Gender Revolution” splash boldly across her chest, giving a hint to the challenges she faces . . .

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LGBT Youth Promote Justice By Creating Their Own Media

We face grave dangers to social gains that have been hard won by social movements: the possibility of a so-called “religious freedom” executive order (not yet passed at presstime) that would amount to a green light for anti-LGBT discrimination . . .

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N.C. Raise the Age Supporters Hope for Change in Law

David Johnson was 16 years old when he faced his first criminal charge in a North Carolina court that considered him an adult.

He remembers being overwhelmed by the proceedings, uncertain of what it would mean to take a plea or to spend years in prison — and to end up with a permanent criminal record. After all, he says, he was just a kid . . .

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Innovative Summer Learning Programs Bubble up, Draw Attention at the State Level

In New Britain, Connecticut, elementary school students can get a passport at the beginning of summer, listing places in the community they can visit — ranging from the fire department and newspaper to the planetarium and youth theater . . .

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Supporting Those Who Support Homeless Youth

He brought candy to that first meeting at the Covenant House homeless shelter in Manhattan a few days after Halloween — a universal ice breaker, he figured. Each month he kept coming back, one time helping the mainly gay, lesbian and bisexual youth decorate for Christmas, another time discussing their fears in a changing political world . . .

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Not Enough Letters? About Our March-April 2017 Print Edition

Throughout our March-April 2017 print publication, which has a cover package of stories focused on LGBT youth, we have used the acronym LGBT, consistent with the Associated Press (AP) style guide — the rule book for journalists worldwide. We could have used a lot more letters . . .

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What’s Next for Gay and Transgender Students?

Advocates question how the new White House will impact recent gains . . .

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LA Center Fills a Gap for Health, Mental Health and Other Services Specifically for LGBT Youth

Growing up on the tough South Side of Chicago, Richard never felt comfortable around people because he never felt normal as a gay youth in a heterosexual world . . .

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