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.

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.

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…

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.

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.

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.