HRC, GLSEN, PFLAG, the Trevor Project and True Colors Fund held a congressional briefing on issues impacting LGBTQ youth.
Post submitted by Jordan Dashow, former Federal Policy Manager
On Friday, HRC, GLSEN, PFLAG, The Trevor Project and True Colors Fund held a congressional briefing on issues impacting LGBTQ youth. This briefing was the culmination of the 2017 LGBTQ Youth Policy Lobby Day, where more than 60 youth-serving professionals, LGBTQ youth, and parents of LGBTQ youth met with nearly 100 congressional offices to lobby on issues impacting LGBTQ young people. More than 40 staff attended the briefing.
The briefing began with introductions from three LGBTQ young people: Josh Deese and HRC Youth Ambassadors Jazz Jennings and Paolo Veloso. Deese, Jennings and Veloso spoke about a broad range of issues, including transgender visibility, discrimination at school, bullying, homelessness and bi erasure. They also spoke about how intersecting marginalized identities can compound experiences of discrimination.
Following the young people’s remarks, five policy experts from the sponsoring organizations presented on legislative responses to these issues. These experts included Jennifer Pike Bailey, Senior Public Policy Advocate at HRC; Nathan Smith, Director of Public Policy at GLSEN; Beth Kohm, Interim Executive Director of PFLAG; Steve Mendelsohn, Interim Executive Director at the Trevor Project; and Justin Rush, Director of Public Policy at True Colors Fund.
Some of the legislation that the policy experts focused on, included: