Join FYSB in Recognizing LGBT Pride Month in June

The Family and Youth Services Bureau, or FYSB, marks Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month in June by reaffirming its commitment to addressing the unique needs of the LGBT families and youth served by its programs.

Because they are more likely to have experienced violence or feel stigmatized, young people and adults who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender often have significantly lower health and wellbeing outcomes than their heterosexual peers.

“Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender young people and adults deserve programs that are welcoming, inclusive, and provide a safe space,” says Debbie A. Powell, FYSB’s Acting Associate Commissioner. “And they need services that are designed with them in mind using the best research we have about what can help improve their lives.”

That’s why the Bureau’s funding opportunity announcements require that staff of Runaway and Homeless Youth grantee programs across the country to undergo training in serving LGBT youth. Grantees in the Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program are encouraged to implement curricula that are welcoming to youth of all sexual orientations and gender identities. And the Family Violence Prevention and Services Program developed a number of resources to better serve LGBT victims of domestic violence.

Here are some products offered, or soon to be offered, by FYSB on effectively serving LGBT families and youth: