One out of five lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth are thrown away by their families when they come out. In fact, 40-60% of kids who are homeless are LGB or T. Without support, our kids are at risk for suicide, depression, substance abuse, truancy and sexual acting out. But True Colors saves lives and rebuilds families through advocacy, education and direct service to youth and those who care for them. Your donations help hundreds of youth in CT across the United States
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Children and teens who aren't straight are often rejected by those who should support them; their family, school, church etc. Statistically, these teens are at higher risk for all the horrible things that come along with social isolation. However, with support and acceptance they are able to concentrate on the important parts of being a teenager and not worry about homelessness, safety, suicide, their own worth etc. True Colors helps them not only survive but thrive!
How will this project solve this problem?
We work to improve the quality of life for LGBT teens and their families using many approaches. We provide mentors. We work with State Agencies and legislators to develop explicitly inclusive policies and programs. We train professionals who work to undo their biases and provide culturally competent program. We advocate directly for teens and teach them to advocate for themselves. True Colors has spent the last 20 years making CT a safer place for our LGBT teens.
Potential Long Term Impact
In 1993 there were 4 gay/straight alliances in CT. 20 years later there are 164, many due to our work. At the time, many people didn't see the need for such groups, today we know that they save lives. Since youth come out at about 13, we are now working to identify the best way to address issues of intolerance in middle and even elementary schools. Our annual conference and our mentoring program continue to be major highlights of our agency.
Total Funding Received to Date: $6,720
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $23,280
Total Funding Goal: $30,000