As more and more parents become allies to their children, it becomes even more important that they realize the unique challenges and struggles that their children will be facing, and how they can provide the best support system possible. In “A Note To The Parents: Input From Our Youth”, the kids of Rainbow Youth and Allies will be discussing what they need from their parents, and answering a series of burning questions parents have submitted from discussion.
Let’s learn and grow together.
The Joint Committee on Children, Youth and Families of the Maryland General Assembly will be convening on September 9th at 10 am. The purpose of this hearing is to discuss and address the needs of LGBT youth in Maryland. As we are all aware, the risks faced by LGBT youth are great. They are more likely to abuse substances, have mental health concerns, become involved with the criminal justice system, and face violence and bullying in the community.The Youth Equality Alliance is working to address these and other issues facing LGBT youth in Maryland. The YEA is asking us to help fill the room at the hearing on September 9th so the committee knows how important these issues are to us. Court Appointed Special Advocate will be submitting a letter to the committee on behalf of our work with foster youth and the work of the LGBTQ Youth Task Force.
- The Youth Equality Alliance’s (YEA) requests that the Committee investigate what factors jeopardize the condition of Maryland’s LGBTQ youth; mandate DJS, DJR and MSDE to report on these factors and ongoing work to remedy gaps
- search out and make recommendations to solve interdepartmental gaps and inefficiencies in services to LGBTQ youth; ensure there is an interdepartmental procedure to report and respond to complaints
- make recommendations to Legislature and general public on policies that will best support the social, emotional and academic wellness of Maryland’s LGBTQ youthThe Hearing will take place on September 9th in Room 120 in the House Office Building located at 6 Bladen Street, Annapolis, MD 21401, from 10 am to 12 pm. Please attend if you are able.Here’s a map – it’s in the Lowe House Office Building (6 Bladen St): http://equalitymaryland.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/State-House-and-area-map.pdf.
Other logistics: The best parking is usually in Gotts garage.
Reminder: you need a government ID to enter the building.
We want to see YOU at our PFLAG 15th Annual Picnic in Ellicott City !
Note that picnic will be taking place at a NEW location ! (see below)
Each year, PFLAG’s picnic brings together families, friends & allies to share an afternoon of food and fun.
15th Annual Family Picnic — Sunday, September 27, 2015 Centennial Park South Pavilion D (off of Rt. 108) — Noon to 3:00 p.m
What to Expect
• Parents, family members, friends, LGBTQ, allies and children of all ages
• Games for all ages
• Lots of seating for relaxing and chatting
• A large pavilion to protect us in case of rain
What is Provided
• Charcoal and cooking utensils
• Soft drinks and ice
• Cups, plates, eating utensils and napkins
What to Bring
• Something to barbecue and a dish to share
• The kids
• A friend
• Dogs on leashes welcome
• Suggested Donation of $5 per family is appreciated, but not required.
Gender Conference East’s mission is to provide a safe and supportive space dedicated to the needs of children and youth across the gender spectrum, as well as their families and the professionals working with them.
Register now at www.GenderConferenceEast.org.