Ensuring a “Time to Thrive” for LGBTQ Youth

Feb 19, 2014|By: Gautam Raghavan, Advisor in the White House Office of Public Engagement
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Last weekend, the Human Rights Campaign, in partnership with the National Education Association and American Counseling Association, hosted the first-ever “Time to Thrive” conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. The conference brought together hundreds of educators, school administrators, coaches, social workers, mental health providers, and other youth development staff for a conversation about promoting safety, inclusion, and well-being among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth.

Since taking office, President Obama and his Administration have taken significant steps to advance equality for the LGBT community – including addressing and preventing bullying and harassment of LGBT young people in classrooms and communities around the country. That’s why I was proud to moderate a panel discussion with colleagues from the Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, and Agriculture to highlight some of the bullying prevention and youth empowerment resources available across the federal government.

View video footage of the panel discussion, including a special video message from Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Obama.

If you want to learn more, check out these resources:

White House Resources

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

U.S. Department of Education

U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. Department of Agriculture

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