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Model Policy & Practice Guidelines for Juvenile Justice Facilities – Providing Non-Discriminatory Services to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Youth

This model policy – specifically designed for juvenile justice facilities – includes detailed practice guidelines to help facilities implement anti-harassment policies and create safe and non-discriminatory environments for LGBT youth. Download PDF


Breaking the Silence: LGBTQ Foster Youth Tell Their Stories: DVD and Resource CD

Breaking the Silence has been discontinued. Please explore our other resources.


Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) Best Practice Guidelines: Serving LGBT Youth in Out-of-Home Care

This easy-to-use resource contains the first-ever set of comprehensive professional guidelines for how child welfare and juvenile justice professionals can best serve LGBT youth in state care. The Best Practice Guidelines for Serving LGBT Youth in Out of Home Care developed out of recommendations from the Model Standards Project, a collaboration between Legal Services for Childrenand the National…


National Recommended Best Practices for Serving LGBT Homeless Youth

LGBT youth are overrepresented in the homeless population and all too often experience discrimination and abuse when accessing homeless youth services. This publication, developed by the National Center for Lesbian Rights in collaboration with the National Alliance to End Homelessness, the National Network for Youth, and Lambda Legal, contains the first set of guidelines dedicated…


LGBT Youth in Juvenile Court: Practice Tips for Juvenile Defenders

The Equity Project is excited to announce the release of LGBT Youth in Juvenile Court: Practice Tips for Juvenile Defenders, a short, convenient, and easy-to-use tool that contains practical tips for juvenile defenders to assist them in their representation of their LGBT clients. Practice Tips for Juvenile Defenders is a companion piece to the Equity Project’s 2009 publication, Hidden…


In Defense of LGBT Youth: Strategies to Help Juvenile Defenders Zealously Advocate for their LGBT Clients

This short article provides information for juvenile defenders that will assist them in defending LGBT youth. In Defense of LGBT Youth expands upon recommendations and strategies from the Equity Project’s publication Hidden Injustice: LGBT Youth in Juvenile Courts. A similar version of this article appears in the UC Davis Journal of Juvenile Law & Policy 401 (2011). Download PDF Learn…


Hidden Injustice: LGBT Youth in Juvenile Courts

Hidden Injustice, published by the Equity Project, a collaboration of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Legal Services for Children, and the National Juvenile Defender Center, represents the first effort to examine the experiences of LGBT youth in juvenile courts across the country. Drawing from first-hand accounts of more than 50 LGBT youth and in-depth interviews of more…


A Place of Respect: A Guide for Group Care Facilities Serving Transgender and Gender Non-conforming Youth

A pioneering new report authored by the National Center for Lesbian Rights and the Sylvia Rivera Law Project urges group care facilities to reassess their treatment of transgender and gender non-conforming youth and to adopt policies and practices that provide these youth with appropriate, fair and equal care. The report is the first to provide comprehensive guidance…


Guidelines for Managing Information Related to the Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression of Children in Child Welfare Settings – 2013

This groundbreaking new publication is a product of the Putting Pride into Practice Project, a project of Family Builders by Adoption to help child welfare professionals better serve LGBT children and youth in foster care. These guidelines provide much-needed direction to child welfare agencies on how best to collect, record, and disclose information on the…


Legal Translations: Police Harassment in San Francisco

This FAQ answers questions transgender individuals might have about dealing with, reporting, and contesting police harassment in San Francisco. Download PDF

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