Young People For knows that our movement is made stronger when we honor, celebrate and uplift the diversity of sexualities, gender identities, gender expressions, and family structures of our communities. Young People For believes that the act of living and loving unapologetically as trans* and queer people is itself an act of political, social, and cultural revolution. And while the Supreme Court has seen fit to sanction long-term monogamy among queer couples, we know that far too many trans* and queer people –– particularly trans* and queer people of color, immigrants, economically disadvantaged, and those who are differently-abled–– are still fighting for a future where #LoveWins. With that in mind, we strive to create a society in which trans* and queer people have full legal and social equality. In this process, we advocate for a framework of sexual and gender liberation informed by curriculum which reflects the spectrum of human sexuality and gender with medically and scientifically accurate comprehensive sexual health education grounded in a consensual sex positive culture. Fellows seeking to engage in this topic may provide direct services to trans* and queer youth, organize against the detention and incarceration of queer people –– particularly trans* people of color, and/or organize on college and university campuses for queer-affirming curricula
An example of LGBTQ+ rights and liberation activism is 2012 Fellow Alray Nelson’s work advocating for the equal treatment of LGBTQ+ individuals within the Navajo tribe of which he is a member.
Many thanks to Caitlinn Quinn ’13, Erik Lampmann ’11 and People For the American Way Foundation staff for their help in the shaping of this issue area. Photo of 2007 Fellow Paloma Ibanez and 2010 Fellow Ryane Ridenour at a LGBTQ equality rally.