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Date:Fri, 14 Mar 2003 14:16:05 -0800
From:Carolyn Laub carolyn@gsanetwork.org
Subject:Project on LGBQ youth and families seeks participants!

MAJOR PROJECT ON QUEER YOUTH AND FAMILIES SEEKS PARTICIPANTS

Be part of a groundbreaking study to help families and communities provide support for queer youth. Help us learn about strength and resiliency among queer youth, not just risk behavior like in most studies. Help us understand how to strengthen families and increase support in ethnic communities when youth come out as lesbian, gay or bisexual.

BACKGROUND ON THE FAMILY ACCEPTANCE PROJECT
GSA Network has partnered with Caitlin Ryan and Rafael Diaz at San Francisco State University to conduct the first study of queer youth and families and the first comprehensive study of sexual orientation and ethnic families. The Family Acceptance Project uses a participatory research model to study the impact of family acceptance and rejection on the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and queer youth.

We will use the information we find to enhance community programs, to develop training resources for health, mental health and school-based providers, and to help strengthen families in supporting non-heterosexual youth. We need to reach out to a diverse group of adolescents with different kinds of family experiences. This information is essential to help us understand why some youth thrive while others struggle and to learn how best to provide support for them in families, schools and communities.

WHO SHOULD GET INVOLVED
We are currently looking for White and Latino youth, ages 13-18 to participate. We are looking for youth who have two adult family members who know about their sexual identity. We want to interview these youth and two adult family members about their experiences. All information is confidential and we will pay youth and family members a $25 stipend each, as compensation for their time.

We started the project by studying the experiences of White and Latino LGB youth and their families, and hope to expand it to include other ethnic groups with a much larger grant. We are reaching out to individuals and community-based groups that serve LGBT youth, Latino youth and youth, in general, as well as schools, clinics, recreational programs and other community agencies to identify youth to participate in the study.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED
If you are interested in helping or are a youth who would like to participate, please contact Teresa Betancourt at teresab@sfsu.edu, 415-522-8537 or Caitlin Ryan, caitlin@sfsu.edu, 415-522-5558. We are very grateful for your support and look forward to talking with you about the project in more detail.

LEARN MORE
Learn more about the Family Acceptance Project by visiting http://familyproject.sfsu.edu/

If you would like a PDF version of the project flyer emailed to you, please email richter@eecs.berkeley.edu

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empowering youth activists to fight homophobia in schools

Carolyn Laub
Executive Director
Gay-Straight Alliance Network
160 14th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
ph:415.552.4229
fax:415.552.4729
carolyn@gsanetwork.org
http://www.gsanetwork.org/
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Last updated 3/14/2003 by Jean Richter, richter@eecs.Berkeley.EDU