Identity and LGBTQ

Seeing.

Every human being wants acceptance and support from those around them, and teens are no different. LGBTQ students, however, can feel afraid of being misunderstood or rejected by family, friends, and teachers when they reveal how they think, feel, and see the world.

LGBTQ teens may also feel afraid of violence, harassment, prejudice, discrimination, and stigmatization if they openly express who they are. This can deepen a sense of confusion, isolation, self-doubt, and worry. As a consequence, suicidal ideation and suicide attempts by LGBTQ youth are 2x to 3x higher than for heterosexual teens.

Safety.

We take clear and measurable steps to make sure that our LGBTQ students feel safe in our school, on our campus, and in our homes. In fact, Journey Academy has been awarded the prestigious Human Rights Campaign Seal of Approval.

Specialists.

We specialize working with LGBTQ teens and their development. We know the issues families face and how to talk about them. We know the various paths teens take in discovering who they are, and how to support them to make healthy choices that are in alignment with who they truly are.

We also provide SOGIE (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression) trainings and gender sensitivity workshops in the community.