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Vote for Gina Fuquea for Community Service Award!

Vote for Gina Fuquea for Community Service Award! If Gina was a cookie she would be an Oreo, America’s favorite cookie. Gina is sweet on the inside, and one tough cookie!


Enough with the cookie puns here is why you should also vote for Gina:

Last January, I hosted a volunteer orientation. It was then I had the pleasure of meeting Gina Fuquea for the very first time. She was so thrilled to be part of Inside Out Youth Services, but I remember her telling me she feared she didn’t have much to offer the youth of Inside Out. I reassured her that is so not true.

Gina is a person we should celebrate. She is a wonderful amazing woman with the hugest heart you will ever meet. Many of the youth say, “We love Gina!” and consider her one of their favorite facilitators. Gina has hard conversations with our youth involving self-harm and suicide which she helped prevent from happening. She is a hero.

We are all inspired by her. I wish there was a way to reveal our hearts for her to truly see how much we love and appreciate her.

Please help me celebrate her by casting your VOTE for Gina Fuquea for this year’s Community Service Award!

While you’re at feel free to vote for Inside Out Youth Services for this year’s Organization of the Year Award! ;)

Eric Pizana

LGBT youth face increased bullying online, but also find support, according to GLSEN study


The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) yesterday released the first-ever national report focusing in-depth on the experiences of LGBT youth online.

Out Online: The Experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Youth on the Internet surveyed more than 5,600 students from 6th to 12th grade about their online experiences with bullying and, in contrast, finding supportive communities. The results affirmed the longstanding fact that LGBT youth face greater harassment on and offline than non-LGBT students, but the report had some positive findings too.

From GLSEN’s press release about the study: 

Out Online reveals that LGBT youth were more likely than non-LGBT youth to be bullied or harassed online (42% vs. 15%) and twice as likely to say they had been bullied via text message (27% vs. 13%). Survey respondents also reported they were as likely to report not feeling safe online (27%) as they were at school (30%) and while traveling to and from school (29%). Online victimization contributed to negative self-esteem and higher depression Youth who experienced bullying and harassment both in person as well as online or via text message reported lower grade point averages, lower self-esteem and higher levels of depression than youth who were bullied only in person, only online or via text message, or not at all. …

Despite experiences of bullying and harassment online, LGBT youth indicated the Internet is also a space that offers safer opportunities to express who they are, find peer support and gain access to resources not necessarily available in person. LGBT youth were more likely to have searched for health and medical information compared to non-LGBT youth (81% vs. 46%), and half (50%) reported having at least one close online friend, compared to only 19% of non-LGBT youth.

LGBT youth reported high rates of civic engagement online as well. A majority of LGBT youth reported having taken part in an online community that supports a cause or issue (77%), promoted a cause or issue (76%), written a blog or posted comments on another blog about a cause or issue (68%), and used the Internet to participate in or recruit people for an event or activity (51%) in the past year.

Hey, you know what? When it comes to all the positive interactions, activism and support that LGBT youth find online, I’m pretty sure Tumblr is a big part of that. Way to go, friends. Let’s work harder on making the Internet (and the rest of the world) a safe place for those of us who don’t have such supportive resources available. 



[Image: Dark blue/purple grunge background. First line text: “Did you know?”. Second line image: 10 people symbols/silhouettes, of which 5.5 are colored pink, and 8 very light pink. Third line text (large): “55% of bisexual people are not out at work”. Fourth line, smaller text: “By contrast, 8% of gay men and 6% of lesbians report not being out at work.” Fifth line: “STOP biphobia and monosexism!”]

This is the sixth in a series of infographics.

Source: Bisexuality and Identity: The Double-Edged Sword: Stonewall Research into Bisexual Experience

Oh my god look at the disparities between the two levels.

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