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In June, we commemorate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month. We've written about creating safe, respectful, and welcoming spaces for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning, or LGBTQ, young people. You may also want to help the youth you work with become engaged with the LGBTQ community in your area. Sponsored by more than 100 LGBTQ organizations, the online campaign Our Tomorrow can help you do that. Youth can read and contribute to an online conversation about making a brighter future for the LGBTQ community. Consider incorporating Our Tomorrow into life skills training sessions with these ideas:
Introduction to the LGBTQ community: Coordinate a group forum with young people, both those who identify as heterosexual and those who identify as LGBTQ. Then ask young people to share a thought on the Our Tomorrow website.
"Using your voice to advocate for yourself": Read contributions to Our Tomorrow to a group of youth, then use our Speak Up online tool to teach young people about advocating for themselves. You might also invite young people to record a video and in which they discuss what they learned.
Before you introduce young people to Our Tomorrow, or any social sharing website, be sure to talk about online safety.
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