Unfortunately, queer youth are overrepresented in foster programs — thanks to homophobic parents turning their backs on their kids. But fortunately a gay Canadian couple has opened the first LGBTQ foster agency in Ontario to help take some of the load from the system! That and more in our look at youth news from all over the world.
- Indonesia’s University of Gorontalo announced plans to establish a “special team” to monitor suspected LGBT students. Students identified as LGBT will be forced to attend special sessions to “be normalized”. University head Syamsu Qamar Badu said, “This is simply a warning. [LGBT people] must return to their true and correct nature.” A coalition of 16 NGOs spoke out against the plan.
- At Uganda’s Intergenerational Dialogue (IGC) on Sexuality and Reproductive Health Rights, education took center stage as 3,000 young people spoke out against the Ministry of Gender’s recently announced ban on comprehensive sexuality education. On hand for the IGC, local health experts, UN representatives, and the Netherlands Ambassador condemned the ban.
- The Human Rights Watch Japan director, Kanae Doi, urged Japan’s education ministry to include gender orientation and sexual minority education in the 10-year review of the country’s official curriculum guidelines.
- In Canada, a gay couple have been licensed to open the first LGBT foster agency in Ontario. LGBT youth are overrepresented in the foster system, and their agency aims to alleviate the stress youth face within traditional channels.
- In the Albanian capital of Tirana, the first private residential center for LGBT young adults has started accepting LGBT from across Southeast Europe, though director Marsida Cela says that the need far outweighs the center’s capacity for care.
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