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Supporting LGBTQ Youth in Public Systems: Get the Facts First

By : September 24, 2018 Comments Off
*Note: This article was originally published on Pride Pocket prior to merging with MyUmbrella* Youth who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) are overrepresented in child welfare. They often experience higher instances of low educational achievement, poor mental and behavioral health outcomes, and homelessness than their non-LGBTQ peers. The numbers paint a darker picture for LGBTQ youth of color, who represent approximately 57 percent of all children in out-of-home care.Youth who identify as LGBTQ show disparate educational outcomes than their non-LGBTQ peers, often feeling unsafe at school and experiencing bullying and harassment. Even more so, LGBTQ youth in foster care face the compounding effects that familial instability can have on educational outcomes; foster youth are less likely to have access to higher education or attend college.LGBTQ youth
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The Journey to Your New Name

By : July 22, 2018 Comments Off
*Note: This article was originally published on Pride Pocket prior to merging with MyUmbrella* If you’re getting married, divorced, making a gender transition, or have always felt like your name does not fit you, you’re probably ready for a legal name change. If you don’t want the hassle of dealing with paperwork and legal documents, you can have professional providers complete the process for you.  You can use sites like US Legal Forms that guarantee 100% satisfaction on name change completion. Their going price for California is $129. However, if you are someone that likes to handle legal affairs with a more direct approach, you can fill out the necessary documents on your own. Be prepared for this journey to take several weeks as it is not a one-stop fix-all,
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Queer Family Planning (Legal FAQ)

By : April 11, 2018 Comments Off
*Note: This article was originally published on Pride Pocket prior to merging with MyUmbrella* Starting a family is one of the most exciting and important decisions in a couple’s life. From how to build your family to the financial costs associated with each option, queer family planning can feel like a daunting, nearly impossible task, especially when different states have different laws regarding adoptions, fostering, and health care coverage. In order to put you on the right track toward achieving your goal of building a family, MyUmbrella is breaking down barriers, one article at a time. In this article, we’ll walk you through four common ways queer couples start families and discuss the basic legal implications of each. Foster to Adopt  There are two ways to adopt a child: through
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Abusive Relationships & LGBTQ+ Youth: Resources and Information

By : October 17, 2017 Comments Off
*Note: This article was originally published on Pride Pocket prior to merging with MyUmbrella* One in three young people -- straight, LGBTQ+, and otherwise-- experience some form of dating abuse, with LGBTQ teens experiencing a greater risk of partner violence than their heterosexual counterparts. A 2013 report surveyed 3,745 grade-school students who reported being in a relationship or having been in one during the previous year. Researchers found that 43% of LGBT youth reported being victims of physical dating violence, compared to just 29% of heterosexual youth. Numbers were even higher for victims of emotional abuse (59% of LGBT youth versus 46% of heterosexual youth). Transgender youth had some of the highest rates of victimization, despite making up a tiny percentage of the total respondents. Interestingly, LGB victims of teen
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What does the D.O.J. decision mean for Trans Civil Rights?

By : October 17, 2017 Comments Off
*Note: This article was originally published on Pride Pocket prior to merging with MyUmbrella* Unless you are a legal scholar, last Thursday's decision to exclude transgender individuals from work-place anti-discrimination laws enforced on the basis of sex can be a dense and complicated affair to understand. I broke down the facts you need to know and gathered some information on how you can resist the minimization of your civil liberties under this or any queer antagonistic administration. A Brief History of What Went Down: Title VII, Civil Rights Act of 1964 states: “It shall be an unlawful employment practice for an employer … to discriminate against any individual with respect to his compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment, because of such individual’s race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.”Price
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