Host: National Center for Lesbian Rights
Rick reduced the harassment and discrimination that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth living in Alabama and Tennessee face in the education, child welfare, and juvenile justice systems, through education and advocacy.
Many LGBTQ young people face severe and pervasive bias, harassment, and violence in school, the child welfare system, and the juvenile justice system because of their gender or sexuality. These problems are more common in the rural South than in other regions of the United States, based on research conducted by GLSEN. Yet solutions to these problems are underfunded, with domestic LGBT philanthropy often directed to urban centers outside the South. This project helped to fill the significant gap in services for LGBTQ people living in the South while also focusing on youth, a particularly vulnerable segment of the LGBTQ community.
In the past two years, Rick has: