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GBTQ Men and Boys of Color (October 1, 2012)
A symposium hosted and made possible by a grant from
The California Endowment

Community Partners: Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, Association of Black Foundation Executives, Bay Area Justice Funders Network, Common Counsel, Driscoll's, The Gill Foundation, Hispanics in Philanthropy, Johnson Family Foundation, Northern California Grantmakers, Open Society Foundations, Public Interest Projects, Southern California Grantmakers, and the GBTQ Men and Boys of Color Initiative Advisory Committee

As part of our ongoing commitment to advancing work at the intersection of racial equity and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) justice, on October 1st, 2012 Funders for LGBTQ Issues held a convening at the California Endowment in Oakland California for grantmakers interested in deepening their critical thinking, expanding their knowledge, and increasing the impact of their men and boys of color initiatives and their work on LGBTQ issues through an exploration of gender, sexual orientation and gender identity, and race.

Over 40 attendees, representing 18 foundations and 6 affinity groups, attended an engaging and substantive discussion on issues affecting GBTQ men and boys of color ranging from health concerns, school push outs and criminalization, to economic rights. At the gathering we also premiered our series of video portraits of GBTQ men and boys of color from around the country, adding a personal dimension to our work on this marginalized population.

Below are to the video portraits, and related articles and resources. For inquiries about audio recordings from this gathering, please contact Naa Hammond at

Alvin Starks, W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Grantmakers at retreat

Supporting Health
Lance Toma, Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center
Ron Rowell, Common Counsel
Moderator: Ignatius Bau, Health policy consultant

Grantmakers at retreat

Pushing Back Against Push-outs, Pipelines, and Profiling
Andrea Ritchie, Streetwise and Safe
Geoffrey Winder, Gay-Straight Alliance Network
Moderator: Don Cipriani, Public Interest Projects

Grantmakers at retreat

Economic Rights and Resources
Kylar Broadus, Trans People of Color Coalition
Amaad Rivera, Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination
Moderator: Rashid Shabazz, Open Society Foundations

GBTQ Men and Boys of Color Video Portraits

Bryan Derwin Sarath

Tiq Wade

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Related readings and resources

Boys and Young Men of Color
The Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy, Berkeley Law, University of California
The California Endowment

A website was developed for the nation's first research and policy symposium focused on the well-being of boys and young men of color. It will continue to feature leading research and resources for policy advocates and activists focused on these important issues.
Visit the webiste (external link)

Changing Places: How Communities Will Improve the Health of Boys of Color
Edited by Christopher Edley Jr.and Jorge Ruiz de Velasco
The Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy, Berkeley Law, University of California

The challenges shaping the life chances of boys and young men of color are well-documented but still shocking. This book draws attention to the urgent needÑboth economic and moralÑto better understand the policy and community-based factors that serve as incentives or barriers to young men and boys of color as they make critical life decisions. This volume draws attention to the potential of a public policy focus on young men and boys of color as a high-leverage strategy for promoting an agenda for equitable, sustainable, healthy communities in California and across the Nation.
Download the book here (external link)

Communities Turning the Tide on School Discipline

The Just and Fair Schools Fund (JFSF) supports grassroots organizing initiatives that work to eliminate harsh school discipline policies and practices � and that uphold the right to education for all youth. The JFSF is made possible with the generous support of The Atlantic Philanthropies, the Falk Foundation, the Gill Foundation, the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, the NoVo Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. JFSF staff and partners are raising more awareness of the devastating repercussions of the school-to-prison pipeline, with the goal of encouraging broader support for effective grassroots strategies to end the pipeline.

"Communities Turning the Tide on School Discipline" highlights successes of JFSF partners that are transforming the national discourse around school discipline, ensuring the childrenÕs human right to education, and winning more humane, effective and just approaches.
Download the document here (external link, PDF)

Experiences of Harassment, Discrimination, and Physical Violence Among Young Gay and Bisexual Men
David M. Huebner, PhD, MPH, Gregory M. Rebchook, PhD, and Susan M. Kegeles, PhD

An examination of the 6-month cumulative incidence of anti-gay harassment, discrimination, and violence and documentation of their associations with mental health among young gay/bisexual men from 3 cities in the southwestern United States.
Download the document (PDF)

Family Rejection as a Predictor of Negative Health Outcomes in White and Latino Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Young Adults
Caitlin Ryan, PhD, ACSW, David Huebner, PhD, MPH, Rafael M. Diaz, PhD, Jorge Sanchez, BA

An examination of specific family rejecting reactions to sexual orientation and gender expression during adolescence as predictors of current health problems in a sample of lesbian, gay, and bisexual young adults. The study expands our understanding of predictors of negative health outcomes for LGB adolescents and provides new directions for assessing risk and preventing health and mental health problems in LGB adolescents.
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The Experience and Needs of GBTQ Male Youth of Color
Laura E. Durso, Angeliki Kastanis, Bianca D.M. Wilson, & Ilan H. Meyer
The Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law

People of color and members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community are two historically underserved populations. Research has demonstrated significant health disparities faced by both LGBT and the general population of people of color as compared with the general population of White Americans. Because of the significance of HIV/AIDS among young men who have sex with men, most research attention has been directed at understanding and combating the transmission of HIV/AIDS in these communities. Though this research focus is warranted, other issues that affect the health and well being of LGBT youth of color remain understudied. This is a review what is currently known from research on gay, bisexual, and transgender (GBT) male youth of color. We focus on male youth because this project was undertaken in partnership with the California Endowment and The Liberty Hill Foundation, related to their focus on understanding issues facing male youth of color. It is likely that many of the issues facing male youth are similar if not the same as those facing female youth.
Download the document (PDF)

GSA Network's Racial & Economic Justice Programs Articles
Carolyn Laub, Geoffrey Winder
Gay Straight Alliance Network

A collection of blog posts, news coverage, and personal stories collected from September 2011 � August 2012 by the Gay-Straight Alliance Network. The Gay-Straight Alliance Network is a youth leadership organization that connects school-based Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) to each other and community resources. GSAs create safe environments in schools for students to support each other and learn about homophobia, transphobia, and other oppressions; educate the school community about homophobia, transphobia, gender identity, and sexual orientation issues; and fight discrimination, harassment, and violence in schools.
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The Impact of Homophobia, Poverty, and Racism on the Mental Health of Gay and Bisexual Latino Men: Findings From 3 US Cities
Rafael M. D’az, PhD, George Ayala, PsyD, Edward Bein, PhD, Jeff Henne, MA, and Barbara V. Marin, PhD

This study assessed the relation between experiences of social discrimination (homophobia, racism, and financial hardship) and symptoms of psychologic distress (anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation) among self-identified gay and bisexual Latino men recruited from the venues and public social spaces identified as both Latino and gay in the cities of Miami, Los Angeles, and New York.
Download the document (PDF)

Locked Up & Out: Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth in Louisiana's juvenile justice system
Wesley Ware, BreakOUT!
Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana

Louisiana, once known to house some of the most brutal youth prisons in the entire country, can now claim a rich history of juvenile justice reform. However, incarcerated youth continue to report mistreatment and abuse. One group in particular, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth, are disproportionately affected by the troubled juvenile justice system. This report addresses how LGBT youth are funneled into the deep end of the juvenile justice system, the particular challenges that they face once there, and the lack of resources available specific to their needs. The report also addresses policy, administrative, and programming solutions that Louisiana can employ in order to ensure a safe environment for all youth in the stateÕs care, and in particular those that are the most vulnerable. It also proposes that advocates for racial justice, juvenile justice, and LGBT rights come together more effectively and collaboratively in the future, to ensure justice and equitable treatment for all of LouisianaÕs youth.
Download the book here (external link)

Racial Discrimination and Racial Identity Attitudes in Relation to Self-Rated Health and Physical Pain and Impairment Among Two-Spirit American Indians/Alaska Natives
David H. Chae, ScD, and Karina L. Walters, PhD

Research on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and other sexual-minority (two-spirit) American Indians/Alaska Natives is sparse. Existing epidemiologic data, however, indicate that the general American Indian/Alaska Native (AIAN) population is at disproportionately greater risk for poorer general health and physical pain and impairment. This study examined associations between racial discrimination and actualization, defined as the degree of positive integration between self-identity and racial group identity, and self-rated health and physical pain and impairment.
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The State of Gay and Transgender Communities of Color in 2012
Melissa Dunn and Aisha C. Moodie-Mills
Center for American Progress

A report from the Center for American Progress addressing the fact that, even as the economy recovers, gay and transgender communities of color face higher levels of economic, educational, and health insecurities than their white and straight peers.
Read or download the report here (external link)

Stop and Frisk - The Human Impact: The Stories Behind the Numbers, the Effects on our Communities
Center for Constitutional Rights
Stop and frisk is the practice by which a police officer initiates a stop of an individual on the street allegedly based on reasonable suspicion of criminal activity. Stops and frisks do not reduce crime and occur at an alarming rate in communities of color, who often feel under siege and harassed by the police. This report documents the human impact of the New York Police Department's (NYPD) stop and frisk practice.
Download the report here (external link)

Toward Healthy And Whole: Rethinking Gender and Transformation for Bois of Color
Brown Boi Project

A report from Brown Boi Project, highlighting the importance of a "gender transformative learning" model. The report includes a glimpse into the work they do with masculine-of-center womyn and men of color that emphasizes mental health, self-actualization, and an acknowledgement of the privileges of masculinity. From the text: "We believe that the same gender transformative learning that can keep boys of color in the classroom, will also reduce the levels of aggression and sexual pressure exerted on girls, and reduce the kind of gender policing that perpetuates violence against LGBT youth of color."
Download the report here (external link, PDF)

Two Wrongs Don't Make a Right: Why Zero Tolerance is Not the Solution to Bullying
Advancement Project
The Alliance for Educational Justice
Gay-Stragit Alliance Network

This policy paper examines the surge of recent policy and legislative activity around bullying of LGBT and other youth, and find that policymakers and school officials have erroneously adopted zero-tolerance policies that rely on suspensions, expulsions, and arrests of alleged bullies. This punitive approach results in students being needlessly pushed out of school and placed onto a path into the criminal justice system coined the "school-to-prison pipeline."
Download the report here (external link, PDF)

GBTQ Men and Boys of Color Initiative Advisory Committee

Daayiee Abdullah, Muslims for Progressive Values*
Juan Battle, Graduate Center of the City University of New York
Kylar Broadus, Trans People of Color Coalition
Maria Cadenas, Driscoll's, Funders for LGBTQ Issues*
B. Cole, Brown Boi Project*
Samantha Franklin, Johnson Family Foundation*
Kris Hayashi, Audre Lorde Project
Robert John Hinojosa, First Nations Collective*
Alice Y. Hom, Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy*
Vincent Jones, Liberty Hill Foundation*
Ben Francisco Maulbeck, Hispanics In Philanthropy*
Dave Montez, Gill Foundation*
Ezak Perez, Gender Justice LA
Harlan Pruden, NorthEast Two-Spirit Society*
Charles Rice-Gonzalez, Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance*
Ron Rowell, Common Counsel
Rashid Shabazz, Open Society Foundations
Charles Stephens, AIDS United*
Beverly Tillery, Lambda Legal*
Marcus Walton, Association of Black Foundation Executives*
Diane Yamashiro-Omi, The California Endowment
Luna Yasui, Open Society Foundations

[ * denotes symposium planning committee member]