Celebrating Pride Month by Recognizing BGLAD
June is Pride Month!! Every summer the LGBTQ+ community comes together for a month-long celebration of love, diversity, acceptance, and unabashed self-pride. In its honor, we wanted to recognize one of YES’ education and prevention programs, BGLAD.
BGLAD is YES’ free, drop-in support group for youth ages 13 to 19 who identify as LGBTQ+ or may be questioning their gender or sexual identity. The group is co-facilitated by licensed mental health professionals who have experience working with LGBTQ+ youth. In 2019, 53 teens participated in the group, which provides its attendees with support, crisis counseling, and community in a welcoming environment.
“BGLAD and the facilitators have really helped me, and also the other people that I have been going to BGLAD with…They helped me embrace who I am and not be afraid.”
Keth, who has been participating in the group for six years and is its longest-attending participant, shares a similar sentiment.
“At first it was really awkward, but I quickly warmed up. Everyone there is your friend, BGLAD helped me reach out and open up to others.”
If you’re looking to meet new people who also identify as LGBTQ+, want to learn more about local resources, or just generally want something structured to do with other teens, check us out! Due to COVID-19, BGLAD is now meeting virtually using HIPAA compliant Zoom sessions which occur every Thursday at 5 p.m.