Introduction: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender: Expanding the Definition of Diversity (02:37)
Sunserve is an organization that supports Lesbian Gay Bisexual or Transgender students. At a recent Broward County School Board meeting Nikki Pope announced the passing of a resolution in support of LGBT month.
Panel Members (02:04)
Dr. Phyllis Schiffer-Simon introduces Jason Neufeld, Mandi Hawke, Patrice Paldino, and Dr. Teri Williams. Williams discusses how her position at Broward County Public Schools helps LGBT students feel safe and achieve success.
Increasing Awareness in the Community (02:18)
Neufeld discusses Leadership Broward; he hopes to reach out to the parents of an LGBT student to help promote a healthier environment. Paldino's mission with Leadership Broward is to increase awareness about Sunserve within the community.
Hawke explains the support system that Sunserve provides for the LGBT community. She approached Leadership Broward to help connect parents to her organization.
Benefits of the School Board Resolution (02:55)
Williams explains how the resolution affirms support for LGBT students and parents. The school board actively partners with organizations like Sunserve to help raise awareness. Dr. Rosalind Osgood describes how the issues with LGBT community stem from parents.
Largest LGBT Population in America (03:10)
Neufeld and Paldino discuss why parents of non-LGBT students should be concerned about the safety of that demographic. Hawke talks about adopting her child.
Putting Information into the Classroom (02:59)
Williams created a critical LGBT resource and support guide for all members of the school system. She elaborates on Neufeld's previous statement about bullying in the community.
Homeless LGBT Youth (00:40)
Approximately 40% of homeless youth are LGBT. Of that demographic, 70% stated that how their families treated them was a major reason they left home. Rejection by their parents increases the risks of suicide, depression, and drug use.
Different Reactions to Coming Out (02:17)
Kishi Martin's family was accepting, but he was bullied throughout school about his culture and sexuality. Paul Newman laughs with bullies or brushes it off.
LGBT Parents (02:57)
Carol Newman explains how Sunserve and Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays have helped her and her son. Hawke states most children who come to Sunserve don't have accepting parents.
Value of Sunserve (03:46)
Martin explains how he values himself. Newman discusses how the youth group is a safe space to talk about issues. Carol Newman offers advice for parents.
Credits: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender: Expanding the Definition of Diversity (00:39)
Credits: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender: Expanding the Definition of Diversity
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