LGBTQ youth are overrepresented in the juvenile justice system, making up only 7% of the overall youth population, but represent 20% of youth in the juvenile justice system. Despite the disproportionately high rates of gay and transgender youth entering the juvenile justice system, our nation’s schools, law enforcement officers, district attorneys, judges, and juvenile defenders are not equipped to manage the unique experiences and challenges that these young people face. As a consequence, the system often does more harm by unfairly criminalizing these youth—imposing harsh school sanctions, labeling them as sex offenders, or detaining them for minor offenses—in addition to subjecting them to discriminatory and harmful treatment that deprives them of their basic civil rights. One Million Kids For Equality hopes that through education and partnership, we can collectively begin ending the school to prison pipeline for LGBTQ youth.
Power In Partnerships
is an innovative civil rights law, policy, and communications “action tank” that advances universal opportunity and a just democracy for those left behind in America. Click here to learn more.
The Equity Project
is an initiative to ensure that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth in juvenile delinquency courts are treated with dignity, respect, and fairness. Click here to learn more.