The 2022 school year is here and the “Don't Say Gay” law is in full effect.

The law will only apply in K-3 until the Florida Department of Education releases state standards that define what is not "age-appropriate" or "developmentally appropriate" for other grade levels. Regardless, LGBT youth face discrimination, and there are youth services available across the tri-county area to help them.

GLSEN

GLSEN is a national non-profit that works to create a safe and inclusive K-12 school environment for LGBT youth. GLSEN provides many resources, including the rights of LGBT students and educators, how to bolster your Gender Sexuality Alliance, and more. Visit glsen.org/resources to access their vital materials.

Compass

Compass is a non-profit in Lake Worth that works to engage, empower and enrich the lives of LGBTQ people and those impacted by HIV and AIDS. Compass specializes in providing services for youth ages 11-18. Their Youth Program provides the following:

  • Drop-In Center: It’s a safe space to hang out, use computers, talk about the issues that matter to you, engage with mentors and connect with your community. Drop-in hours are Monday-Friday 3 to 7 p.m.
  • Support Groups: Come make new friends and discuss the issues that matter to you. The Youth Group meets every Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. and anyone can join at any time. The Transgender Youth Group meets every Friday from 5 to 7 p.m., email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to join.
  • Therapy Group: A group for youth to benefit from talking to their peers in a facilitated setting led by licensed therapists. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to join.

Visit compassglcc.com/youth-program/ to learn more.

PRISM

PRISM is a virtual non-profit that works throughout Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade counties. Its mission is to expand access to LGBT-inclusive education and sexual health resources for young people in South Florida. PRISM provides the following:

  • Educational Resources: Since K-12 education is lacking, you can access dozens of resources on sexual health, gender and sexuality, LGBT history, and QPOC history. Visit prismfl.org/learn to access these materials.
  • Student Ambassador Program: A program for high school and college LGBT-oriented clubs. Students gain the opportunity to actively connect with other student leaders through monthly meetings, group activities, and more. PRISM will help in coordinating fundraisers, observances, discussions, and more. Visit prismfl.org/student-ambassador-program to learn more. 
  • STI Clinic Search: A database of free or low-cost sexual health clinics across South Florida. Learn where to get tested, how to make appointments, and where to get free contraceptives. Visit prismfl.org/std-clinics to use this resource.

Visit prismfl.org/get-involved to learn more.

Pridelines

Pridelines is a non-profit in Miami that works to support, educate and empower South Florida’s LGBT youth and community in safe and diverse spaces to promote dialogue, wellness, and foster social change. Pridelines has various programs that serve ages 14-25. Their Youth Program provides the following:

  • Rainbow Circle: A peer-led LGBT support and discussion group. Topics include coming out, relationships, bullying, depression, and more. The group is for youth ages 14-20.
  • Social Fridays: Fun social activities with peers that include game nights, movie nights, sleepovers, art projects, and more.
  • Youth Council: Pridelines’ youth leadership team. They discuss upcoming events, provide input to Pridelines’ staff and board, develop agendas for town hall meetings, and more.

Visit pridelines.org/youth-programs to learn more and contact Pridelines at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (305) 571-9601 to join their programs.

Safe Schools South Florida

Safe Schools is a non-profit that works throughout South Florida to create safer schools where all students can learn and thrive, regardless of real or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression, their own or that of their parents/guardians. Safe Schools provides the following:

  • Youth Empowerment: Safe Schools provides a Youth Leadership Summit and Gay Straight Alliance Empowerment Day activities to bring LGBT youth and their allies together to build positive self-perception and empowered self-care, leadership, and advocacy skills.
  • Scholarships: The Robert E. Loupo, Jr. “Legacy of Change” Scholarship is for graduating Miami-Dade seniors who are advocates and/or activists dedicated to upholding the dignity, rights, and equality of the entire LGBT community. Visit safeschoolssouthflorida.org/scholarships/ to learn more.

Visit safeschoolssouthflorida.org/programs/ to learn more.

Sunserve

Sunserve is a non-profit across South Florida that works to provide critical life assistance and professional mental health services with an emphasis on economically disadvantaged, marginalized youth, adults, and seniors in the greater South Florida metropolitan area. Their Youth Program provides the following:

  • Counseling/Life Coaching: From mental healthcare to life coaching and even support groups, Sunserve works to ensure youth have access to the resources that they need. 
  • Youth Leadership Council: A group of individuals looking to make a difference and be empowered by their peers. From event planning to even grassroots activism, Sunserve’s Youth Council gives students the skills to thrive.

Visit sunserve.org/programs/ to learn more.


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