The Teens Like Us Program (TLU) provides support and education for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer youth ages 13-18. Founded over 20 years ago, TLU provides a safe place for youth to meet with their peers. The group also serves youth questioning their sexuality as well as youth from LGBT - headed families.
To contact co-facilitators through social media:
- Instagram: @Teens_Like_Us
- Twitter: @TeensLikeUs2
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/briarpatchteenslikeus/?ref=bookmarks
- Or, for more information call 608.245.2550.
On March 2nd, two new bills were introduced to the WI State Legislator that would seek to prohibit schools from allowing students join teams that don't correspond to their sex assigned at birth. This legislation further works to alienate trans individuals from their rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
In addition to the athletic exclusion, trans people face daily victimization, isolation, and violence. In over 30 states, it is possible to admit to killing a trans person specifically because they are trans and be exonerated. Doctors can refuse to treat trans people. Trans murder rates are at an all time high and climbing. According to the Trevor Project, queer youth represent 40% of the homeless youth population; and nearly 1 in 2 trans youth will have attempted suicide before the age of 25.
If is well known by LGBTQIA2s+ allies, activists and scholars that providing trans youth with inclusion and affirmation is a risk prevention. As such, Briarpatch Youth Services fully supports protecting ALL LGBTQIA2s+ youth individuals, treating them with dignity and providing affirming spaces. For any LGBTQIA2s+ or questioning youth seeking support during these divisive times, Teens Like Us offers support.