Meet Our Youth
LGBTQ+ youth need a safe place where they can be themselves. As a group, the youngest members of our community are at high risk for bullying, depression, violence, homelessness and suicide. Belonging to an organized group of peers – especially one with artistic activity, is vital to our young persons’ well-being.
The first North American LGBTQ+ youth chorus was Glass Youth Choir, formed in Vancouver BC in 2001. Glass is no longer performing, but the following youth choruses are active.
Statistics from PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays)
- 97% of all high school students hear anti-gay slurs daily
- 40% of GLBT students have never seen anyone intervene in anti-gay harassment
- GLBT youth are five times more likely to skip school because they are feeling unsafe on route to or at school
- One out of four youth that comes out to his/her parents is kicked out of the home