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This month HRC launched a survey to learn more about the adoption and foster care experiences of LGBTQ adults. We also put together a new one-pager on pronoun etiquette, released resources in honor of National Coming Out Day and highlighted strategies to prevent bullying. Read on for more and help spread the word to survey respondents with the information below!  
Please Share: HRC Survey on Barriers Faced by LGBTQ People Seeking to Foster or Adopt
HRC Foundation and Clark University are conducting a survey of LGBTQ people to explore the impact of potential discrimination in the foster care and adoption systems in the U.S. The study will help advocates understand the barriers faced by prospective LGBTQ adoptive and foster parents -- including laws that sanction discrimination against qualified LGBTQ people seeking to provide homes to children in need. The survey will also examine how the lack of nationwide non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people affects prospective adoptive and foster parents. 

All LGBTQ people over the age of 18 are invited to participate in the survey here.
Brush Up On Pronoun Etiquette

Did you know October 17th was International Pronouns Day? Pronouns (for example: she/her, he/him or they/them) are one way in which people represent their identities to others, so calling people by their correct pronouns matters. For more pronoun etiquette tips like those below, download ACAF’s Pronouns 101 resource.
  • Create opportunities for people to share their pronouns by sharing your own pronouns when you introduce yourself.
  • Always use someone’s chosen (preferred) pronouns unless they ask you not to do so.
  • Practice! It takes intention to consistently use someone’s correct pronouns if that person’s pronouns recently changed or if you’re using pronouns that are new to you.
  • If you make a mistake, apologize and move on.
  • Help others in their efforts to be inclusive by gently correcting them if they misgender someone.
Celebrating 30 Years of National Coming Out Day
October 11th marked National Coming Out Day. HRC has several resources available to encourage and support individuals in their coming out journey, including our latest guides, Coming Out: Living Authentically as LGBTQ Latinx Americans and Coming Out: Living Authentically as LGBTQ Asian and Pacific Islander Americans. HRC's additional tools include resources on coming out in communities of faith, among different racial and ethnic identities, in the workplace and to one's doctor, and a variety of other contexts. Visit more information.
Keep LGBTQ Youth Safe in School
October is also Bullying Prevention month. HRC’s 2018 LGBTQ Youth Report found that 70% of LGBTQ youth surveyed have been bullied at school because of their sexual orientation and 73% of LGBTQ youth have experienced verbal threats because of their actual or percieved LGBTQ identity. HRC’s Welcoming Schools initiative suggests six steps you can take to prevent bias based bullying
Do You Know Your LGBTQ History?
October is LGBTQ History Month. It's important for everyone, not just members of the LGBTQ community, to know about LGBTQ history. Here's a few reasons why:
  • History gives LGBTQ youth (and adults) heros and role models.
  • History helps us understand where we are and where we're going.
  • Our stories matter. 
Interested in learning more about LGBTQ history? Check out GLSEN’s interactive timeline dating from 2450 BCE to 2017! This year HRC shared the stories of LGBTQ candidates making history right now.
Thank you for reading! Be sure to follow HRC's blogFacebook andTwitter as we begin to celebrate National Adoption Month tomorrow.
ACAF Project Updates

All participating agencies are required to have at least one senior leader attend an executive briefing. Watch a briefing on-demand or register for one today!

Resource Spotlight

"Preventing Substance Abuse Among LGBTQ Teens" provides an overview of risk factors, recommendations on how parents, educators, and other adults can help, and policies related to substance abuse among LGBTQ teens.

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