Brave Space LGBTQ+ Teen Hangout:
The library has partnered with the LGBTQ+ Center at Kenneth Young to offer a monthly hangout event for LGBTQ+ teens and their allies. The Brave Space meetup is a great opportunity to get together and make a few friends in a fun and supportive environment. Conversations, games, and snacks are all part of the fun! For grades 6-12.
No registration necessary; just drop in!
“Some of our teen visitors have told me how difficult it is for them to find friends who can relate to what they’re going through as an LGBTQ+ young person. We started Brave Space as a way to help them make those connections and support one another in a comfortable space.”Teen Services Librarian Andrea Johnson
Tuesday, November 14, 4-5 p.m.
Tuesday, December 12, 4-5 p.m.
This recorded library program video features Nancy Mullen from Youth Outlook providing information on how to support your child at home and how to advocate for them in school.
Additional resources for teens, parents, and adults:
The LGBTQ+ Center at Kenneth Young offers youth programming, advocacy opportunities, professional trainings, and community events throughout the year. Young adults can find opportunities for social gatherings, networking, job and career support by emailing the Center and getting involved with our North Suburban Pride Network for queer professionals.
The Trevor Project provides 24/7 help for LGBTQ+ youth in crisis including counseling via phone, text, and chat, while also focusing on advocacy, education, and research.
Youth Outlook is Illinois’ first and longest-running social service agency solely dedicated to the support of LGBTQ+ youth, offering drop-in centers for youth, caregiver, and parent support, plus community education and professional development.
The List is a Chicagoland-based collection of resources for transgender and gender-nonconforming folx and those who support them.