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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

Upcoming dates: 

Tuesday, September 12, 4-5 p.m. 

Tuesday, October 10, 4-5 p.m. 

Tuesday, November 14, 4-5 p.m. 

Tuesday, December 12, 4-5 p.m. 

Book lists:

LGBTQ+ Voices and Stories in YA Nonfiction  

LGBTQ+ Voices in YA Fiction 

Recorded programming: 

Parenting Proud: Supporting LGBTQ+ Teens Coming Out (Click to view) 

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:

LGBTQ+ Cen­ter at Ken­neth Young

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

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 

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

The List is a Chicagoland-based collection of resources for transgender and gender-nonconforming folx and those who support them. 

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