Welcome to The Alliance for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender & Questioning Youth
"The Alliance for GLBTQ Youth coordinates a full range of quality services through it partnerships to Miami-Dade County's youth, families and their communities while advocating for equal rights and status of all youth regardless of their real or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity/expression."
The Alliance for GLBTQ Youth is working hard in implementing a comprehensive service for prevention and early intervention at the individual and family level. In addition, we make every effort to protect the development of self-identity for all adolescents and promote acceptance in the Miami-Date County.
The Alliance for GLBTQ Youth offers a variety programs designed to further our mission. Our agencies organize educational programs in order to promote acceptance and equality for everyone. We also plan social and youth enrichment events where GLBTQ youth can share their experiences and enjoy leisure time with each other.
Our services are targeted towards gay, lesbian, transgendered, bisexual, and questioning youths in Miami-Dade County between the ages of 12 to 18. However, we also invite straight allies to participate in our programs. We also provide emotional support and counseling for those who need it. Everyone is welcome!
What is GLBTQ?
The acronym GLBTQ stands for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning or Queer identity. Another variation of the same acronym is LGBTQ. The term is intended to emphasize a diversity of sexual and gender identity-based cultures. The acronym has become mainstream as a self-designation and has been adopted by the majority of the LGBT community.
The letter Q can and sometimes representatives the word queer. Its usage is considered controversial, however it has gone through substantial changes and some LGBT people have re-claimed the word as a term of empowerment. Some use queer as an inclusive, unifying sociopolitical umbrella term for people who are LGBT or any other non-heterosexual sexuality or gender identity. Queer is often preferred by people who are activists, by those who strongly reject traditional gender identities, by those who reject distinct sexual identities such as gay, lesbian, bisexual, and straight, and by those who see themselves as oppressed by the heteronormativity of the larger culture.
A good practice: When in doubt of someone’s identification; it’s best to ask how they identify. This shows respect and care for someone.