New Data on DC LGBTQ Youth

Youth Risk Behavior Survey
Youth Risk Behavior Survey
Youth Risk Behavior Survey

Results from the 2015 District of Columbia Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) released today by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) show positive trends related to obesity and sexual activity among DC youth, but troubling data on LGBTQ Youth.   Lesbian, gay, or bisexual high school students were two to three times more likely to feel sad or hopeless and to think seriously about, plan, and attempt to kill themselves. For example, one out of 11 lesbian, gay, or bisexual high school students had to be treated by a doctor or nurse as a result of an attempted suicide.  Survey results highlight areas of concern related to mental health that must be addressed to ensure DC students are reaching their maximum academic potential and living healthy lives.

“This rich data source allows us to know what is going well and what may be problematic across the city and in individual schools,” said State Superintendent Hanseul Kang. “Additionally, knowing what pockets of students are most at risk allows us to target those individuals with appropriate programming and development of policy at the state level.”

The biennial YRBS evaluated a representative sample from both District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) and public charter schools (PCS) in 2015, compiling data from more than 30,000 District students in grades six through 12. YRBS data are compared to results from 2012, the last year the survey was administered, and include data from 2007, the first year OSSE administered the survey, to show trends over time.

The survey covers the following risk behavior categories, which coincide with the categories of OSSE’s Health Education Standards: Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs, Mental and Emotional Health, Nutrition and Physical Activity, Disease Prevention/Sexual Health, and Safety Skills. The report notes significant differences within subgroups of the DC youth population (e.g., sex, grade, race/ethnicity) for various health behaviors and describes behaviors that have undergone significant changes since the YRBS was previously administered in 2007 and 2012.

Results show positive trends in student well-being with a nearly 2 percent drop in the number of high school students who were obese in 2015. Results for middle school students who described themselves as slightly or very overweight remain unchanged since 2007. DC has worked to combat obesity and hunger since 2010 through the D.C. Healthy Schools Act – a landmark law designed to improve the health and wellness of all District public school students.

Other positive trends include a 4 percent drop in the pregnancy rate among high school students since 2012, the last year the survey was administered. Condom use among high school students increased, while sexual activity declined. And more than 60 percent of our students have a supportive adult at school, which we know is vital, particularly for those that experience trauma in their lives. Despite these positive findings, results also highlight areas of concern, including a decrease in testing rates for HIV and sexually transmitted diseases among high school students and a large percent of students who reported feeling depressed, hopeless or suicidal, particularly among Hispanic/Latino students.

Hispanic/Latino high school students reported significantly higher rates of attempting suicide (14.4 percent for boys, 18.3 percent for girls) compared to non-Hispanic black (10.2 percent for boys, 13.2 percent for girls) and white students (6.2 percent for boys, 4.7 percent for girls). Compounding the problems reflected in these data, Hispanic/Latino middle and high school students were significantly less likely than their peers to have a teacher or other adult that they could talk to if they had a problem.­

Results also indicate troubling trends among lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) students in several categories. While LGB youth made up 7.3 percent of the District middle school population and 14.4 percent of the District high school population, they were disproportionately represented in youth who used alcohol (21.2 percent of middle school students, 23.5 percent of high school students), tobacco (23.5 percent of middle school students, 22.1 percent of high school students) and other drugs (23 percent of middle school students and 22.1 percent of high school students who used marijuana).

Lesbian, gay, or bisexual high school students were two to three times more likely to feel sad or hopeless and to think seriously about, plan, and attempt to kill themselves. For example, one out of 11 lesbian, gay, or bisexual high school students had to be treated by a doctor or nurse as a result of an attempted suicide.

The YRBS also shows a correlation between academic outcomes and health behaviors. For example, mood and suicidal behaviors were associated with academic performance among high school students, with more than one quarter of students receiving mostly D’s and F’s reporting having attempted suicide one or more times during the previous 12 months. High school students who receive mostly D’s and F’s were approximately two-and-a-half times more likely to use marijuana and about seven times more likely to use synthetic marijuana. Results also indicate that students who participate in sports and eat breakfast have significantly better academic outcomes than those who don’t.

OSSE will use the data collected through the YRBS to target trainings for all District teachers and principals at public and public charter schools and licensed personnel at child development facilities on how to identify and refer students with behavioral health needs. Data also will be used for public awareness campaigns and training parents, family members, teachers, school personnel and peers on how to assist youth facing mental health challenges or crises. OSSE is strategically partnering with various agencies and organizations to address the issues reflected in the report.

It is important to understand these risky behaviors, in order to create appropriate multifaceted programs. OSSE is revamping current programs and initiatives to focus on the whole child to coordinate and systematically address issues that are intersected. By doing this, OSSE will focus on expanding the availability of resources to schools and families to address the issues both at school and at home. OSSE also understand the importance of diversifying professional development offerings and including youth at the table to address some of the risky behaviors identified.

Read the full 2015 DC YRBS report on OSSE’s website.


Summer Internships at the DC Center

Internships at the DC Center for the LGBT Community

The DC Center for the LGBT Community is still seeking Interns for the Summer.  Interns provide support for different programs and areas of interest at The DC Center, like Health and Wellness, Advocacy, Center Arts and Development. Interns also gain valuable office experience providing administrative support in the day-to-day tasks at our organization.

Internships are unpaid with no stipends, and require a minimum commitment of 18 hours per week.   Metro or Capital Bikeshare Transportation Assistance is provided.  Academic internships are strongly preferred.

Internship Positions:

Health and Wellness Internship: This position works on health programming including  HIV/AIDS and Tobacco Prevention.  This position also works with support group and peer groups that meet at the DC Center.

Development Internship (This position has been filled for Summer 2017) This position includes assisting with grants and fundraising events.

Advocacy Internship: This position involves local policy and advocacy issues, including work with our Youth Working Group and the DC Anti-Violence Project.

Center Arts Internship. This position involves supporting our arts and cultural programs at the DC Center including Reel Affirmations and the OutWrite LGBT Book Festival.

Graphic Design Internship: This position involves graphic design primarily for websites and social media with quick turnaround times.

Interested applicants can contact with a cover letter and resume.


Volunteers Needed to Distribute Gay Day at the Zoo Shirts


Gay Day at the Zoo T-shirts are here and we’ll be doing outreach at bars and clubs to sell the shirts leading up to the big day.    Volunteers are needed for the following locations/time.

Thursday 4/27
Number Nine 6 – 8 pm
Friday 4/28
Bear Happy Hour at Town 6 – 10 pm
Saturday 4/29
Trade 5 – 8 pm
Sunday 4/30
Town Patio 4 – 7 pm
Friday 5/5
Bear Happy Hour 6 – 10
Saturday 5/6
Trade/Number Nine 4 – 6
If you can help please e-mail Jonathan Gilad at  and let us know when you are available.



The DC Center Testifies at DC Office on Aging Hearing

Center Aging
Center Aging
Center Aging

Adam Heller presented testimony on April 25th at the council hearing on the DC Office on Aging.  Adam volunteers with Center Aging, a program of the DC Center, by hosting the weekly Center Aging Coffee Drop in.   Adam is pictured in the far left on the photo above.   The testimony is included below:

My name is Adam Heller. I’m here as a concerned DC resident and as a representative of The DC Center for the LGBT Community to help elaborate on the need to have DC City-sponsored affinity programming for LGBT older adults.

It’s been a privilege and incredible education to volunteer at The DC Center where, for the past three years, I have helped run the community center’s program for older adults – the vast majority of whom are in their 70s and 80s. In that time I’ve gotten to know women and men who have brought laughter and joy to each other, create meaningful friendships, and been able to safely and comfortably share their rich lives including past experiences and traumas, current troubles, as well as their hopes for the future. It’s at these weekly coffee klatches and monthly potluck get-togethers at The DC Center where lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender older adults have not only felt a sense of comradery, but an added source of strength in their weekly routine. Currently, we are the only ongoing public event for LGBT seniors in the city. The DC Center’s older adult program is meant to combat the social isolation experienced by a disproportionate number of LGBT senior residents relative to the rest of the older adult population. As a DC Center intern noted at a Budget Oversight Hearing one year ago, “one study found that 65% of gay and lesbian seniors surveyed reported living alone — nearly twice the rate of all seniors.”

When I initially found out LGBT older adult DC residents did not have their own city-sponsored affinity program like a congregate/group meal program for their community I was a bit sad. I was also unaware of the disproportionate social isolation of LGBT older adults relative to their non-LGBT neighbors who often have spouses, and children, and other family who can help them as they become septuagenarians. Today, LGBT families of all types are growing, however, the research still shows that 90 percent of gay and lesbian seniors don’t have children, which stands out when compared to the 20 percent of all seniors who don’t.

Later on, I was surprised to learn that city-funded affinity programming does exist for low-income older adults of other minority groups who greatly benefit socially and financially from congregate meal programs. As you probably know, there are congregate meal programs each for older adult DC residents who are Asian & Pacific Islander, Latino, or Deaf/HOH, but there isn’t one for specifically for LGBT seniors. I thought this was merely an accidental omission for a large city with a record 10% out of the closet LGBT population to not offer programming that would match those of other groups. It gave me the chutzpah to come here today to share with you that there are other passionate DC residents like me who are motivated to help create such a program, but we need your help to do so.

Upon inquiry with the city as to why LGBT older adults don’t have their own programming, they have been encouraged to partake in one of the other offered congregate meals, which are unfortunately neither specifically for LGBT seniors nor ensure an LGBT cultural competent environment. As our LGBT citizens further age and join senior living facilities and communities, often times they are forced back into the closet for fear of the same archaic prejudices from their peers they faced throughout their lives. This is why they need their own program.

And if I may tug on your heartstrings for a moment longer: I am speaking specifically of the current generation of LGBT older adults, the same ones who were part of the first generation of Americans who came out of the closet en mass fifty years ago. For a generation of women and men whose LGBT friends dropped dead weekly in the 80s and 90s whilst largely having felt the cold shun from family, I hope we can do our part to provide a space where those who need community can find it without worry of prejudice or cost. The DC Center is happy to do its part to make this happen!

Volunteers Needed: Super Fabulous Comedy Show 5/4


Volunteers are needed for the Super Fabulous Comedy Show presented by Grassroots Comedy DC. Volunteers would be tabling before the Comedy Show, setting up our flyers, talking to patrons, and updating the community about the DC Center and the various programs that are offered.


Duties would include:

  • Getting supplies from the DC Center for the tabling
  • Setting up the table
  • Answering questions about the DC Center


If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out the form here 

What have your experiences been with the Metropolitan Police Department?

Metropolitan Police Department Community Engagement Surveye
Metropolitan Police Department Community Engagement Surveye
Metropolitan Police Department Community Engagement Surveye

The DC Anti-Violence Project, a program of the DC Center for the LGBT Community, has been invited to sit on a community policing panel organized by the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD). We want to hear from YOU about your experiences with the MPD.

This survey is completely anonymous. Thank you for your help!  To begin the survey, simply follow the link below:

Take the survey now.



Gay & Bi Young Men Needed for Study

Study for Young Gay and Bi Men
Parent Study
Parent Study

Gay & Bi Young Men are invited to participate in a study to learn how you talk about sex with your parent

Download the Study Flyer Here

Researchers at the George Washington University are conducting a study about how parents and sons talk about sex. To be to eligible to participate, you must be (a) between the ages of 14-22; (b) be assigned male at birth; (c) currently identify as male; (d) identify as gay or bi; (e) be out to at least one parent; and (f) live at least two days/week in your parent’s home. For your parents to be eligible to participate, they must be your parent or legal guardian.

Youth receive $50 for their time and effort and parents receive $100.

To participate, you and a parent must be able to participate in an interview for about 90-minutes at GW or a location convenient for you.

To learn more, text/call: 301-541-7405 Or E-mail:

PFLAG Metro DC Job Opening



Parents, Families, Friends united for the LGBTQ Community

OPERATIONS Manager – Part time, non-exempt.

Metro DC PFLAG seeks a part-time staff person to manage the day-to-day functions of the

organization’s office operations and provide support to Metro DC PFLAG community

groups throughout the region.

About Us:

Metro DC PFLAG promotes the health and wellbeing of gay, lesbian, bisexual and

transgender persons, their families and friends through: support, to cope with an adverse

society; education, to enlighten an ill-informed public; and advocacy, to end discrimination

and to secure equal civil rights. Metro DC PFLAG provides opportunity for dialogue about

sexual orientation and gender identity, and acts to create a society that is healthy and

respectful of human diversity.

PFLAG is a national non-profit organization with over 200,000 members and supporters and

over 400 affiliates in the United States. This vast grassroots network is cultivated, resourced

and serviced by the PFLAG National office, located in Washington, D.C., the national

Board of Directors and 13 Regional Directors. The Metro DC PFLAG Operations

Coordinator will be responsible for Metro DC PFLAG activities with limited involvement

with the National PFLAG office.

Supervision: The incumbent will report directly to the Metro DC PFLAG Board of Directors.

Scope : The position is a 30 hour per week position, $20.00 dollars per hour with no benefits.

Specific Responsibilities:

Administrative Support

● Act as office manager by supporting logistical operations and managing technology, supplies,

telecommunications, and other tools and services that support volunteers, board members and


● Track and follow-up with volunteers, Speaker’s Bureau presenters, and support group requests

for information and supply requests; log, file, and maintain updated databases for volunteers,

donors, and community groups; and perform mail merge tasks.

● Collect and maintain organizational statistics and prepare monthly reports.

● Coordinate with the Board President, Co President and Treasurer in processing and paying the

monthly bills.

● Responsible for submitting agenda, reports (financial and other) and meeting notices to the

Board in a timely manner and attending monthly board meetings.

● Purchase office supplies as directed and within budget guidelines.

● Recruit and supervise interns and volunteers who assist in the office.

● Compile and produce the Annual Membership Report and National PFLAG annual chapter



● Manage donation processing.

● Assist the Board Treasurer with generation of timely budget and fiscal reports.

● Maintain current development database (address changes, new records, etc.)

● Maintain copies of documentation necessary for outside accounting firm and tax forms.

● Produce responses to time sensitive requests within a 24-hour time period.

● Conduct banking for the organization as needed, usually once a week, including online PayPal



● Manage gift acknowledgements, pledge reminders and processing within one week of notice.

● Generate monthly development and accounting reports in coordination with Board Fundraising

Chair and Treasurer.

● Support Board Fundraising Chair with grant proposal writing and submission, bi-annual mail

appeals, online campaigns, and others opportunities

● Recruit, coordinate and manage special event volunteers with assistance from the Board.

● Follow up on events and maintain current records for events.

● Send thank you letters to donors and maintain communication with engagement opportunities.

Marketing / Communications

● Assist in oversight of website and electronic communications..

● Update/maintain and create Constant Contact emails, group lists, Facebook page, Twitter,

Instagram and blog accounts.

● Print brochures as needed for events, coordinate updates, and reprint brochures and flyers.

● Provides Community Support Group leaders with needed resources including volunteer binders.

● Assist with special projects assigned by members of the Board.

● Coordinate and post mailed correspondence.

● Ensure all communication systems are streamlined and up to date.

● Create and update new resources for community outreach using Adobe Creative Cloud


Programming/Community Engagement

● Create opportunities for volunteers and Board of Directors to engage in check-ins, trainings,

volunteer opportunities, etc.

● Coordinate Pride tabling events at Capital Pride, Capital Trans Pride, Youth Pride, Black Pride,

Latino Pride, Northern VA Pride, and local High School Pride events..

● Attend LGBT events at local nonprofits, businesses, schools, and government agencies. Engage

them in providing Metro DC PFLAG resources and trainings.

● Establish relationships with volunteers to create and maintain successful community groups, and

support their programming for events and meetings.

● Visit community groups in order to better understand their needs and provide necessary


Additional Responsibilities

● Will perform other duties as assigned by the Board of Directors.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

Work Product

● Ability to manage multiple projects; able to determine project urgency in a meaningful and

practical way; organizes and schedules tasks effectively and efficiently.

● Perform such tasks as collecting information, assembling information, composing

correspondence, and managing the clerical and administrative issues related to Metro DC


● Ability to conduct research as necessary to prepare correspondence, analysis, studies, and reports

on a variety of subjects in support of Metro DC PFLAG’s mission.

● Manages projects that are time-sensitive and of importance to the Board of Directors and

volunteers, provides status updates regularly, and delivers quality work products.

Responsiveness to Requests for Service

● Ability to respond to requests for service in a timely and thorough manner.

● Ensures community, volunteer and Board satisfaction by prioritizing tasks, including timely

follow-ups and resolutions to requests.

● Anticipates the needs of the Board of Directors and independently sets in motion actions

necessary to meet these needs. Distributes information and materials to the entire organization

on behalf of the Board of Directors.

Attention to Detail

● Prioritizes time sensitive tasks.

● Follows detailed procedures and ensures accuracy in documentation and data management.

● Organizes and maintains current system of records.

● Ability to plan, organize, coordinate, and schedule work in situations where numerous and

diverse demands and stakeholders are involved.


● Performs a wide variety of tasks and changes focus quickly as demands change.

● Manages transitions from task to task effectively.

Problem Solving

● Ability to anticipates problems and recognize how a problem and its solution will affect the


● Adapts well to changing priorities, deadlines and directions.

● Works to eliminate processes which do not add value.

● Willing to take action, even under pressure, criticism or tight deadlines.

● Notifies Board Chair and Co-Chair of any potential problems in a timely manner.


● Writes and speaks effectively, using approaches that are appropriate to each situation,

● Demonstrates openness, honesty, consideration for others, and tactfulness.

● Actively listens during meetings and provides feedback.

● Exercises a professional approach with others using appropriate tools of communication.

● Communicates in a timely manner.

Minimum Qualifications:

● Minimum of a bachelor’s degree and/or at least three years of experience in the field of office


● Demonstrated background working with the LGBTQ community.

● Solid computer experience, including use of the internet, social media, and coordination of


● Spanish fluency preferred

● Working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, etc.), Adobe InDesign, Constant

Contact, Content Management System, Quickbooks, fundraising software, Google Apps,

Facebook and other social media outlets.

● Some website design experience preferred (WordPress, etc.)

● Knowledgeable with google drive: able to create forms, spreadsheets, documents, etc.

● Knows and/or willing to learn how to use Quickbooks, and/or knowledgeable about


Physical Abilities commonly associated with the performance of the functions of this job.

Reasonable accommodation can be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform

described essential functions of this job. These physical demands are representative of the

physical requirements necessary for an employee to successfully perform the essential functions

of this job.

● The employee may frequently lift and/or move up to 25lbs. Specific vision abilities required

by this job include close vision, distance vision, precise hand-eye coordination, and the

ability to identify and distinguish colors. While performing the duties of this job, the

employee is regularly required to sit, use repetitive wrist, hand, and/or finger movement,

reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand

and walk. The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch, and crawl.


Email resume and cover letter to:

Kevin Nunley



Email Subject Line: First & Last Name – Metro DC PFLAG Operations Coordinator Position | 202-638-3852 | 1518 U St. NW 2nd FL, Washington, DC 20009

Job Opening at Dignity for All

Dignity for All LGBTI Assistance Program
Dignity for All LGBTI Assistance Program
Dignity for All LGBTI Assistance Program

Dignity for All: LGBTI Assistance Program is seeking qualified applicants for a program officer position based in Washington, D.C. The job description is below.

Program Officer — Dignity For All: LGBTI Assistance Program
Location: Washington, DC
Position Summary

The Program Officer will support ongoing activities and projects of the Dignity for All: LGBTI Assistance Program which provides emergency financial assistance to human rights defenders (HRDs) and civil society organizations (CSOs) under threat around the world, with a focus on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) human rights. The Program Officer reports to the Program Manager for Dignity for All.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, international relations, human rights, law, or related field, Master’s degree preferred
  • Minimum 3-4 years of experience in program management, including reporting ability and knowledge of funder account requirements
  • Must have experience working on human rights and LGBTI rights globally
  • Strong ability to communicate effectively in English, both verbally and in writing
  • Ability to communicate effectively in a second language preferred
  • Demonstrated experience in creating, managing and effectively reporting on budgets and program activities
  • Demonstrated ability to accurately track expenditures and maintain up-to-date financial tracking systems and all supporting documentation
  • Demonstrated ability to initiate, foster, interact, and maintain positive relationships with partners and stakeholders in diverse and cross-cultural environments, with sensitivity and a high degree of courtesy, discretion, tact, and professionalism
  • Proven knowledge of USG funding regulations is desirable
  • Proven ability to write effective proposals, reports, and procedures and maintain complete and accurate documentation
  • Detail oriented and highly organized
  • Excellent judgment in problem-solving and decision-making on a consistent basis
  • Ability to work with a small team in a fast-paced environment.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist with the design and implementation of all program aspects including work plan development, identifying consultants and sub-grantees, implementation of program activities, organizing trainings , international meetings and other activities, and monitoring and evaluation of program activities
  • Primarily responsible for reviewing budget proposals and reports by partners and communicating and ensuring financial compliance with partners
  • Develop effective professional relationships with partner organizations and assist them in increasing their capacity to meet objectives and more effectively implement their own programs
  • Substantially contribute to program reporting, including monthly and quarterly program reporting
  • As needed, manage own Dignity casework ensuring complete, accurate, and timely processing of cases; assist with overseeing cases for Dignity program being processed by other team members
  • Develop and maintain relationships with civil society, regional organizations, donor and diplomatic community, partners and grantees, policy community, other NGOs and think tanks as directed by supervisor
  • Conduct outreach to LGBTI human rights defenders and CSOs, locally, regionally, and globally
  • Cover Washington DC-based events pertaining to LGBTI human rights
  • Support and contribute to proposal writing activities, as needed, help identify new donors and partners, and draft narrative reports to funders
  • Negotiate and write contracts, grants, MOUs, LOAs, and other contractual documents, and ensure that the objectives and terms of agreements are met
  • As needed, contribute to FH publications and write web site content, press releases, briefings, policy papers, etc.
  • Other related duties as assigned

Interested candidates can apply by using the link below:

Apply for this job

Job Opening at LPAC



LPAC Is hiring a Political Operations Associate.  The Political Operations Associate provides executive support to the Executive Director and serves as the primary point of contact for external constituencies on all matters pertaining to LPAC. The Associate also serves as a liaison to the LPAC Board of Directors; organizes and coordinates LPAC’s outreach and external relations efforts; and oversees special political projects.

For more information, download the job announcement below

LPAC Political and Operations Assoc 4.7.17

LPAC is the first and only national values-based political action committee dedicated to building the political power of LGBTQ women. Since its founding in 2012, LPAC has focused on electing candidates who are outspoken champions for the issues that are at the intersection of women’s lives and politics: LGBT rights, women’s equality (including reproductive health and justice), and social, economic and racial justice. LPAC is building a community of engaged and activated LGBTQ women who are joining together to affect positive political change on the local, state, and national level for LGBTQ women, our families and our allies.