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Empowering LGBT Teens: A School-Based Advocacy Program
Matthew J. Mims, David D. Hof, Julie A. Dinsmore, and Laura Wielechowski
This article examines the impact of social justice initiatives developed within a high school support/ally group for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students to address inequities in power, privilege, and access to resources for LGBT students in the school and community settings. Quantitative research results illustrate the impact on student and teacher participants in the areas of attitude change, level of participation in social justice action, and willingness of participants to advocate in the future. A survey of both students and teachers illustrated a positive impact on attitudes towards acceptance of LGBT students.