In September 2007, Equality Advocates launched a new project — the Youth Law Project. This project provides direct legal services, advocacy, education and outreach to children and youth affected by anti-LGBT bias in Pennsylvania. The Project Attorney, Katie Stewart, received funding from the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP to implement this project.
The Youth Law Project serves both LGBTQ youth (up to age 25) and LGBT families with children across Pennsylvania. This project will provide a whole range of legal services and education to LGBTQ youth and families.
Here are some examples of our services: (1) Legal advice to LGBTQ youth in schools who are facing harassment or discrimination; (2) Legal representation (as a child advocate) for LGBTQ youth in foster care in Philadelphia; (3) Helping LGBT parents secure second-parent adoptions of their partners’ children; (4) Legal workshops for LGBTQ youth at community centers or Gay Straight Alliances; (5) Legal education for allies who support LGBTQ youth and families; (6) Advocacy for policy reform on issues affecting children and youth in the LGBT community; AND much, much more!
Are you an LGBTQ youth or family? We can give you free, sensitive legal help if you are facing anti-LGBT bias, harassment, abuse or discrimination at home, in school, in foster care, at work, or in your community.
Are you an ally or service provider for LGBTQ youth and families? We can give you legal advice and information to help you better support children and youth in the LGBT community. We also welcome your ideas about how we can collaborate to improve the lives of LGBT youth and families.
Just call our legal hotline at:
(215) 731-1447 ext. 15 or (866) LGBT-LAW
Hope to hear from you soon!