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Children, Sexuality, and the Law$
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Sacha M. Coupet and Ellen Marrus

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780814723852

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814723852.001.0001

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Gender at the Crossroads

Gender at the Crossroads

LGBT Youth in the Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Systems

(p.224) 9 Gender at the Crossroads
Children, Sexuality, and the Law

Barbara Fedders

NYU Press

This concluding chapter focuses on the legal rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) children in state custody. It explores misconceptions about LGBT youth identity development and the influence of stereotypes regarding LGBT youth on interactions with personnel and policies in the juvenile justice system. Over the last twenty years, advocates have won important victories that prohibit juvenile justice and child welfare facilities from discriminating against LGBT youth and require them to keep these youths safe. Ultimately, people should strive not only to protect LGBT youth but also to interrogate and to change the conditions that allow anti-gay behaviors and statements to flourish.

Keywords:   LGBT youth, juvenile justice system, child welfare facilities, LGBT discrimination, anti-gay behaviors

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