Youth in Focus on LGBTQI Advocacy Day in Albany


Against the backdrop of relentless attacks on trans youth in other states, there was a renewed sense of determination when LGBTQ leaders convened in Albany on April 26 for the 2022 New York State LGBTQI Advocacy Day.

LGBTQ advocacy groups, activists, and lawmakers joined together in the state capital physically and virtually to advocate for a series of bills and initiatives during the home stretch of the legislative session. Advocates emphasized the need to focus on vulnerable LGBTQ youth, especially in light of legislative assaults on trans students in healthcare and sports. Queer youth have faced broader attacks, as well, such as in Florida, where lawmakers banned classroom discussions pertaining to sexual orientation or gender identity for certain grades and published bogus health guidance laced with falsehoods about gender-affirming care for youth.