GLBT Advocacy & Youth Services is a comprehensive community service organization located in Huntsville, Alabama which serves the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer community. Since 2009 this non-profit agency has worked to raise awareness of conditions impacting the lives of GLBTQ people such as bullying, homelessness, inadequate medical and mental health services, and prejudices which result in discrimination in employment, housing, and education. In addition to raising public awareness intended to create high expectations of respect and inclusion of all people as equally important members of our society the agency also provides an array of social services including community building events.
The people within this organization are people who bear witness to the heartbreaking true stories of children who are being bullied. They work to end bullying and do this with passion and conviction because many of them have been victims of this same violence and they do not want any more of our children to suffer as they have suffered. They believe every child lost to suicide is an irretrievable loss to Humankind.
The agency continues to grow rapidly and provides opportunities for dozens of regular volunteers who give hundreds of hours each week helping to provide services and opportunities for members of their community. In June of 2013 the agency opened the only Community & Resource Center for the GLBTQ community in Alabama. This Center is affectionately called “Our Space” and provides a safe environment for individuals and groups that are often excluded because they are denied the respect they deserve as Human Beings. GLBT Advocacy & Youth Services uses its resources to show respect for everyone and to return hope to people who have had their hope stripped away from them because of bigotry, irrational hate, and fear.
Progress toward Civil and Human Rights for all people is often delayed in the Southern United States. This delay is due in part to the scarcity of organizations in this region which work to promote the necessity of the inclusion of diverse populations in all parts of our society including our religious organizations and government. There is a growing conversation in the region which includes the value of diversity and the importance of inclusive practices and inclusive public standards. GLBT Advocacy & Youth Services is a key participant in this growing conversation and in actions leading to inclusive practices. The agency recognizes social change is a process, not an event, and strives to be steadfast and consistent as it works to education people and to build bridges among diverse communities which often have very different goals and objectives. This steadfastness and consistency has earned GLBT Advocacy & Youth Services the reputation of being an organization that is dedicated to the best interest of the entire community while being the leading organization specifically serving the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer community in the region.
The agency carries forward a variety of projects, services, and dreams for the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer community in the South inclusive of all people who will join and support them. You are encouraged to follow and support the work of this truly inspiring and amazing organization. They are the Free2Be Network.