Topic Archive: Sexual Orientation & Gender

Special Initiative: LGBT Youth

The Special Initiative uses the acronym LGBT, which stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, and collectively refers to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. There are many other variations or extensions of the LGBT/GLBT abbreviation that include initials to represent terms such as questioning, queer, intersex, and allied, among others. When the Special Initiative uses…

In re D.B.

NJDC, together with the Juvenile Law Center, and the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and joined by other organizations, co-authored an amicus brief in support of the petitioner in August 2010, arguing that Ohio’s statutory rape law, 2907.02(A)(1)(b), was unconstitutional as applied to children under the age of 13 who engaged in sexual conduct with…

Sexual Orientation and Gender

Juvenile defenders must learn how to comfortably discuss their clients’ sexual orientation and gender identity and expression (SOGIE) and how to provide sensitive advocacy on behalf of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) children while protecting confidences and privacy. Defenders who represent LGBT clients must be aware of the challenges and biases this population of…

Equity Project

The Equity Project is an initiative to ensure that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth in juvenile delinquency courts are treated with dignity, respect, and fairness. The Equity Project examines issues of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression (SOGIE) that impact youth during the entire delinquency process, ranging from arrest through post-disposition. Equity…