Supporting LGBTQ Youth: health, mental health, housing, education and legal issues.
Yale Gender Clinic, True Colors, Commission on Human Rights, GLSEN, Center for Children’s Advocacy
Executive Director, True Colors
Recognizing and meeting the needs of sexual and gender minority youth: a state and national snapshot.
Robin McHaelen is the Executive Director of True Colors, Inc. and is a national thought leader on LGBT youth concerns, programs and interventions.
Cheryl Sharp, JD
Deputy Director, Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO)
Legal rights of Connecticut’s LGBTQ youth: complaints, issues and positive resolutions.
Christy Olezeski, PhD
Assistant Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and Child Study
Director, Yale Gender Program
Mental health and medical needs of LGBTQ youth
Dr. Olezeski is the director of the Gender Program which provides safe, supportive treatment for gender-variant children, adolescents and young adults.
Jeff Bianco, MEd Curriculum and Instruction
Co-Chair, GLSEN Connecticut
GLSEN is the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe and affirming schools for LGBTQ students. The organization supports legal rights in schools, challenges schools have in supporting these rights, and how to overcome these challenges. Jeff is an elementary school teacher in Stamford Connecticut and has been involved with GLSEN for over ten years. His focus for his second masters was in the area of Equity, Ethics, and Justice.