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GLBT Advocacy & Youth Services, Inc. (free2be.org)
June 7, 2012

I'm a bisexual woman as well as the gay-straight alliance president of a local college, UAHuntsville. GLBT Advocacy & Youth Services was founded around the same time the UAH GSA was over 2 years ago and so James Robinson and I began working together. I've lived in Huntsville, AL all my life and didn't encounter the GLBTQ community or learn about GLBTQ issues until I began to co-found a gay-straight alliance. Huntsvillians simply don't talk about GLBTQ issues. As a whole, our community is more progressive than the vast majority of the state, but these issues were seldom focused on until GLBTQ organizations began surfacing a little more. GLBTAYS is still the only organization in the area specifically dedicated to youth dealing with non-heterosexual orientation and gender identities. This work is essential in a largely conservative state and community that is largely uneducated (sometimes by choice) about the struggles of GLBTQ individuals. GLBTQ youth need a place to go and James Robinson offers one of the few outlets in the state of Alabama.

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Definitely

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Life-changing

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Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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