My guest this week is researcher Dr. Elizabeth Saewyc, who studies the impact of stigma on adolescents. Her research has demonstrated that when schools are made safer for LGBTQ kids, they are safer for everyone, including the largest group targeted by anti-gay bullying: straight boys.
A collection of short stories from young people about how they came out to themselves and others.
In the second half of our conversation, poet Richard Blanco talks and reads poems about how he navigates the homophobia in his family and in the world.
A conversation with Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco in which he talks about the challenge of really knowing he was gay in a family that strongly discouraged it.