Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth to Thrive

A Conversation with Field Leaders about LGBTQ+ Youth Wellness

Join Grantmakers for Thriving Youth and field leaders to discuss LGBTQ+ youth wellness and the systems and structures these young people need to thrive.

Past Event


February 26, 2024


2-3pm ET / 11am-noon PT



Webinar Recording

Across the country, policies are becoming increasingly hostile to the LGBTQ+ community. Young people are deeply impacted by policies and practices designed to stigmatize and isolate them.

Our panelists will discuss how LGBTQ+ youth are impacted by these policies and practices, offer general indicators of wellness among LGBTQ+ youth, including belonging, inclusivity, identity, and physical and emotional safety, and share practices that allow the young people in their communities to thrive.

We’ll discuss:

  • Strategies to support LGBTQ+ youth inclusivity;
  • How organizations are supporting LGBTQ+ safety amidst increasing attacks on their physical and emotional safety; and
  • how funders can center the inclusivity, belonging, and safety of LGBTQ+ youth.

This program is free and open to grantmakers and others in the thriving youth community. GTY’s webinars and funder learning opportunities are made possible through the time and expertise of presenters from the field. In the spirit of transparency, GTY will make available the list of webinar participants to presenters upon request, unless the registrant requests to remain anonymous (please indicate your preference via the registration form).


Supporting LGBTQ+ Students: Four Strategies to Increase Inclusivity, by Antonia Caba on Search Institute

A Primer on Anti-LGBTQ Policies and Their Impacts


Speakers’ full bios can be found here.

Alexander Roque

President and Executive Director, the Ali Forney Center

Alexander Roque has over 20 years of experience in the non-profit sector. Over the past 15 years, Alex has led community and business development, fundraising, and communications for non-profit organizations. Alex was recruited to the Ali Forney Center in 2011 to launch the agency’s first in-house Development Department aimed at building capacity, community relations, and business infrastructure.

Maryse Pearce

Program Manager, Stonewall Community Foundation

Maryse Pearce joined Stonewall Community Foundation in April 2019. She brings over a decade of experience in LGBTQ advocacy and organizing. Previously, Maryse was the Community Engagement Coordinator at GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), where she created and executed outreach strategies.

Antonia Caba

Doctoral Candidate, Human Development and Family Sciences. University of Connecticut

Antonia Caba is a doctoral candidate in Human Development and Family Sciences at the University of Connecticut. Her research focuses on the intrapersonal, interpersonal, and structural factors that help LGBTQ+ youth to develop positive, affirmed identities.


Ayeola Kinlaw

Facilitator, Grantmakers for Thriving Youth

Ayeola Kinlaw is an independent consultant who specializes in philanthropic strategy, organizational improvement, and networked communities. In addition to her work as a facilitator at GTY, she also serves as a Project Director at Columbia University’s Center for Public Research and Leadership (CPRL).

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