HHS Promotes: 'Embrace, Encourage, Celebrate' Gay, Transgendered Children
8:18 AM, Jul 1, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
The Department of Health and Human Services recently recognized the RISE project (Recognize, Intervene, Support, and Empower) in Los Angeles County for its work to fight "anti-gay and anti-transgender bias" in the child welfare system in the county:
One of the posters features the rainbow colors now ubiquitous in LGBTQ literature along with a message to "embrace, encourage, celebrate who we are." The poster also discourages "homophobic, transphobic, racist, or sexist put downs and remarks."
The Q in the LGBTQ acronym employed by HHS stands for questioning. The even longer acronym LGBTQIA (adding "intersex" and "asexual," or "ally") has not gained widespread usage yet, although it has appeared on government websites from time to time, such as a 2013 Department of Education conference on bullying.
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