Biden-Harris Admin. Awards Grants to Help LGBTQ Youth and Families

Photo via Adobe.

Recognizing the diversity of American family structures, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded $5.1 million in support of LGBTQ youth and families.

The funding was announced Feb. 16 and is allocated through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration. Four organizations were awarded grants for family counseling and support of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex+ youth and their families.

“The health of our nation begins with the wellness of our youth, and every young American must receive adequate behavioral health support regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation,” said HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra, in a press release. “Facilitating behavioral health services for communities in need are a vital part of our obligation to ensure overall health and human dignity.”

This year’s grant awardees are Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Latino Commission on AIDS, Inc. in New York, Arbor Circle Corporation of Grand Rapids, Michigan and North Jersey AIDS Alliance of Newark, N.J. Each grant recipient will receive roughly $1.2 million.

“Family acceptance is a critical element to the health and wellbeing of LGBTQI+ youth,” said Adrian Shanker, a senior advisor on LGBTQI+ health equity at HHS.

This year’s funding builds on the previous year’s $1.7 million that went to organizations in Boston; Nashville, Tennessee; and Tucson, Arizona.

The money is designated for prevention efforts that deal with depression, homelessness, drug use, suicide and HIV — conditions that adult lesbians, gays and bisexuals are more likely to encounter than their straight counterparts, SAMHSA data shows.


Phone: 954-514-7095
Hours: Monday - Friday 9AM - 2PM


2520 N. Dixie Highway,
Wilton Manors, FL 33305



Got a juicy lead or story idea? Let us know!



Out South Florida

Hello from OutSFL! We hope you'll consider donating to us. Starting a business can be a scary prospect, but with your support so far, we've had tremendous success. Thank you!

donate button