018: Working with LGBTQ+ Youth [with guest Chris Paulsen, Executive Director of Indiana Youth Group (IYG)]

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Chris Paulsen and I discuss, “Working with LGBTQ+ Youth” Chris Paulsen is the Executive Director of Indiana Youth Group. During this episode, Chris will define LGBTQ+ and gender identity, she’ll talk about some of the common misconceptions of gay youth, and Chris will offer ways to best support LGBTQ youth in the coming out process. 

Chris Paulsen is the Executive Director of Indiana Youth Group (IYG). Indiana Youth Group serves LGBTQ+ youth and their straight allies, ages 12-20. IYG provides tutoring, clothing, food, education, suicide prevention programming and a safe space for youth. IYG also runs the Gender Sexuality Alliance in Indiana for youth in over 90 schools statewide.

Chris has a been an active member of the LGBTQ+ movement as a board member and President of Indiana Equality Action, a founding board member of Freedom Indiana during the marriage amendment fight, and as a member of the capital campaign committee of Indiana Youth Group.   

Chris has an undergraduate degree from Hanover College and a MBA from IU-Southeast. She has lived on the south side of Indianapolis, with her wife Deanna Medsker, for 20 years. 

Indiana Youth Group Website

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