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University Students Ditch the Spring Break Partying to Help the Gay Community

March 14, 2011

It's not all about shirtless dudes and belly-button shots for many university students in the United States. Actually, thousands of students are ditching the traditional spring break and using their time traveling all across the country working for various non-profits. From hurricane and oil spill relief in the Gulf to working with inner-city youth, you name it, Generation Y is using their hands for more than just texting. We've scoured the net to give credit to those university students who are putting the LGBT community at the forefront of their altruistic spring break activities.

George Washington University students are in New York City to help out LGBT youth by working with New Alternatives, a Christian LGBT Homeless Youth Empowerment organization and Sylvia's Place, an LGBT youth homeless shelter. Data show that New York City has the largest homeless LGBT youth population in the country, with one in five homeless youth identifying as LGBT. The 13 GW students will prepare meals for the kids, accompany them on numerous cultural outings throughout the city and even lead workshops for them empowering them to take leadership roles in their local communities.

Colorado State University and University of Maryland students will also be heading on over to the Big Apple to help out with HIV/AIDS organizations. CSU will work at the Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC), the first and oldest organization in New York City committed to the fight against AIDS. Students there will volunteer as a client library assistant, kitchen and pantry assistant, and interact with the diverse GMHC clients.

After this year's rash of LGBT teen suicides, Boston University students decided to help out at Des Moines' Youth and Shelter Services, which works closely with gay and lesbian youths. On another trip, BU students are going to be working with both the Ruth Ellis Foundation and Equality Michigan. They'll also be doing lots of LGBTQ community outreach and education and even baking up some goods at a lesbian-owned bakery!

The good souls at Rice University are spending their break in Los Angeles working with AIDS Project Los Angelesand Project Angel Food. We're sure both of these organizations will love all the much-needed help.