This Article will discuss and critique the tenuous relationship between the law and APA LGBT youth. APA LGBT youth stand as a compelling example of a vulnerable community—one that faces exposure to racism, homophobia, and mental health battles—that, for unknown reasons, are markedly disassociated from using the courts. This Article traces this estrangement to a slew of practical barriers that make legal relief improbable for an APA LGBT. Such obstacles range from the tremendous difficulty in contacting a lawyer, to an inadequate body of substantive legal protection. As a result, unless steps are taken to address this problem, APA LGBT youth community will remain largely excluded from the possibility of legal justice.
Roel Mangiliman and Myron D. Quon,
In the Margins: How Mainstream Legal Advocacy Strategies Fail to Fully Assist Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander LGBT Youth,
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