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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles organization has won a $13.3 million federal grant to create a program to help gay and lesbian youth in foster care.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced the award Friday to the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center.

The center said it is the largest federal grant given to an organization serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

Darrel Cummings, chief of staff of the Gay & Lesbian Center, says the money will fund a five-year program that will provide counseling, mentoring and sensitivity training to 19 agencies working with gay youth. They include school districts, probation and juvenile court, and foster parents.

Cummings says gay youth frequently suffer harassment and hostility in foster and group homes.

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