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Gay Couples Have a Bright Future to Think About - A Hopeful Message to Gay Youth


Hey, boy… so we’re not Ryan Gosling or anything, but we have to tell you something, gay teens: it really does get better. 2012 was a hard year. People coming out to protest against gays? People feeling slighted by gays finally getting the right to marry in multiple US states? Say it ain’t so!


The truth is that we need this kind of hope. We need this kind of change. We need to believe that we’re going to have a life of our very own. You might not see that today — and that might be pushing you into a world of depression. You might be reading this after thinking all morning about just ending your own life.


Trust me, gay teen. It’s worth sticking around. You just don’t know what opportunities are going to reach you until you push forward and try. Ellen is one of the most bankable celebrities in Hollywood. Try as they might, they cannot put her down. They can’t get rid of her. She has a humor that extends beyond just being gay. She’s a warm, funny, and kind hearted person that truly wants to change the world. Think about it — if Ellen had given up, we wouldn’t have her funny, and all of the people that she’s helped wouldn’t have received that help. It’s hard to think about it that way, but it’s true — you’re a lot more needed than you think.


Somewhere out there is someone that’s going to love you for who you’ve become. There’s someone that’s going to truly appreciate the person that you’ve grown up to be. There’s nothing wrong with waiting of the right person to come along. Society often tells us that we have to rush into these decisions, but what about taking some time for you?


2012 was a hard year, but it also had some good stuff. Modern Family? We’re all over that. Glee? A favorite. There were just so many amazing moments where one just had to look back and realize… this is all good stuff.


So if you’re in the middle of feeling sad and bleu because others around you are tearing into you about being gay, just remember something. You aren’t the one with the problem. It’s them with the problem. Normal people don’t seek to tear others down. They would rather either just avoid them, or build them up. We would do so much better as a society if we just kept our negative thoughts to ourselves.


Hang in there. Don’t give up – ever!



National Association of Social Workers (NASW) - What is Sexual Orientation


According to the National Association of Social Workers, “Sexual orientation is an enduring emotional, romantic, or sexual attraction that one feels toward men, toward women, or toward both. Although sexual orientation ranges along a continuum, it is generally discussed in terms of heterosexual—attraction to the other sex—homosexual—attraction to the same sex—and bisexual—attraction to both sexes. Sexual orientation has not been conclusively found to be determined by any particular factor or factors, and the timing of the emergence, recognition, and expression of one’s sexual orientation varies among individuals.


Sexual orientation is not synonymous with sexual activity. Many adolescents as well as adults may identify themselves as lesbian, gay, or bisexual without having had any sexual experience with persons of the same sex. Other young people have had sexual experiences with a person of the same sex but do not consider themselves lesbian, gay, or bisexual. This is particularly relevant during adolescence because experimentation and discovery are normal and common during this developmental period”...Click here to Read the NASW Article.



Teen Suicide Prevention Resources


“When communities support their gay young people, and schools adopt anti-bullying and anti-discrimination policies that specifically protect lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth, the risk of attempted suicide by all young people drops, especially for LGB youth.”

  1. -Mark L. Hatzenbuehler, PhD -  Pediatrics - Journal Article April 2011




PEER-REVIEWED JOURNAL ARTICLES:


Pediatrics Journal April 2011 - The Social Environment and Suicide Attempts in Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Youth


Bontempo - Effects of At School Vicitmization and Sexual Orientation on LGBT Youth.pdf


Goodenow - School Support Groups and Safety for Sexual Minorities.pdf


Hatzenbuehler - Social Environment for Suicide Attempts in LGBT Youth.pdf


Marshal - Suicidality and Depression Disparities Between Sexual Minority and Heterosexual Youth.pdf


Pediatrics - Family Rejection OF LGBT as a Predictor of Negative Health Outcomes.pdf


Family Rejection as a Predictor of Negative Health Outcomes in White and Latino Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Young Adults


Higher rates of family rejection were significantly associated with poorer health outcomes. On the basis of odds ratios, lesbian, gay, and bisexual young adults who reported higher levels of family rejection during adolescence were 8.4 times more likely to report having attempted suicide, 5.9 times more likely to report high levels of depression, 3.4 times more likely to use illegal drugs, and 3.4 times more likely to report having engaged in unprotected sexual intercourse compared with peers from families that reported no or low levels of family rejection. Latino men reported the highest number of negative family reactions to their sexual orientation in adolescence.... Providers who serve this population should assess and help educate families about the impact of rejecting behaviors. Counseling families, providing anticipatory guidance, and referring families for counseling and support can help make a critical difference in helping decrease risk and increasing well-being for lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth.


Recommendations for Practice

Pediatric providers can help decrease family rejection and increase support for LGB young people in several ways:


1. Ask LGB adolescents about family reactions to their sexual orientation and gender expression and refer to LGB community support programs and for supportive counseling as needed.


2. Identify LGB support programs in the community and online resources to educate parents about how to help their LGB children. Parents need access to positive parental role models to help decrease rejection and increase family support for their LGB children.


3. Advise parents that negative reactions to their adolescent’s LGB identity may negatively influence their child’s health and mental health.


4. Recommend that parents and caregivers modify highly rejecting behaviors that have the most negative influence on health concerns, such as suicidality.


5. Expand anticipatory guidance to include information on the need for support and the link between family rejection and negative health problems in LGB young people.


* Ryan, C., Huebner, D., Diaz, R., Sanchez, J.  (2009). Family Rejection as a Predictor of Negative Health Outcomes in White and Latino Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Young Adults.  Pediatrics, 123, 346-352. DOI: 10.1542/peds.2007-3524




Provider Resources


Talking about Suicide & LGBT - Trevor, GLSEN, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention


Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine - General Health Info


American Academy of Pediatrics - Clinical Report on Sexual Orientation and Adolescents 


CDC - 2010 School Health Profiles for Secondary Schools in Selected US Sites.pdf


CDC - Sexual Identity Youth Risk Surveillance June 2011.pdf


GLSEN - 2009 National School Climate Survey GLSEN.pdf


Suicide Facts and Information - Suicide Warning Signs | The Trevor Project.pdf


Suicide Prevention Resource Center_LGBT_Youth.pdf


Trevor Project - educator resource guide.pdf


LGBT-Affirmative Therapists Guild of Kansas City PowerPoint Presentation on LGBT Teen Suicide Prevention:

LGBT-Affirming Healthcare: Implementing Standards of Care Presentation Page




ORGANIZATIONS:


The Trevor Project

The Trevor Project is determined to end suicide among LGBTQ youth by providing life-saving and life-affirming resources including our nationwide, 24/7 crisis intervention lifeline, digital community and advocacy/educational programs that create a safe, supportive and positive environment for everyone.


It Gets Better Project

Growing up isn’t easy. Many young people face daily tormenting and bullying, leading them to feel like they have nowhere to turn. This is especially true for LGBT kids and teens, who often hide their sexuality for fear of bullying. Without other openly gay adults and mentors in their lives, they can't imagine what their future may hold. In many instances, gay and lesbian adolescents are taunted — even tortured — simply for being themselves.


Safe Schools Coalition

The Safe Schools Coalition is an international public-private partnership in support of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth, that is working to help schools - at home and all over the world - become safe places where every family can belong, where every educator can teach, and where every child can learn, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation.


Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) Network

Gay-Straight Alliance Network is a youth leadership organization that connects school-based Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) to each other and community resources through peer support, leadership development, and training. GSA Network supports young people in starting, strengthening, and sustaining GSAs and builds the capacity of GSAs to: create safe environments in schools for students to support each other and learn about homophobia and other oppressions, educate the school community about homophobia, gender identity, and sexual orientation issues, and fight discrimination, harassment, and violence in schools.


National Gay and Lesbian Task Force - Youth

Youth are coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) at younger ages than ever before. Meanwhile: Ex-gay ministries have decisively shifted their focus to young people. There is a epidemic of homelessness among LGBT youth. Children of LGBT parents are harmed by restrictions on parenting, foster parenting and adoption. LGBT students encounter widespread harassment and alienation on campus.


Campfire USA - All Inclusive Alternative to Scouting Programs

Camp Fire USA builds caring, confident youth and future leaders. We are inclusive, welcoming children, youth and adults regardless of race, religion, socioeconomic status, disability, sexual orientation or other aspect of diversity.




RESOURCES FOR SCHOOLS AND YOUTH:


LGBTQ Teen Pregnancy Risks - Stigma management? The links between enacted stigma and teen pregnancy trends among gay, lesbian, and bisexual students in British Columbia


LGBTQ Homeless Youth - SAMHSA Larkin Street Stories

Learn more about the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth who are homeless. The video series offers tips on best practices for providers serving LGBTQ youth who are homeless.


Advocates for Youth - GLBTQ Resources

Advocates for Youth envisions a society that views sexuality as normal and healthy and treats young people as a valuable resource. The core values of Rights. Respect. Responsibility.® (3Rs) animate this vision: RIGHTS: Youth have the right to accurate and complete sexual health information, confidential reproductive and sexual health services, and a secure stake in the future. RESPECT: Youth deserve respect. Valuing young people means involving them in the design, implementation and evaluation of programs and policies that affect their health and well-being. RESPONSIBILITY: Society has the responsibility to provide young people with the tools they need to safeguard their sexual health, and young people have the responsibility to protect themselves from too-early childbearing and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV.


TransYouth Family Allies (TYFA)

TYFA empowers children and families by partnering with educators, service providers and communities, to develop supportive environments in which gender may be expressed and respected. We envision a society free of suicide and violence in which ALL children are respected and celebrated.


Bi-Youth - Bisexual Resource Center

The Bisexual Resource Center envisions a world where love is celebrated, regardless of sexual orientation or gender expression. Because bisexuals today are still misunderstood, marginalized and discriminated against, the BRC is committed to providing support to the bisexual community and raising public awareness about bisexuality and bisexual people. The BRC uses bisexual as an umbrella term for people who recognize and honor their potential for sexual and emotional attraction to more than one gender (pansexual, fluid, omnisexual, queer, and all other free-identifiers). We celebrate and affirm the diversity of identity and expression regardless of labels.


The Trevor Project

The Trevor Project is determined to end suicide among LGBTQ youth by providing life-saving and life-affirming resources including our nationwide, 24/7 crisis intervention lifeline, digital community and advocacy/educational programs that create a safe, supportive and positive environment for everyone.


It Gets Better Project

Growing up isn’t easy. Many young people face daily tormenting and bullying, leading them to feel like they have nowhere to turn. This is especially true for LGBT kids and teens, who often hide their sexuality for fear of bullying. Without other openly gay adults and mentors in their lives, they can't imagine what their future may hold. In many instances, gay and lesbian adolescents are taunted — even tortured — simply for being themselves.


EdChange - Multicultural Pavilion Topics on Heterosexism in Schools

Informing ourselves, reforming our schools, transforming our world.  The EdChange Project “Critical Multicultural Pavilion” provides workshops, training resources, and multicultural awareness activities for educators and school systems.


Download PDF of Advice To GLBTQ Kids Coping With Bullies.pdf


Download - Bending the Mold: An Action Kit for Transgender Students (NYAC - Lambda Legal)

Whether you’re transgender or gender-nonconforming, questioning or an ally, this kit is designed to help you make your school a safer place. We’ve included ideas and information to help you advocate for change. There’s also an extensive list of resources to help you connect with the transgender community and find support


Give a Damn Campaign


To Write Love on Her Arms


Cyberbullying Research Center


Stop Bullying - White House Conference on Bullying Prevention


GLBT National Help Center: Youth Talkline


Youth Guardian Services


Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN)


Gay-Straight Alliance Network (School Clubs)


Make It Better Project - Stop School Bullying (Gay-Straight Alliance Net)

OUTLOUD - Online Radio Run By LGBT Youth (23 and Under)

Gay Student Center

LGBT Resources in Higher Education


Gay Young America


Youth Resource


Day of Silence - Antibullying Observance

Sex Education for the Real World


Operation Shine America


LYRIC - Lavender Youth Recreation and Info Center


Reciprocity Foundation - LGBT Homeless Youth Project


New York Times - Interactive Teens Coming Out Blog




INFORMATION ABOUT YOUTH - FOR PROVIDERS:


National Association of Social Workers - Facts for Educators about Sexual Orientation and Youth

The information in this booklet has been developed by a coalition of education, health,mental health, and religious organizations that share a concern for the health and education of all students in schools, including lesbian, gay, and bisexual students.*We know you also share this concern—that all students have an opportunity to learn and develop in a safe and supportive environment. The reason for publishing this booklet now is to provide you, as principals, educators, and school personnel,with accurate information that will help you respond to a recent upsurge in promotion of efforts to change sexual orientation through therapy and religious ministries. This upsurge has been coupled with a demand that these perspectives on homosexuality be given equal time in schools.


Suicide Prevention Resource Center

Download - Suicide Prevention Resource Center - Bullying and Suicide.pdf

The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) provides prevention support, training, and resources to assist organizations and individuals to develop suicide prevention programs, interventions and policies, and to advance the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention.


American Academy of Pediatrics - Preventing Teen Suicide

In a recent study on the long-term impact of child abuse, adult women who said they were physically or emotionally abused as children were more likely to have mental problems, suffer from depression and to have attempted suicide. Suicide is the eighth leading cause of death for all persons regardless of age, sex or race; the third leading cause of death for young people aged 15 to 24; and the fourth leading cause of death for persons between the ages of 10 and 14.


American Psychological Association (APA) - Just the Facts About Sexual Orientation & Youth: A Primer for Principals, Educators and School Personnel

This group of national education, health, mental health and religious organizations believe that all students should have an opportunity to learn and develop in a safe and supportive environment. Just the Facts provides information and resources for principals, educators, and school personnel who confront sensitive issues involving gay, lesbian, and bisexual students.


APA - Gender-Nonconforming Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth- School Victimization and Young Adult Psychosocial Adjustment.pdf


APA - Healthy Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Students Project

The Healthy LGB Students Project is funded by the Division of Adolescent and School Health of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC-DASH) to provide capacity-building assistance to schools and other organizations that serve gay and bisexual young men at risk for HIV infection, especially African-American and Latino youth. Our goal is to help schools, families, and communities promote the healthy growth and full development of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and questioning (LGBQ) youth.


APA - LGB Student Health Risks

The transition from childhood to adulthood can cause much anxiety and uncertainty for young people. All teens are faced with risk factors (certain aspects of life that can be associated with an increased likelihood of behaviors that threaten health and well-being) as well as potentially possessing protective factors (aspects of life that are associated with a reduced risk of engaging in problem behaviors).


American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Resource Center

Some children and adolescents experience symptoms that are beyond the range of normal sadness. Depression can be diagnosed when feelings of sadness or irritability persist and interfere with a child or adolescent's ability to function. About 5 percent of children and adolescents in the general population suffer from depression at any given point in time. Children who are under stress, who experience loss, or who have attentional, learning, conduct or anxiety disorders are at a higher risk for depression. Depression also tends to run in families. The good news is that depression is a treatable illness.


Adolescent Substance Abuse Resources

Create a safe, supportive environment within which to discuss the risks associated with alcohol and drug use. Connect with teens to find out what they know, how they feel, and what pressures they face. Communicate clearly what you expect and what the consequences of use will be.


American Public Health Association - School Based Healthcare Issues

The Center for School, Health and Education focuses on the health and social factors that influence educational success. The Center advances the well-being and educational success of the school age population through partnerships, policy and advocacy that: Promote school based health centers as uniquely positioned to create healthy school environments that support educational success, Increase access to physical and mental health care to improve children’s health and overcome social barriers to education, Establish lifelong healthy behaviors in the school age population.


CESCAL - Center for Excellence in School Counseling and Leadership

The Center’s mission is to promote excellence in the field of school counseling and to assist school counselors, their site and central office administrators as they design, implement and evaluate their school counseling programs. CESCaL will provide: training by national leaders in school counseling, on-line support for creating school counseling programs and consultation from state and national leaders in school counseling and administration with experience in implementing ASCA National Model® school counseling programs.


Like Me Organization - Preventing LGBT bullying and Teen Suicide

LIKE ME® works to prevent LGBT bullying and teen suicide. The LIKE ME® website provides links to LGBT education and health resources. The website provides a message board for those who wish to post a question and receive a reply from the LGBT community. The site posts anonymous Personal Stories for those who wish to read and find a similar story. Whether you are gay or straight, you can post your own personal story.


SMHSA - Tips for Teens: The Truth about Club Drugs

SAMHSA - Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.  They provide several on-line publications for information regarding various substance-related issues.




ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR YOUTH:


Atticus Circle


Family Acceptance Project


Fortunate Families


Scouting For All - Advocating Diversity in Scouts Programs


Focus Adolescent Services for Troubled Teens


National Youth Advocacy Coalition - NYAC


Scouting For All - Advocacy Group to End Discrimination in the Boy Scouts

National Resource Center For Youth Services

National Clearinghouse On Families and Youth

OVERBOARD - Comic Book Series about Drug Abuse


NCADI - Kid Activities for Drug Resistance


Safe & Drug Free Schools Program - Tobacco, Drug, Alcohol Prevention


Talking With Kids About Tough Issues - Family Resource for Sex, Drugs, Alcohol


The National GLBTQ Youth Foundation


National Youth Advocacy Coalition


Stop Bullying Now


Advocates for Youth


APA Office of LGBT Concerns Healthy LGB Students Project


Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League


National Family Partnership - Parents Preventing Kids Addiction


Too Smart to Start - Underage Drinking Prevention


National PTA's Common Sense - Drug Prevention Materials for Youth


Krooz Controlled - Bicycle Safety for Youth


The Trauma Foundation - Preventing Alcohol/Drug Injuries




RESOURCES FOR COLLEGE PLANNING:


Like Me - LGBT Youth College Scholarship Fund


HRC Scholarship Database


Point Foundation - LGBT Scholarships

Queer Foundation - LGBT Scholarships

Impact Program


CollegeDrinkingPrevention.gov


Association Of American Law Schools Sexual Orientation And Gender Identity Issues

Campus Pride - LGBT Campus Programs

Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals

Delta Lambda Phi National Social Fraternity - Gay College Fraternity

GLSEN - National Headquarters (Gay, Lesbian, Straight Educators Network)

Gamma Mu Foundation - LGBT Fundraising

Global Village School (GVS) - Distance Learning K-12

Lambda 10 Project/National Clearinghouse for GLBT Fraternity and Sorority Issues

PFLAG - National Headquarters

Sigma Phi Beta Fraternity - Gay Men’s Greek Fraternity

 

2012 Top 25 LGBT Friendly College Campuses from Huffington Post

Stanford University, Minnesota's Carleton College and Georgia's Emory University may all be vastly different institutions in terms of size of their student body and variety of degree programs offered. Yet all three have been named to Campus Pride's list of the top 25 most LGBT-friendly colleges and universities in the U.S.  "It is also important to recognize the 300 plus additional colleges that have ‘come out’ as LGBT-friendly on the Campus Pride Index, regardless of their star-rating," See the top 25 LGBT-friendly colleges and universities (featured in no specific order) in the slideshow below. For more information search for Huffington Post Campus Pride Index in your on-line search engine....


Campus Pride serves LGBT and ally student leaders and campus organizations in the areas of leadership development, support programs and services to create safer, more inclusive LGBT-friendly colleges and universities. It exists to develop, support and give “voice and action” in building future LGBT and ally student leaders....See the Campus Pride Index


Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Youth are 50-200% More Likely to Be Addicted to Smoking


In a recent national study on adolescent health, 45% of females and 35% of males who reported same-sex attraction or behavior smoked; compared to only 29% for the rest of America’s youth....


Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)


A Provider's Introduction to Substance Abuse Treatment for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Individuals Informs clinicians and administrators about substance abuse treatment approaches that are sensitive to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) clients. Covers cultural, clinical, health, administrative, and legal issues as well as alliance building.


Hetrick-Martin Insitute - Empowerment, Education, & Advocacy for LGBTQ Youth


The Hetrick-Martin Institute believes all young people, regardless of sexual orientation or identity, deserve a safe and supportive environment in which to achieve their full potential. Hetrick-Martin creates this environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth between the ages of 12 and 24 and their families......

Mermaids - Family and Individual Support for Teenagers and Children with Gender Identity Issues


Mermaids is a support group originally formed in 1995 by a group of parents who were brought together as a result of their children's longstanding Gender Identity Issues.  We have supported each other and our children through the difficulties and trauma that gender issues commonly bring to families. We identified a need to form a support group to help other families, children, and teenagers in similar situations......

Gender Spectrum - Youth Struggling with Gender Identity


Gender Spectrum provides consultation, training and events designed to help families, educators, professionals, and organizations understand and address the concepts of gender identity and expression. Our accessible, practical approach is based on research and experience, enabling our clients to gain a deeper understanding of gender all along the spectrum. We present an overview of how society currently defines gender and how these restrictive definitions can be detrimental to those who do not fit neatly into these categories. We then help you identify and remove the obstacles so all are free to be our authentic selves....

How to Talk with Kids about Sexual Orientation and Prejudice - Mental Heath America

“What Does Gay Mean?” is a new anti-bullying program designed to improve understanding and respect for youth who are gay/lesbian/
bisexual/transgender (GLBT). Centered on an educational booklet, called “What Does Gay Mean?” How to Talk with Kids About Sexual Orientation and Prejudice, the program encourages parents and others to communicate and share values of respect with their children.... Online brochure for talking with preschoolers, children, and teenagers about their sexual orientation and the effects of prejudice.
 

Lead with Love for Parents with an LGBT Child


Lead with Love is a 35-minute documentary created to provide comfort, information, and guidance for parents who have recently learned that their son or daughter is lesbian, gay, or bisexual. The film follows four families as they share their honest reactions to hearing that their child is gay, including the intense emotions, fears, and questions that it raised. Interviews with psychologists, teachers, and clergy provide factual answers to parents' most commonly asked questions, as well as concrete guidance to help parents keep their children healthy and safe during this challenging time. ....

It Gets Better Project - Support Videos for LGBT Youth

The It Gets Better Project's mission is
to communicate to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth around the world that it gets better, and to create and inspire the changes needed to make it better for them....


Generation Gap on Gay Affection Closing in England

University of Bath in the United Kingdom recently announced some head-turning news: Homophobia in high schools and universities in the U.K. has dropped so low that young straight men are completely comfortable with kissing one another. That includes "sustained" kissing, or what a layperson might call "making out." The findings reveal a generation gap between adults who grew up in homophobic culture and youth who find it incredible that homosexuality was ever stigmatized, much less illegal...

See: Bush, A. J., Anderson, E. and Carr, S., 2012. The declining existence of men’s homophobia in organized university sport. Journal for the Study of Sports and Athletes in Education, 6 (1), pp. 107-120.


Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender National Help Center


The GLBT National Help Center offers several different programs including two national hotlines that help members of our community talk about the important issues that they are facing in their lives.  We help end the isolation that many people feel, by providing a safe environment on the phone or via the internet to discuss issues that people can’t talk about anywhere else. 

GLBT National Youth Talkline: 1-800-246-PRIDE (1-800-246-7743)

GLBT National Hotline: 1-888-THE-GLNH (1-888-843-4564)

Family Acceptance Project for Increasing Support for Youth


The Family Acceptance Project™ is the only community research, intervention, education and policy initiative that works to decrease major health and related risks for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth, such
as suicide, substance abuse, HIV and homelessness – in the context of their families. We use a research-based, culturally grounded approach to help ethnically, socially and religiously diverse families decrease rejection and increase support for their LGBT children.....

Point Foundation LGBTQ Academic Scholarships

Point Foundation empowers promising LGBTQ students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential – despite the obstacles often put before them – to make a significant impact on society.   Additionally, Point Foundation provides programs that affect social change by challenging attitudes that contribute to social stigma and its resulting prejudice, which is often experienced by those in the LGBTQ community...


Hetrick-Martin Insitute - Empowerment, Education, & Advocacy for LGBTQ Youth


The Hetrick-Martin Institute believes all young people, regardless of sexual orientation or identity, deserve a safe and supportive environment in which to achieve their full potential. Hetrick-Martin creates this environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth between the ages of 12 and 24 and their families......

Advocates for Youth - Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Issues


Established in 1980 as the Center for Population Options, Advocates for Youth champions efforts that help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health. Advocates believes it can best serve the field by boldly advocating for a more positive and realistic approach to adolescent sexual health. Advocates focuses its work on young people ages 14-25 in the U.S. and around the globe.....

Advocates for Youth - Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Issues


The Impact Program provides translational research on LGBT Health and Development.  By “translational,” we mean that we seek to identify health issues, understand factors that put people at risk or protect them, and turn that knowledge into programs that advance the health of LGBT people and communities. “Translate” also means that we try to explain some of the fascinating but complicated language of science into lessons that everyone can benefit from.  The study of LGBT development is also part of our mission. We seek to understand how sexual orientation and gender identity develop because we believe they are core parts of human identity and worthy of understanding......

Journal of LGBT Youth - Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Youth


(formerly Journal of Gay & Lesbian Issues in Education) The Journal of LGBT Youth is the interdisciplinary forum dedicated to improving the quality of life for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth. This quarterly journal presents peer-reviewed scholarly articles, practitioner-based essays, policy analyses, and revealing narratives from young people....

Youth Resource - A Project of Advocates for Youth


YouthResource is a Web site created by and for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (GLBTQ) young people. YouthResource takes a holistic approach to sexual health and exploring issues of concern to GLBTQ youth, by providing information and offer support on sexual and reproductive health issues through education and advocacy. Through monthly features, message boards, and online peer education, GLBTQ youth receive information on activism, culture, sexual health, and other issues that are important to them....

40 Percent of Homeless Youth are LGBT - Think Progress


As many as 40 percent of homeless youth identify as LGBT, and a new Williams Institute study of youth shelters confirms this estimate. Between October 2011 and March 2012, 354 agencies completed surveys about their clients and found that about 40 percent of their homeless and non-homeless clients were LGBT (9 percent of whom identified as bisexual). About 30 percent of clients using housing-related services (like emergency shelter and transitional living programs) were LGBT...

Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) - Best Practice Guidelines for Serving LGBT Youth in Out-of-Home Care


During the past decade, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) adolescents have become increasingly visible in our families, communities, and systems of care. A significant number of these youth are in the custody of child welfare or juvenile justice agencies. Yet the public systems that are charged with their care and well-being have been unresponsive to their needs and slow to acknowledge that LGBT children and adolescents are in urgent need of appropriate and equitable care.

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry - Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Adolescents


Parents need to clearly understand that sexual orientation is not a mental disorder. The cause(s) of homosexuality or bisexuality are not fully understood. However, a person's sexual orientation is not a matter of choice. In other words, individuals have no more choice about being homosexual or bisexual than heterosexual. All teenagers do have a choice about their expression of sexual behaviors and lifestyle, regardless of their sexual orientation...

Live Out Loud - Youth Empowerment and Mentoring


Live Out Loud is a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring and empowering LGBT youth by connecting them with successful LGBT professionals in their community.
 
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