With greater access to resources, more LGBTQAI+ youth are coming out (sharing their gay or transgender identity with friends, family, and other adults) during adolescence. So family members, teachers, and providers need accurate information about sexual orientation and gender identity to help provide support for LGBTQAI+ adolescents.CAITLIN RYAN, Ph.D., A.C.S.W. Director, Family Acceptance Project™ – San Francisco State University
Helping Families Support Their Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Children
This practice brief was developed for families, caretakers, advocates, and providers to:
- Provide basic information to help families support their lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) children;
- Share some of the critical new research from the Family Acceptance Project (FAP) at San Francisco State University. This important new research shows that families have a major impact on their LGBT children’s health, mental health, and well-being; and
- Give families and LGBT youth hope that ethnically, religiously, and socially diverse families, parents, and caregivers can become more supportive of their LGBT children.
A Guide for Understanding, Supporting, and Affirming LGBTQI2-S Children, Youth, and Families
This resource provides general information for service providers, educators, allies, and community members who seek to support the health and well-being of children and youth who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex, and/or two-spirit (L G B T Q I 2 - S ) and their families. This guide will help to promote full and affirming inclusion of diverse L G B T Q I 2 - S youth and families in all aspects of systems of care.
The Trevor Project
Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.
Gay City Youth
Whether you're just coming out or a child of gay and lesbian parents, these resources are for you!
If you’re concerned about your teen’s drug or alcohol use, then it is time to take action. You can never be too safe or intervene too early – even if you believe your teen is just “experimenting.” Read on to find answers to parents’ most pressing questions about interventions.
Advocacy, Substance Use and Mental Health Support
Resources for the LGBT population that includes national survey reports, agency and federal initiatives, and related behavioral health resources.
The NW Network of Bi, Trans, Lesbian and Gay Survivors of Abuse works to end violence and abuse by building loving and equitable relationships in our community and across the country.
A Practitioner’s Resource Guide: Helping Families to Support Their LGBT Children
Research findings that show the critical role of family acceptance and rejection – and earlier ages of coming out – call for a paradigm shift to serve LGBT children and adolescents in the context of their families. This is an important guide for all healthcare practitioners.