Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month (June 2013)

06/2013

LGBT youth are routinely harassed because of their sexual orientation. According to the 2011 National School Climate Surveya study conducted by GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network) that surveyed 8,584 middle and high school students - 8 out of 10 LGBT students (81.9%) experienced harassment at school in the past year because of their sexual orientation, three fifths (63.5%) felt unsafe at school because of their sexual orientation and nearly a third (29.8%) skipped a day of school in the past month because of safety concerns. This survey is "the culmination of 10 years of pioneering research" and is the only national survey that documents the experiences of students who identify as LGBT in America's secondary schools." 

In June 2011 President Barack Obama issued a proclamation declaring June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month, and said, "I call upon the United States to eliminate prejudice everywhere it exists, and to celebrate the great diversity of the American people."

In support of the goals of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month, NCTSN has compiled a list of helpful links for educators, mental health and child welfare professionals, parents and caregivers, and youth.

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Featured NCTSN Resources

Child Sexual Abuse Speaker Series
One of the online training presentations in NCTSN’s Learning Center for Child and Adolescent Trauma that features many experts in the field. Topics include: how to identify issues of risk, challenge, and strength specific to LGBTQ youth and young adults; how to develop strategies that balance personal beliefs with professional responsibilities; how to increase knowledge of and empathy for the unique stressors experienced by sexual- and gender-minority youth, their families, and caregivers; and how to better understand what is involved in coming out and the ways that can impact youth.

Culture and Trauma Brief (Vol. 1, No. 2): Trauma Among Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, or Questioning Youth (2006) (PDF)
Facts and statistics about the LGBTQ youth community along with treatment recommendations.

Culture and Trauma Teleconference Series: Trauma Among Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Youth (2007) (Audio file/PPT)
A presentation whose objectives were to: 1) raise awareness about the degree of vulnerability to abuse and neglect that LGBT adolescents face; 2) discuss the stages of sexual identity development as they relate to LGBT youth; 3) identify barriers faced by LGBT adolescents in coming to terms with their sexuality; and 4) provide concrete interventions that can assist LGBT youth in safely exploring their sexuality.

Transforming Trauma in LGBT Youth Speaker Series
A year long series, part of online presentations in NCTSN’s Learning Center for Child and Adolescent Trauma, that focuses on the LGBTQ population in various service systems and trauma types.

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For Educators

American Psychological Association

COLAGE (Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere)
A national movement of children, youth, and adults who have at least one “lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and/or queer (LGBTQ)” parent. Strives to “build community and work toward social justice through youth empowerment, leadership development, education, and advocacy.”

GLSEN (Gay Lesbian and Straight Education Network)
A national education organization whose mission is centered on creating safe schools for all students. Seeks to “develop school climates where difference is valued for the positive contribution it makes in creating a more vibrant and diverse community.” The website and additional resources focus on the acceptance of all people regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, or occupation. Includes information on GLSEN’s research and policymaking, plus tools and tips.

Mental Health America

  • Bullying and Gay Youth
    Explains risks to the mental health and physical well-being of GBLT youth; includes ways their education is being affected; offers suggestions to help end bullying in schools; includes additional resources.

PFLAG (Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays)
A national nonprofit of 200,000+ members and supporters and 350+ affiliates in the US that “promotes the health and well-being of LGBT persons, their families, and friends through support, education, and advocacy.”

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For Mental Health and Child Welfare Professionals

Advocates for Youth
“Champions efforts that help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health.”

  • The Impact of Homophobia and Racism on GLBTQ Youth of Color (2007) (PDF)
    A fact sheet geared to those who work with youth. Includes information on homophobia; explains additional challenges faced by youth of color including HIV, pregnancy, sexual violence, racism, and homelessness; and stresses the importance of culturally competent education and health care programs and services.

Child Welfare League of America
A “coalition of hundreds of private and public agencies serving vulnerable children and families since 1920. Our expertise, leadership and innovation on policies, programs, and practices help improve the lives of millions of children in all 50 states.”

  • CWLA Best Practice Guidelines: Serving LGBT Youth In Out-Of-Home Care (2006) (PDF)
    Guidelines for “agencies that are responsible for the care of LGBT youth in out-of-home care,” specifically directed to child welfare and juvenile justice professionals. Topics include: “Creating an Inclusive Organizational Culture,” “A Family-Centered Approach to Serving LGBT Youth," "Promoting Positive Adolescent Development,” “Collecting and Managing Confidential Information,” “Ensuring Appropriate Homes for LGBT Youth in Institutional Settings," "Providing Appropriate Health, Mental Health, and Education Services to LGBT Youth”; includes additional resources.

Family Builders
Family Builders mission is to help find permanent, loving families for children and youth in the foster care system.

National Center for Cultural Competence

Youth Development Project

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For Parents and Caregivers

Family Equality Council
A “national organization that supports, represents and connects the 1 million parents in the United States who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender and the 2 million children they are raising.”

  • 52 ways to be OUTSpoken: A Once-a-Week Way to Advocate for Family Equality (2009) (PDF) 
    A fact sheet suggesting 52 ways (one for each week of the year) to promote visibility of —and to advocate for social change for—families with LGBTQ members.
  • Talking to Children About Our Families (2007) (PDF)
    “Intended to support parents in responding to their children's (spoken and unspoken) questions as they come to understand who they are in the context of their family and who their family is in the context of their community.” Questions and answers presented are divided into three stages of child development (aged 3 and under, 4–7, and 8+).

GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network) 
A national education organization whose mission is centered on creating safe schools for all students. Seeks to “develop school climates where difference is valued for the positive contribution it makes in creating a more vibrant and diverse community.” The website and additional resources focus on the acceptance of all people regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, or occupation. Includes information on GLSEN’s research and policymaking, plus tools and tips.

National Center for Cultural Competence

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
A national organization dedicated to building the grassroots power of the LGBT community by strengthening local LGBT activism in rural areas, small towns, and cities across the nation.

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For Youth

GLAD (Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders)
A leading legal rights organization whose mission is to end discrimination based on sexual orientation, HIV status, and gender identity and expression.

Safe Schools Coalition
An international public-private partnership in support of GLBT youth.

The Trevor Project
A national organization that provides “crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth.”

  • Trevor Lifeline
    Confidential suicide hotline for LGBTQ youth: 1-(866)-488-7386 (24/7, toll free)

Youth Guardian Services
A youth-run nonprofit organization that provides support services on the Internet to GLBTQ and supportive youth.

YouthResource
A website by and for LGBTQ youth that “takes a holistic approach to sexual health and the exploration of issues of concern” to this population.

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NCTSN Member Resources

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