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LGBT Youth Resources

Positive environments are important to help all youth thrive. However, the health needs of LGBT Youth can differ from their heterosexual peers. On this page, find resources from the CDC, other government agencies, and community organizations for LGBT Youth, their friends, educators, parents, and family members to support positive environments.

 

Resources for LGBT Youth and friends/supporters 

Some LGBT youth are more likely than their heterosexual peers to experience negative health and life outcomes. It is important that at-risk LGBT youth have access to resources and support to deal with the questions and challenges they may face as they mature.

  • Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Teens: Facts for Teens and Their Parents
    If you’ve ever wondered if you’re gay, lesbian, or bisexual, you’re not alone. Many teens ask themselves this question. For parents and caregivers, finding out your son or daughter is gay, lesbian, or bisexual can be difficult. Learn more.

  • Genders & Sexualities Alliance Network

  • A GSA club is a student-run club in a high school or middle school that brings together LGBTQI+ and straight students to support each other.

  • It Gets Better Project
    The It Gets Better Project reminds teenagers in the LGBT community that they are not alone and it will get better.

  • Q Card Project
    The Q Card is a simple and easy-to-use communication tool designed to empower LGBTQ youth to become actively engaged in their health, and to support the people who provide their care.

  • StopBullying.gov: Information for LGBT Youth

  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) youth and those perceived as LGBT are at an increased risk of being bullied. There are important and unique considerations for strategies to prevent and address bullying of LGBT youth.

  • The Trevor Project: Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention
    The Trevor Project is a national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.

College Students

  • Resources & expert advice for LGBTQ+  college students - A Comprehensive Guide for Instructors, Students, Friends, & Family Members.  It offers tips for knowing if a college is LGBTQ friendly and highlights the schools going above and beyond to welcome these students. It also explains the Campus Pride Index and includes an interview with Gary Howell, a staff member at Argosy University who works with AU Tampa’s Campus Pride group. Full guide here: https://www.learnhowtobecome.org/college/lgbtq-student-resources/

  • Resources for Transgender College Students - Scholarships opportunities specific to the trans community, how to find a trans-friendly college, and additional resources to help with academic and extracurricular success. You can check out the entire guide here:

      https://www.accreditedschoolsonline.org/resources/transgender-student-support/

          A guide to scholarships and grants, health resources, academic resources, and even some resources explicitly                        geared toward students of color.    https://www.purdueglobal.edu/blog/student-life/resources-lgbtq-college-students/

Resources for Parents, Guardians, and Family Members 

Some LGBT youth are more likely than their heterosexual peers to experience negative health and life outcomes, so it is critical for the parents, guardians, and other family members of LGBT youth to have access to the resources they need to ensure their LGBT children are protected and supported.

Resources for Educators  and School Administrators

Because some LGBT youth are more likely than their heterosexual peers to experience bullying or other aggression in school, it is important that educators, counselors, and school administrators have access to resources and support to create a safe, healthy learning environment for all students.

         How to create gender-affirming classrooms.

      Inclusion Guide for LGBTQ+ Students in the Classroom.

         Teacher's guide to Preventing Bullying in the Classroom.

  • The Trevor Project: Education and Resources for Adults
    The Trevor Project’s “Trainings for Professionals” include in-person Ally and CARE trainings designed for adults who work with youth. These trainings help counselors, educators, administrators, school nurses, and social workers discuss LGBTQ-competent suicide prevention.

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