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LGBTQ Youth Resources

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Books with a LGBTQ Focus

The Straight Person's Guide to Gay Peoples Anguish Jack Castiglione &
James Van Treese
Is it a Choice? Answers to 300 of the Most Frequently Asked Questions about Gays and Lesbians Eric Marcus
Straight Parents/Gay Children: Inspiring Families to Live Honestly and with Greater Understanding Robert Bernstein
Now that you know: A Parent’s Guide to Understanding their Gay and Lesbian Children Betty Fairchild
Beyond Acceptance: Parents of Lesbians and Gays Talk about their Experiences Carolyn W. Griffin
Free Your Mind: The Book for Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Youth and their Allies Ellen Bass &
Kate Kaufman
Understanding Sexual Identity: A Book for Gay Teens and their Friends Janice E. Rench
The Other Side of the Closet: The Coming Out Crisis for Straight Spouses and Families Amity Pierce Buxton
The Transsexual's Survival Guide II: To Transition & Beyond for Family, Friends, & Employers JoAnn Altman Stringer
“Gay Male and Lesbian Youth Suicide,”
Report of the Secretary’s Task Force on Youth Suicide
Gibson, P., LCSW,
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, 1989
Making Schools Safe for Gay and Lesbian Youth Governor’s Commission On Gay and Lesbian Youth
Boston, MA., 1993
Developmental Issues and Their Resolution for Gay and Lesbian Adolescents,” Journal of Homosexuality E.S. Hetrick, &
A.D. Martin
Best Practice Guidelines: Serving LGBT Youth in Out-of-Home Care Child Welfare League of America’s

Unpublished data on lesbian adolescents, HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies

M. Rosario, J. Hunter &  M.J. Rotheram-Borus
New York State Psychiatric Institute, 1992

Other Resources with a LGBTQ Focus

Website / Link

1-866-4-U-Trevor: National LGBTQ Youth Helpline
for those in crisis or those that have friends/family in crisis)

The Trevor Project

Safe Schools Coalition (a great resource for youth, families, schools, and the community)

Safe Schools Coalition

The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network provides free and inexpensive tools including:

  • Jump-Start Activity Guides help establish a Gay Straight Alliances
  • Safe schools policies, stickers, and do-it-yourself training kits
  • Results from the National School Climate Survey, the only national survey to document the experiences of LGBT students
American Psychological Association
Resources for LGBQ Youth
LGBT Youth Resources
Support for LGBTQ youth, resources for parents, youth, school and organizational staff

Out for Equity from the Saint Paul Public schools publishes the Safe Schools Manual, which is full of practical information and is available for $11.

Out for Equity

The GLBT Health Access Project, funded by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, has community standards of practice for quality health care services.

GLBT Health Access Project

Extensive references and resources for providers and patients. See especially: Guidelines for Care of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Patients.

The Gay & Lesbian Medical Association

Seattle and King County Public Health provides tools for health care providers including tips for GLBT care, creating a welcoming office, and intake forms.

Seattle and King County Public Health

Family and Children’s Services in Minneapolis has an agency assessment form for GLBT cultural competence.

GLBT Cultural Competence Assessment (pdf)

Tips and strategies for assessment, inclusive programming, addressing harassment and lesson plans.

Creating Safe Space for LGBTQ Youth: A Toolkit (pdf)

Advocates For Youth: website with resources for LGBTQ youth and the adults in their lives.

Advocates For Youth
Training and ongoing support for educators and health and human service providers - go to the website for assessment and tools. The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth Support Project and OutHealth

SAMHSA (The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) has a Provider’s Introduction for Substance Abuse Treatment for LGBT Individuals (2001).


The report LGBT Youth: An Epidemic of Homelessness (2007) discusses the reasons so many LGBT youth are homeless and the risks they face in shelters and on the street.

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

Living in the Margins: A National Survey of LGBT Asian and Pacific Islander Americans (2007) from NGLTF.

National Gay Lesbian Task Force

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