Resources For Families
Recently, a listserv related to LGBTQ issues featured a discussion of resources for families who are dealing with a child’s coming out. Below are some of the resources that were recommended. The first is resources for children; the second is resources for parents; and the third is resources for professionals working with families.
1. HRC’s “Welcoming Schools” initiative has published lists of LGBTQ-related books for children of all ages.
The lists are organized according to content (there are books that address gender stereotypes, gender expansive children, embracing diversity, bullying, etc.) as well as age level (picture books, early readers, chapter books, etc.).
2. Our Daughters and Sons: Questions and Answers for Parents of Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual People
Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)
This booklet offers answers to many commonly asked questions asked by parents of LGBTQ parents. It is written in lay language rather than technical jargon, and it offers simple, straightforward answers to questions parents might ask without addressing the more nuanced questions that might arise as LGBTQ issues become more complicated in our society. It also includes a glossary of common terms and a number of other resources.
3. A practitioner's resource guide: Helping families to support their LGBT children
US Department of Health and Human Services
Earlier ages of coming out coupled with research showing the critical role of family acceptance in LGBTQ youths’ health and development point to the need for practitioners to actively engage and work with families of LGBTQ children and adolescents. This resource guide was developed to help practitioners who work in a wide range of settings to understand the critical role of family acceptance (and rejection) in contributing to the health and well-being of youth who identify as LGBTQ.
Gay-straight Alliances in Schools Reduce Suicide Risk for All Students
International Journal of Child, Youth, and Family Studies
A recent large study in Canadian schools showed that both LGBTQ youth and heterosexual students in schools that had anti-homophobia policies and GSAs had lower odds of discrimination, suicidal thoughts, and suicide attempts. This was especially true when both anti-homophobia policies and GSAs had been in place for three years or more. More than 20,000 students were surveyed.