LGBT Youth Resources
- Check out APA’s Resolution on Gender and Sexual Orientation Diversity in Children and Adolescents in Schools.
Transgender Issues in Psychology
APA resolution supporting full equality for transgender and gender-variant people, the cultural context surrounding transgender issues, the national transgender discrimination survey and other developments.
Policy statements including on discrimination against homosexuals, child custody or placement, employment rights of gay teachers, hate crimes, use of diagnoses "homosexuality" and "ego-dystonic homosexuality", LGB youths in the schools among others.
LGBT advocacy efforts addressing stigma, discrimination and prejudice, hate crimes, health disparities, health data collection and research, violence, bullying prevention and workplace rights.
Psychological Associations with LGBT Interests
U.S. based national and international LGBT psychological organizations.
APA Divisions with LGBT Interests
Divisions focused on lesbian, gay and bisexual interests including school psychology, counseling psychology, psychological hypnosis, humanistic psychology, psychoanalysis: committee on sexualities and gender issues, clinical neuropsychology, family psychology and others.
Div. 44: Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Issues
APA Div. 44 focuses on the diversity of human sexual orientations. The division has task forces on accreditation, bisexuality, professional standards, public policy, youth, families, ethnic/racial issues and science.
Center for Psychology in Schools and Education
We promote the high quality application of psychological science to programs and policies for schools and K-12 education, and serve as a liaison both within APA and with national educational and scientific societies, federal agencies and the general public concerning the education and development of children and adolescents.
Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (TOPSS)
Unit lesson plans for high school psychology teachers for day units that include a procedural timeline, a content outline, suggested resources and activities, and references. Some of the content is password protected and reserved for TOPSS members only.
Office on AIDS
Information on HIV and AIDS-related training and volunteer opportunities, policy and advocacy, research, HIV integrated care, the National HIV/AIDS Strategy and other resources related to APA's Office on AIDS.
Office of Children, Youth, and Families Publications
This office provides resources for mental health professionals, families, educators and all interested in improving the mental health of children and adolescents, supports the work of the APA Committee on Children, Youth and Families, and serves as liaison with other APA divisions, related organizations, state associations and federal agencies.
Bullying & Safe Schools for LGBT Students
Resources for LGBT students, including the Coalition Letter to Secetary Sebelius on Bullying, Cyberbullying and Harassment Recommendations, Stop Bullying Now! campaign, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network and others.
Just the Facts about Sexual Orientation and Youth: A Primer for Principals, Educators, and School Personnel (updated 2008)
The information in this booklet was developed by a coalition of education, health, mental health and religious organizations that share a concern for the health and education of all students.
Answers to Your Questions for a Better Understanding of Sexual Orientation & Homosexuality (updated 2008)
This brochure answers basic questions about sexual orientation and homosexuality and lists some available resources.
Answers to Your Questions about Transgender Individuals and Gender Identity (2006)
This brochure, developed in collaboration with the APA Task Force on Gender Identity, Gender Variance and Intersex Conditions, answers basic questions about transgender and lists some available resources.
Answers to Your Questions About Individuals with Intersex Conditions (2006)
This brochure, developed in collaboration with the APA Task Force on Gender Identity, Gender Variance and Intersex Conditions, answers basic questions about intersex and lists some available resources.
APA Task Force on Appropriate Therapeutic Responses to Sexual Orientation (2009, PDF, 820 KB)
This report includes a systematic review of the peer-reviewed journal literature on sexual orientation change efforts (SOCE) and concluded that efforts to change sexual orientation are unlikely to be successful and involve some risk of harm, contrary to the claims of SOCE practitioners and advocates.
APA Policy Statements on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Concerns
Text and references of relevant APA policy resolutions adopted by the American Psychological Association Council of Representatives.
- The APA Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Concerns offers many other research and evidenced-based publications and resources.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Child Welfare Information Gateway
Connects child welfare and related professionals to comprehensive information and resources to help protect children and strengthen families.
The American Library Association’s Rainbow Project Bibliography lists books and other resources for young people that reflect LGBT individuals, groups and experiences.
The National School Boards Association offers several important publications.
The San Francisco Unified School District maintains a website designed to support educators with tools and resources to address lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning topics in a school setting.
The Black AIDS Institute is dedicated to reducing HIV/AIDS health disparities by mobilizing Black institutions and individuals in efforts to confront the epidemic in their communities.
The Latino Commission on AIDS coordinates National Latino AIDS Awareness Day and other prevention and advocacy programs in more than 40 states and Puerto Rico.
School Pupil Services Professionals
ACT (Assets Coming Together) for Youth , a collaboration of Cornell University, University of Rochester and New York State Center for School Safety, provides extensive resources and research on positive youth development with an emphasis on sexual and reproductive health.
The National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences published Adolescent Health Services (2009) to examine the health status of adolescents and provide guidance on investing in, strengthening, and improving an integrated health system for young people.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Health Web page with links to a wide variety of current health information.
- CDC’s Division of Adolescent and School Health (CDC-DASH) promotes the health and well-being of children and adolescents to enable them to become healthy and productive adults. Among the many resources available is a fact sheet on HIV/AIDS and Young Men Who Have Sex With Men (2009) (PDF, 1MB).
- CDC’s Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention provides up-to-date statistics on the spread of HIV and information, training and technical assistance on effective prevention programs.
- The American Academy of Pediatrics (APA) has produced a number of relevant policy statements, including the following:
- The SAMHSA Health Information Network (SHIN)
- The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation produces regularly updated fact sheets and opinion surveys on youth sexual health issues.
- The UCLA School Mental Health Project/Center for Mental Health in Schools offers a large number of resources on mental health in school-based settings, including information on lesbian, gay, bisexual and questioning youth issues.
- The Suicide Prevention Resource Center developed Suicide Risk and Prevention for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Youth (2008) (PDF, 420KB), a publication and slide show on the special concerns of LGBT youth that includes 21 recommendations for helping to reduce suicidal behavior.
- The Trevor Project promotes acceptance for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth and assists in crisis and suicide prevention efforts.
- The National Runaway Switchboard provides crisis intervention, referrals to local resources, and education and prevention services to youth, families and community members.
- ASCD’s Respectful School: How Educators and Students Can Conquer Hate and Harassment (2003) includes an online chapter on Addressing the Needs of Victimized Students.
Ethical organizations with school resources
Each of the following professional membership associations has codes of ethics, position papers, policy statements or other resources on LGBTQ youth in schools:
- American Counseling Association
- American School Counselor Association
- American School Health Association
- Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues in Counseling
- National Association of School Nurses
- National Association of School Psychologists
- National Association of Social Workers
- School Social Work Association of America
- The Safe Schools Coalition has compiled a long list of curricula, lesson plans, teachers’ guides and videos arranged by grade level and classroom setting.
- Answer, an organization affiliated with Rutgers University, offers links that support teachers and other education professionals.
- Teaching Tolerance, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, provides free educational materials to teachers and other school practitioners.
- The Sexuality Information and Education Council of the U.S. provides training and resources in the fields of sexuality and sexuality education.
- Advocates for Youth champions efforts to help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health.
- The Center for AIDS Prevention Studies at the University of California, San Francisco produces numerous HIV Prevention Fact Sheets with essential information and guidance for various populations. All facts sheets are available in English and Spanish.
- The New York City Department of Education developed a state-of-the-art HIV/AIDS Curriculum: A Supplement to a Comprehensive Health Curriculum (2005) that is sensitive to the unique needs of LGBTQ students.
Teaching Epidemiology, educational resources and professional development workshops for middle and high school teachers.
- Educators can request a free copy of the Let’s Talk, Runaway Prevention Curriculum from the National Runaway Switchboard.
- Choose Respect is a CDC initiative to help adolescents form healthy relationships and prevent dating abuse before it starts.
- The National Youth Advocacy Coalition offers a number of educational materials including An Anti-Smoking Guide for LGBT Youth (2004).
- Kids Against Bullying and Teens Against Bullying are Parent Advocacy Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights Center that educate students about bullying prevention and provide methods to respond to bullying situations, with an emphasis on children with disabilities.
It’s Your Sex Life is a public information campaign for adolescents conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation in partnership with MTV. The new Get Yourself Tested campaign is one component of it.
LGBT-Friendly Campus Index Assessment Tool - Find LGBT-friendly colleges using campus profiles, learn about college fairs, and apply for scholarships.
- Sex, Etc. is operated by Answer , part of the Center for Applied Psychology at Rutgers University, is one of the most popular online sexual health sites for teens.
- Go Ask Alice! is a health question and answer Internet resource for youth, produced by the Health Promotion Program at Columbia University .
- Advocates for Youth maintains the following youth-oriented Web pages:
- COLAGE (Children of Lesbian and Gays Everywhere) is a national movement of children, youth and adults with one or more lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or queer (LGBTQ) parent/s.
- The Trevor Project Helpline is a nationwide, around-the-clock crisis and suicide prevention helpline for LGBTQ youth. Call toll-free 1-800-850-8078.
- The GLBT National Help Center Hotline is available afternoons, evenings, and weekends for telephone and email peer-counseling, factual information, and referrals to local resources across the U.S. Call toll-free 1 (888) 843-4564 or email GLBT National Help Center Hotline.
- The National Runaway Switchboard aims to help keep America’s runaway and at-risk youth safe and off the streets. Their 24-hour crisis line at 1-800-RUNAWAY is anonymous, confidential and free.
- Scholastic News maintains a website on Are You Being Bullied? with tips on what to do about it.
- The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) offers SAFE is not just about SEX (PDF, 176 KB), a practical tip sheet on dating and internet safety.
- CDC operates the National HIV and STD Testing Resources Web site to provide information and locate nearby confidential testing sites.
- Financial Aid for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Students is a public service site that describes college scholarships available to LGBT students.
- The National Center for Lesbian Rights operates a web-based Legal Information Helpline to provide basic information about laws that affect LGBT people and resources available to anyone facing discrimination or other civil rights issues.
Parents and Families
- Answer, an organization affiliated with Rutgers University, offers links to:
- Parents, Friends, and Families of Lesbians and Gays promotes the health and well-being of GLBT persons, their families and friends through support, education and advocacy.
- Parents Matter! is a CDC-sponsored prevention program for parents of pre-teens, designed to enhance protective parenting practices and promote parent-child discussions about sexuality and sexual risk reduction.
- The Parents’ Sex Ed Center at Advocates for Youth provides information and resources to talk with children about sex and sexual orientation.
- Mental Health America maintains a website of resources on talking with children about sexual orientation and prejudice.
- The Family Acceptance Project offers guidance on the positive, lifelong effects of accepting LGBTQ children, and the negative health effects of rejection.
- The Family Equality Council is a national organization that works to ensure equality for LGBT families.
- Child Trends offers a number of valuable analysis briefs.
Gender Spectrum is a comprehensive collection of research, resources and stories to help any parent, family member or guardian learn more about gender diversity.
Faith in America educates the public about harm caused to gay Americans when religion-based bigotry and prejudice is used to justify condemnation, discrimination and violence.
Advocates for Youth offers Creating Safe Space for GLBTQ Youth: A Toolkit, which provides tips and strategies that aim to help service providers create a climate in their organization that will make everyone feel safe.
The Community Toolbox is a free information resource at the University of Kansas that provides over 7,000 pages of practical information intended to support community health and development efforts.
The National Network for Youth is a membership organization of local agencies that provide street-based services, emergency shelter, transitional living programs, counseling and social, health, educational and job-related services for runaway, homeless and other disconnected youth.
The National Youth Advocacy Coalition maintains an online database of local LGBTQ youth-friendly organizations across the country and provides technical assistance on HIV prevention testing and education. Among their resources is No Longer Alone: A Resource Manual for Rural Sexual Minority Youth and the Adults Who Serve Them (2005, PDF, 508KB).
The federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) maintains the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP), a searchable database of interventions for the prevention and treatment of mental and substance use disorders.
The Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) offers Best Practice Guidelines for Serving LGBT Youth in Out-of-Home Care (2006) (PDF, 1.14MB).
The SAMHSA Health Information Network (SHIN) offers information regarding substance abuse prevention and treatment issues for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
Community Programs to Promote Youth Development (2002) from the National Research Council and Institute of Medicine offers recommendations for policy, practice and research to ensure that programs are designed to meet young people's developmental needs and contribute to a successful transition from adolescence to adulthood.
The National Center for Cultural Competence offers a practice brief on Providing Services and Supports for Youth who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Intersex or Two-Spirit (2008, PDF, 1.73 MB).
The National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth offers a number of resources to promote positive youth development, runaway and homeless youth services, and family violence prevention, such as: Addressing the Complexities of Family and Relationship Violence (2008).
A Practitioner's Resource Guide: Helping Families to Support Their LGBT Children
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has released “A Practitioner's Resource Guide: Helping Families to Support Their LGBT Children” to assist healthcare and social service practitioners in engaging with and helping families support their lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) children.
A Guide for Understanding, Supporting and Affirming LGBTQI2-S Children, Youth and Families (PDF, 11MB)
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 (LGBTQI2-S) and their families. This guide will help to promote full and affirming inclusion of diverse LGBTQI2-S youth and families in all aspects of systems of care.