Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth fact sheets, publications and other tools for schools, school pupil services professionals and teachers; youth, their parents and families; and for community-based organizations.  For additional resources see APA's Toolbox to Promote Healthy LGBT Youth and Bullying & Safe Schools for LGBT Students page.
APA Resources


School Pupil Services Professionals

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:




  • 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:
    • An LGBTQ Youth Issues page
    • Youth Resource, a website created by and for GLBTQ young people
    • Ambiente Joven  a Spanish version of Youth Resource
    • My Sistahs, a website created by and for young women of color to provide information and offer support on sexual and reproductive health issues
  • 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. 

Community-Based Organizations
  • 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.