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Ally Week
Associations and Organizations
See (on this website):Hands Forming Circle

Anti-LGBT Laws & Policies
Information on anti-gay or anti-LGBT policies, policies and legislation:

Coming Out

From the Youth Allies Blog:

Several Youth Allies posts have touched on coming out and related issues. Two of the most popular posts are the following:

From the Bisexual Resource Center:

From Empty Closets:

From the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN):

From the Human Rights Campaign:

From the Gender Equity Resource Center, University of California, Berkeley:

From Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG):

From the Safe Schools Coalition:

From What We Wish We Had Known (The Blue Book):

'Conversion' Therapy; 'Reparative' Therapy; 'Ex-Gay' Therapy; and Sexual Orientation Change Efforts
Section last updated: September 8, 2013, with additional updates coming soon.

Danger Sign for Conversion TherapyTherapies and ministries that claim to help people “overcome” or “cure” same-sex attraction continue to inflict harm on countless LGBTQ youth and adults, as well as their families and loved ones. Below, we’ve compiled some resources to help folks learn the truth about these dangerous and discredited therapies and practices, often referred to as “sexual orientation change efforts,” or “SOCE.”

Click on any subsection below for more information.

General Resources

Legal Developments

Citing the many dangers of “ex-gay” therapies—and the simple fact that homosexuality is not an illness or disorder—legislators in California and New Jersey have enacted laws prohibiting state-licensed mental-health professionals from engaging in “sexual orientation change efforts” (“SOCE“) with youth under eighteen. Legislators in other states, including Massachusetts and New York, are considering similar bans.

Resources related to these legal developments:

California:

California on Blackboard

New Jersey:

New Jersey on Chalkboard

Other States:

  • More information forthcoming!

Criminal Justice

See Out-of-Home Care (below)
Curriculum

Research

From GLSEN:

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  • The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) has published Teaching Respect: LGBT-Inclusive Curriculum and School Climate. This resource uses data from GLSEN’s 2009 National School Climate Survey to “examine[] the impact of curriculum that includes positive representations of LGBT people, history and events on the school experiences of LGBT students.”

From the GSA Network:

Tools

From GLSEN:

From Welcoming Schools:

From Lambda Legal:

Day of Silence
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Elementary School

Research on LGBT Issues in Elementary Schools

  • Playgrounds and Prejudice: Elementary School Climate in the United States: This report from the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) “examines findings from surveys of 1,065 elementary school students and 1,099 teachers.” It “finds bias is common in elementary schools and teachers often lack preparation to address homophobia, LGBT families and gender non-conforming youth.”
  • More resources forthcoming!

Tools, Resources & Other Useful Stuff

From Welcoming Schools:

See also Curriculum (above)

Events & Days of Action (Ally Week, Day of Silence, Spirit Day & More)

Ally Week

Day of Silence

Below you’ll find information about the 2014 Day of Silence, an event sponsored by the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN). In 2014, the event takes place on April 11, though sometimes students organize for a different day in light of their local school schedules.

Woman Motioning Shhhhh For Day of Silence
  • Legal Information and Tips for Dealing with Resistance
    • General information about students’ right to participate is available in The Freedom to Speak (Or Not) (from Lambda Legal)
    • The American Civil Liberties has also published this on-line sample letter to school administrators about students’ right to participate in the Day of Silence.
  • Contacting GLSEN: For general inquires about the event or questions about organizing, you can write to [email protected] or call 212-727-0135. (To report problems, like resistance to your organizing efforts, go to this page.)

Gay-Straight Alliance Day

National Gay-Straight Alliance Day (#gsaday) is a project of the Iowa Pride Network.

Information from the event’s website:

The specific goals of National GSA Day are to:

  • Honor GSAs across America that work to end violence, homophobia, transphobia, and hate in schools and colleges.
  • Honor students, teachers and community members that have shown dedication for keeping all students safe, and insuring a quality education for all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • Raise awareness of the need for GSAs in schools and colleges and how they are a proven, effective tool in combating hostile and unsafe learning environments for all students.
  • Encourage GSAs to think about their future and ensure they are sustained
  • Help educate students on how to create a GSA, encourage GSAs to network with each other and connect supporters to organizations that work to support GSA organizing
  • Increase the visibility of the important bond between LGBT people and their straight friends and family.
On gsaday.org, you can find additional information and resources, including a Student Toolkit and a Press and Promotional Guide. You can also follow the event on Twitter and Facebook.
In 2014, GSA Day falls on Wednesday, February 5.
To learn more about GSAs and students’ right to form them, check out the Gay-Straight Alliance section of this Resource Library.

International Transgender Day of Remembrance

Candles for International Transgender Day of Remembrance

  • Description: “The Transgender Day of Remembrance was set aside to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. The event is held in November to honor Rita Hester, whose murder on November 28th, 1998 kicked off the ‘Remembering Our Dead’ web project and a San Francisco candlelight vigil in 1999.” More information here.
  • The event takes place this year (2013) on November 20.
  • More information about the International Transgender Day of Remembrance:

Spirit Day

  • Description from GLAAD: Spirit Day is “[a]n annual day in October when millions of Americans wear purple to speak out against bullying and to show their support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth.”
  • The Spirit Day webpage includes information on event partners and ways to get involved.

Families & Parents (Resources for)

Foster Care

See Out-of-Home Care (below)

Free Speech & the First Amendment at School

From the ACLU:

From Lambda Legal:

See also (on this page):

Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs)

Legal Issues and Students' Right to Form a GSA

U.S. Supreme CourtStudents’ right to form a GSA at a public school is protected, with certain conditions, by the federal Equal Access Act, the federal Constitution, and some state and local laws.

The text of the Equal Access Act is here.

From Youth Allies:

Many Youth Allies posts have addressed GSAs and students’ legal right to form them. Here are four of the most popular:

From the U.S. Department of Education:

From Lambda Legal:

From the GSA Network:

From the American Civil Liberties Union:

Logistics

From Lambda Legal:

From GLSEN:

From the ACLU:


Gender Identity, Gender Expression & Transgender Issues

From the American Psychological Association:

From PFLAG:

From GLSEN:

From Lambda Legal:

From Advocates for Youth:

From the Human Rights Campaign:

General Information about LGBT Youth (e.g., General Statistics, Research & Reports)

Research, Surveys & Reports on LGBT Youth

  • Growing Up LGBT in America from the Human Rights Campaign. You can directly access a PDF of the report’s Key Findings at this link.
  • 2011 National School Climate Survey from the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN): “The 2011 survey demonstrates a continued decline in anti-LGBT language over the years, and for the first time the 2011 survey shows a significant decrease in victimization based on sexual orientation. The survey has also consistently indicated that a safer school climate directly relates to the availability of LGBT school-based resources and support, including Gay-Straight Alliances, inclusive curriculum, supportive school staff and comprehensive anti-bullying policies. The 2011 survey had 8,584 student respondents from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.”
  • 2009 National School Climate Survey from GLSEN. The survey found, for example, that during 2009, “nearly 9 out of 10 LGBT students (84.6%) experienced harassment at school in the previous year.”

Fact Sheets and FAQ Sheets about LGBT Youth

Hotlines and Helplines (Phone)

Hotlines / Helplines Offering Support to Youth, Including LBGTQ Youth

  • The Trevor Lifeline:
    • 1-866-488-7386
    • “If you are a young person who is in crisis, feeling suicidal, or in need of a safe and judgment-free place to talk, call The Trevor Lifeline now at 866-488-7386. It’s free and confidential.” U.S. calls only.
    • More information, including information about the Trevor Project’s Internet chat sessions, is available here.
  • National Runaway Safety Line (www.1800runaway.org):
    • 1-800-RUN-AWAY
    • 24-hour hotline for youth in crisis
  • Peer Listening Line for LGBT Youth:
    • 1-800-399-PEER (7337)
    • 5pm to 10pm EST
  • LGBTQ Youth Talkline:
    • 1-800-96YOUTH
    • M-F 4pm – 12 midnight EST, Saturday 12-5 EST
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
    • 1-800-CDC-INFO
    • Health information, including HIV- and STD-related information
    • M-F 8am – 8pm EST

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Law & the Rights of LGBT Youth & Their Allies

General Information about the Law & Students' (& Young People's) Rights

Comparative and International Law

See also (on this website):

Legislation (Federal) Local LGBT Support Groups

Visit this page for listings of state & local LGBT support groups.

See also (on this page) Suicide: Information & Prevention (below).

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Maps (Issue Maps)

'No Promo Homo' Laws & Policies

See (on this page) Anti-LGBT Laws & Policies (above).
Organizations
Out-of-Home Care (e.g., LGBT Youth in Foster Care or Juvenile Justice Systems)

Youth in Out-of-Home Care

  • Getting Down to Basics: “This tool kit provides guidance to child welfare and other professionals on an array of issues affecting LGBTQ youth in out-of-home care.”
  • Recommended Practices To Promote the Safety and Well-Being of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) Youth and Youth at Risk of or Living with HIV in Child Welfare Settings” (published with the Child Welfare League of America).
  • Moving the Margins: “Curriculum for child welfare services with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth in out-of-home care.”

Policies (Samples & Model Policies)

From the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU):

  • A Model Anti-Harassment Policy for Schools: “If your school is considering adding anti-harassment and anti-discrimination policies to protect LGBT students, they should consider using the wording in this model policy created by ACLU attorneys to make schools safer.”
  • Letter Urging Adoption of Safe Schools Policies: “An open letter to school administrators about why they should implement anti-harassment and anti-discrimination policies. You can print this out and give a copy to your school when trying to convince them to add these types of policies.”

From the federal Department of Education:

From the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network:

From Lambda Legal:

  • Lambda Legal’s guidance for Educators includes guidance on what to include in anti-bullying and anti-discrimination policies.

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Racial & Ethnic Minorities & LGBT Youth of Color

Research

Organizations

Ambiente Joven (www.ambientejoven.org)

  • “Ambiente Joven es un proyecto de Advocates for Youth y está dedicada a la comunidad gay, lesbiana, bisexual y transexual joven latina en E.E.U.U. y Latino América, con la meta de proveer información sobre salud sexual y mental, así como información sobre cultura general.”

Naitonal Black Justice Coalition (nbjc.org)

  • “The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) is a civil rights organization dedicated to empowering Black lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. NBJC’s mission is to end racism and homophobia. As America’s leading national Black LGBT civil rights organization focused on federal public policy, NBJC has accepted the charge to lead Black families in strengthening the bonds and bridging the gaps between the movements for racial justice and LGBT equality.” The NBJC’s Safe and Inclusive Schools page is here.

National Youth Pride Services (youthprideservices.org)

  • “The national youth leadership and development organization for black LGBT youth.”

Trans People of Color Coalition (www.transpoc.org)

  • “The intersections of race, gender, sexuality and class impact the lives of transpeople of color in complex and unique ways. Our voices have often been ignored, appropriated, marginalized, or silenced. TPOCC seeks to break that cycle and empower our community by building a pipeline of activists and advocates to engage and connect with one another to create a holistic movement of support, resources, and education by and for transpeople of color.”

More Information & Resources

Religious & Faith-Based Organizations, Resources and Information

Additional faith-related resources, including from non-Christian faiths, are forthcoming. Send suggestions using our contact form. Thanks!

LGBT Religious Resources

LGBT-Inclusive Religious Groups Within Christian Denominations

  • Seventh-Day Adventist
  • Unitarian Universalist, an inclusive denomination.
  • United Church of Christ (Congregational), an inclusive denomination
    • ucc.org
    • United Church of Christ also administers the Open and Affirming Program
  • United Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Church, an inclusive denomination

Additional Faith-Related Resources and Organizations

  • The Unity Fellowship Church Movement (“UFCM”) (www.unityfellowshipchurch.org/mainsite/) is an LGBT-inclusive “movement of churches across the United States whose primary work is to proclaim the sacredness of all life, focusing on empowering those who have been oppressed and made to feel excluded and ashamed. UFCM brings the message of God’s unconditional love and the principles of liberation theology to often ostracized communities. UFCM opens its doors to all of God’s people, especially those fighting for social justice. The churches within our movement offer those seeking to worship God, in spirit and truth, a place to come just as they are.”

Sexual Orientation (Basic Information, Definitions, etc.)

Information from the American Psychological Association

Information from the Human Rights Campaign


Information from Lambda Legal

  • Lambda Legal and the Child Welfare League of America together published Getting Down to Basics. Though the toolkit overall is geared toward child welfare professionals, certain sections provide a general overview of LGBTQ issues accessible to a wide audience, including non-professionals and including LGBT youth themselves. See, for example, this section on Basic Facts About Being LGBTQ.

Information from PFLAG

Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) provides numerous resources, including:

What We Wish We Had Known (The Blue Book)

See also:

Spirit Day
Suicide: Information and Prevention

From the Trevor Project:

  • The Trevor Project describes itself as the “leading national [U.S.] organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.”
  • The Trevor Lifeline: 1-866-488-7386: “If you are a young person who is in crisis, feeling suicidal, or in need of a safe and judgment-free place to talk, call The Trevor Lifeline now at 866-488-7386. It’s free and confidential.” U.S. calls only. The Trevor Project describes itself as “the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.”
  • Information about Internet chat sessions is available here.
  • The Trevor Project also has extensive resources and information on-line about suicide and suicide prevention, including information on getting help and learning the warning signs.

From the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:

  • 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org
  • “The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. By dialing 1-800-273-TALK(8255), the call is routed to the nearest crisis center in our national network of more than 150 crisis centers. The Lifeline’s national network of local crisis centers provide crisis counseling and mental health referrals day and night.”
  • Additional resources from the NSPL include information on warning signs, finding a therapist or support group, and creating a safety plan.

From the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP):

From other organizations:

Transgender Day of Remembrance
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