June is traditionally Pride Month, which is a time dedicated to highlighting the unique cultures and histories of each segment of the LGBTQ+ community – and also a time when a lot of closeted LGBTQ+ people feel encouraged to come out to their friends and family. In many areas of the world where sweltering heat is not an issue, June is also when Pride parades and celebrations occur – but in places like Georgia, where the heat makes it unsafe to have such a large outdoor event, Pride celebrations are interspersed throughout the year.
However, I want to challenge everyone to remember that we should not only care about LGBTQ+ people during Pride Month – loving and supporting your family members, friends, and fellow community members should be a year-round exercise. With this in mind, I have compiled a list of my favorite resources for parents of LGBTQ+ children, LGBTQ+ parents, or anyone who has a loved one that is a member of the community.
Human Rights Council – Striving to end discrimination against the LGBTQ+ community.
GLAAD – Media monitoring organization that combats defamatory coverage of LGBTQ+ persons
The Trevor Project – Leading national organization in LGBTQ+ suicide prevention
Gender Spectrum – Provides resources for parents, schools, etc., on gender, gender history, and gender theory.
Lamda Legal – Provides legal resources and services to LGBTQ+ community members and their families.
ACLU – American Civil Liberties Union
GLMA – Health professionals advancing LGBTQ+ Equality
GLSEN – GLSEN works to ensure that LGBTQ students are able to learn and grow in a school environment free from bullying and harassment
The Trevor Project – National Survey on LGBTQ+ Youth Mental Health in the US
Youth Rights – Troubled Teen industry
Do Something – Important facts
Center for American Progress – State of the LGBTQ+ Community in 2020 Survey
Youth Policy – Unique challenges faced by LGBTQ+ youth
Youth.gov – Health risks affecting LGBTQ+ youth
Stonewall UK – Statistics and Research about LGBTQ+ issues in the UK
National Alliance on Mental Illness – Statistics and Facts on LGBTQ+ mental health (a favorite)
Healthy Children – Article for parents on their child’s coming out process
The Trevor Project – A guide for young people on coming out
Human Rights Campaign – Gender Resources
Unitarian Universalist Association – Gender Identity Resources (I was raised a Unitarian-A favorite organization of mine)
American Psychological Association – Language and Terms
American Library Association – List of resources for parents
Resources for Parents and Families of LGBTQ Individuals Compiled by Marian Mays, Programming Librarian at the Butte-Silver Bow Public Library
BINET USA Bisexual Community Presentation
As an umbrella organization and voice for bisexual people, BiNet USA facilitates the development of bisexual communities, promotes bisexual visibility, advocates for bisexual community interests, and collects and distributes educational information regarding bisexuality. This community presentation provides a history of bisexuality and in-depth information concerning bisexuals and bisexuality.
CDC Guide – Parents’ Influence on the Health of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Teens: What
Parents and Families Should Know
This guide contains information concerning how parents can make a difference in their teen’s life, specific actions for parents, listening suggestions, and information about how to stay involved. It also includes links to many other relevant resources.
COLAGE unites people with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer parents into a network of peers and supports them as they nurture and empower each other to be skilled, self-confident, and just leaders in our collective communities. Their website offers an array of information, including online support groups, print resources, and an online blog for kids of LGBTQ parents.
Family Acceptance Project
The Family Acceptance Project™ is a research, intervention, education, and policy initiative that works to prevent health and mental health risks for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) children and youth, including suicide, homelessness, and HIV – in the context of their families, cultures and faith communities. They provide a research-based, culturally grounded approach to help ethnically, socially, and religiously diverse families to support their LGBT children. They have many professional publications and a powerful documentary series surrounding real-life families. They also provide links to many pertinent resources on their page.
Family Equality Council
Family Equality Council connects, supports, and represents the three million parents who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer in this country and their six million children. We are changing attitudes and policies to ensure that all families are respected, loved, and celebrated—including families with parents who are LGBTQ. Their site offers a place for individuals to share their stories, sign up for email alerts, view their upcoming events, and get resources.
Gender Spectrum Parenting and Family Resources Gender Spectrum
Provides a wealth of information for parents and families concerning the complexities of gender, parenting considerations, parenting practices, and transitioning. Other resource topics on their site include information about education, medical services, mental health, legal services, social services, and faith.
Healthychildren.org Facts for Teens and Parents. Provides beginning information for questioning teens and their parents, including definitions of sexual orientation, how to communicate, the coming out process, and specific parent information. They also provide links to other similar resources.
Human Rights Campaign – Gay Parenting
The Human Rights Campaign’s Gay Parenting page provides a wealth of information and
resources concerning adoption, foster parenting, assisted reproduction, growing up LGBTQ in
America, and how to keep your kids safe at school. You can also sign up to receive the latest
HRC family news delivered to your inbox.
Founded in 1973, Lambda Legal is the oldest and largest national legal organization whose
mission is to achieve full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals,
transgender people, and those with HIV through impact litigation education and public policy
work. As they are a nonprofit organization, they do not charge their clients for legal
representation or advocacy, and they receive no government funding. LL’s website provides
information about your legal rights, ways to get involved, and a legal help desk.
National Center for Transgender Equality – Families
NCTE lists many resources for families, including publications, blogs, news updates, and legal
PFLAG Coming Out Help for Families, Friends, and Allies
Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays offer support to families in many ways. This website lists a national chapter finder in which parents and families can find their closest support group. It also provides reading material, including the PFLAG Family Story Center, frequently asked questions about LGBTQ individuals, terminology information, tips for the holidays, and more.
Planned Parenthood Guide to Parenting LGBT and Questioning Kids
Planned Parenthood lists valuable information for parents about how to support their children,
how to come to terms with their own feelings, and how to keep children safe.
Stopbullying.gov Resources for Parents. Stopbullying.gov provides resources for parents concerning preventing and responding to bullying behaviors.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Practitioner’s Guide for
Helping Families to Support their LGBT Children. This intensive guide provides useful information for parents and families, including basic facts and terminology surrounding LGBTQ individuals and information about the critical role of families in reducing risk and promoting well-being. It also includes many professional references that parents can refer to.
True Colors Sexual Minority Youth and Family Services
True Colors provides a wealth of reading material for parents of LGBTQ individuals, including memoirs, anthologies, and stories of support and experience.
World Professional Association for Transgender Health
As an international multidisciplinary professional Association, the mission of The World
Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) is to promote evidence-based care,
education, research, advocacy, public policy, and respect in transgender health. Visitors to the site
will find a variety of resources, publications, news, and can search for local health care
Bisexual Resource Center – Resource site specifically for members and allies of the Bisexual community.
Johns Hopkins – Tips for Parents of LGBTQ+ youth
The LGBTQ Center – Resource Site
Child Welfare Information Gateway – Resource list for families
Them – LGBTQ News site
PFLAG NYC – Helpful list of books
University of Illinois
I hope that you find these resources to be helpful! I tried my best to include pieces that cover a range of circumstances so that almost anyone can find what applies to them. In general, the websites that host these articles have an ocean of other resources to help you be the most knowledgeable you can be when it comes to supporting your loved ones. Even though we are still a long way from having a world where everyone can live the way that they are meant to and be able to be who they truly are, every person that takes the time to learn about the LGBTQ+ community and the issues affecting the members of that community are making the world a little bit more accepting and safe for everyone.
LGBTQ+ Marriage in the United States-From The Loupe at ShaneCo.com
Following is a great new addition and perspective from The Loupe at Shane Company to our recent post by Morgan (above). Some of our children are growing up quickly and moving on to marriage and families of their own. Read the following article for really interesting information.
LGBTQ+ weddings and unions have had a tumultuous history at both the state and federal level. Even in many places where LGBTQ+ weddings are legal, there can be other cultural or social obstacles to navigate. We have compiled an article with some of the land mark cases and history in the struggle for equal rights when it comes to marriage and unions. The article also covers things like challenges LGBTQ+ couples will likely face when planning a wedding, other unique considerations for LGBTQ+, and additional support and resources.