RESOURCES SUPPORTING LGBTQ+ YOUTH
We have information and links for many exciting organizations to help improve the lives of LGBTG+ youth.
THE TREVOR PROJECT
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ+ young people under 25. The Trevor Project was founded in 1998 and since then, hundreds of thousands of young people in crisis have reached out to The Trevor Project’s multiple in-person and online life-saving resources, including 24-hour mental health hotline, web-chat, and text message services.
This website offers the latest news for all LGBTQ+ related topics. Use the link: https://www.lgbtqnation.com/tag/lgbt-youth/ for news regarding LGBTQ+ youth. This is a great website to find out more about what's going on in different areas of the US regarding the LGBTQ+ community.
TIME TO THRIVE
Time to Thrive is an annual national conference that promotes the safety, well-being, and inclusion of LGBTQ+ youth everywhere. Learn more about their organization at this link: https://timetothrive.org/about
GLSEN is a the leading national education organization that works to transform K-12 schools into safe and affirming environments and ensure that LGBTQ students are able to learn and grow in a school environment free from bullying and harassment. 8 out of 10 LGBT students are still harassed at school each year because of who they are, but GLSEN is working to change that through researching and developing evidence-based solutions, and providing resources for educators to use in their school communities.
A CULTURE OF SILENCE
A Culture of Silence is a movie that is very similar to Ethan's situation. The movie highlights what it's like to be LGBTQ+ in a catholic institution and when your teachers are told they cannot support you. This eye opening movie is trying to empower the lives of students, educators, and parents to stand for change in the Catholic schools they support with time, energy, and money.
IT GETS BETTER PROJECT
The It Gets Better Project is a nonprofit organization dedicated to uplifting, empowering, and connecting LGBTQ youth across the globe. In 2010, Dan Savage and his partner, Terry Miller, started a global movement with these three words. It began as a widespread social media campaign to provide hope, encouragement, and community to LGBTQ youth, and has now evolved into a major platform, reaching millions of young people each year. Their ultimate goal remains the same: showing LGBTQ youth that although growing up isn’t easy, no one has to do it alone.
FACTS FOR LGBTQ+ YOUTH
This link: https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/teen/dating-sex/Pages/Gay-Lesbian-and-Bisexual-Teens-Facts-for-Teens-and-Their-Parents.aspx will give you the best advice for coming out and sexual orientation. It has great facts and information for parents and supporters of the LGBTQ+ community.