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Gender Identity & Sexuality

Parents’ Influence on the Health of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Teens: What Parents and Families Should Know [downloadable]

The teen years can be a challenging time for young people and their parents. This fact sheet provides information on how parents can promote positive health outcomes for their lesbian, gay, or bisexual (LGB) teen. Read more ›

Reconnect to Disconnect from Cyberbullying

One in five California 7th, 9th, and 11th graders were cyberbullied in the previous year, from 2015-2017. Students with low levels of school connectedness were more likely to be victimized online than their more connected peers. Read more ›

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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health [downloadable]

LGBT resources 549Most lesbian, gay, bisexual, (LGB) youth are happy and thrive during their adolescent years. Having a school that creates a safe and supportive learning environment for all students and having caring and accepting parents are especially important. Positive environments can help all youth achieve good grades and maintain good mental and physical health. However, some LGB youth are more likely than their heterosexual peers to experience negative health and life outcomes. Read more ›

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Transgender Students Are Still at Risk, But Schools Can Help

interview lgbtq 543In 2015, Vanessa Ford’s 4-year-old came out as transgender. Ford says she was lucky to have a strong support network and an understanding school, but she was still a little overwhelmed. Even though she had spent 14 years as an educator at D.C. Public Schools, she realized there was a lot she still didn’t know, such as how to make a support plan for her daughter Ellie. Read more ›

Gender Spectrum [web resource]

Gender Spectrum is a nonprofit organization that helps to create gender sensitive and inclusive environments for all children and teens. Read more ›

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Debate on LGBT Rights Contributed to Homophobic Bullying

bullyingresearch505Scientists have uncovered new evidence that heated political discourse over proposed laws involving marginalized groups, such as debates about the rights of LGBT people, can contribute to an increase in bullying linked to students’ identity in schools. It is the largest study to date to examine the link.

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Talking to Your Child About Sex and Relationships [web resource]

healthconnectedlogo429Many parents feel anxious about talking to their child about sex and relationships, particularly given the wide ranging images and messages we receive on a daily basis about gender roles, relationships, and sexuality. Here are a few tips for parents from Health Connected, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help young people feel confident and supported to make informed decisions about their own sexual health. Read more ›

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Big Gaps in Transgender Research: A Team at UCSF Is Working to Change That

transgender 420Since 2015, researchers at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital clinic have been conducting a study sponsored by the National Institutes of Health that will involve nearly 300 young patients ages 8 to 18 to understand the long-term effects of transgender treatments. These include puberty-blocking hormones, which give patients more time to explore their gender identity, and testosterone and estrogen. Read more ›

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LGBT+ Teens in US, Rejected by Families, Struggling in Foster Care

fosteryouthlgbtqq419LGBT+ teens in the United States are three times more likely than heterosexual teens to live in foster care, often after being rejected by their families over their sexuality, according to new research. Read more ›

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The Trans Experience: A Panel Discussion [video]

Transgender issues are complex and new to many people. Gain greater understanding of the transgender experience and learn how to better support the transgender youth in your life.  Read more ›

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