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Gender Identity & Sexuality


How to Reduce the Mental Health Risk for Gender-Nonconforming Kids

lgbtqq203In recent years, much of the country has become more accepting of those with sexual- and gender-nonconforming identities. But according to a yearly survey from the media-monitoring organization GLAAD, 2017 marked the first time that their Accelerating Acceptance report showed a decline in its four-year history – not surprising given the “attacks, bias, and erasure by the Trump administration,” as the report states. Many in the LGBTQ community still face pressure, hostility and discrimination from a variety of sources, including their own families. As a result, these individuals, especially youth, are at a much higher risk of mental illness, substance abuse and risky behaviors.

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LGBTQ Resources — Each Mind Matters [web resource]

Being a member of the LGBTQ community doesn’t necessarily increase the risk for mental health issues; but the stigma and discrimination LGBTQ individuals may face from family, friends and society can increase risk for mental health challenges. Read more ›


Queerly Elementary — Resources for Educators and Schools [web resource] [downloadable]

queerlyelementary152Queerly Elementary provides workshops, professional development, consulting, classroom lessons and resources to help school communities embrace and celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer diversity.

These services are appropriate for all levels from preschool through high school. All services and resources are tailored to meet the specific needs of a particular school or school district. Read more ›

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LGBTQ Teens & Depression [presentation] [video]

During this teen friendly session, CHC’s adolescent therapist, Jenna Borrelli, and transgender college/school counselor, Brad Ward look deeply into the issues surrounding gender, sexual orientation and non-binary identification–often leading to higher rates of depression and suicide compared to traditional cisgender teens. The presenters share the data trends, tools, and resources to help parents and teens understand the issues and build a supportive and accepting home life. Read more ›


LGBT 101 [presentation] [video]

The following resources offer a brief overview of common LGBT terms and identities. Read more ›


Rate of Depression is Double for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Youth [web resource]

lgbtq-101Kidsdata.org, a program of the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, has released data about the emotional health of LGBTQ+ youth as part of their Youth in Schools series. Read more ›


Appearance Reported by Students as Top Reason for Bullying; Experiences Vary by Gender Identity

sihouetteboy62There are slight differences in students’ experiences with bullying across gender identities, according to a new YouthTruth survey of over 180,000 students in grades 5-12. While 1 in 4 students overall report being bullied, 44% of those who feel male or female pronouns don’t represent them say they have experienced verbal, social, physical, or online bullying. Read more ›

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LBTQIA+ Glossary and Other Online Resources [web resource]

many hands-2724191_640Learning about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and asexual communities and the issues impacting these communities is a life-long process.  The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual (LGBTQIA+) Resource Center at the University of California, Davis is a dynamic, responsive and collaborative organization that serves UC Davis and the surrounding region by providing a growing spectrum of programs, resources, outreach and advocacy. Read more ›

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Human Rights Campaign [web resource]

human rights campaignHuman Rights Campaign (HRC) advocates for LGBTQ equality and educates the public about LGBTQ issues. Being supported at home, in school and in the community is important for all children and youth – especially lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning/queer (LGBTQ) youth. From creating an inclusive learning environment for students – whether a student is in the process of transitioning or she has two moms – to understanding the challenges and resiliency of LGBTQ youth, HRC provides a wealth of resources for supporting LGBTQ youth. Read more ›


What to Do When Your child Comes Out As LGBTQ

lgbtq-2112266_640So your child just came out as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. What do you do?

The best initial response from parents is to “give their child a hug, to say that you love them,” said Kathy Godwin, board vice president for the organization PFLAG, which supports the LGBT community and helps to educate parents, families and friends. Read more ›

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