The Family Acceptance Project® (FAP) 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. FAP uses a research-based, culturally grounded approach to help ethnically, socially and religiously diverse families to support their LGBT children. Read more ›
Gender Identity & Sexuality
Charlotte J. Patterson, Ph.D. is the world’s expert on psychological research on children and youth raised by lesbian and gay parents. A Professor of Psychology and Director of the interdisciplinary Women, Gender & Sexuality program at the University of Virginia, Patterson’s research with children and families has been published in the field’s top journals, and she has co-edited four books on the psychology of sexual orientation.
Charlotte Patterson’s landmark work, “Children of Lesbian and Gay Parents,” published as the lead article in Child Development in 1992, was among the first research that debunked then-prevalent beliefs that children with lesbian or gay parents showed compromised psychosocial development relative to children from heterosexual parents. Read more ›
A project of the National Domestic Violence Hotline, Loveisrespect is a safe, inclusive space for young people to access information and get help in an environment that is designed specifically for them, and to provide information and support to concerned friends and family members, teachers, counselors, service providers, and members of law enforcement.
The following websites and downloadable resources were assembled by the Children’s Bureau of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to help families support their lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth, understand what to expect, and learn how to talk about a number of issues that may be impacting their youth. Read more ›
Young people whose gender expression does not fit traditional roles based on their sex assigned at birth—often referred to as gender nonconforming, gender expansive, or nonbinary youth—are at increased risk for a variety of health risk behaviors. Research on gender nonconformity among sexual minority youth has shown that such youth face an increased risk of victimization (bullying, abuse, sexual harassment) and worse behavioral health outcomes (depression, suicide, drug use) compared to their peers. Read more ›
Founded in 1997, Outlet empowers Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning (LGBTQQ+) youth and builds safe and accepting communities through support, education, and advocacy. Outlet envisions a world that embraces, empowers, and celebrates LGBTQQ+ youth. Outlet officially became a program of Adolescent Counseling Services in Redwood City, CA in 2013. Read more ›
Many young people face daily tormenting and bullying, leading them to feel like they have nowhere to turn. This is especially true for LGBT kids and teens, who often hide their sexuality for fear of bullying. Without other openly gay adults and mentors in their lives, they can’t imagine what their future may hold. In many instances, gay and lesbian adolescents are taunted — even tortured — simply for being themselves.
The It Gets Better Project‘s mission is to communicate to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth around the world that it gets better, and to create and inspire the changes needed to make it better for them. Read more ›