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Resources Tagged With: LGBTQQ+

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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 ›

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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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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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My Digital TAT2 [web resource] [downloadable]

mydigitalTAT2 385My Digital TAT2 is a Silicon Valley nonprofit organization whose mission is to address one of the most challenging issues facing families today: how to build the healthy habits, critical thinking, and thoughtful online behavior necessary to integrate technology into our lives in a constructive way. Read more ›

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Reducing Isolation & Anxiety in LGBTQQ+ Teens [presentation] [video]

Do you have or know a child who is questioning gender identity or has identified as LGBTQ?

Hear about how you can support these youth in this session presented by Ryan Fouts, LCSW, Outlet Program Director at Adolescent Counseling Services (ACS). Read more ›

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Transgender Suicide: How This LGBT Person Copes With Suicidal Thoughts

lgbtqq308When Shear Avory was a child, they’d look out the window and hope. For the bullying to stop. For conversion therapy to end. For Mom.

“I was constantly in a space of being unaccepted, unwelcomed and put down,” said Avory, who identifies as transgender and uses the personal identity pronouns they/them/theirs. “I think from those experiences, I’ve always held on to hope. … I had nothing else to rely on.” Read more ›

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The National Child Traumatic Stress Network [web resource]

NCTSNlogo281Children who suffer from child traumatic stress are those who have been exposed to one or more traumas over the course of their lives and develop reactions that persist and affect their daily lives after the events have ended.

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) was created by Congress in 2000 as part of the Children’s Health Act to raise the standard of care and increase access to services for children and families who experience or witness traumatic events. Read more ›

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Resources for Developing Inclusive Schools [web resource] [downloadable]

welcomingschools220When students feel safe at school, they can thrive. Welcoming Schools, a project of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, offers an array of free resources designed to help educators and administrators create a welcoming school community. Read more ›

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Great Diverse Books For Your School, Library or Home [web resource]

books219A simple way to let students and families know that your school welcomes everyone is to integrate books into your curriculum that reflect the diversity of your classroom and the world.

Welcoming Schools, a project of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, has created lists of currently available diverse books as a starting point. Each recommendation includes a brief summary and the grade and age-range the book is best suited for. Read more ›

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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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