- Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN)
- GSA Network
- LGBTQ Student Resources & Support
- Point Foundation
- Safe Schools Coalition
- The Trevor Project
- It Gets Better
- Q Chat Space
- Ultimate Guide to Resources for LGBTQ+ Students (Coupon Follow)
- LGBTQ+ Resources for College Students (Upromise)
- Health Concerns for Gay and Lesbian Teens (Healthy Children)
- National Youth Advocacy Coalitio
- Modern Military Assocation of America
- American Veterans for Equal Rights
- Palm Center
- Transgender American Veterans Association
- Veterans for Human Rights
- National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE)
- Sylvia Rivera Law Project
- Transgender Law Center
- Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund
- Trans Lifeline
- Trans Student Educational Resources
- TransYouth Family Allies
- National Resource Center for LGBT Aging
- Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Elders (SAGE)
- American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
- Lambda Legal
- The LGBT Bar
- National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR)
- LGBTQ Discrimination (Florin|Roebig)
- Sylvia Rivera Law Project
- National Center for Transgender Equality
- Family Acceptance Project
- Family Equality Council
- Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Teens: Facts for Teens and Their Parents
- Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Adolescents
- Anti-Violence Project
- Matthew Shepard Foundation
- Movement Advancement Project
- Out & Equal
- Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)
- Straight for Equality
- The Williams Institute
- National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
- Center for American Progress
- National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network
- Finding LGBTQ-Friendly Therapy
Information from Mental Health America (MHA) on how to find LGBTQ friendly therapy.
- Soul Force – http://soulforce.org/ – Family that travels and does speaking events, have a ton of materials on their site, and do an “equality ride” (super cool), all from a Christian perspective
- The “Not All Like That” (NALT) Project – http://notalllikethat.org – videos of (awesome) Christians (mostly families) explaining how they fully support LGBTQ people and that being Christian shouldn’t mean being anti-gay.
- Religious Institute — http://www.religiousinstitute.org — “A multifaith organization dedicated to advocating for sexual health, education, and justice in faith communities and society.”
- Equality Federation
- Human Rights Campaign (HRC)
- National LGBTQ Task Force
- Victory Fund
- Sex Ed for Social Change (SIECUS)
- Guidelines for Care of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Patients
- Access to and Inclusion in Behavioral Health Services for GLBTQI Consumers
- LGBTQIA+ Mental Health: Recommendations for Policies and Services
Answer — http://answer.rutgers.edu/page/training — A sex education resource aimed at providing high-quality training to teachers and other youth-serving professionals. Includes online workshops, webinars, and other resources about LGBTQ inclusive/sensitive sex ed and more.
Everyday Feminism — www.everydayfeminism.com — “Learn how to heal from and stand up to everyday violence, discrimination, and marginalization,” with plenty of articles about class, gender, LGBTQIA issues, and race.
Get Real — www.getrealeducation.org — “Comprehensive Sex Education That Works.”
It’s Pronounced Metrosexual — www.itspronouncedmetrosexual.com — an online resource educating on issues of identity, sexuality, gender, privilege, and oppression, but in a fun, approachable way (by Safe Zone Project co-creator, Sam Killermann).
Top LGBTQ-Friendly Universities in the World: International students and American students pondering going to school abroad will find this global list useful.
Campus Pride’s Best of the Best LGBTQ-Friendly Colleges and Universities: Campus Pride also produces its own list of queer-friendly universities50 Great LGBTQ-Friendly Colleges: Read about how schools make sure that LGBTQ+ students are treated fairly by staff and other students.
Best LGBTQ Schools: The 50 best schools for LGBTQ+ students are listed here.
LGBTQ-Friendly Colleges: Industry giant the Princeton Review also produces a list of the most welcoming colleges nationwide.
Ten of the Most LGBTQ-Friendly U.S. Universities: Here are ten of the most accepting schools nationwide.
Gay-Friendly Colleges: These schools offer a thriving campus life for gay students.
Beyond campus, it’s important to carve out a community for yourself. For students of faith, that includes finding a church or other religious home you feel comfortable with. Other students might prioritize meeting other members of the LGBTQ+ community to form friendships with people outside of college and find possible mentors. Many students also want to find events and other ways to form connections off-campus.
- CenterLink LGBT Community Center Member Directory: CenterLink provides a worldwide guide to LGBT community centers.
- How to Find LGBTQ+ Friends and Your Own Community: Making friends outside of the classroom is hard, but this guide can give you ideas for how to find like-minded people.
- How to Find Your Local LGBT Community Center: Pride.com offers a listing of LGBT community centers nationwide.
- LGBTQ+ Festivals and Events: Many students want to take part in LGBTQ+ events outside of campus, and this listing can help you find ones nearby.
- Events Celebrating LGBT Identity, Expression, and Well-Being: Youth.gov provides this listing of events nationwide.
- Joining an A-Spec Community: Read these tips for finding asexual and/or aromantic people in your community.
- Find an Affirming Church: If you’re religious, check this list to find welcoming churches nationwide.
- How to Find a Church That Offers a Safe Space for LGBTQ People:This article offers ideas on how to find a welcoming, safe religious home.
LGBTQ+ students need the same support as all other students, but as a group, they also have individual needs. Finding a welcoming support group is important for many students. Locally, many schools offer gay-straight alliances and pride groups. There are also a plethora of online resources to help you find a local group or connect with other people online.
- How to Start a Gay-Straight Alliance: Many schools already offer a gay-straight alliance, but this information can help you start one if there isn’t one on your campus.
- True Colors United: True Colors United works to help LGBTQ+ youth who are experiencing homelessness.
- LGBTribe: This peer-to-peer support group offers help from those facing similar life issues.
- Support and Discussion Groups: From Arab-American LGBT people to LGBTQ+ people in AA, this site offers a variety of specialized support groups, many of which meet online using Zoom or Discord.
- LGBT Chat Rooms: Find support for LGBT teens in these moderated chats.
Anti-Bullying Resources for LGBTQ+ Students
Bullying is a real concern for LGBTQ+ teens and young adults. In 2017, 33% of LGBTQ+ students surveyed reported being bullied at school, and 27% reported experiencing cyberbullying. Meanwhile, 17.1% of heterosexual students said they were bullied at school, and 13.3% said they had been bullied online. It’s important to know that if this happens to you, you’re not alone, and there are resources that can help you.
- Trevor Project: Support for Students: The Trevor Project’s goal is to prevent suicide among the LGBTQ+ population.
- Bullying and LGBT Youth: The government runs this website aimed at stopping bullying.
- LGBTQ+ Bullying: No student should feel unsafe at school. This website looks at the issues surrounding LGBTQ+ bullying.
- LBGT Students Are Not Safe at School: The Atlantic studies the issue of bullying LGBTQ+ students.
- LGBTQ Youth of Color: Discipline Disparities, School Push-Out, and the School-to-Prison Pipeline: This document looks at how the effects of bullying harm LGBTQ students and how racism makes the problem even worse for queer students of color.
- How School Bullying Impacts Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Young Adults: The Frances McClelland Institute reports on research looking at the impact of bullying on LGBT students and young adults.
- Family Acceptance Project: FAP supports the mental health of LGBTQ+ students and families of all cultures and religions.
- Coming Out as Trans: The Trans Youth Equality Foundation provides support for trans, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming students and their families across the country.
- The Asexual’s Field Guide to the Sexual World: College is often a time when students explore and embrace their sexuality, but this can leave asexual students feeling alienated.
- How to Support Transgender Youth in Your Life: This site offers help for those in the lives of transgender youth.
- Nonbinary Inclusion: The LGBT Foundation discusses nonbinary identities and how nonbinary people can find community.
- InterConnect: If you’re intersex, you’re not alone. You can find information and support here.
- Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation: GLAAD works to improve LGBTQ+ acceptance and awareness.
- Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network: GLSEN is focused on improving the school experience of LGBTQ+ youth and young adults.
- LGBTQ Student Scholarship Database: The Human Rights Campaign has compiled a list of scholarships available to LGBTQ students.
- Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund: Lambda Legal helps LGBTQ+ individuals when they need legal help with discrimination cases.
- Minus18 (an interactive website for learning how to use various pronouns)
- MSU’s LGBT Resource Center
- Pronouns Matter
- Pronoun Dressing Room
Articles & Blog Posts
- 15+ Fantastic Resources for Talking about Homosexuality and The Bible
- 17 Lies We Need to Stop Telling Girls About Sex
- 17 Lies We Need to Stop Telling Boys About Sex
- 30+ Examples of Christian Privilege
- 30+ Examples of Cisgender Privilege
- 30+ Examples of Heterosexual Privilege in the US
- 30+ Examples of Male Privilege
- 30+ Examples of Middle-to-Upper Class Privilege
- 5 Reasons Why So Many People Believe Feminism Hates Men and Why They’re Not True
- Breaking through the binary: Gender explained using continuums
- Butch, Please
- Everyone is Gay
- Health Disparities in the LGBTQ+ Community: Causes, Impact and How to Get Help (The Derm Review)
- Leading Effective Classroom Discussions on Controversial Topics
- Meg Allen’s “Butch” photo project
- NPR’s Men In America series
- On Trans* Safety in Public Bathrooms
- The Parents Project
- Scoop.It Gender and Education
- What does the asterisk in “trans*” stand for?
- What I Be
- Words we Don’t Use
Finding Better Terms and Definitions
- An Ally’s Guide to Terminology: This is the official GLAAD handbook and a good guide for those hoping to run GSAs or for school administrators unused to correct terminology.
- Planned Parenthood’s Sexual Orientation and Gender Guides: Learn about the differences between biological sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation.
- The American Psychological Association’s LGBTQ Questions and Answers: Get answers to questions about sexual orientation, trans identities, and more.
- The Gender Unicorn: Identify your gender identity, gender expression, types of attraction, and more.
- The Coming Out Handbook: The Trevor Project has a great self-care guide for young people coming out.
- LGBTQ-Inclusive Language Do’s and Don’ts: This resources lists real-world examples of harmful and helpful terminologies.
- A Comprehensive List of LGBTQ+ Vocabulary: This awesome glossary has a lot of need-to-know LGBTQ+ information.
Videos that are helpful, insightful, educational, and otherwise noteworthy.
- “Do I Sound Gay?” Documentary
- The Mask We Live In Documentary
- SEX+ A Frank Video Series About Sexuality with Laci Green Youtube Channel
Bite-sized learning that fits on an 8.5 by 11 inch canvas, and can do some good hanging on a bulletin board or in someone’s hand.
- Queer Umbrella Handout
- What to do When Someone Comes Out of the Closet Handout
- LGBTQ+ Language DOs and DON’Ts Handout
- Genderbread Person v4.1 Activity
- Coming Out (ASERT)
- Figuring Out Your Sexual Orientation (ASERT)
- Homophobia (ASERT)
- LGBTQ Supports for Bullying and Harassment (ASERT)
- Sexual Orientation and Sexual Orientation (ASERT)
- General LGBTQI Information (ASERT)