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This section provides resources for youth in the LGBTQ community as well as educators and parents.  Resources include information on human rights advocacy, reproductive and sexual health; suicide and crisis prevention, lesson plans for teachers, and forums and hotlines for youth. 
 
 

Advocates for Youth
Advocates for Youth champions efforts to help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health. Advocates believes it can best serve the field by boldly advocating for a more positive and realistic approach to adolescent sexual health.
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American Civil Liberties Union
ACLU has been our nation’s guardian of liberty, working in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and the laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country.
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Amplify Your Voice
Amplify is a youth driven community dedicated to changing society’s dysfunctional approach to sexual health issues. Through this website you can find forums, chats and resources for LGBTQ youth.
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The Born This Way Foundation
In order to foster a more accepting society and empower youth, The Born This Way Foundation was established in 2011 to be a safe place for young students who are being bullied, have been abused, or who have drug and alcohol dependencies.
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COLAGE
A national movement of children, youth, and adults with one or more lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or queer (LGBTQ) parent/s. We build community and work toward social justice through youth empowerment, leadership development, education, and advocacy.
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The Deaf Queer Resource Center (DQRC)
A national nonprofit resource and information center for, by and about the Deaf Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Intersex and Questioning communities (hereafter referred to as the "Deaf Queer community").
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Gay Youth Resources
A gathered list of information, websites and phone numbers for various help lines, hotlines and resources for LGBT youth.
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Gay and Lesbian Medical Association
GLMA's mission is to ensure equality in health care for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and health care providers.
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GLSEN- The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network
The leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students. Established in 1990, GLSEN envisions a world in which every child learns to respect and accept all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. GLSEN seeks to develop school climates where difference is valued for the positive contribution it makes to creating a more vibrant and diverse community.
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Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) Network
Gay-Straight Alliance Network is a youth leadership organization that connects school-based Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) to each other and community resources through peer support, leadership development, and training.
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Human Rights Campaign’s National Coming Out Day
The Human Rights Campaign’s National Coming Out Day report explores the coming out experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth—to whom they come out, in what settings, obstacles they experience, and the ways in which coming out may be related to their personal well–being, sense of safety, and their connections to family, school and community.
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International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission
The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) is a leading international organization dedicated to human rights advocacy on behalf of people who experience discrimination or abuse on the basis of their actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. Learn more about our work by clicking on the links below.
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Intersex Society of North America
The Intersex Society of North America (ISNA) is devoted to systemic change to end shame, secrecy, and unwanted genital surgeries for people born with an anatomy that someone decided is not standard for male or female.
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It Gets Better Project
Created out of the sheer necessity to bring awareness to severe bullying amongst LGBTQ students, the It Gets Better Project has thousands of videos of people who were formerly bullied and have succeeded to become empowered and strong individuals despite their past situations.
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It’s Up To Us
This campaign is designed to empower individuals to talk openly about mental illness, recognize symptoms, utilize local resources and seek help for a variety of communities.
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LAMBDA
LAMBDA is a non-profit, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender agency dedicated to reducing homophobia, inequality, hate crimes, and discrimination by encouraging self-acceptance, cooperation, and non-violence.
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Matthew’s Place
The Matthew Shepard Foundation is an online community for LGBTQ youth experiencing bullying.
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My Child is Gay! Now What?
As the gay community comes out of the closet, parents by the hundreds of thousands are discovering that they are the parents of gay youth. This website focuses on difficult questions and answers for parents of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered youth.
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National Center for Lesbian Rights
NCLR is a national legal organization committed to advancing the civil and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families through litigation, legislation, policy, and public education.
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National Youth Advocacy Coalition
The National Youth Advocacy Coalition (NYAC) is a social justice organization that advocates for and with young people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning (LGBTQ) in an effort to end discrimination against these youth and to ensure their physical and emotional well-being.
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NOH8 Campaign
The NOH8 Campaign is a charitable organization whose mission is to promote marriage, gender and human equality through education, advocacy, social media, and visual protest.
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Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)
PFLAG promotes the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons, their families and friends through: support, to cope with an adverse society; education, to enlighten an ill-informed public; and advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights. Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays provides opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity, and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity.
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Safe School Coalition
Lesson plans for elementary, middle and high school teachers. The Safe Schools Coalition is an international public-private partnership in support of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth, that is working to help schools - at home and all over the world - become safe places where every family can belong, where every educator can teach, and where every child can learn, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation.
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Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States
SIECUS affirms that sexuality is a fundamental part of being human, one that is worthy of dignity and respect. We advocate for the right of all people to accurate information, comprehensive education about sexuality, and sexual health services. SIECUS works to create a world that ensures social justice and sexual rights.
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Stop Bullying
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) youth and those perceived as LGBT are at an increased risk of being bullied. Here there are important and unique considerations for strategies to prevent and address bullying of LGBT youth.
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ThinkB4YouSpeak.com
This campaign aims to raise awareness about the prevalence and consequences of anti-LGBT bias and behavior in America’s schools. Ultimately, the goal is to reduce and prevent the use of homophobic language in an effort to create a more positive environment for LGBT teens. The campaign also aims to reach adults, including school personnel and parents; their support of this message is crucial to the success of efforts to change behavior.
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The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization focused on crisis and suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth.
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Youth Resource
Youth resource is a website by and for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning young people. Takes a holistic approach to sexual health and issues of concern to queer youth.
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GLSEN Back to School Guide for Creating LGBT-Inclusive Environments

This guide has 10 important steps educators can implement in their classrooms to create a more inclusive and safe environment for LGBTQ students. Each numbered category has links to other free articles that can help educate teachers in LGBTQ-inclusive classroom strategies. 

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Working With LGBTQ Students of Color

This guide discusses considerations for educators working with LGBT students of color and provides practical tips and strategies for supporting students

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Teaching Tolerance's Best Practices: Creating an LGBT-Inclusive School

This website has many resources and solutions for roadblocks educators could face in the classroom, from articles to tips educators can implement in their classroom to create an LGBTQ-inclusive environment.

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Girl's Best Friend Foundation & Advocates of Youth

This toolkit enables staff of youth-serving organizations to create a safe and welcoming environment for GLBTQ youth by directly addressing homophobia among staff and youth. Includes background information on sexual orientation and homophobia, tips on making a safe space and dealing with harassment, and lesson plans to encourage inclusiveness.

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