What is the most important thing you can possibly do for your LGBT or questioning teen? SUPPORT him or her.
LGBT and questioning teens and youth are at a much higher risk for bullying, health problems, not attending school or going to college, engaging in risky behaviors like drug use, smoking or early / unsafe sexual contact.
Why? Because of society's pressure to conform, the laws that discriminate against LGBT persons, the exclusion from marriage LGBT couples face. But worst of all is rejection from friends and family, and that is where YOU can make a huge difference in the life of your child.
We have collected some of what we feel are important, helpful resources here:
The Family Acceptance Project™ is the only community research, intervention, education and policy initiative that works to decrease major health and related risks for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth, such as suicide, substance abuse, HIV and homelessness – in the context of their families. We use a research-based, culturally grounded approach to help ethnically, socially and religiously diverse families decrease rejection and increase support for their LGBT children.
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.
"The #1 goal and intention of Ogden PFLAG is to help families who are struggling with a family member coming out and to be a support to our LGBT friends and family. I hope that we will be able to seek out those individuals who need our help! I want to really stay focused on what our chapter is about, and that is love and acceptance." President - Allison Black
"What do I do if my child is gay?" Lead With Love is a 35-minute documentary created to help answer that question. Our goal is to provide comfort, information, and guidance for parents who have recently learned that their son or daughter is lesbian, gay, or bisexual. The film follows four families as they share their honest reactions to hearing that their child is gay, including the intense emotions, fears, and questions that it raised. Interviews with psychologists, teachers, and clergy provide factual answers to parents' most commonly asked questions, as well as concrete guidance to help parents keep their children healthy and safe during this challenging time.