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Parents and Caregivers of LGBTQIA+ Youth

How To Teach Your Kids About Gender

How To Teach Your Kids About Gender

Navigate tricky conversations about gender roles and gender stereotypes, and help your child develop the confidence to be him or herself.

Advocates for Youth - Are You an Askable Parent?

  • Provides information on how to be an ‘askable’ parent.

Amaze - Become an Askable Parent (Podcast)

  • AMAZE.org creates free educational videos and resources to help families talk openly, honestly, and less awkwardly about sex, health, relationships, and growing up. The goal of this podcast is to help parents become more askable with short, actionable podcast episodes.

CDC - Parents’ Influence on the Health of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Teens: What Parents and Families Should Know

  • This fact sheet provides information on how parents can promote positive health outcomes for their lesbian, gay, or bisexual (LGB) teen.

Child Mind Institute - Transgender Kids and Gender Dysphoria

  • Frequently asked questions on transgender youth and gender dysphoria.

Child Welfare Information Gateway - Resources for Families of LGBTQ Youth

  • Resources in this section intended to help LGBTQ youth; understand what to expect; and learn how to talk about a number of issues that may be impacting their youth.

Child Welfare Information Gateway - Supporting Your LGBTQ Youth: A Guide for Foster Parents

  • This factsheet was written for foster parents to help them learn about LGBTQ youth in the child welfare system, the unique risks they face, and the important role that foster parents can play in reducing those risks.

Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine - Transgender Youth: A Parent’s Guide to Helping Their Child Transition

  • Provides advice for parents of transgender youth.

Facialteam - A Mom’s Journey As Her Child Transitions: Interview with D. M. Maynard

Facialteam - A Mom’s Journey As Her Child Transitions: Interview with D. M. Maynard

A parent advocate discusses how she navigated the gender transition of her child as she was learning more about this topic, addressing the unknowns, and grasping for the answers to her own questions, as well as those of others, all at the same time.

The Family Acceptance Project

  • A research, intervention, education, and policy initiative that works to prevent health and mental health risks for LGBTQ children and youth, including suicide, homelessness, drug use, and HIV – in the context of their families, cultures and faith communities.

The Family Acceptance Project - Supportive Families, Healthy Children

  • This booklet was written to help strengthen all families with LGBTQ adolescents.

Family Equality - National Network of Family Groups

  • Provides information about local groups to empower, educate, and support LGBTQ family groups and community leaders.

Gender Spectrum Lounge

  • A space for teens, parents, and professionals to connect with one another. Members can form their own groups and participate in our broader online community. Meet new people and connect with friends and colleagues online.

Gender Spectrum - Parents and Family

  • Resources and online groups for parents and families of LGBTQ youth.

Gender Spectrum - Parenting Program

Gender Spectrum - Parenting Program

A great video playlist featuring parents and caregivers of LGBTQ youth talking about everything from navigating the holidays to gender identity.

Georgetown - Helping Families Support their LGBT Children

  • This practice brief was developed for families, caretakers, advocates, and providers to provide basic information to help families support their LGBT children. It includes research revealing that family support has a major impact on their LGBT children’s health, mental health, and well-being.

He, She, Ze, and We

  • An organization dedicated to serving families with transgender loved ones that offers information and resources and opportunities to meet others in a safe, confidential, and non-judgemental space.

Healthychildren.org - Coming Out: Information for Parents of LGBT Teens

  • Provides information for parents and caregivers on ways to support LGBT teens who are coming out.

Healthychildren.org - Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Teens: Facts for Teens and Their Parents

  • Provides helpful information for youth and parents to better understand sexual orientation.

Healthychildren.org - Support Resources for Families of Gender Diverse Youth

  • Provides resources for parents, teachers, and youth.

Immigration Equality

  • Through direct legal services, policy advocacy, and impact litigation, Immigration Equality advocates for immigrants and families facing discrimination based on their sexual orientation, gender identity, or HIV status.

interACT - A Guide for Parents of Intersex Youth

  • A pamphlet designed to give a clear perspective on what rights you have while advocating for your child.

J. Flowers Health Institute - Supporting Your Transgender Child

  • Provides support through the delicate process of adolescent evaluations and finding the health resources your transgender child needs. This article is an overview of transgender issues and explores how to support a transgender child.

Johns Hopkins Medicine - Tips for Parents of LGBTQ Youth

  • Johns Hopkins pediatricians and adolescent medicine specialists Drs. Renata Arrington Sanders and Errol Fields share steps you can take to keep your kid happy and healthy.

Movement Advancement Project - Family Support: Resources for Families of Transgender & Gender Diverse Children

  • Resources to help parents gain deeper understanding and learn how to best support their child in ways that can help them succeed and thrive. Parents and family members will learn why family rejection is so devastating and find practical steps for advancing acceptance.

My Kid is Gay

  • A first-of-its-kind digital presence, inclusive of videos, advice, and resources, dedicated exclusively to helping parents understand their LGBTQIA+ children.

National Center for Trans Equality - Families

  • A network of families with trans youth, and groups that support these families, who all want to change policies and society to improve trans people’s lives. Families for Transgender Equality provides storytelling guidance, training, and family-to-family connections.

National LGBTQIA+ Health Education Center - Puberty Blockers and Hormone Therapy for Gender Diverse Youth and Adolescents 

  • In this talk from the 2020 Advancing Excellence in Transgender Health conference, Dr. Carswell discusses puberty blockers and hormone therapy for transgender and gender- diverse youth and adolescents.

Out Proud Families


  • With over 400 chapters and 200,000 members and supporters crossing multiple generations of families in major urban centers, small cities, and rural areas across America, PFLAG is committed to creating a world where diversity is celebrated and all people are respected, valued, and affirmed.

Planned Parenthood - What Should I Teach my High School-Aged Teen about Identity?

  • Information and tips for talking with teens about gender identity.


Provides a virtual experience designed to connect, inform, and empower LGBTQ youth, parents, and educators.

SAMHSA - A Practitioner’s Resource Guide: Helping Families Support their LGBT Children

  • A guide developed for health and social service systems to help practitioners who work in a wide range of settings to understand the critical role of family acceptance and rejection in contributing to the health and well-being of adolescents who identify as LGBT.

Seattle Children’s – A Guide to Feminizing Hormones

  • A guide designed for families that answers some frequently asked questions about feminizing hormones.

Seattle Children’s – A Guide to Masculinizing Hormones

  • A guide designed for families that answers some frequently asked questions about masculinizing hormones.

Seattle Children’s – A Guide to Puberty Blockers

  • A guide designed for families that answers some frequently asked questions about puberty blockers. 

Sex Postive Families

  • Provides education and resources that help families raise sexually healthy children using a shame-free, comprehensive, and pleasure-positive approach.

Trans Family Support Services

  • Serves transgender/non-binary youth and their families through the gender transitioning process to help make it the most positive experience possible.  They provide family coaching, assistance with healthcare and insurance issues, help navigating the legal system, and support at schools. All services are provided at no fee.

The Trevor Project - Support Center for Families and Friends

  • A list of some frequently asked questions and resources for friends and families who are supporting LGBTQ loved ones.

Trans Youth Family Allies

  • TYFA empowers children and families by partnering with educators, service providers, and communities, to develop supportive environments in which gender may be expressed and respected.

Tyler Clementi Foundation

  • Provides resources, training, and support to stop cyberbullying.

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