Knowing what to say and how to support your LGBTQIA+ child or young adult can leave you searching for words. Through shared resources below, we have gathered helpful tips and information. Check out the numerous organizations ready to support your family.
Advocating for LGBTQ Students with Disabilities
This guide for educators, parents and guardians outlines the rights of LGBTQ+students with disabilities and offers concrete strategies for supporting LGBTQ+ students who have an IEP or 504 plan.
Family Equality’s mission is to advance legal and lived equality for LGBTQ families, and for those who wish to form them, through building community, changing hearts and minds, and driving policy change.
Human Rights Campaign
The Human Rights Campaign represents a force of more than 3 million members and supporters nationwide. As the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization, HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are ensured of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.
For over four decades, PFLAG has provided support to families and allies who are in need, through peer-to-peer meetings, online outreach, and telephone hotlines. PFLAG National also offers a huge variety of resources and programs that provide support for those in need.
The Trevor Project
"Trevor provides valuable resources to young people nationwide who may not have anywhere else to turn to for help. That's why their work is so incredible—thanks to Trevor's programs, LGBTQ youth are not alone." Marisol C.
Transgender Law Center
Grounded in legal expertise and committed to racial justice, the Transgender Law Center employs a variety of community-driven strategies to keep transgender and gender nonconforming people alive, thriving, and fighting for liberation.
Parents can often feel isolation and loneliness throughout this experience. Establishing TransParent support groups around the country creates safe spaces for parents to be open about their feelings; breaking free of the stigma society puts on the trans community. In doing so, we stabilize parents and give them strength and confidence to become advocates for their children.
Trans Student Educational Resources is a youth-led organization dedicated to transforming the educational environment for trans and gender non-conforming students through advocacy and empowerment.
What to do, say, and research to make your LGBTQIA+ child feel loved and heard
We gathered tips from members of the LGBTQIA+ community about what they are glad their own parents did, and what they wish they had done when they came out to protect their mental health so you can learn from their experiences. In English and en Espanol.