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The following resources will be helpful for parents and teachers who have questions and are looking for advice and support.


Learning About Sexual Diversity at School
What Is Age Appropriate?  

This three page publication from the Safe School's Coalition outlines age appropriateness for primary, middle, and secondary grades.
Frequently Asked Questions about Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
A helpful guide to terminology with a FAQ designed the Advocates for Youth.
Is it a Choice?  Prepared by GLSEN, this is a great list of questions and answers for people in early stages of understanding homosexuality.
Gay Youth Factsheet

Factsheet developed by  Advocates for Youth that discusses sexual identity awareness, the role of schools and family, and issues related to students of color. Also available as a pdf.


Debbie Roffman's detailed definitions An expansion of the terms and definitions found in the core document and the glossary available on the front page.
Sexual Identity: The Cass Model Describes the process of identity development as people become aware of their homosexuality.
Sexual Identity: The Troiden Model
Another document, similar to the Cass Model, about identity development for gay people. The document was published in 1989 and refers to "typical ages" for development stages; in today's more open and accepting world young people may reach these stages much earlier.
Supportive Families, Healthy Children This pdf from San Fransisco State University is geared twards "helping families with lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender children"
Youth Resource

YouthResource is a website by and for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender youth, that takes a  holistic approach to sexual health and issues of concern to queer youth. YouthResource is run by the Advocates for Youth.

Matthew Shepard Foundation
Organization offering resources and support for gay individuals and their families
Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League (SMYAL)
Works to support and enhance the self esteem of sexual minority youth
Gay and Lesbian Community Services Center of Baltimore
Organization seeks to achieve equality, understanding, and respect for the diversity of the greater Baltimore GLBT community while also providing quality support services, facilities, and professional resources for the development and well-being of individuals and groups.
The Trevor Project the leading national organization focused on crisis and suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth.
Advocates for Youth Basic fundamental information and resources for students and families thinking about GLBTQ issues
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.
Gay Family Support
Organization to help parents and family members cope with their loved ones homosexuality.
Scott Bidstrup for Parents
Resources for parents of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth
Scott Bidstrup for Youth
The cool page for queer teens
Gender Spectrum
Agency provides education, training and support for all things gender
LGBT legal advocacy
New York Times article
"Coming out in Middle School" was a cover article in the New York Times Magazine in September 2009.
Religious Institiute: Faithful Voices on Sexuality and Religion  "The Denominational Statements resource has been created for those seeking up-to-date information about the official positions of major U.S. religious denominations on sexuality-related issues.  We hope that clergy, theologians, seminarians, religious educators, congregational committees, journalists and individuals will find this resource useful as a tool for discernment, research and programming."
Separation of Church and School An article by Debbie Roffman discussing true tolerance when values about sexual orientation and religion appear to clash.
Books for faculty and parents



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