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Gender-Informed Care is Trauma-Informed Care The National Child Traumatic Stress Network The National Child Traumatic Stress Network released a fact sheet for providers who work with transgender, gender diverse, and intersex (TGI) youth. It describes what gender-affirming care is, different approaches for supporting TGI youth and their families, and additional tools and resources.   2022
Getting Down to Basics- Tools to Support LGBTQ Youth in Care This toolkit offers practice time and information to ensure that LGBTQ youth in child welfare and juvenile justice system receive affirming support and services while engaged in out-of-home care.   2013
Green Chimneys Nolan Green Chimneys was a transitional living program that operates in the state of New York. No longer operating in New York City, the program provided beds to homeless or at-risk LGBTQ youth between the ages of 17 to 21.  
Guidelines for Managing Information Related to the Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity and Expression of Children in Child Welfare Systems Wilber, S. This publication will begin to bridge the gap by proposing standards governing the management of information related to sexual orientation and gender identity and expression. This publication was developed in conjunction with the Putting Pride into Practice Project (“P4”), a three-year effort undertaken by Family Builders by Adoption, in partnership with the California Department of Social Services, to implement CWLA’s Best Practice Guidelines for Serving LGBT Youth in Out of Home Care in several county child welfare systems in California. P4’s objective is to increase the competence of child welfare professionals to serve children whose actual or perceived sexual orientation is other than heterosexual, and children whose gender identity or expression is incongruent with their biological sex or with cultural expectations related to gender presentation. The project provides training and technical assistance to build agency capacity and improve organizational competency through leadership and policy development, community and constituency engagement, and recruitment, training and support of placement resources.   January 2013
Guidelines for Managing Information Related to the Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity and Expression of Children in the Child Welfare System This publication was developed in conjunction with the Putting Pride into Practice Project (“P4”), a three-year effort undertaken by Family Builders by Adoption, in partnership with the California Department of Social Services, to implement CWLA’s Best Practice Guidelines for Serving LGBT Youth in Out of Home Care in several county child welfare systems in California. The project provides training and technical assistance to build agency capacity and improve organizational competency through leadership and policy development, community and constituency engagement, and recruitment, training and support of placement resources.   2013
Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming People Psychologists who work with transgender or gender nonconforming people should seek to provide acceptance, support and understanding without making assumptions about their clients’ gender identities or gender expressions, according to practice guidelines adopted during the American Psychological Association’s 123rd Annual Convention.   2015
HIV Infection, Risk, Prevention, and Testing Behaviors Among Transgender Women Taylor Robbins This report summarizes findings from the first NHBS-Trans data collection cycle, which was conducted in 2019–2020. Transgender women, especially transgender women of color, are disproportionately affected by HIV. This report provides descriptive, unweighted data that can be used to describe HIV infection among transgender women and the percent- ages of transgender women reporting specific behaviors, HIV testing, access to care, participation in prevention programs, gender-affirming medical treatment, experiences of abuse and harassment, and suicidality. Collecting these data is useful for assessing risk, access to care and treatment, the use of prevention efforts, and other social structural factors affecting HIV prevention opportunities for this population.   April 2021
Health Care Considerations for Two Spirit & LGBTQIA+ Indigenous Communities National LGBTQIA+ Health Education Center This publication from the National LGBTQIA+ Health Education Center is a guide for health centers in providing affirming care and services for Two Spirit and LGBTQIA+ American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) people. Readers will explore key concepts, terminology, and the effects of historical trauma. Discover best and promising practices for care that incorporate Indigenous holistic models of wellness and focus on resilience and protective factors, including links to resources for further exploration of this topic.   January 2022
Health Equity Style Guide for the COVID-19 Response: Principles and Preferred Terms for Non- Stigmatizing, Bias-Free Language CDC’s Health Equity Style Guide emphasizes the importance of addressing all people inclusively, with respect, including using non-stigmatizing, bias-free language. Avoid perpetuating negative stereotypes or blaming people for their own life circumstances or health status when reporting data or information about health disparities.   August 2020
How to Gather Data on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Clinical Settings Judith B. Bradford, PhD; Sean Cahill, PhD; Chris Grasso, MPH; and Harvey J. Makadon, MD This brief reviews two methods for providers to collect sexual orientation and gender identity from parents.   2012
I Want to Be Like Nature Made Me: Medically Unnecessary Surgeries on Intersex Children in the US In this report, based on interviews with intersex adults, parents of intersex children, and medical practitioners working with intersex people, interACT and Human Rights Watch document the fall-out from that medical paradigm, and the failure of the medical community to regulate itself effectively. There have been changes in practice in recent years, with many doctors now advising against surgery on infants and young children. But even so, surgery continues to be practiced on children with atypical sex characteristics too young to participate in the decision, when those procedures both carry a meaningful risk of harm and can be safely deferred.  
Implementing System Wide Policy and Practice Improvements to Support LGBTQ+ Youth and Families with Child Welfare System Involvement Kristen Weber and Bill Bettencourt This report describes the processes and outcomes associated with implementing Guidelines for Managing Information Related to Sexual Orientation and Gender Expression and Identity in Child Welfare Systems in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. The Guidelines outline ways in which child welfare jurisdictions can implement system wide innovations to better serve LGBTQ+ youth and their families.   May 2021
In-Home Resources for Families of LGBTQ Youth This brief reviews resources and best practices for supporting LGBTQ youth and their families in-home settings.  
Infographic: Black LGBTQ+ Mental Health Black LGBTQ+ people experience high rates of discrimination and stigma due to having more than one marginalized identity, including their racial identity and their sexual orientation/gender identity. Based on cutting edge research on intersectional experiences of Black LGBTQ+ people, The Institute’s Center of Excellence on LGBTQ+ Behavioral Health Equity and the African American Behavioral Health Center of Excellence have collaborated to create this new infographic on mental health impacts of these experiences, including tips for how behavioral health providers can support Black LGBTQ+ individuals.   March 2022
Infographic: LGBT People with Disabilities Movement Advancement Project In recognition of the 29th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Movement Advancement Project released a summary of research available on LGBTQ+ people living with disabilities. This resource describes the unique challenges faced by the estimated 3 million to 5 million LGBTQ+ Americans living with disabilities and outlines recommendations for advancing equality and opportunities to help remove these challenges.   July 2019
Information Packet: Transgender Youth in Child Welfare Settings Sikerwar & Rider This fact sheet reviews the experiences of transgender youth in the child welfare system. It offers a brief overview of national legislation and best practices for agencies.   2015
Intersex 101: Everything You Need to Know interACT Intersex is an umbrella term for differences in sex traits or reproductive anatomy. People are born with these differences or develop them at a young age. Genitalia, hormones, internal anatomy, or chromosomes can develop in many ways. The problem is, children’s bodies are often changed for them because of shame and stigma. This includes surgeries to create a vagina, reduce a clitoris, move a urethra, or remove testes. Most surgeries happen before the age of 2. We’ve worked with many of the world’s top human rights organizations, and all agree: Surgeries to change sex traits must be the individual’s choice. That’s why interACT uses innovative legal and other strategies to advocate for the human rights of children born with differences in their genitals, chromosomes, hormones, and reproductive anatomy. This two-page Intersex 101 guide was created by interACT as an introduction.  
Invisible Majority: The Disparities Facing Bisexual People and How to Remedy Them Movement Advancement Project This report focuses on the “invisible majority” of the LGBTQ community, the nearly five million adults in the U.S. who identify as bisexual and the millions more who have sexual or romantic attraction to or contact with people of more than one gender. The report provides an overview of current research so we can better understand those who comprise the largest share of the LGB population. It also examines how bias, stigma, discrimination, and invisibility combine to create serious negative outcomes for bisexual people, and it provides concrete recommendations for change. Finally, sidebars throughout the report highlight the lived experiences of bisexual people—and the pervasive discrimination and key disparities they face.   September 2016
Is Your Agency Ready to Serve Transgender and Non-Binary Clients? FORGE This checklist helps agencies check the following areas for trans-competency: Forms and paperwork; Bathroom options; Service options and curriculum; Advertising/publicity; Displayed materials; Referrals; Visible feedback/complaint mechanisms; Tracking clients; and Training.   April 2021
Just As They Are This resource will help parents recognize when and how conversion therapy is promoted, provides information about the dangers of the practice, and offers guidance to parents regarding practices that promote their LGBTQ+ child’s health and well-being.  
Juvenile Facilities Checklist For Defenders: Advocating For The Safety And Well-Being of Transgender, Gender Non-Conforming, And Intersex Young People The National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC) produced a publication entitled “Juvenile Facilities Checklist for Defenders” to assist defenders in monitoring conditions and practices in detention and correctional facilities and other types of secure and non-secure facilities. The checklist provides defenders with the necessary tools to advocate for their clients in these facilities to prevent unnecessary or inappropriate placement, reduce the period of confinement, or intervene to challenge harmful conditions or practices on the young person’s behalf.   October 2019
Know Your Rights Guide for Transgender People Navigating COVID-19 The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund The COVID-19 pandemic presents a series of unique challenges that may have a long-term impact on transgender people and their families. The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund has prepared a series of “ Know Your Rights” guides for transgender and non-binary people who are confronted by COVID-19 and questions related to employment, housing, health care, identification, and accessing assistance from government agencies among other issues.  
LBQ Girls of Color Overrepresented in Child Welfare & Criminalization Systems Bianca D.M. Wilson, Lauren Bouton A new review of studies by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law finds that lesbian, bisexual, and queer (LBQ) girls, particularly girls of color, are overrepresented in foster care and the carceral system. The proportion of Black and American Indian LBQ girls in foster care is four times higher than in the general population.   April 2022
LGBTQ & Gender-Affirming Spaces This brief uses data from The Trevor Project’s ?2020 National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health to examine the association between access to affirming spaces and suicide attempts. LGBTQ youth are at elevated risk for poor mental health and suicide compared with straight/cisgender peers (Johns et al, 2019; Johns et al., 2020). Because this risk is related to the harmful ways LGBTQ youth are treated, rather than something about being LGBTQ in itself, increased acceptance and affirmation can reduce risk (Meyer, 2016). All LGBTQ youth deserve access to spaces — such as homes, schools, and workplaces -- that positively affirm their LGBTQ identity. Unfortunately, not all LGBTQ youth experience acceptance of their identity, and physical distancing policies implemented to minimize the health risks of the COVID-19 pandemic can disrupt access to existing affirming spaces (Green, Price-Feeney, & Dorsion, 2020). This may be particularly true for transgender and nonbinary youth who have increased risk for attempting suicide due in large part to increased exposure to minority stress (Price-Feeney, Green, & Dorison, 2020; Hendricks & Testa, 2012).   December 2020
LGBTQ+ Families for Black Lives Toolkit Family Equality Family Equality published the LGBTQ+ Families for Black Lives toolkit to empower families and children of different age levels to deepen their anti-racist work and continue these conversations in their households. The toolkit seeks to empower families to deepen their anti-racism work through tangible, age-appropriate action ranging from coloring book pages to writing elected officials. It is our hope that with this toolkit you may start or continue conversations in your household and community that will continue long after the hashtags and protests end.  


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