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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.  
LGBTQ+ Financial Guide to Becoming a Parent Joyce Kauffman While the U.S. still has a way to go to achieve LGBTQ+ equality, some significant strides have been made, particularly when it comes to LGBTQ+ families.   3/7/2022
LGBTQ+ Youth of Color Impacted by the Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Systems: A Research Agenda Williams Institute This report is a collection of working papers focused on understanding what we know and what we need to better understand about the lives and outcomes of system-involved youth who are both LGBTQ and racial/ethnic minorities.  
LGBTQ+ Youth: How to Help Yourself or a Friend HRC Foundation, Child Mind Institute This tip sheet from the gives guidance for LGBTQ+ youth on how to take care of their mental health. Mental health is an important part of our overall health and well-being. Feeling sad, alone, worried, or scared is very likely a sign that our mental health is in need of care, just like having a cough or a bruise that won’t heal is a sign of needing care. It is often difficult to talk about our feelings or needs for support but talking about mental health symptoms and getting help are the first steps in taking care of our mental health. When we feel happy, safe, and supported, we are more likely to succeed in school, maintain meaningful relationships and reach our hopes and dreams.  
LGBTQIA+ Youth and Experiences of Human Trafficking: A Healing-Centered Approach Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Futures Without Violence, and the National LGBTQIA+ Health Education Center Most health centers likely care for LGBTQIA+ youth who have experiences with human trafficking, even if providers are not fully aware of these patients’ situations. The health care setting represents a crucial opportunity to support youth with experiences of trafficking, as it may be the only opportunity for youth to be alone, separate from trafficker. The purpose of this publication, therefore, is to increase health centers’ awareness of and responsiveness to LGBTQIA+ youth experiencing human trafficking. It provides a framework for understanding the forces that drive human trafficking among LGBTQIA+ youth, and offers recommendations for providing meaningful, affirming, and non-judgmental care through the application of a healing-centered approach.   2021
Latinx LGBTQ+ Immigrant Youth: A Provider Fact Sheet This Each Mind Matters fact sheet was created as a resource for service providers, including nonprofit staff, community-based organizations, health care professionals, and other providers. It provides an introduction to the unique challenges faced by Latinx LGBTQ+ immigrant youth, relevant resources, and best practices. In English and Spanish.  
Learning to Address Implicit Bias Towards LGBTQ+ Patients: Case Scenarios National LGBTQIA+ Health Education Center A primary objective for health care professionals is to establish solid, trusting relationships with patients in order to promote healthier behaviors. As with other minority groups, when working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) patients, it is especially important to build rapport as a way to counteract the exclusion, discrimination, and stigma that many have experienced previously in health care. Despite our best intentions, however, internal --or implicit--biases may affect the way we talk to and behave with patients. For health care professionals, biases can lead to inequitable care, either through biased clinical decisions, or through communicating bias in conversation with patients.   September 2018
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Youth in the Juvenile Justice System: A Guide to Juvenile Detention Reform This guide highlights a wide range of best practices that juvenile justice facilities can implement to advance the safety and well-being of LGBT youth.   September 28, 2015
Lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) youth within in welfare: Prevalence, risk and outcomes The purpose of this study was to estimate the population of sexual minority or LGB (lesbian, gay and bisexual) children and youth involved with the child welfare system, and to compare their health, mental health, placement and permanency outcomes to those of non-LGB youth. Data were drawn from the Second National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being (NSCAW-II), a nationally representative sample of children who were referred to child welfare due to a report of abuse or neglect over a fifteen month period. Results indicate that approximately 15.5% of all system involved youth identified as lesbian, gay or bisexual, and that lesbian and bisexual females, and LGB youth of color are both overrepresented within child welfare systems. Although no substantive difference in risk factors, permanency and placement were found between LGB and Non-LGB youth, LGB youth were significantly more likely to meet the criteria for adverse mental health outcomes. Implications for child welfare practice and policy are presented, along with recommendations for future research in this area.  
Measuring Sex, Gender Identity, and Sexual Orientation Sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation are key indicators of the demographic diversity in the United States. Sex and gender are often conflated under the assumptions that they are mutually determined and do not differ from each other; however, the growing visibility of transgender and intersex populations, as well as efforts to improve the measurement of sex and gender across many scientific fields, has demonstrated the need to reconsider how sex, gender, and the relationship between them are conceptualized. This is turn affects sexual orientation, because it is defined on the basis of the relationship between a person's own sex or gender and that of their actual or preferred partners. Sex, gender, and sexual orientation are core aspects of identity that shape opportunities, experiences with discrimination, and outcomes through the life course; therefore, it is crucial that measures of these concepts accurately capture their complexity.   2022
Mental Health and Timing of Gender-Affirming Care Julia C. Sorbara, Lyne N. Chiniara, Shelby Thompson and Mark R. Palmert BACKGROUND: Gender-incongruent (GI) youth have high rates of mental health problems. Although gender-affirming medical care (GAMC) provides psychological benefit, some GI youth present to care at older ages. Whether a relationship exists between age of presentation to GAMC and mental health difficulties warrants study. CONCLUSIONS: Late pubertal stage and older age are associated with worse mental health among GI youth presenting to GAMC, suggesting that this group may be particularly vulnerable and in need of appropriate care.   October 2022
Mental Health of Transgender Children Who Are Supported in Their Identities Transgender children who have socially transitioned, that is, who identify as the gender “opposite” their natal sex and are supported to live openly as that gender, are increasingly visible in society, yet we know nothing about their mental health. Previous work with children with gender identity disorder (GID; now termed gender dysphoria) has found remarkably high rates of anxiety and depression in these children. Here we examine, for the first time, mental health in a sample of socially transitioned transgender children. Results demonstrate that socially transitioned transgender children who are supported in their gender identity have developmentally normative levels of depression and only minimal elevations in anxiety, suggesting that psychopathology is not inevitable within this group. Especially striking is the comparison with reports of children with GID; socially transitioned transgender children have notably lower rates of internalizing psychopathology than previously reported among children with GID living as their natal sex.  
Model Anti-Harassment and Nondiscrimination Policy for Child Welfare or Juvenile Justice Agencies This model anti-harassment and non-discrimination policy is for child welfare and juvenile justice agencies who wish to adopt a policy that would prohibit all forms of harassment, create a safe environment for all youth and service providers, and ensure that all youth have equal access to all available services, placement, care, treatment, and benefits provided by the agency.   2006
Model Policy:?Transgender, Gender Nonconforming, and Intersex Youth in Confinement Facilities Shannan Wilber and Jason Szanyi The purpose of this model policy is to address operational practices that promote the safety, dignity, and well-being of TGNCI youth in confinement facilities. Although many of the provisions apply to all youth, the policy was created specifically to address the unique needs and vulnerabilities of TGNCI youth. The model policy is designed for broad application in a wide range of confinement facilities (e.g., detention facilities, residential treatment centers, shelter homes).   2019
Moving a Child Welfare System to Be More Affirming of the LGBTQ Community: Strategies, Challenges and Lessons Learned Megan Good and Shauna Lucadamo This report describes the challenges, successes and lessons learned that came with the work of shifting perspectives about LGBTQ communities in a local government organization. Much of the work was focused on affecting change in the child welfare system, but progress in that arena created ripple effects that continue to foster change in other areas of DHS.   June 2018
Moving the Margins: Training Curriculum for Child Welfare Services with LGBTQ Youth in Out-of-Home Care Kelly & Clark This train-the-trainer curriculum includes a 101 and a 201 section. Aimed at increasing providers’ sensitivity and enhancing their skills, the modules within the curriculum provide definitions, values clarifications, and a learning lab on LGBTQ youth in out-of-home care.   2009
National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network: Radical Syllabus The National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network The Radical Syllabus for QTPOC Mental Health Practitioners was created by the National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network, a healing justice organization that works to transform mental health for queer and trans people of color (QTPOC). This resource is offered to queer and trans mental health practitioners of color for their own practice and in support of healing for the greater QTPOC community. This is not an academic syllabus; rather, it is a living document that can be used as a tool for discovery, inquiry, development, healing, and liberation. The syllabus is intentionally curated to highlight multiple forms of media to provide a wide range of accessibility and includes peer-reviewed academic articles, fiction and non-fiction books, podcasts, movies, and documentaries.  
Neurodiversity and Gender-Diverse Youth: An Affirming Approach to Care 2020 National LGBTQIA+ Health Education Center This publication provides insight from qualitative research and clinical experience into the unique experience of gender-diverse, neurodiverse youth.   August 2020
New Arkansas Law—and Similar Bills—Endanger Transgender Youth, Research Shows Sara Reardon Arkansas became the first state to ban physicians from giving hormones or puberty-delaying drugs to transgender people under age 18. Doctors who do so could be stripped of their licenses and sued. The law is called the Save Adolescents from Experimentation (SAFE) Act.   April 2021
Our Space & beFIERCE Stephanie Perron Our Space is a LGBTQ youth community center operated in Hayward, Calif., that serves LGBTQ youth between the ages of 14 to 24. Our Space supported the development of beFIERCE, a tool kit for providers working with LGBTQ foster care youth. beFIERCE walks providers through the needs of LGBTQ youth and how their organizations can better support the population.   2015
Out of the Shadows: Supporting LGBTQ Youth in Child Welfare Through Cross-System Collaboration Martin, M., Down, L., & Erney, R. This resource reviews the disproportionate representation of LGBT young people of color who are engaged in the child welfare system. This resource reviews outcomes and protective factors.   2016
Parenting a Transgender or Gender-Expansive Child: How to Protect Your Family Against False Allegations of Child Abuse Parents raising transgender and gender-expansive children must take additional steps that they could not have anticipated when their child was first born. These parents must also prepare their child and family to cope with the possibility of negative reactions, based on fear or misinformation, to their child’s gender and the family’s decision to love and affirm their child for who they are.  
Practice Brief: Providing Services and Supports for Youth Who Are LGBTQI2-S This brief reviews developing culturally and linguistically competent programs and services to meet the needs and preferences of LGBTQI2-S youth.   2008
Principles of Gender-Inclusive Puberty and Health Education Gender Spectrum Educators who teach elementary-age students about puberty now have a resource to help make their lessons as inclusive as possible. The new publication, Principles of Gender-Inclusive Puberty and Health Education, from Gender Spectrum focuses on five key principles for gender-inclusive puberty health and education: teaching students gender literacy; helping them understand natural variation; emphasizing physiology instead of gender; describing the “ many pathways” that children can grow into adult bodies; and, similarly, explaining the different pathways to starting a family.  
Promising Practices in Adoption and Foster Care: A Comprehensive Guide to Policies and Practices that Welcome, Affirm, and Support Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Foster and Adoptive Parents The Promising Practices guide is the cornerstone of All Children-All Families as it outlines key benchmarks of LGBT cultural competency and providers a framework for agency affirmation of LGBT prospective parents.   2012


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