Message To Parents

LGBTQ Youth

If you are a parent struggling to understand and accept your child’s emerging sexual orientation or gender identity we hope this website will bring you some peace. For countless centuries LGBTQ people have been starting charitable foundations; serving in the military with distinction; discovering technological breakthroughs; creating magnificent art and sculpture; penning renowned literature and music; winning Olympic Gold Medals; and helping to shape World Diplomacy - the very best in human achievement! Your child is the latest in a long line of extraordinarily gifted people who have contributed in countless ways to the world we share. It is our sincere wish that our work to bring about a long overdue appreciation for all that LGBTQ people have done will give you hope that a better future for your child is just over the horizon if we work together to support these very special young people.

Parental Resources

If you are experiencing anxiety about your child’s safety, if you think he or she may be the victim of bullying, or if you think your child’s school may not be as supportive and proactive in protecting and nurturing your child, please contact the following:

American Civil Liberties Union
http://www.aclu.org/lgbt-rights/youth-schools

Athlete Ally

https://www.athleteally.org/

BiNet

http://www.binetusa.org/

Brave Space Alliance

https://www.bravespacealliance.org/

Born This Way Foundation

https://bornthisway.foundation/

Campus Pride

https://www.campuspride.org/

Centers for Disease Control Youth Services

https://www.cdc.gov/lgbthealth/youth-resources.htm

Center on Halsted

https://www.centeronhalsted.org/

COLAGE

https://www.colage.org/

Equality Illinois

https://www.equalityillinois.us/

Family Equality

https://www.familyequality.org/

GenderCool Project | Showcasing Stories of Transgender Children
https://gendercool.org/

Gerber/Hart Library and Archives

https://www.bravespacealliance.org/

GLAAD- LGBTQ Media Watchdog Organization

https://www.glaad.org/

GLSEN

https://www.glsen.org/

Human Rights Campaign

https://www.hrc.org/

Illinois Safe Schools Alliance
http://www.illinoissafeschools.org/ 

Immigration Equality

https://immigrationequality.org/

It Get’s Better

https://itgetsbetter.org/get-help/

Lambda Legal Defense Youth Issues
http://www.lambdalegal.org/issues/youth

LGBTQ Student Resources

https://essayontime.com.au/lgbtq-students-resources-support/

Matthew Shepard Foundation

https://www.matthewshepard.org/

Movement Advancement Project

https://www.lgbtmap.org/

National Center for Transgender Equality

https://transequality.org/

National LGBTQ Task Force

https://www.thetaskforce.org/

National Runaway Safeline

https://www.1800runaway.org/

NOH8 Campaign

http://www.noh8campaign.com/

PFLAG
http://community.pflag.org/page.aspx?pid=803 

Planting Peace- Equality House

https://www.plantingpeace.org/campaign/equality-house/

Point Foundation- National LGBTQ College Scholarship Fund

https://pointfoundation.org/

Teen Central

https://teencentral.com/

Trans Lifeline

https://www.translifeline.org/

Transgender College Student Resource Guide

https://edubirdie.com/blog/transgender-college-student-resource-guide

Trevor Project

https://www.thetrevorproject.org/

True Colors United

https://truecolorsunited.org/

U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services- LGBTQ Resources
http://www.stopbullying.gov/topics/lgbt/