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As You Are: Resource Library

For LGBTQ individuals — especially for young people — family and community acceptance can change everything. Below are just some of the hundreds of resources available to LGBTQ youth and their families, caregivers, educators, and allies.

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Biden Foundation Resources

Stories have power – share yours

Support for LGBTQ Youth Starts at Home (video) – an As You Are partnership

Explore the As You Are story map

Advancing Acceptance:
A partnership with Movement Advancement Project & Gender Spectrum to support transgender youth

See what else we’re working on

Resources for Youth

The Trevor Project offers 24/7 support. If you are a young person in crisis, call the TrevorLifeline: 1-866-488-7386

Trans Lifeline is a grassroots organization offering direct emotional and financial support to trans people in crisis

Take care of yourself – National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Find an LGBTQ Center near you

The It Gets Better Project — hope is out there, and it will get better

GSA Network — trans and queer youth uniting for racial and gender justice

GLSEN’s mission is to create safe and affirming schools for all — check out their resources for students, parents, and educators, including their school climate report and safe space kit

See GLAAD’s resources to combat violence and bullying of LGBTQ young people

Lambda Legal’s mission is to achieve full recognition of the civil rights of LGBTQ people and those living with HIV — take a look at the resources they’ve compiled for LGBTQ youth

The New York City Administration for Children’s Services has a number of programs and resources for LGBTQ youth living in and around NYC

The Movement Advancement Project is an LGBTQ research organization and think tank — MAP has produced a number of reports and guides specifically for LGBTQ youth and their families and caregivers

The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) has several youth-focused projects and resources

SMYAL (Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders) supports and empowers LGBTQ youth in the Washington, D.C., area

Oasis Center in Nashville, TN, provides a wide range of programming reflecting the diverse needs of youth and their families. Their “Just Us” program works to create an empowering and supportive environment for LGBTQI+ youth

The Attic, Philadelphia’s only independent LGBTQ youth center, creates opportunities for LGBTQ youth to develop into healthy, independent, civic-minded adults within a safe and supportive community

Matthew’s Place, a project of the Matthew Shepard Foundation, is an online village designed to provide young people with the resources they need to thrive in this world, make a difference, and gain tools to lead healthy, productive, hate-free lives

Resources for Families and Caregivers

Find a PFLAG chapter near you.

Family Acceptance Within Families of Color – PFLAG

Family Is Still Family: a multilingual PSA campaign – NQAPIA is the U.S. government website that provides resources to create, maintain, and strengthen effective youth programs — see what they have to say about how family acceptance promotes well-being for LGBTQ youth

Family Acceptance Project — Using a research-based, culturally grounded approach to help diverse families to support their LGBT children

Transgender and Non-Binary Resources

The National Center for Transgender Equality works to advance equality for transgender people and they’ve created multiple resources to advance safety and equality for transgender youth and students

Gender Spectrum helps to create gender-sensitive and inclusive environments for all children and teens.

Gender Diversity increases the awareness and understanding of gender-diverse people by providing family support and building community for people of all gender identities and expressions — check out their resources to assist children, youth, and families.

Dads for Transgender Equality (video) – Human Rights Campaign

Moms for Transgender Equality (video) – Human Rights Campaign

The Human Rights Campaign works to educate the public on issues that transgender and gender nonconforming people face

Read the results of the 2015 National Transgender Discrimination Survey, the largest-ever survey undertaken on trans lives in America

The National Center for Lesbian Rights has services and resources to assist transgender youth

Casa Ruby is a Washington, D.C.–based organization and service provider for transgender, genderqueer, and gender non-conforming people

Bisexual Resources

BiNet USA is a national network for bisexual and bi-friendly communities

Visit the Bisexual Resource Center

Bisexual Resources and Reports – Movement Advancement Project

Supporting and Caring for our Bisexual Youth – Human Rights Campaign

LGBTQ Youth in Foster Care

Supporting Your LGBTQ Youth: A Guide for Foster Parents – Child Welfare Information Gateway

LGBTQ Youth in the foster care system (PDF) – Human Rights Campaign

Committee on LGBTQ families and youth – National Foster Parent Association

Sexual and Gender Minority Youth in Foster Care (PDF) – ACF

What YGB Offers Youth – You Gotta Believe

Family Builders works to increase permanence for LGBTQ youth in foster care in Oakland, CA

LGBTQ Youth Homelessness

The True Colors Fund works to end homelessness among LGBTQ youth

Homelessness & Housing –

Covenant House shelters are welcoming and safe for LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness

Youth and Young Adults – National Alliance to End Homelessness

Other Research and Educational Resources

What does the scholarly research say about the link between family acceptance and LGBT youth well-being? – Cornell University

Generating a Revolution in Prevention, Wellness, & Care for LGBT Children & Youth (PDF) – Family Acceptance Project

Violence and LGBTQ+ Communities (PDF) – RTI International

Lesbian, Gay Bisexual, and Transgender Health – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Family Acceptance in Adolescence and the Health of LGBT Young Adults – Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing

A Survey of American Acceptance and Attitudes Toward LGBTQ Americans (PDF) – GLAAD

LGBT Youth Experience Discrimination, Harassment, and Bullying In School – Williams Institute

FBI Data Shows Increased Reported Incidents of Anti-LGBTQ Hate Crimes in 2016 – Human Rights Campaign

Sexual Identity, Sex of Sexual Contacts, and Health-Related Behaviors Among Students in Grades 9–12 (PDF) – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

What does intersex mean? – UN Free & Equal

An Intersex-Affirming Hospital Policy Guide – Lambda Legal

Equality Maps – Movement Advancement Project

LGBTQ People of Color – Movement Advancement Project

Conversion Therapy Laws – Movement Advancement Project

LGBTQ Youth and Safer Schools – The Williams Institute

Resources for Children & Youth – Human Rights Campaign


A Pragmatic Guide to Confronting HIV at HBCUs – Human Rights Campaign

HIV Prevention, Treatment and Care on College and University Campuses – Human Rights Campaign

To Stop Trans Kids From Killing Themselves, Shocking Study Says “Accept Them” – Broadly

Juvenile Justice –

What Teachers Can Do To Be More Inclusive Of LGBTQ Students – KQED

#BornPerfect is the National Center for Lesbian Rights’ campaign to end conversion therapy is dedicated to helping individuals build resilience in the face of adversity. Here, LGBTQ people facing discrimination and rejection in their families, schools, and communities can find support and resources