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LGBTQ Resources 

The resources listed below can assist human services staff to better understand and work with individuals who identify as LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer/questioning) or who are gender non-conforming.

Topics include:

LGBTQ 101  
Behavioral Health    
Civil Rights     
Health    
Immigration    
Juvenile Justice    
Older Adults    
Youth 

LGBTQ Resource Network Newsletters 


LGBTQ 101  

PDF Icon Basic Definitions: Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression 

  • This document outlines definitions of common terms and concepts. People may use and interpret these words differently and this list is not exhaustive, so this resource should serve as a guide, but is not intended to be an official glossary of LGBTQ-related terms.

 An Ally’s Guide to Terminology  

  • Who: Movement Advancement Project
  • What: The words we use to discuss LGBT people and issues can have a powerful impact on our conversations. The right words help open people’s hearts and minds, while others can create distance or confusion. This guide serves as a resource for new allies who want to support LGBT Americans but often face an array of confusing terminology and language.

HIV in the United States: At a Glance  

  • Who: CDC
  • What: Information regarding the sexual health-risks associated with the MSM community.

National Center for Transgender Equality  

  • Who: National Center for Transgender Equality
  • What: The National Center for Transgender Equality is social justice organization dedicated to advancing the equality of transgender people through advocacy, collaboration and empowerment.

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Behavioral Health  

Top Health Issues for LGBT Populations Information and Resource Kit  

  • Who: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
  • What: Equips prevention professionals, healthcare providers, and educators with information on current health issues among LGBT populations. Includes an overview of terms related to gender identity and sexual expression.

Talking About Suicide and LGBT Populations  

  • Who: Movement Advancement Project
  • What: This guide provides ways to talk about suicide safely and effectively, while advancing vital public discussions about preventing suicide, helping increase acceptance of LGBT people, and supporting their well-being.

A Provider’s Introduction to Substance Abuse Treatment for LGBT Individuals  

  • Who: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
  • What: Informs clinicians and administrators about substance abuse treatment approaches that are sensitive to LGBT clients. Covers cultural, clinical, health, administrative, and legal issues as well as alliance building.

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 Civil Rights  

Lambda Legal  

  • Founded in 1973, Lambda Legal is the oldest and largest national legal organization whose mission is to achieve full recognition of the civil rights of LGBT people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work. As a nonprofit organization, they do not charge their plaintiffs for legal representation or advocacy, and they receive no government funding. They depend on contributions.

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 Health  

GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality  

GLMA's mission is to ensure equality in healthcare for LGBT individuals and healthcare providers.

LGBT Health  

  • Who: CDC
  • What: People who are LGBT are members of every community. They are diverse, come from all walks of life, and include people of all races and ethnicities, all ages, all socioeconomic statuses, and from all parts of the country. The perspectives and needs of LGBT people should be routinely considered in public health efforts to improve the overall health of every person and eliminate health disparities. This resource serves as a general guide.

Creating a Welcoming Clinical Environment for LGBT Patients  

  • Who: Heartland Alliance
  • What: Health care providers can take positive steps to promote the health of their LGBT patients by examining their practices, offices, policies and staff training for ways to improve access to quality health care for LGBT people.

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 Immigration  

Know Your Rights: Information on Seeking Asylum in the United States for Detained Immigrants who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or HIV-Positive  

  • Who: National Immigrant Justice Center
  • What: This document is for people who are afraid to return to their home countries because they are LGBT and/or due to their HIV status. You may have a defense against deportation if you fear you will be harmed or tortured if you are deported to your home country. This manual is a guide and resource. It is not intended to serve as a substitute for legal counsel.

Confounding Identities: The Paradox of LGBT Children Under Asylum Law  

  • Who: University of California, Davis
  • What: This Article offers a novel theory to explain why LGBT youth who are eligible for legal relief have been refused it.

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 Juvenile Justice 

Understanding the Importance of Implementing an Effective Justice System Response for LGBTQI Youth in Custody  

  • Who: National Training and Technical Assistance Center
  • What: LGBTQI youth in custody present special needs and challenges for facility staff and leaders. This Webinar presents strategies to meet the needs of these youth. Presenters also provide examples of how work with LGBTQI youth in custody is evolving, discuss the importance of changing practices based on recent federal guidelines, and explain how a change of culture in facilities may lead to better outcomes.

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 Older Adults  

SAGE: Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders  

Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) is the country's largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBT older adults. There are many good resources for the aging community on this website.

National Resource Center on LGBT Aging  

  • Who: National Resource Center on LGBT Aging
  • What: The National Resource Center on LGBT Aging is the country's first and only technical assistance resource center aimed at improving the quality of services and supports offered to lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender older adults. There are resources for service providers, organizations, as well as LGBT aging individuals.

Finding LGBT Friendly Care  

  • Who: AARP  
  • What: A resource guide for finding LGBT-friendly healthcare providers.  

Best Practices for Working with LGBT Elder Clients  

  • Who: SAGE
  • What: A recommended set of best practices based on recommendations made in a nationwide report titled “Improving the Lives of LGBT Older Adults”. These best practices will help reduce some of the stigma LGBT elders face and will improve culturally competent service delivery.

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 Youth 

Standards of Care for Serving Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Youth Archived Webinar: 

  • Who: Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health
  • What: To share recommendation to enhance the well-being of LGBT youth, including four principles grounded in the system of care values and 10 strategies for implementing high-quality care.

Building Systems of Care to Support Effective Therapeutic and Programmatic Interventions and Resources for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Youth and Their Families 

  • Who: Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health
  • What: To guide the development of policies , programs, materials, products and other resources to improve the lives of children, youth and families in the LGBT community.

Promoting Suicide Prevention Among Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Youth 

  • Who: Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health
  • What: To share information regarding suicide prevention and improving emotional and behavior health outcomes for LGBT youth.

LGBT Information Page 

  • Who: FindYouthInfo.Com
  • What: Through the Youth Topics series, the Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs provides information, strategies, tools, and resources for youth, families, schools and community organizations related to a variety of cross-cutting topics that affect youth

Practice Guide for Working with LGBTQ Youth 

  • Who: Minnesota Department of Human Services
  • What: LGBTQ youth and their families have strengths and needs, and some may come into contact with the child welfare system, as some heterosexual youth and families do. It is the ethical and professional responsibility of child welfare social workers to support and strengthen all youth and families that they serve, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Out of the Classroom: LGBT Students' Participation in Sports and Extracurricular Activities 

  • Who: GLSEN
  • What: This webinar discussed LGBT students' participation and leadership in extracurricular activities, such as athletics, arts, student government, and supportive student clubs such as Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs), highlighting findings from GLSEN's 2011 National School Climate Survey.

Gender Identity and Expression in the Classroom: The Experiences of Gender Nonconforming and Transgender Students in School 

  • Who: GLSEN
  • What: This webinar discussed the role that gender expression plays in the school experiences of LGBT students and the attitudes and experiences of gender nonconforming and transgender students in school.

Guidelines for Culturally Competent Care for LGBT Homeless Youth 

  • Who: Mayor’s Office of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Affairs (Washington, DC)
  • What: Recommendations to help service providers improve the delivery of service to LGBT youth.

Out for Work: Employment for LGBT Students 

  • Who: Out for Work
  • What: Employment resources for LGBT students 

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