Coming Out: Information for Parents of LGBT Teens https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/teen/dating-sex/Pages/Four-Stages-of-Coming-Out.aspx Teen’s feel secure enough in who they are and share that information with loved ones. It takes courage and strength for a young person to share who they are inside, especially for teens who are unsure of how their families will respond. They may fear disappointing or angering their families, or in some instances may fear being physically harmed or thrown out of their homes. In most cases, parents need time to deal with the news. While it may take them days, weeks or many months to come to terms with their child's sexuality or gender identity, it is important for parents to show love and support for their child, even if they don't fully understand everything.
Making Spaces for Aces http://www.dailycal.org/2018/06/27/making-space-aces-pride/ As a young adult in the midst of questioning my a/sexuality, I had never met another ace person, nor had I even seen one on TV. I only knew that asexuality was even an option because I had accidentally stumbled on the Asexual Visibility and Education Network during a night of aimless internet browsing. Before then, I had no way to know why I couldn’t figure out if I was gay or straight or just a weird inhuman robot.
Many LGBTQ Youth Don’t Identify with Traditional Sexual Identity Labels https://today.uconn.edu/2019/02/many-lgbtq-youth-not-identify-traditional-sexual-identity-labels/# We should be mindful to ask the identities of our participants because it matters for their health and their experiences. The other thing folks can do is just ask and be open about changing terms. What we see is a growing number of young people and adults coming out and feeling free to tell other people about their sexual identity. We need to ask and be open to what our teens’ sexual identities are, because if we don’t know they’re out there, we don’t know how to help them.
Navigating the World of Boys When You’re Gender Nonconforming https://www.thecut.com/2018/03/navigating-a-world-of-boys-when-youre-gender-nonconforming.html I think that any one group who fits in with society’s expectations should learn about other groups. Learning about different gender identities or expressions is very important. But I also think that people who are mostly gender conforming can still talk to their parents about ways that they do differ from society’s expectations for gender. Again, I don’t think anyone completely fits in. A boy who’s a jock and enjoys video games might still enjoy something like cooking.
Best Practices For LGBTQ Students https://www.tolerance.org/magazine/publications/best-practices-for-serving-lgbtq-students To feel safe and to feel seen. To feel valued and capable of growth. These are simple concepts—basic pillars of student achievement and the results of good pedagogy. For many queer students these rights remain out of reach. But LGBTQ students who go to school in a fully inclusive environment—where both curriculum and school wide policies value their identities—experience more positive outcomes. They also experience less harassment, feel more valued by school staff and face fewer barriers to success. We also know that an LGBTQ-inclusive school benefits all students. Seeing LGBTQ identities valued in the classroom, in the curriculum and in day-to-day interactions inspires empathy, understanding and respect. With this guide, we hope to help school leaders ensure that all students feel safe, seen and capable of success; to ensure that the curriculum is as complete and representative as possible; to ensure that the school climate fosters open and respectful dialogue among all students and staff; and to prepare youth to engage and thrive within our diverse democracy.