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Our Center of Excellence on LGBTQ+ Behavioral Health Equity has complied a database of resources on serving LGBTQ+ youth and families in systems. This database is being continuously updated. Please send any resources you’d like us to include to SOGIECenter@uconn.edu.

Federal Guidance on Gender-Affirming Care

As a resource for all advocates of transgender and gender diverse youth and their families, this page includes summaries of federal protections, statements from professional associations, as well as supporting research.

Highlighted Resources

Federal Funding for Gender Affirming Materials for Transgender & Nonbinary Youth in Foster Care

In 2022, the Administration for Children and Families published an Information Memorandum offering guidance to title IV-B and IV-E agencies on serving LGBTQIA2S+ children and youth, with explicit support for gender affirming care. Further guidance from the Children’s Bureau indicates that child welfare agencies may be able to use Chafee funding to purchase gender affirming items for young people in their care, especially in consideration of the health benefits that access to these materials bring. This resource offers a list of common gender affirming items that may be purchased using Chafee funding.

Two-Part Issue Brief: Nonbinary Youth in Binary Systems

In this issue brief series, Youth Move National explores what it means to be nonbinary, focuses on mental health research, and offers some considerations and reflection questions for those looking to better serve these youth within mental health services.

Capacity Building Videos Collection

This video bank contains videos that might be helpful for capacity building, working with LGBTQ+ children and youth, and working with resource families. Please visit our video bank and subscribe for updates on new and added videos.

Implementing System Wide Policy & Practice Improvements to Support LGBTQ+ Youth

This report describes the processes and outcomes associated with implementing Guidelines for Managing Information Related to Sexual Orientation and Gender Expression and Identity in Child Welfare Systems in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. The Guidelines outline ways in which child welfare jurisdictions can implement system wide innovations to better serve LGBTQ+ youth and their families.

SOGIE Glossary of Terms

The QIC-LGBTQ2S created this glossary of terms as a resource for the QIC-LGBTQ2S Local Implementation Sites, partners, and consultants.

LGBTQ Youth & Family Resources

This website was designed to help LGBTQ youth and families find services and increase support for LGBTQ youth. This first of its kind website aims to help increase family acceptance of LGBTQ youth, community building, and well-being. The website includes a national searchable map of community support services that affirm LGBTQ young people, along with multilingual and multicultural evidence-based resources to increase family support for LGBTQ children and youth. 

Reducing System Crossover for Black LGBTQ+ Girls & Nonbinary Youth

This publication from the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform highlights the critical need to ensure that systems fully support Black LGBTQ+ girls and nonbinary youth–a population that is at higher risk for crossover (i.e., becoming dually-involved in both the juvenile justice and child welfare systems) than their non-Black, non-LGBTQ+ peers. The white paper also provides recommendations to mitigate this disparity and improve the experiences of and outcomes for this population of young people.

Advocating for LGBTQ Students with Disabilities

LGBTQ students with disabilities face unique challenges as a result of their disability status and potential bias related to their sexual orientation, gender identity and/or gender expression. Educators, counselors, parents/guardians and other adult allies play an important role in ensuring the safety, inclusion and well-being of these students, all of which are essential to academic and social-emotional growth in the classroom and school communities. This resource provides an overview of the rights of LGBTQ students with disabilities as well as actionable recommendations on how to best support them.

Youth with Diverse Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity & Expression in Child Welfare: A Review of Best Practices

This literature review provides relevant background information on the needs of children and youth with diverse SOGIE and the programs, practices, guidelines, and tool kits that may guide the design of interventions. The review covers risk factors faced by LGBTQ+ youth, a review of the research base, national guidelines for foster youth with diverse SOGIE, and adapting evidence-based practices.

Tip Sheets for Working with LGBTQ+ Youth & their Families

The tip sheets below were created by a diverse group of stakeholders across the country doing work with LGBTQ+ youth and their families as part of the QIC-LGBTQ2S. After years of implementing services with these populations, the stakeholders collaborated on these tip sheets to pass along their successful practices and lessons learned.

SOGIE Newsletter Archive

The SOGIE Newsletter is a monthly e-newsletter that provides the latest resources, tools, webinars, events, research, and policy updates as well as a community corner that highlights the work of local organizations serving LGBTQ+ youth and their families. Click the button below to subscribe and use this archive to access past issues.

February 2023

In this issue:

  • Documentary Short Film Learn with Love Uplifts Transgender Youth Stories
  • Mental Health of Incarcerated LGBTQ+ Youth Is Understudied — but New Analysis Shows Kids Are in Crisis
  • Mapping Attacks on LGBTQ+ Rights in U.S. State Legislature
March 2023

In this issue: Trans Day of Visibility Special Edition

  • Gender Diverse Youth Sport Inclusivity Toolkit
  • To Protect Evidence-Based Medicine and Promote Health Justice, Protect Gender-Affirming Medical Care
  • Trans Youth Handbook Shares Crucial Information About Legal Right
April 2023

In this issue:

  • New HHS Report Offers Updated, Evidence-Based Roadmap for Supporting & Affirming LGBTQ+ Youth
  • Dating Matters Toolkit: Guides to Healthy, Safe Relationships for LGBTQ+ Youth & Their Parents/Caregivers
  • Support Saves Lives: Family Support & K-12 Transgender Suicidality
January 2022

In this issue:

  • Video: What To Do When Your Child Comes Out
  • Considerations for Two Spirit & LGBTQIA+ Indigenous Communities
  • Study: Acceptance of Trans Youth Associated with Lower Suicide Rates
February 2022

In this issue:

  • 16 Queer Black Trailblazers Who Made History
  • “The Clinic” Short Film & Tip Sheet for Trans Inclusive Care
  • Report Highlights Racial Disparities Within LGBTQ+ Community
March 2022

In this issue: Special Edition on Gender Affirming Care

  • Federal Guidance on Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth
  • Organizational Statements of Support for Trans Youth
  • Study: Gender-Affirming Hormone Therapy Can Help Save Lives
April 2022

In this issue:

  • #TransYouthMatter Policy Toolkit from Fenway Institute
  • Infographic: Black LGBTQ+ Mental Health
  • Study: Gender Euphoria: A Grounded Theory Exploration of Experiencing Gender Affirmation
May 2022

In this issue:

  • Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth During Mental Health Awareness Month
  • Let’s Talk Gender: Ten Things Trans Youth Want All Researchers to Know
  • Report: Mental Health Concerns Multiply For LGBTQ+ Students Who Are AAPI
June 2022

In this issue: Pride Month Special Edition

  • Coming Out Handbook for Young People
  • Gender Pronouns 101: What They Are & Why They Matter
  • Survey of 34,000 LGBTQ+ Youth Underlines Power of Affirmation & Joy
July 2022

In this issue:

  • Black & LGBTQ+: Approaching Intersectional Conversations
  • Celebrate Queer Youth: Queer & Now Toolkit from Advocates
  • Sexual & Dating Violence Among Asian & Pacific Islander Transgender Youth
August 2022

In this issue:

  • Free to Be Me: A Toolkit to Protect LGBTQIA+ Students’ Rights in Texas
  • Building & Safeguarding Your School’s LGBTQ+ Collection
  • First Clinical Guidelines Published For Collecting Pediatric Sexual Orientation &
    Gender Identity Data
September 2022

In this issue:

  • Bisexual Identity & Health: The Facts
  • LGBTQ+ Youth: Mental Health Support Through Inclusive Care
  • Gender-Affirming Pediatric Care Toolkit
October 2022

In this issue:

  • New Game Examines Real-Life Drama of Raising a Transgender Child in TX
  • Asking About SOGIE Pilot Implementation Guide
  • Antidiscrimination Litigation May Prevent Bullying for LGBTQ+ Youths
January 2021

In this issue:

  • Tipsheet for LGBTQ+ Youth: How to Help Yourself or a Friend
  • Report: Trevor Project says LGBTQ, gender-affirming spaces help prevent suicide
  • Pandemic collides with concerns about LGBTQ students’ mental health
February 2021

In this issue:

  • Intersex 101: A Beginner’s Guide
  • Black History Month: 16 Queer Black Pioneers Who Made History
  • Applying Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs to LGBTQ+ Foster Youth: Practice Implications for Child Welfare Professionals in Rural Settings
March 2021

In this issue:

  • Interactive Gender Identity & Expression Map
  • Study: 50% of Gen-Zers Believe Traditional Gender Norms Are Outdated
  • Trans Inclusion in School Sports Doesn’t Hurt Cisgender Girls, New Report Finds
April 2021

In this issue:

  • Gender Fluidity: What it Means & Why Support Matters
  • A Guide to Neopronouns
  • Reducing System Crossover for Black LGBTQ+ Girls & Nonbinary Youth
May 2021

In this issue:

  • Video: Learning About Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity & Expression
  • Report: Experiences of LGBTQ+ Students at Religious Colleges
  • Policies That Discriminate Against LGBTQ Students Are Not Aligned with Child Development Research
June 2021

In this issue:

  • App Highlights Safe Spaces for Black LGBTQ+ Individuals
  • Welcoming, Affirming, Supporting: Child Welfare Systems Must Honor the WHOLE Child
  • How Pediatric Providers Can Support LGBTQ+ Patients
July 2021

In this issue:

  • A Guide to Gender Identity Terms
  • 3 Ways to Make Your School More LGBTQ+ Friendly
  • FAP’s Healthy Futures Posters now Available in 8 Asian Languages
August 2021

In this issue:

  • Infographic: COVID-19 & its Impacts on the LGBTQ+ Community
  • Video: Ruth Ellis Center on Gender-Affirming Care
  • Advocating for LGBTQ+ Students with Disabilities: A Guide
September 2021

In this issue:

  • GLSEN Back to School Guide
  • Faith Communities & the Well-Being of LGBT Youth
  • AMA Recommends Removing Sex From Birth Certificates
October 2021

In this issue:

  • National Coming Out Day Op-ed: Foster Care Keeps LGBTQ+ Youth Invisible
  • Bi+ Coming Out Guide
  • 26 Ways Allies Can Support Intersex Awareness Day
November 2021

In this issue:

  • Infographic Series Highlighting Experiences of Transgender People
  • Helping LGBTQ+ Clients Navigate Holidays & Family Gatherings
  • Addressing Implicit Bias Towards LGBTQ+ Patients: Case Scenarios
December 2021

In this issue:

  • “Safe Schools For All” Launches to Help Students Act Against Bullying
  • LGBTQ+ American Indians Report High Levels of Depression & Abuse
  • 20 Years of Data Shows What Works for LGBTQ+ Students
February 2020

In this issue:

  • Video: The Hidden Struggle of Queer Jewish Youth
  • Checklist: Recommendations for LGBTQQ Mentoring
  • The Trevor Project’s National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health
March 2020

In this issue:

  • National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network: Radical Syllabus
  • Study: Bisexual Community Faces More Poverty Than Lesbians/Gay Men
  • Resources for Bisexual Health Awareness Month
May 2020

In this issue: Special Edition on COVID-19 Resources

  • Recorded Webinar & Tip Sheet: Key Considerations for COVID-19 & Serving LGBTQ Youth
  • Know Your Rights Guide for Transgender People Navigating COVID-19
  • Coronavirus Pandemic a Perfect Storm for LGBTQ Homeless Youth
June 2020

In this issue: Pride Month Special Edition

  • Blog: Supporting Black LGBTQ Youth Mental Health
  • 9 Strategies for Quarantining in a Non-LGBTQ+ Affirming Environment
  • Report: Child Welfare Agencies Working Toward Fully Inclusive Care for LGBTQ Youths
July 2020

In this issue:

  • LGBTQ+ Families for Black Lives Toolkit
  • U.N. Expert Calls for Global Ban on ‘Cruel’ Conversion Therapy
  • Harvard Law School LGBTQ+ Advocacy Network Puts Out Trans Youth Handbook
August 2020

In this issue:

  • Affirming Primary Care for Intersex People
  • Supportive Housing and Health Services for LGBTQIA+ Youth Experiencing Homelessness: Promising Practices
  • Where We Call Home: LGBT People of Color in Rural America
September 2020

In this issue:

  • History UnErased LGBTQ-Inclusive Curriculum
  • 20 Virtual LGBTQ+ Resources to Incorporate into Your Distance Learning Routine
  • Teen Dating Violence and Suicide Risk Among Bisexual Adolescents
October 2020

In this issue:

  • LGBTQ History Month Video: A Brief History of Queer Political Action
  • Neurodiversity & Gender-Diverse Youth: An Affirming Approach to Care
  • New Research Reveals Latinx LGBTQ Youth at 30 Precent Greater Risk of Suicide
December 2020

In this issue:

  • Mazzoni Center LGBTQ Wellness Guide
  • Study: Native American LGBT+ Youth Are at High Risk of Suicide
  • 2019 Southern LGBTQ Health Survey
February 2019

In this issue:

  • What to Do When Transgender Youth Ask to Transition
  • Estimating the Risk of Attempted Suicide Among Sexual Minority Youth
  • Video: What are Pronouns?
March 2019

In this issue:

  • Video: What Does ‘Two-Spirit’ Mean?
  • CDC Youth Risk Behavior Survey Includes Transgender Youth for First Time
  • New Research Shows School-Based Mental Health Professionals Have a Serious Lack of Training to Support LGBTQ Students
April 2019

In this issue:

  • Video: What Does Intersex Mean?
  • Interactive Policy Map from Lambda Legal
  • Gender-Inclusive Guide to Puberty & Health Education
June 2019

In this issue:

  • APA Highlights Books for LGBTQ+ Children & Families for Pride Month
  • Thinking an Ethics of Gender Exploration: Against Delaying Transition for Transgender & Gender Creative Youth
  • Progress Towards Building an Affirming & Supportive Child Welfare System: getREAL in Allegheny County
July 2019

In this issue:

  • Video: Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth & Parents in Child Welfare Systems
  • Network & Directory of Pro-LGBTQ Latinx Mental Health Practitioners
  • Study: Political Controversies About Marginalized Groups Increase Bullying
August 2019

In this issue:

  • Study: Sexual Minority Children: Mood Disorders & Suicidality Disparities
  • Meet the Doctors Revolutionizing Health Care for Trans Teens
  • Report: Understanding Issues Facing LGBT People in the U.S.
September 2019

In this issue:

  • Gender Spectrum Video: Navigating Barbershops & Salons
  • How to Find an LGBTQ+ Friendly College
  • Researchers Study What Motivates Rural LGBTQ+ Youths to Take Part in Activism
October 2019

In this issue:

  • Creating Gender-Affirming Meeting Spaces: A Tip Sheet for Planners
  • LGBTQ History Month Educator Toolkit from GLSEN
  • Safe & Supportive Schools for LGBT Youth: Addressing Educational Inequities Through Inclusive Policies & Practices
November 2019

In this issue:

  • Recruiting, Training & Retaining LGBTQ-Proficient Clinical Providers: A Workforce Development Toolkit
  • Mental Health, Drug & Violence Interventions for Sexual/Gender Minorities: A Systematic Review
  • Family Conflict for LGBTQ Youth Can Mean Housing Instability
December 2019

In this issue:

  • Nine Young People on How They Found Out They Are Intersex
  • American Medical Association Calls for Conversion Therapy Ban
  • Report: Only Three States Have GSA in More Than Half of Their High Schools

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