Best Practice Resources for Parents and Families to Support Their LGBTQ+ Child!
- What Are My Child's Rights in School?
- Where Can I Find LGBTQ+ Medical Resources?
Today, it is recognized by every authoritative medical and mental health association throughout the world that having a same-sex sexual orientation, or a gender identity different from the sex assigned at birth, is part of the normal spectrum of human experiences.1
Healthcare, hospitals, clinics, and providers are not allowed to discriminate or turn away LGBTQ+ patients. Also, health insurance govern under state law and the affordable care act cannot discriminate against LGBTQ+ people and should include transition related care.
- Committed to compassionate care for people affected by HIV/AIDS in Maine
- The Gender Clinic at The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital is dedicated to supporting the health and wellbeing of transgender, gender diverse and questioning youth across Northern New England.
- Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center is committed to caring for children, adolescents, and young adults with gender dysphoria, gender fluidity or those who are questioning.
Mabel Wadsworth Center Bangor, ME
- “Mabel Wadsworth Center is committed to providing medically accurate, client-centered, compassionate health care and education to folks with diverse expressions of gender and sexuality.
- Healthcare, Reproductive Care and LGBTQ+ Healthcare
- The Health Equity Alliance (HEAL) is a non-profit agency providing direct service and advocating on behalf of Maine’s LGBTQ+ community, people living with HIV/AIDS, and people who use drugs.
- Where Can I Find LGBTQ+ Mental Health Resources?
While LGBTQ+ identifying students may report more anxiety, depression and mental health symptoms than their peers, being LGBTQ+ itself, is NOT a mental health illness! Students and their families who are part of the LGBTQ+ community, experience negative stigmas including: historical oppression, persistent prejudice, and discrimination in their everyday lives. The disproportionate impacts to their physical and mental health are symptoms that can result from these experiences.
Finding Mental Health Supports:
School based staff who can help connect you to resources:
- School Social Workers or Clinicians
- School Counselors
- School Nurse
- Trusted Teachers, Educators and Coaches
- Find Counseling or Therapists Support Groups Resources
Survivors of Sexual Assault Supports:
- Website: http://www.mecasa.org/
- Phone: 207-626-0034
- 1-800-822-5999 (Knox, Waldo, Lincoln, Sagadahoc, Eastern Cumberland Counties).
- 1-800-871-7741 (anywhere in Maine)
- Website: http://www.maine.gov/suicide/youth/index.htm
- Crisis Hotline: 1-888-568-1112
- Phone: 207-287-5362
- Address: Key Bank Plaza, 5th Floor, 286 Water St, Augusta, Maine 04333
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Suicide Prevention and Support:
- 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
- This peer support text line is for youth 14 - 20 years old and staffed by individuals under 23 years of age.
- Text to: (207) 515 - 8398
- Find Counseling or Therapists Support Groups Resources
- How Can I Support My LGBTQ+ Child?
LGBTQ+ children who have supportive families are significantly less likely to be engaging in high-risk behaviors such as self-harm, substance use, and thinking about suicide. Your support matters!
Parent Support Groups:
- OUT Maine's monthly parent info night is for anyone parenting or caring for youth with a diverse sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Participation is free and open to the public.
- Parent Group: https://www.outmaine.org/programs/parents
- Booklists: https://www.outmaine.org/resources/books
- Supports LGBT people, their families, friends, and allies locally and nationally by providing PFLAG chapter helplines, support group meetings, advocacy, and resources.
- PFLAG's resources for families and communities on sexual orientation, gender identity, and LGBT issues include
Parent Guides and Resources:
Ending Conversion Therapy: Supporting and Affirming LGBTQ Youth (PDF - 10,783 KB)
- Explores some of the health issues and inequities affecting LGBT communities. This website offers resources for LGBT youth and adults as well as health care providers, public health professionals, and public health students.
- Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development, National Center for Cultural Competence
- Presents basic information to help families, caretakers, advocates, and providers support LGBT children and shares research from the Family Acceptance Project that shows that families have a major impact on their LGBT children's health, mental health, and well-being.
- San Francisco State University
- Works to decrease major health and related risks, such as suicide, substance abuse, HIV, and homelessness, for LGBT youth in the context of their families.
- The initiative uses a research-based, culturally grounded approach to help ethnically, socially, and religiously diverse families decrease rejection and increase support for their LGBT children.
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (2015)
- Presents research, clinical expertise, and expert consensus on therapeutic practices related to children's and adolescent's sexual orientation and gender identify, and makes the case for eliminating the use of conversion therapy among this population.
- Where Can I Find Resources to Support My Transgender Child?
Resources for Families of Transgender YouthFrequently Asked Questions About Transgender People (PDF)
- Provides PFLAG's Transgender Network page, which includes access to resources and other organizations that educate and support transgender youth and their families.
- Answers parents' frequently asked questions about children's gender-variant behaviors and related issues. The guide includes a list of websites and resources that might be helpful to parents.
- American Psychological Association (2011)
- Presents information about transgender people, gender identity, and gender expression; discusses the impact of prejudice on people who identify as transgender; and offers examples of ways to be supportive of transgender loved ones. The pamphlet includes a list of resources for more information on transgender health, advocacy, and human rights issues.