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Support for LGBTQ people facing family & community rejection

Far too many LGBTQ people face discrimination and rejection in their families, schools, and communities.

Here you’ll find personal stories from people who are dealing with these challenges and expert advice that can help you or your loved ones navigate them. And if you’re looking for more specialized help—from a guide to fostering a safe learning environment in schools to strategies for addressing transgender violence—the organizations listed below are a great place to start.

LGBTQ youth represent as much as 40% of the homeless youth population. Positive family relationships can change that.1

Source: The Trevor Project

“As a gay American, I’ve experienced prejudice and even hatred, and I’ve forged meaning and I’ve built identity.”

— Andrew Solomon

LGBTQ students with a gay-straight alliance in their school are less likely to feel unsafe because of their sexual orientation.2

Source: GLSEN

The greater a family’s acceptance of an LGBTQ person, the greater their self-esteem, social support, and general health tend to be.3

Source: Family Acceptance Project

“Our chosen family—who we choose to surround ourselves with—can be a source of tremendous strength for many LGBTQ people.”

— Gautam Raghavan

Endnotes

  1. “Family Acceptance and Homelessness” The Trevor Project, www.thetrevorproject.org/get-involved/trevor-advocacy/federal-advocacy/family-acceptance-and-homelessness/
  2. “The 2015 National School Climate Survey: The Experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Youth in Our Nation’s Schools.” GLSEN, GLSEN, 2015, www.glsen.org.
  3. Erika L. Grafsky, Katherine Hickey, Hoa N. Nguyen and John D. Wall, “Youth Disclosure of Sexual Orientation to Siblings and Extended Family, Family Relations”, 67, 1, (147-160), (2018).