Family,  Guardians,  Educators  &  Caring Adults

A Youth Shared their Sexual Orientation /
Gender Identity with Me - What Now?

*This is a huge sign of trust from a youth and even if they can’t express their gratitude for you right now, please know how important your support is!

*Be open and honest with your child, even if you don’t fully understand how they identify you can still love, support, and respect them.

*Do some research! We all start somewhere, and this is a great opportunity to grow closer with the youth & even better understand your own sexual orientation and gender identity. 

*A few reminders:

  • Be mindful of not sharing with others how the youth identifies unless you have checked with them first.
  • You aren’t alone! There are many amazing groups and resources to support you and the youth. See below for more information.

Resources For Parents & Guardians

Websites  for  Learning
Supportive  Spaces
  • Desi Rainbow Parent & Allies – support group for South Asian parents & families
  • Facebook groups:
    • Anchorage’s PFLAG group, or find your local PFLAG chapter here
    • LGBTQ+ Homeschool Families group
    • Parents of Transgender Children group
    • Support for parents of Intersex youth group
  • 1 890-929-539 : National LGBT Helpline for adults with LGBTQ+ youth

Resources For Teachers & Schools

  • SOGIE Resource Guide for Schools 
  • Guide to creating an affirming curriculum for all students
  • Create a welcoming environment for LGTQ+ students by hosting a Gender & Sexuality Alliance (GSA) at your school. Learn more here
  • Schools in Transition – resources for schools looking to better support transgender and gender expansive students
  • Q + EDU is an interactive virtual experience that imagines what the world would look like if schools actually met the needs of LGBTQIAP2+ students
  • Check out GLSEN – which works to ensure that LGBTQ students are able to learn and grow in a school environment free from bullying and harassment

If you know of other resources, please let us know by submitting them through this form.