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Resources I am personally connected with and also local/Washington state ones are listed first,
then national, international and internet-only ones.

Youth Guardian Services (YGS) - is a wonderful youth-run organization that provides support services on the Internet to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, questioning, and straight supportive youth. A friend of mine, Jason Hungerford had been working online with youth for several years, and in 1997 when he was nineteen years old he and some friends started YGS. I've been on on their board of directors from the beginning and as of November 18th, 2007 I'm honored to be the board chairperson.

The YGS YOUTH Email Lists exist to establish an outlet for youth to talk with each other about anything in a safe internet space.

The YGS lists are:

  • The YOUTH13-17 List - a discussion and support list for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth who are 17 years old or younger.

  • The YOUTH17-21 List - a discussion and support list for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth who are between the ages of 17 and 21.

  • The YOUTH21-25 List - a discussion and support list for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth who are between the ages of 21 and 25.

  • The STR8 List - a discussion and support list for straight or questioning youth (25 years old or younger) who have friends or family members who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or questioning.

  • The LivingColor List - a discussion and support list for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth between the ages of 13 and 25 who are affected by eating disorders and/or eating issues.

The age policy is strictly enforced, and the lists are managed by peer List Managers. No grown-ups allowed! The only older people who are involved in YGS are a few folks like me who are on the board of directors along with board members who are 25 and younger. Those of us who are over 25 are not subscribed to the lists (and thus don't read list email) but are available to the YGS staff to consult for resources and for support in critical situations.

For more information and to subscribe, see
  Also see: VIRTUAL REFUGEES - For Thousands of Gay and Lesbian Teenagers All Over the World, Cyberspace Is the First Refuge - an article about Youth Guardian Services in Seattle's June 2004 'Queer Issue' of The Stranger.
  Please support YGS!  Youth Guardian Services is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and it operates solely on private donations from individuals.
  • Make a donation. Information is here.

  • Buy Steve Schalchlin's fabulous CD's available here and know that the majority of profits benefit YGS. 

  • Do your online shopping through iGive where up to 26% of each purchase at over 680 brand-name stores benefits YGS. Click here or on their banner.------> 

Thank you!

AFSC (American Friends Service Committee) Pacific NW Region Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (GLBTQ) Youth Program
- Seattle, WA  - The GLBTQ Youth Program's mission is "To promote and support diversity as we empower gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth and the adults who work with them." The core of the program is its internships for GLBTQ youth ages 14-22. Through paid internships the program provides youth with an opportunity for both personal and professional activist development.

American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) - founded by the Religious Society of Friends (the Quakers) in 1917 to provide conscientious objectors with an opportunity to aid civilian war victims. AFSC carries out service, development, social justice, and peace programs throughout the world  based on the Quaker belief in the worth of every person and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice. The organization attracts the support and partnership of people of many races, religions, and cultures. and AFSC's LGB&T Rights & Recognition Programs - 

Bonus Round Gay Youth Page - A resource page for Teens & Young Adults who might be gay or have friends who have same gender attraction. "This page is dedicated to the Loving Memory of: Bill Clayton, Robbie Kirkland, Joey Lopitz, and Jacob Lawrence Orosco, whose deaths in the war against bigotry make me stop and realize how much work still needs to be done. And how much we all have at stake. Here's the deal: the highest rate of HIV infection is among the young. Also, it is estimated that a teen in the United States takes his or her own life every 5 hours because he or she is gay, bisexual, transgender, or lesbian. This is because having same sex attraction in a hetero world can be very scary." - Steve Schalchlin (who is also listed on my arts resource page)

Camp Ten Trees - WA - an overnight summer camp located on Lake Wenatchee in Washington State. Camp Ten Trees features one week for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth, and one week for the children of LGBT parents. At Camp Ten Trees, children and youth build self-confidence and strength in diversity in an environment which challenges homophobia and provides a range of traditional camp activities.

CommonAction - based in Olympia - a national nonprofit youth engagement organization working to create uncommon solutions to common problems by engaging young people and adults together for democracy. Programs provide training, consulting, implementation, and evaluation services for schools, community organizations, and government agencies.


Community Youth Services (CYS) - Olympia/Thurston County - supports youth and families in achieving their needs for health, safety, security and community. CYS envisions every child growing up in a supportive home and community and achieving their full potential for personal growth. The organization responds to the diverse and ever-changing needs of our community, offering a variety of programs that serve nearly four thousand children, teens, and families in the South Sound area each year.


Downtowners - Olympia, WA - this 47 minute documentary was created by Jessica Eskelson and Nichole Ketcherside, two students from the Evergreen State College.  In September of 2004 they were given an assignment to choose a location and conduct a brief ethnographic observation. Both chose the downtown Olympia Transit Center as the site which lead to their observation that many of the youth who were hanging out there were homeless. In this film they explore issues such as sexual violence, public space, gender roles, street culture, and community perceptions. The voices of the youth inspire a connection and understanding seldom experienced by those who lack direct experience with the streets. Watch it here and online: and order the DVD from PiPE (see below) here:



The Freechild Project - a program of CommonAction based in Olympia, WA - seeks to advocate, inform, and celebrate social change led by and with young people around the world, particularly those who have been historically denied the right to participate. They encourage young people to seek empowered roles in their schools and communities. They believe it is completely unethical to exclude young people from participating in the actions that affect them most. Consequently, the work to engage young people in critical democratic action centered on growing community, culture, and society. gcresource_youth.htm 

  • Issues addressed by young people through social change - this Freechild Project page on Youth media issues addressed by young people is excellent. Things on it include: Youth media, Illegal child labor, Sex education, Students rights in schools, Ephebiphobia (the fear of youth), Youth activism,  Adultism, Anti-war and nonviolence, Youth liberation and much more. 

  • YoungerWorld - this blog is written by Adam Fletcher, the founder and director of Freechild Project.

Lambert House - Seattle, WA - An activities and resource center for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and questioning youth between the ages of 14-22.

Mosaic Multicultural Foundation - Seattle, WA - a network of artists, social activists and community builders formed to create cross-cultural alliances, mentoring relationships and social connections that encourage greater understanding between diverse peoples, elders and youth and those of various cultural and spiritual backgrounds. Mosaic recognizes the need to put essential pieces together in order to form a whole, even if it means looking in troublesome or unexpected places. Efforts at problem solving rely on locating the genius of the situation, the unique spirit of an individual, group, or community that becomes a key to understanding problems and fitting the pieces together in new ways. Mosaic Voices of Youth ~ poems, essays and audio that celebrate the rich diversity of our culture.

Oasis Youth Center - Tacoma, WA - This drop-in center for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, and questioning (GLBTQ) youth between the ages of 14 and 24 is a program of the Pierce County AIDS Foundation. Oasis is a safe place to hang out, meet others, and learn about life for teens and young adults. Oasis has plenty of things to do: pool and air hockey tables, a TV, computers with Internet access, and even a kitchen. There's plenty of couches so that you can relax. They hold workshops, discussion groups, and one-on-one counseling. They also offer free, anonymous HIV testing, help with STD prevention, and support to HIV-positive GLBTQ youth.

Puget Sound OLOC (Old Lesbians Organizing for Change) - a chapter of the national organization below. "Connecting old lesbians in the Puget Sound area to form community, and to encourage participation in activities and causes that improve our lives and increase our visibility. ... Our Goals: 1. Promote the visibility of old lesbians among themselves, to the LGBTQ communities, and to service agencies around the Puget Sound. 2. Provide an organizational structure that supports group interaction, individual actions, and the flow of pertinent information. 3. Collect and preserve the herstories of old lesbians. We have fun too!"

Old Lesbians Organizing for Change (OLOC) - "A  national network of old lesbians over age 60 working to confront ageism in our communities and our country. We use education and public discourse as our primary tools. Old Lesbians Organizing for Change is a national organization for Old Lesbians age 60 and over, and will: Promote Old Lesbian Pride. Educate, support and empower Old Lesbians. Challenge ageism in our society and educate the general public about the effects of ageism and oppression. Celebrate our strengths, our talents, our experiences, and document our lives. Convene national gatherings of Old Lesbians. Encourage, establish, and support local chapters and regional events."

Olympia Men's Project - a group of young gay, bi, trans and queer men ages 18-29 working to build a healthy and strong community in Olympia and the surrounding area. They meet every Thursday at United Communities AIDS Network and also hold events & workshops as well as perform outreach projects to help educate people on how to have safer sex practices. and

Partners in Prevention Education (PiPE) - Olympia, WA - engages homeless and at risk youth and adult allies in the goal of eliminating sexual and domestic violence as it contributes to homelessness and as it exists in street culture. PiPE achieves this though social change work, violence prevention education, and survivor support services including advocacy, therapy and support groups. (Also see Downtowners film above.)

The Pongo Publishing Teen Writing Project -Seattle - helps teens in distress (LGBT youth, and also incarcerated youth, street youth, hospitalized youth, etc.) write poetry about their lives. Pongo prints teen poetry chapbooks that are distributed free to distressed youth and also to agencies, institutions, libraries, judges, therapists, etc.; and they give workshops in their teaching techniques to staff. 

The Queer Foundation - Washington State - dedicated to improving the educational condition of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth; raising funds to provide financial and administrative support for the Effective Writing and Scholarships Program, which offers scholarships to talented and gifted writers.

Queer Youth Space - Seattle, WA -  a community initiative and coalition that works to secure space for queer youth in the Seattle area. THREE WINGS is a non-profit created by Queer Youth Space to create a permanent, physical space for queer youth on Capitol Hill, Seattle.

Rosie's Place - Olympia, WA - a resource and drop-in center for youth ages 12-21. They help with access to food, hygiene supplies, shower passes, clothing, crisis intervention, job search assistance, medical care, domestic violence referrals, family counseling and reconciliation services, shelter referrals, internet access, goal setting assistance, legal support, drug/alcohol treatment, getting into school and G.E.D. programs...and MORE!

SAGE-Olympia - works to promote the wellness of GLBT elders in the Thurston County area with a range of referrals, services and other activities.

Seatte Young Peoples Project (SYPP) - a youth-led, adult supported organization that empowers youth (ages 13-18) to express themselves and to take action on the issues that affect their lives. Youth are on the forefront of every social and political movement for justice. Youth have the powerful ideas and skills needed to make social change. SYPP supports youth in turning their ideas into action. SYPP provides a youth owned organization with resources, office space, and organizing training so youth can work to change the system and be the leaders of our movement for social justice!

Seattle Queer Ally Coalition - LGBTQ and allies group dedicated to grassroots organizing against homophobia and other issues affecting the LGBTQ community, both locally and nationally.

Senior Services for South Sound is a private non-profit corporation governed by a volunteer board of directors, and has a long and distinguished history of serving the needs of older adults in the South Sound area.  Established in 1973, the agency continues to provide a wide array of comprehensive services to seniors living in Mason and Thurston counties.

SoundOut - a program of CommonAction promoting meaningful student voice in school. Its vision is to engage every student in every school as a learner and leader throughout education, believing that meaningfully student involvement in school improvement will ensure the success of school improvement, including academic achievement, student engagement, supportive learning environments, and more. SoundOut provides a variety of resources to K-12 schools including training for students and educators, technical assistance for programs focused on student voice, and tools for individuals and institutions committed to meaningful student involvement.

Street Culture: An Epistomology of Street-dependent Youth - by JT (Jerry) Fest, Portland, OR. - this book presents the world as it is perceived by youth on the street using stories from true-life experiences to support the material. Street Culture defines barriers to serving this hard-to-reach population, and provides proven techniques and solutions that both staff and volunteers can use to overcome the challenges they face.

Stonewall Youth - Olympia, WA - Dedicated to providing peer support, information and advocacy for bisexual, gay and lesbian youth and youth who have questions about their orientation, age 21 and under. Stonewall Youth is an organization of youth, activists, and allies that empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, questioning, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQQIA) youth to speak for themselves, educate their communities, and support each other. Phone 705-2738

TransActive - Portland, OR - provides necessary support to improve the quality of life of transgender and gender non-conforming children, youth and their families through education, services, advocacy and research. TransActive offers a wide range of gender identity/gender expression focused, sliding-scale fee based educational & support services. In August of 2006, TransActive founder Jenn Burleton recognized there was a gap not only in services offered to trans and gender non-conforming children, youth and their families, but even more significantly, that children were being left out of the struggle for transgender rights, respect and inclusion. She realized that while online support groups were a valuable resource for parents, the "real world" invisibility of trans/gender non-conforming children and youth had not really changed much in the decades since she was an transgender child. Sharing her vision and concept with others, Jenn soon found allies in parents, families, health care providers, trans-adult advocates and most importantly, the youth themselves. TransActive is a diverse and motivated volunteer team of transgender and cisgender people, working together to provide these amazing children and youth a present and future in which they can achieve their dreams and express their individuality.

The 418 - a shared youth and kid space by TransActive - with music, video, books, school, shout.

Rosetta Stone for Male-bodied / Female-identified Youth - TransActive's document to help adults understand... what the kids already know.

Rosetta Stone for Female Bodied / Male Identified Youth - TransActive's document to help adults understand... what the kids already know.

More great resources from TransActive - in these subject areas: Trans 101, Family, Youth, Education, Health & Care, Legal and Faith resources.

Transgender Youth Awareness Project - a project of GLSEN Washington State.

Washington Youth Voice Handbook - created by CommonAction - an introductory guide to Youth Voice shares what, why, who, when, where, and how Youth Voice happens throughout our communities. Highlighting examples and lessons from across Washington State,  provides insights and ideas for young people, youth workers, teachers, and anyone else interested in truly empowering youth to make a difference. The Handbook also includes: 20+ youth voice workshop outlines ~ youth voice assessment. ~ Washington youth voice directory featuring more than 50 programs, classes, and organizations ~ and a resource guide with national & international publications, organizations, and websites. Download the 147 page pdf file or order the printed one from:

Youth Democracy - created by Caleb Hayes of Olympia, WA - "If you are under 18 you can have a voice too. Youth Democracy is that voice. Alone, youth in politics are powerless, but there is power in numbers. Together we can be incredibly strong. Youth Democracy is not just for kids. It is for anyone who is concerned about the future of our nation."

Youth Help Line of South Sound by Crisis Clinic Resource Network - serving Thurston and Mason Counties, WA. 24 hour a day, 7 days a week. Trained teen volunteers staff phone line for area teens • crisis intervention • information and referral to community resources • community outreach. Crisis & Information Line: (360) 586-2800

Youth of Olympia Doing Art (Y.O.D.A.) - The  center will facilitate the creation of art and music among the youth of Olympia. It will provide space for youth from a wide range of backgrounds to work on individual or collaborative projects and receive professional instruction in the necessary skills for the completion of these projects. It will also provide a space for presentation of projects in the form of a gallery and venue. It will embrace the tenets of popular education to enhance the overall arts culture of Olympia. The Center will house: an audio recording studio, rehearsal and studio space for creation of art and music, a gallery and venue space, private rooms for individual instruction in arts and music, and space for overall youth interaction and peer review of projects. 

A Day in The Life of LGBTQ Teens - from Answer Sex Ed Honestly. 


AlterHeros - Montreal, Quebec - excellent bilingual (French & English) interactive portal for glbt youth, their families, allies and educators. 

Advocates for Youth - dedicated to creating programs and promoting policies which help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual and reproductive health. They provide information, training, and advocacy to youth-serving organizations, policy makers, and the media in the U.S. and internationally.

The Media Project - This program of Advocates for Youth, offers entertainment professionals the latest facts, research assistance, script consultation, and story ideas on today's sexual and reproductive health issues, including condoms, pregnancy, HIV/AIDS, abstinence, and abortion. 

Young Women Who Have Sex With Women: Falling Through the Cracks of Sexual Health Care - report from Advocates for Youth. and (pdf file)

My Sistahs - created by and for young women of color  to provide information and offer support on sexual and reproductive health issues through education and advocacy. Thiz project of Advocates for Youth has monthly features, message boards, and online peer education young women receive information on activism, culture, sexual health, and other issues that are important to them. 

The MySistahs peer educators - from Advocates for Youth - peer educators answer your questions about sex, your body, and your health! 

The Sexual Health of Latina Adolescents—Focus on Assets - from Advocates for Youth - briefly highlights sexual health data on young Latinas and then summarizes the findings of asset-focused research, aiming to assist youth-serving professionals to identify and incorporate youth development strategies into their programming; and to encourage policy makers, at all levels, to make fiscal and policy investments that will promote the sexual health of young Latinas. and in pdf format at   (pdf format)

Young African American Women and HIV - from research to practice - from Advocates for Youth -- "The HIV and AIDS epidemic has disproportionately affected the African American community across time, although rates of HIV infection and AIDS were relatively rare among black women in the early years of the epidemic." and in pdf format at  (pdf format)

Ambiente Javen - an online community for Latino and other Spanish speaking queer youth.

As If It Matters - six stories beneath the surface - a film by and for youth through Free Zone, an arts for social change collaborative project of GSA Network and LYRIC in San Francisco. Six stories, one high school, 24 hours, and so many questions. As If It Matters deals with issues of homophobia, cultural acceptance, body image, relationship and labels. It is intended to spark dialogue, increase the visibility of LGBTQ youth experiences, and inspire people to take action against discrimination and harassment in their communities and schools.

Being Gay Is Okay (BGIOK) - a gay youth support site from the UK with coming out stories, advice and strategies, "gay myths exposed" and more.

Be Yourself: Questions and Answers for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Youth - from PFLAG (PDF file)

Broder13 Dot Com - "I was born and raised in a community of 2,000 people. The area is very rural and very sheltered, my town has been described as "Stepping into the 1800's". ...diversity in this town is bowling on Tuesdays instead of Saturdays." Be sure to see About Me > Life In a Flash - "Life can be a bitch sometimes, to better explain... allow me to recap my life so far..." a really powerful flash animation autobiography. The Answers is great too!

Casey Family Programs - works to provide, improve and ultimately to prevent the need for foster care. Casey looks for all types of families who can provide a supportive and stable home environment: single parents, married couples, families of color, empty nesters, home owners, renters, and gay, lesbian, and bi-sexual parents. A disproportionate number of children of color enter the child welfare system. Casey is committed to diversity and anti-racism, and we provide culturally appropriate services. including:

Casey Life Skills - free, online tools allow youth to assess and develop their strengths in life skills including money management, work and study habits, self-care, and readiness for seeking a job and housing.

Casey Foster Family Assessments  - free, online tools allow foster parent applicants to self report on their strengths and training needs in areas of foster child development, caring for challenging children, worker and agency challenges, co-parenting, and more. and much more on the Casey website.

Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) - Culture/Diversity: Sexual Orientation/GLBT & Questioning Youth Issues - working to build the child welfare system's capacity to deal equitably and constructively with young people, family members, and employees/child welfare staff with particular emphasis on those making the transition to adulthood. CWLA and Lambda are working to make life better for the GLBTQ young people, their families, 

The partnership between CWLA and Lambda came out with groundbreaking work on foster care, including a 2001 publication in partnership with Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund is Youth in the Margins: A Report on the Unmet Needs of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Adolescents in Foster Care

Codey's World -a gay-friendly fiction and poetry website that is focused on relationships and avoids explicit content. This is an "eclectic gathering of free spirits, misfits and outcasts, Codey's World is not for the faint of heart or those with closed minds. Here you will be exposed to genius and idiocy, comedy and drama, people of action and those who only react, young and old, gay and straight and all points in-between."

My Two Cents Worth - an essay by Codey.

The Cool Page for Queer Teens! - How do you know if you're gay, straight, bisexual, transgender or what? Resources and more for youth. A wonderful site by Scott Bidstrup, who also does "For parents of the newly-out" (see my families/friends resource page).

FAQ's from OutYouth - in Austin, TX - How do I know if I'm gay/lesbian/bisexual? Does having a crush on someone of the same gender mean that you're gay? Is it a choice? What causes someone to be gay? Isn't it a sin? Why do gay people insist on flaunting their sexuality? How many gay people are there? How does a person know if they are gay or lesbian if they've never had sex? 

Family Acceptance Project - this project is designed to: 1) study parents' and families' reactions to an adolescent's coming out; 2) develop training and assessment materials for health, mental health, and school-based providers, child welfare and family service workers on working with LGB and queer youth (LGBQ) and families; 3) develop resources to strengthen families in supporting LGBQ adolescents; and 4) train health, mental health and school-based providers to use assessment resources and training materials to improve health outcomes and services for LGBQ youth and families. 

FIERCE! - Fabulous Independent Educated Radicals for Community Empowerment - New York City - a community organization for transgender, lesbian, gay, bisexual, two spirit, queer, and questioning (TLGBTSQQ) youth of color dedicated to exploring and building power in our communities through a mix of leadership development, artistic and cultural activism, political education, and campaign development while taking care of ourselves and each other. "We take on the institutions that perpetuate transphobia, homophobia, racism, ethnic conflict, gender bias, economic injustice, ageism, and the spread of HIV, STIs, STDs, and other mental and physical health crises - that make daily survival a terrifying challenge for many TLGBTSQQ youth. FIERCE organizes against the injustices of the criminal "justice" system, housing, employment, education, and healthcare systems. We believe in ethic of organizing by us, for us. Now that's FIERCE!"

Find OUT! Community Resources - resources for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning teens from the San Francisco Public Library.

Find OUT! - a list of books and other materials at the San Francisco Public Library related to the topic of gender and sexual orientation for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning teens.

From Stonewall to Homeless: The Plight of Our Elder LGBT Members - by Mark Segal, 01/18/2013.

For Ourselves: Reworking Gender Expression (FORGE) - a national education, advocacy and support umbrella organization supporting FTM+s (female-to-male transsexuals and transgenderists, and others who were assigned female at birth but who have some level of masculine identification) and SOFFAs (Significant Others, Family, Friends and Allies). 

Transgender Aging Network (TAN) - part of FORGE (For Ourselves: Reworking Gender Expression) - TAN exists to improve the lives of current and future trans/SOFFA (significant others, friends, family and allies) elders by: identifying, promoting communication among, and enhancing the work of researchers, service providers, educators, advocates, elders and others who are interested in trans/SOFFA aging issues; promoting awareness of concerns, issues, and realities of trans/SOFFA aging among service providers, researchers, advocates, health care professionals, the lesbian/gay/bisexual and trans communities, and other relevant audiences; advocating for policy changes in public and private institutions, services, organizations, programs, etc. to provide better access for and respectful and appropriate treatment of trans/SOFFA elders; and providing communication channels, TAN's email lists are ElderTG, TAN Professionals and TAN Email Newslist - through which trans/SOFFA elders can give and receive support and information. TAN also provides fee-based training and consultation services, onsite training, assistance in making publications and training materials inclusive, and one-time or ongoing expert consultations for staff.

Transgender Aging Research Agenda (TARA) - from TAN (above - part of FORGE) is a categorized compilation of the questions trans people and SOFFAs have about growing older trans/SOFFA. TARA is designed to help researchers, advocates, elders themselves, and others focus their research and education efforts on the issues that most concern those who are growing older trans/SOFFA. Categories include: ethnicity/race; family; friendship/social circle; genderqueer; health; health care institutions/personnel; hormones; legal; leisure pursuits; living arrangements; mental health; mortality; retirement; sexuality; surgery; trans history; transitioning in later life; and work.

The Trans Sexual Violence Project - from FORGE - a project to understand more about how sexual violence affects transgender persons, and to develop some resources. Through a combination of online and paper surveys, 265 individuals gave information on their experiences as either a direct survivor or “secondary” survivor (support person to a direct survivor). Since SOFFAs (significant others, friends, family, and allies) of transpeople also frequently experience transphobia directly, SOFFAs were also asked to share their experiences.

Publications & Resources from FORGE (For Ourselves: Reworking Gender Expression). and from TAN (The Transgender Aging Network) including these and more:

Ageism  - a Common Ground column by Loree Cook Daniels. Ageism, like racism, is a collection of negative beliefs about a group of people who are diverse but for one characteristic. Ageism says being young is better than being old. Like sexism, ageism is comprised of stereotypes that limit individuals' personal choices.  (2001)

GenderQueer, Language and Labels - by Michael Alexander. Radical or Rebellious? ~ Medical Providers and Genderqueer (or other.. .. .. ) ~ Medical Providers and Genderqueer (or other.. .. .. ) ~ "What's the function?" ~ "What's the function?" ~ Hormones ~ Gender bending images ~ Words for thought.. .. .. Battle Scars. (2004) 

Is Your ‘T' Written in Disappearing Ink? A Checklist for Transgender Inclusion - by Loree Cook-Daniels of Transgender Aging Network. Many LGBT aging programs, publications, and policies are transgender-inclusive in name only. This is a disservice not only to transgender elders and their SOFFAs (significant others, friends, family and allies), but also to the aging program's other clients and professional allies. This checklist is designed to be only a first step in determining whether your program, publication, or policy has written its “T” in disappearing ink. (2001)
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Lesbian, Gay Male, Bisexual and Transgendered Elders: Elder Abuse and Neglect Issues. This article by Loree Cook-Daniels of Transgender Aging Network seeks to outline how being a lesbian, gay male, or bisexual elder may impact on that elder's need for -- and willingness to accept assistance from -- adult protective services. It will also discuss some strategies adult protective workers may want to adopt to ease these elders' fears. Lesbian and gay male elders have been called an "invisible" population (Cruikshank, 1991). If they are invisible, then transgendered elders have been inconceivable. Many adult protective services workers do not even realize such elders exist. This article therefore also explores transgender issues and identity vis-a-vis elder abuse and adult protective services. (2002)

Transgender Elders and SOFFAs: A Primer for Service Providers and Advocates - by Loree Cook-Daniels of Transgender Aging Network. More and more often, organizations, service providers, and other professionals are advertising that they serve an “LGBT” population or represent “LGBT” interests. Unfortunately, close examination of most of the offered services and organizational agendas reveals that few are addressing transgender concerns in any way beyond adding that letter to their name or slogan. Oftentimes, they are also failing to address aging issues. This paper, presented at the 110th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, is offered as an introductory exploration of the issues and concerns of aging trans people and SOFFAs, to begin the dialogue on what inclusion of trans people will really mean. (2002)
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The Future of Aging: Re-Defining Aging Services and Advocacy for LGBT Older Adults - by Loree Cook-Daniels of Transgender Aging Network. No Need to Fear? No Need to Hide? Aging On Our Own Terms. This was a plenary presentation given at the SAGE (Seniors in a Gay Environment) National Conference. The first thing we must recognize about the culture of aging is WE CREATED IT. We create it EVERY moment. We create it when we talk about "old people" and mean someone who is older than we are. We create it when we talk about "healthy aging" and we define "healthy" as not having a disability. We create it when we say we value independence and do not recognize that not one of us would be here today if someone else hadn't grown the food we ate this morning or made the cloth we're wearing or figured out how to treat the childhood disease we survived. We create it every time we talk about "us" and "them," and create lines that say, "You are different than I am," when the reality is that there is NO ONE IN THE WORLD like us and, at the same time, EVERYONE IN THE WORLD IS LIKE US: We are all human and our viewpoint has been shaped by our experiences. So what is that culture of aging?(2004)

Serving Trans Elders: What Service Providers Need (and Don't Need!) to Know - the ten SAGE Conference overheads (pdf format)

Living Memory LGBT Timeline: Current Elders Would Have Been This Old When These Events Happened…  - compiled by Loree Cook-Daniels of Transgender Aging Network. LGBT people who are now aged 50 - 100 (i.e., elders) have lived through a lot of changes in how the wider society views LGBT issues. Even those who know LGBT history well may forget just how much of it elders have personally lived through. Those who are younger and/or see how much progress the LGBT movement has made may not fully recognize how often advances have been accompanied by setbacks, and may therefore find it harder to understand the level of fear and uncertainty that may be felt by LGBT people who are old enough to remember losing rights that had previously been won. This reference tool for those working with LGBT people in the U.S. who are age 50 and older. It lists major events that happened by decade, starting in the 1920s.(2007) (pdf format)

Transforming Mental Health Services for Older People: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Challenges and Opportunities - a paper by Loree Cook-Daniels of Transgender Aging Network This article offers alternatives to this standard (and inadequate) response to diversity by exploring four ways in which engaging aging diversity can actually improve both our services and the broader community.  It was prepared for the June 21, AARP Diversity and Aging in the 21st Century Conference held in Los Angeles, California. (2007) (pdf format)

Free Your Mind: The Book for Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Youth -- and Their Allies - by Ellen Bass and Kate Kaufman. (ISBN: 0060951044 --1996 -- HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.)

Gay & Lesbian Association of Retiring Persons (GLARP) - works to develop and operate retirement communities that are openly LGBT friendly and to promote, provide and support education on aging. Dedicated to encourage LGBT individuals, partners and businesses to give their time, talent and money to enhance our aging experience through development of GLBT retirement communities and education on aging issues.

Gay Youth Issues and Resources - from John Aravosis at

Graying of AIDS - Black or white, gay or straight, the face that most Americans imagine when they think about HIV/AIDS isn’t particularly wrinkled. Yet approximately one quarter of the people living with HIV in 2005 were 50 or older, and studies project that by 2015 more than half of all people living with HIV in the US will be over 50. The Graying of AIDS was initially produced by Katja Heinemann for Time Magazine in 2006, as both a photo and multimedia essay to draw attention to the aging demographics of people living with the virus in the United States. Now the website, a magazine and companion DVD aim to educate health care and social service professionals about this aging epidemic while connecting people over 50 and those who care about them with basic information, terminology, and resources. "As the epidemic enters its fourth decade, we must refocus some of our resources and efforts to address shifting demographics, rethink our prevention education strategies to avoid new infections, and revise approaches to service provision to ensure early diagnosis and consistent access to comprehensive, sensitive, and coordinated health care and social services."

Gray Queers Association National, Inc. - a Canadian Association for older queer people, coming together for advocacy, empowerment, educational and civic purposes. The Gray Queers Association (National) is the outcome of a process of partnership building with local, provincial, and national members of the older (40+) queer community. GQA is a broad-based national association of older queer people, health and social service providers and support networks dedicated to the development, support and sharing of knowledge which focuses on issues of older queers involvement with their families, communities, and society.

GLBT National Help Center - dedicated to meeting the needs of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community and those questioning their sexual orientation and gender identity by offering several different programs including two national hotlines (below) that help members of our community talk about the important issues that they are facing in their lives.  The Center helps end the isolation that many people feel, by providing a safe environment on the phone or via the internet to discuss issues that people can't talk about anywhere else.

Gay, Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender National Youth Talkline - a program of the GLBT National Help Center (above).
Toll-free hotline: 1-800-246-PRIDE (1-800-246-7743). Email:
. HOURS - Pacific Time: Monday thru Friday from 1pm to 9pm, Saturday from 9am to 2pm, Eastern time: Monday thru Friday from 4pm to midnight, Saturday from Noon to 5pm.
Telephone and email counseling run by peer volunteers for young adults up to age 25. Coming-out issues, relationship concerns, parent issues, school problems, HIV/AIDS anxiety and safer-sex information, and more.

The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender National Hotline - a program of the GLBT National Help Center (above).
Toll-free 1-888-THE-GLNH (1-888-843-4564).
Email: HOURS - Pacific time: Monday thru Friday from 1pm to 9pm, Saturday from 9am to 2pm; Eastern time: Monday thru Friday from 4pm to midnight, Saturday from Noon to 5pm.
The hotline provides free and confidential telephone and email peer-counseling, as well as factual information and local resources for cities and towns across the United States. They speak with callers of all ages about coming-out issues, relationship concerns, HIV/AIDS anxiety and safer-sex information, and lots more. They also maintain a large resource database which contains information on social and support groups, gay-friendly religious organizations, sports leagues, student groups, information on GLBT-friendly businesses including lawyers, doctors and various counseling professionals.

GLSEN Students and GSAs - articles, resources, and the National GSA Club Directory online for a state-by-state listing of GSAs, and similar groups.

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth Support Project (GLYS) - this project of Health Care of Southeastern Massachusetts, Inc. works to ensure safe and supportive communities for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning (GLBTQ) youth. GLYS provides training and on-going support for educators and health and human service providers to assist them in implementing welcoming and appropriate programs, policies, and services for these young people and their families.

GLYS Tools - The GLYS Project has developed a number of tools to help create safety and support for GLBT youth and their families in your agency, school, or community. Agency Safety Assessment Tool; School Safety Assessment Tool; Personal Comfort Assessment Tool; Resiliency Assessment Tool; Massachusetts Law Relating to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity; Policy Statements Regarding GLBT Parents; Massachusetts Students Rights Law; Position Statements on Reparative Therapy; Standards of Care for GLBT Youth; Strategies for Creating Safety for GLBT Youth; and The GLBTQ Youth Health Care Bill of Rights.

Generational Alliance - a collaboration of 17 national youth organizations building collective power for underrepresented & low-income communities, working together to win real victories on policy priorities based on the Youth Agenda for our communities. Generational Alliance is a national alliance of young people who work on issues at the local level "because they directly affect our lives and our communities. If politicians want our votes, they need to get serious about the issues we face every day. At the end of the day, what we want is simple - a fair chance to get an education, job and a place to live in a safe and sustainable world regardless of sex, race, class, identity or ability." 

Gray Panthers - In August of 1970, Maggie Kuhn convened a group of five friends, all of whom were retiring from national religious and social work organizations. This first "Network" of friends gathered to look at the common problems faced by retirees - loss of income, loss of contact with associates and loss of one of our society's most distinguishing social roles, one's job. They also discovered a new kind of freedom in their retirement - the freedom to speak personally and passionately about what they believed in, such as their collective opposition to the Vietnam War. Today there are approximately 20,000 Gray Panthers. The focus is broad and diverse - this intergenerational organization that works for peace and for social, economic and environmental justice. The Gray Panthers challenge ageism directed against any group.

High Contrast: Shades of Our Identity - an exhibit by a group of LGBTQQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning) and straight ally high school students from the Bay Area who came together to use photography to express their experiences and convictions. These students, of different races, sexualities, genders, and class backgrounds, have shared their vision and voice in the hope that people will see and hear them. They created High Contrast to be used as an organizing tool for GSAs and a curriculum tool for teachers. This exhibit uses art as a means for change -- to show people what they may not choose to see, to incite dialogue, and to inspire transformation. This was a collaboration of the Gay Straight Alliance Network, LYRIC and the Wedge Program of the San Francisco Department of Health.

Improving the Lives of Transgender Older Adults: Recommendations for Policy and Practice - by SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders) and National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE). Includes: Current Knowledge about Trans Aging, Transphobia and Culturally Competent Services in Healthcare, A Dearth of Relevant Knowledge and Outreach in Aging Settings, Disproportionate Experiences of Violence, Social Impact on Health of Transgender Elders, HIV/AIDS, A Note on Intersex Conditions, Gaining Visibility: The Challenges Facing Transgender Elders, Detailed Recommendations on Long-Term Services and Supports, Ending Violence and Abuse, Creating Equal Employment Opportunities, Housing, Privacy and Documentation, Community Support and Engagement, Immediate Policy and Practice Priorities to Improve the Lives of Transgender Older Adults, and much more. 

The Indiana Youth Group (IYG) Pen Pal Program - Find friends all over. this program offers gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender young people, ages 12 to 20 an opportunity to connect through letters, via traditional mail or email, with other individuals their own age. This is not a dating service, but a way for GLBTQ youth to discuss their issues and life experiences with one another.  Fill out the application: (pdf format) and mail it in along with a picture ID that verifies your age. Send your information to IYG Pen Pal Program PO Box 20716 Indianapolis, IN 46220.

The League of Young Voters - the mission of the League is to engage pissed off 17-35 year olds in the democratic process to build a progressive governing majority in our lifetime. Their goals are to create social support to strengthen families ~ to foster a spirit of shared responsibility and community ~ to bring all voices into the public dialogue ~ to protect our right to privacy and our freedom of choice ~ to make real opportunities available to all ~ to use government to invest in the public good ~ and to be respected and respectful citizens of the world. Resources include a Voter Organizing Toolkit, and book, movies and online sites they recommend. 

The Lesbian and Gay Aging Issues Network (LGAIN) - this American Society on Aging (ASA) constituent group works to raise awareness about the concerns of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) elders and about the unique barriers they encounter in gaining access to housing, healthcare, long-term care and other needed services. LGAIN seeks to foster professional development, multidisciplinary research and wide-ranging dialogue on LGBT issues in the field of aging through publications, conferences, and cosponsored events.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender aging: Research and clinical perspectives - by D. Kimmel, T. Rose, & S. David (Eds.). Cutting-edge research, practical information, and innovative thinking regarding the characteristics and processes of aging among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals. Written by experts in the field, this book covers a range of subjects and provides a comprehensive knowledge base for practitioners, students, and researchers. Contributors address topics such as sexuality, relationships, legal issues, retirement planning, physical and mental health, substance abuse, community needs, gay and lesbian grandparents, and a model agency dedicated to delivering services to the senior LGBT population. The writing takes a gay-affirmative approach that focuses on resilience, coping, and successful adaptation to aging and is sensitive to the importance of historical oppression in the lives of older members of sexual minorities. The authors also pay close attention to ethnic and cultural issues and identify where further research is needed. May, 2006, New York, NY: Columbia University Press; Cloth, 320 pages, ISBN: 978-0-231-13618-1; $50.00.

Lesbian & Gay Youth: Care and Counseling - by Caitlin Ryan, M.S.W., and Donna Futterman, M.D.  I highly recommend this excellent book  (I work with Caitlin on the board of Youth Guardian Services.)

LGBTQ Issues & Child Welfare - from The National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections (NRCPFC) at the Hunter College School of Social Work - including resources on LGBTQ Children and Youth, resources on LGBTQ Parents, resources from the States, Legislation, NRCPFC T&TA, NRCPFC information packets, PowerPoint presentations, bibliographies, and websites.

The Mail Crew - nine high school students in an unnamed Southern US state started an email group to encourage gay, bi, and not-sure students at their school to communicate with one another on a personal, "at-home" level. The idea is spreading to other schools now. Information on why, how it works, and more. 

Mogenic - Australian based 'zine and online community for gay and lesbian youth.

The National GLBT Years Book - sponsored by PFLAG in Reno Nevada, is on-line gallery of the middle and high school year book pictures of gay, lesbian, bisexual & transgender adults presented anonymously. "Our purpose in building this collection is to show that: (1) GLBT teenagers aren't a new phenomenon. (2) GLBT youth aren't just statistics, but individuals. (3) GLBT youth look just like all other youth - and have, for generation upon generation of year book pictures."  

Moving the Margins - Curriculum for Child Welfare services with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Youth in Out-of-Home Care - developed 2009 for the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund.

MySistahs - created by and for young women of color  to provide information and offer support on sexual and reproductive health issues through education and advocacy. This project of Advocates for Youth has monthly features, message boards, and online peer education young women receive information on activism, culture, sexual health, and other issues that are important to them. 

The MySistahs peer educators - from Advocates for Youth - peer educators answer your questions about sex, your body, and your health! 

The Sexual Health of Latina Adolescents - Focus on Assets - from Advocates for Youth - briefly highlights sexual health data on young Latinas and then summarizes the findings of asset-focused research, aiming to assist youth-serving professionals to identify and incorporate youth development strategies into their programming; and to encourage policy makers, at all levels, to make fiscal and policy investments that will promote the sexual health of young Latinas. and in pdf format at  (pdf format)

Young African American Women and HIV - from research to practice - from Advocates for Youth - "The HIV and AIDS epidemic has disproportionately affected the African American community across time, although rates of HIV infection and AIDS were relatively rare among black women in the early years of the epidemic." and in pdf format at  (pdf format)

The National Resource Center on LGBT Aging - focused on assisting communities across the country in their efforts to provide supports and services for LGBT older adults. This is the country's first and only technical assistance resource center aimed at improving the quality of services and supports offered to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults. Established in 2010 through a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging provides training, technical assistance and educational resources to aging providers, LGBT organizations and LGBT older adults. The center is led by Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE - below) in partnership with 10 leading organizations from around the country.

National Youth Advocacy Coalition (NYAC) - improving the lives of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth through advocacy, education, and information. NYAC's Information Clearinghouse is the national clearinghouse of information on issues affecting LGBT youth. Clearinghouse staff provide referrals, materials, resources and technical assistance to youth, advocates, educators, community members, policy makers, parents, and the media. Information on the site on the Bridges Project, Youth Connections, and Safe Zone.

No Longer Alone: A Resource Manual for Rural Sexual Minority Youth and the Adults Who Serve Them - a 23 page manual in hard copy available by contacting author Chris Stapel 

"Not Round Here: Affirming Diversity, Challenging Homophobia" a Rural Service Providers Training Manual - This trainers' manual is by Kenton Penley Miller & Mahamati of Outlink, a project of the Human Right and Equal Opportunity Commission (Australia) (c) Copyright Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission 2000. You may copy, extract from or quote from the manual without an obligation to seek the Commission's permission or acknowledge the Commission - as long as the source of the training is acknowledged.  (150 page pdf format)

!OutProud!, The National Coalition for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Youth - provides advocacy, information, resources and support. "Our goal is to help lesbigay youth become happy, successful, confident and vital gay, lesbian and bisexual adults. We provide outreach and support to lesbigay teens just coming to terms with their sexual orientation and to those contemplating coming out. We let them know they're not alone by helping them find local sources of friendship and support. We believe in effecting change at a grass-roots level by catalyzing and fostering the development of a new generation of lesbigay teen activists who will take positions at the forefront of our civil rights and social movements."

I Think I Might Be Gay ... Now What Do I Do? - a brochure from !OutProud! for young men information for gay youth and young men questioning their sexuality. 

I Think I Might Be a Lesbian ... Now What Do I Do? - a brochure  from !OutProud! for young women information written by lesbian youth for lesbian youth and young women questioning their sexuality. 

Out and Aging: The MetLife Study of Gay and Lesbian Boomers - this study found that one in four respondents said they had provided care for an adult friend or family member in the last six months, compared with one in five in previous general population studies. Forty-four percent of LGBT caregivers care for a partner, friend or other non-relative, while 36% care for a parent. Seventy-five percent report important connections with "families of choice," close friends who are "like a second or extended family," in addition to close ties with their families of origin. (pdf format)

Out, Safe & Respected - a national campaign to give LGBT high school students critical information about their rights at school and how to enforce them. The campaign, which is designed to run through the 2004 school year, builds on expertise that Lambda Legal has developed over a decade of litigating lawsuits on behalf of LGBT students who have been harassed, prohibited from exercising their free speech rights, and barred from forming student groups that are legally protected. 

“Out Late” - an inspirational and moving documentary about five individuals who made the courageous and life altering decision to “come out” as senior citizens. Their stories are nothing less than extraordinary: many lived straight lives complete with marriage and children, and now face the challenge of beginning again late in life. Why did they wait until their 50’s, 60’s, or 70’s to come out? And what was the turning point that caused each of them to openly declare their sexuality?

Outing Age 2010: Public Policy Issues Affecting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Elders - This report from The Task Force presents an in-depth look at public policy issues and challenges facing millions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the United States as they get older. It also includes detailed policy recommendations.

The Peer Listening Line - 1-800-399-PEER - provides an anonymous and confidential forum where young people can get help, information, referrals, and support for a range of issues. Young people up to about 23 years of age can talk to a peer without being judged or rushed into any decision they are not prepared to make. Issues include sexuality and safer sex practices, coming out, HIV and AIDS, depression and suicide, and anti-gay/lesbian harassment and violence.

Playing It Safe - a project initiated by Edmonton, AB Canadian filmmaker Terri Wynnyk who proposed that the National Film Board of Canada North West Studio produce a video about youth living in risky lifestyles and ways they try to stay safe. In the development phase it was decided that the Playing It Safe project would become a web story-telling creation. It would be designed to allow high-risk youth to tell their stories on film to demonstrate how they reduce the harm in their own lives. Every single youth has an overwhelmingly powerful story to tell. They work with peer filmmakers, mentors working with through various youth organizations who work with the youth to create, edit and produce the films.

The Rainbow Delegation's free wristbands say "I am safe & supportive" - a visible statement that LGBTQ youth are not alone. So far The Rainbow Delegation has distributed more than 75,000 wristbands to supporters in 66 countries.

Recommended Practices - To Promote the Safety and Well-Being of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) Youth and Youth at Risk of or Living With HIV in Child Welfare Settings - from Child Welfare League of America with Lambda Legal, American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law: Opening Doors for LGBTQ Youth in Foster Care Project, Family Acceptance Project, Legal Services for Children, True Colors, National Alliance to End Homelessness, National Center for Lesbian Rights, National Center for Transgender Equality, National Network for Youth, Sylvia Rivera Law Project, and others. Published on  05/31/2012.  (pdf format)

Respecting the Rights of GLBTQ Youth, A Responsibility of Youth-Serving Professionals - an issue of the journal Transitions from Advocates for Youth (Vol. 14, June 2002). Includes: 3Rs & GLBTQ Youth, Latino YMSM, Stressors for GLBTQ Youth, Transgender Youth, Harassment in School, Serving HIV-Positive Youth, Youth Activism, Coming Out?, Creating Inclusive Programs, Emergency Contraception, Abstinence-Only Education, Bill of Rights, and GLBTQ Youth of Color. and (pdf format)

Revolutionary Voices: A Multicultural Queer Youth Anthology - edited by Amy Sonnie (co-founder of RESYST which is listed above as RESYST Seattle), published by Alyson Books (2000 ~ 288 pages ~ Soft cover ~ 1-55583-558-9).

The Rosenberg Fund for Children - founded by Robert Meeropol, son of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg - provides for the educational and emotional needs of children of targeted progressive activists, and youth who are targeted activists themselves. The RFC defines “targeted” as someone who has: lost a job; suffered physical or mental injury or disability; been harassed or discriminated against; been imprisoned; or died, as a result of their activism. “Progressive activities” are actions taken to further the beliefs that: All people have equal worth; World peace is a necessity; People are more important than profits; Society must function within ecologically sustainable limits.

Running in the Shadows - Recession Drives Surge in Youth Runaways - by Ian Urbina in New York Times on October 25, 2009. As more families face economic hardships, experts have seen an increasing number of children leave home for life on the streets, including many under 13.

Safe Schools & Youth: A PFLAG Priority -  

School of Unity & Liberation (SOUL) - working to lay the groundwork for a powerful liberation movement by supporting the development of a new generation of young organizers - especially young women, young people of color, queer youth and working-class young people. In order for young organizers to build an effective movement for fundamental social change they need support to develop the nuts-and-bolts organizing skills they need to mobilize their communities and to deepen their political analysis and their visions for fundamental social change. SOUL is a training center designed to support the growing youth sector of the social justice movement. They run political education and organizing skills training programs, designed specifically to meet the particular needs of our generation of emerging movement leaders.

Scouting For All - working to get the Boy Scouts of America to rescind its policy of discrimination against gay youth and adults.

The Shared Heart - Portraits and Stories Celebrating Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Young People - Educational Resources on Sexual Orientation. This photo exhibit, book and curriculum package features the photos by Adam Mastoon and the writing of forty young people.

SAGE (Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders) - dedicated to serving lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender senior citizens. Since its inception, SAGE has pioneered programs and services for seniors in the GLBT community, and countless organizations across the U.S. (including a number of independent SAGE affiliates) have turned to SAGE for support in developing programs for GLBT seniors in their communities. 
SAGE's innovations include:

The nation's first Friendly Visiting program for homebound and frail GLBT elders,

The nation's first GLBT senior drop-in center,

The country's first support group for GLBT seniors with HIV,

The first national conferences devoted to GLBT aging concerns,

The only Robert Wood Johnson Foundation "Faith in Action" grantee (of more than 2,000 nationwide) specifically targeting GLBT older people for supportive services,

The nation's first program dedicated to caregiving services for GLBT seniors.

Search Institute - works to provide leadership, knowledge, and resources to promote healthy children, youth, and communities. At the heart of the institute's work is the framework of 40 Developmental Assets (linked below) which are positive experiences and personal qualities that young people need to grow up healthy, caring, and responsible.-  40 Developmental Assets® are concrete, common sense, positive experiences and qualities essential to raising successful young people. These assets have the power during critical adolescent years to influence choices young people make and help them become caring, responsible adults.

40 Developmental Assets for adolescents (ages 12-18) html / PDF
In Spanish: Elementos fundamentales del desarrollo html / PDF
In French: 40 Acquis dont les jeunes ont besoin pour réussir PDF

40 Developmental Assets for early childhood (ages 3-5) PDF
In Spanish: 40 Elementos Fundamentales del Desarrollo para niños pre-escolares (edades de 3 a 5) PDF

40 Developmental Assets for middle childhood (grades 4-6) html / PDF
In Spanish: 40 Elementos Fundamentales del Desarrollo para la pre-adolescencia (edades de 8 a 12) PDF - provides information from various government agencies on how kids, teens, young adults, parents, educators and others in the community can prevent or stop bullying. This is an official U.S. Government website managed by the Department of Health & Human Services in partnership with the Department of Education and Department of Justice. and - LGBT Bullying -

Students Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE) empowers students in elementary/middle/high school and college to create their own solutions and strategies for safer schools and communities, to promote awareness of non-violence and pursue a message of peace.

Students: Know Your Rights - from Southern Poverty Law Center's LGBT Rights. Information on LGBT RightsBullying and Discrimination, Proms and Other School Events, Keeping My Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity Private, Clothing and Dress Codes, Censorship, Gay Straight Alliance Clubs, and LGBT Conversion Therapy.

teentransman - a listserv specifically for teen Transmasculine people (25 and under). In this group, teens from around the world are able to talk more openly, ask questions and relate to one another on Trans issues specific to those transitioning at a younger age. is tightly moderated by members of the FTM community - no s*xual predators, no spammers, no snerts, no hating. Those who identify as Transmasculine in any category but were born female/IS are welcome: bois, genderqueers, TS, IS, TG, third s*x, etc. No non-FtMs permitted, for any reason.

TenPercentBent - e-zine for glbt youth.

Transgender Aging Network (TAN) - part of FORGE (For Ourselves: Reworking Gender Expression which is also listed on my Gender ~ Gender Identity & Expression Resources page) - TAN exists to improve the lives of current and future trans/SOFFA (significant others, friends, family and allies) elders by: identifying, promoting communication among, and enhancing the work of researchers, service providers, educators, advocates, elders and others who are interested in trans/SOFFA aging issues; promoting awareness of concerns, issues, and realities of trans/SOFFA aging among service providers, researchers, advocates, health care professionals, the lesbian/gay/bisexual and trans communities, and other relevant audiences; advocating for policy changes in public and private institutions, services, organizations, programs, etc. to provide better access for and respectful and appropriate treatment of trans/SOFFA elders; and providing communication channels, TAN's email lists are ElderTG, TAN Professionals and TAN Email Newslist - through which trans/SOFFA elders can give and receive support and information. TAN also provides fee-based training and consultation services, onsite training, assistance in making publications and training materials inclusive, and one-time or ongoing expert consultations for staff.

Transgender Aging Research Agenda (TARA) - from TAN is a categorized compilation of the questions trans people and SOFFAs have about growing older trans/SOFFA. TARA is designed to help researchers, advocates, elders themselves, and others focus their research and education efforts on the issues that most concern those who are growing older trans/SOFFA. Categories include: ethnicity/race; family; friendship/social circle; genderqueer; health; health care institutions/personnel; hormones; legal; leisure pursuits; living arrangements; mental health; mortality; retirement; sexuality; surgery; trans history; transitioning in later life; and work.

Transparent: Love, Family, and Living the T with Transgender Teenagers - by Cris Beam, Harcourt, January 2, 2007, $25 hardcover 336 pages,  ISBN-13/EAN: 9780151011964.  When Cris Beam first moved to Los Angeles, she thought she might put in just a few hours volunteering at a school for transgender kids while she got settled. Instead she found herself drawn deeply into the pained and powerful group of transgirls she discovered. In Transparent she introduces four of them—Christina, Domineque, Foxxjazell, and Ariel—and shows us their world, a dizzying mix of familiar teenage cliques and crushes with far less familiar challenges like how to morph your body on a few dollars a day. Funny, heartbreaking, defiant, and sometimes defeated, the girls form a singular community. But they struggle valiantly to resolve the gap between the way they feel inside and the way the world sees them—a struggle we can all identify with.

Transparent: Read an Excerpt / Table of Contents / Reading Guide and a 10 page pdf file reading guide / Teacher Guide and an 8 page pdf file teacher guide

TransYouth Family Advocates (TYFA) - parents, family, friends and caring adults dedicated to educating and raising public awareness about the medical and cultural challenges faced by children with gender variant and gender questioning identities and the families who love them. TYFA believes all people, especially children, have the right to be listened to when they express something as core to their sense of self as gender identity, particularly when that gender identity expression differs from their assigned birth sex ~ that anyone who supports and honors a child's gender identity expression deserves in return the support and respect of their extended families, neighbors, communities, schools, child welfare agencies, the courts and last, but not least, the medical community, ~ and that there is no greater gift we can give, or positive role-modeling we can do, than to teach our children to respect and cherish diversity.

TrevorSpace - an online, social networking community for LGBTQ youth ages 13 through 24 and their friends and allies. Youth can create personal profiles and connect with other young people throughout the country, as well as find resources within their communities. TrevorSpace is carefully monitored by administrators (a mix of helpline counselors and other volunteers of the organization) designated by The Trevor Project to ensure all content is age appropriate, youth-friendly and factual.

We Are the Youth - a photographic journalism project of Laurel Golio and Diana Scholl that chronicles the individual stories of LGBT youth in the United States through photographic portraits and written interviews highlighting the participants’ voices, We Are the Youth captures the incredible diversity and uniqueness among the LGBT youth population, limited participation to people 21 years of age and under.

Wiretap - "Youth in pursuit of the dirty truth"- an independent information source by and for socially conscious youth, with investigative news articles, personal essays and opinions, artwork and activism resources that challenge stereotypes, inspire creativity, foster dialogue and give young people a voice in the media.

YoungGayAmerica aims to save lives by educating and informing queer youth about their importance and relevance to society by placing their individual stories in an international forum and context; fostering and encouraging the exchange of ideas by queer youth on issues pertinent to queer youth; and promoting positive self-image and sense of belonging. YGA's purpose is to educate, inform, and enhance the lives of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, Intersexed, Queer, Questioning, and Closeted youth.

Young, gay and of color - Working with lesbian, gay and bisexual youth of color requires unique considerations. An article in the American Psychological Association's February 2002 Monitor on Psychology.

Young, Gay and the APA - by Joyce Nishioka, This article in 'Asian Nation - The Landscape of Asian America' is a reprint from the July 17, 1999 issue of AsianWeek Magazine.

The Youth Activism Project - encourages young people to speak up and pursue lasting solutions to problems they care deeply about. This national clearinghouse strives to promote youth civic engagement; trains adults how to collaborate successfully with young people; provides free advice to young people to help them transform their ideas into proposals and be taken seriously by the powers-that-be; convinces community, educational and government leaders to engage young people in meaningful roles and the decision-making process; promotes youth infusion on citizen task forces, school boards, community coalitions, organizations, etc.; shares best practices and resources with nonprofit and governmental agencies; and acts as a network, connecting like-minded individuals who are tackling similar public policy issues in the United States or abroad.

Youth Assistance Organization (YAO or YOUTH.ORG, sometimes also known as Youth Action Online) - this organization was formed to provide for the needs of queer youth; the need for a rare opportunity to express themselves, to know they are not alone, and to interact with others who have already accepted their sexuality.

Youth of Color Communities - from Youth Resource, a project of Advocates for Youth. Articles and resources for and by African American, Latino/a, Asian/Pacific Islander and Native American youth LGBT youth.

YouthNoise (YN) - Across the globe, youths everywhere are making a difference. Combating issues without blinking an eye, they possess the spirit and strength, along with the heartfelt belief, that they can change the world. And change the world they do! YouthNoise - created to inspire and empower young people everywhere to catapult their passion and idealism into movements to sustain the planet. YN is a social networking site for people under the age of 27 who like to connect based on deeper interests than Paris Hilton's wardrobe and want to get engaged within a cause. Find a cause, search for friends, and get involved. Want to free Tibet? Passionate about human rights? Whatever your cause, network it here. YN gives these world-changers, these hope-givers, a voice, a place to connect, and a place to inspire - and be inspired. An activist haven, a socially conscious sanctuary, YouthNoise invites youths to write, to learn, to think, and to act.

Youth Resource (YR) - a project of the Advocates for Youth in Washington, DC. "We are here to help youth who are questioning their sexual orientation. If you do not identify with being straight, then check us out and we can help you with any questions you have that you need help with answering. YR offers a confidential place where kids can get information about things in their life - where they can feel comfortable and ask the questions that are on their mind."


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