Written to youth and young adults to provide an overview of sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, coming out, LGBTQ+ and mental health, self-care, mental health services, and rights.
Bending the Mold: An Action Kit for Transgender Students
This toolkit is designed to assist transgender, gender non-conforming, questioning, and ally students to make school a safer place. Resources include how to advocate for change as well as an extensive list of resources to help you connect with the transgender community and find support.
Lambda Legal & National Youth Advocacy Coalition
Comprehensive Services Model
With the Comprehensive Services Model, LGBTQ-affirming drop-in centers serve as a one-stop shop. Using a strengths-based case management model, youth at the drop-in center have access to a comprehensive array of LGBTQ-affirming services within the center. Some of the service providers available include Medicaid enrollment specialists, physicians, and attorneys. Staff and peers offer group skills training throughout the day.
Ferguson & Maccio, 2012
Gay Affirmative Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Sexual Minority Youth
Cognitive Behavior Therapy that has been adapted to ensure (a) an affirming stance toward LGBTQ+ identities, (b) recognition and awareness of LGBTQ+-specific sources of stress, and (c) the delivery of CBT content within an affirming, developmentally relevant and trauma-informed framework. AFFIRM helps clients to identify and challenge internalized stigma and negative core beliefs in a safe and supportive clinical context.
Shelley L. Craig, Ashley Austin, Edward Alessi
Our Space & beFIERCE
Our Space is a LGBTQ youth community center operated in Hayward, Calif., that serves LGBTQ youth between the ages of 14 to 24. Our Space supported the development of beFIERCE, a tool kit for providers working with LGBTQ foster care youth. beFIERCE walks providers through the needs of LGBTQ youth and how their organizations can better support the population.
beFIERCE by Stephanie Perron, 2015
Your Rights Related to Sexual Reproductive Health: A Guide for Youth in Care
This document is one of three in a compendium of sexual and reproductive health guidance and resources for child welfare jurisdictions from a national workgroup convened by CSSP. The goal of this document is to provide jurisdictions with a means of helping youth (in foster care or extended care) in understanding their SRH care rights, and give them practical information that will help them exercise their rights and getting their service needs met. The other two documents in this series include a policy and practice framework for child welfare leaders and policy makers and a practical tool meant specifically for use by caseworkers. Both this document and the one designed for caseworkers are aligned with the recommendations on current best practices around SRH policy and practice contained in the policy framework. Includes LGBTQ+ specific considerations and resources.