Supporting LGBTQI+ Students Experiencing Homelessness (archived webinar)
This August 2022 HETAC webinar, cohosted by the Contra Costa County Office of Education and the Rainbow Community Center, explores underlying causes of homelessness among LGBTQI+ youth, how to support LGBTQI+ students at risk of or experiencing homelessness so they feel affirmed and have an adult ally, and best practices for fostering a culture of acceptance.
This American Psychology Association webpage recommends best practices for educators based on the latest research on the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, gender diverse, questioning and intersex students. Topics covered include gender diversity among students, helping to support families with LGBT children and youth, risk factors and resiliency factors within schools around health and well-being of LGBT youth, and basic facts about gender diversity and sexual orientation among children and youth.
This California Department of Education webpage shares instructional guidance, law, and policies for local educational agencies to support Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ+) students and provide safe learning environments that protect the health and safety of these students. The webpage also includes a curated list of California regional organizations and guidance for the support of LGBTQ+ students, educators, and families; and strategies to increase support for LGBTQ+ students.
This report from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation summarizes findings from survey responses from 1,700 California-based LGBTQ youth who participated in a 2017 national survey. Topics include the importance of family support, the need for confidentiality, LGBTQ students and mental health, LGBTQ-Inclusive policies, staff training and professional development, the power of student activism, and more.
This U.S. Department of Education toolkit shares sample policies and practices that schools and school districts can consider developing to support LGBTQIA+ students and families. It also highlights federal resources that schools, students, and parents may find helpful in working to ensure that all students are free to learn in an educational environment free from discrimination.
This two-page resource from The Los Angeles LGBT Center summarizes federal and California state laws that protect LGBTQ youth in California public schools related to issues such as non-discrimination, harassment, expression, privacy, health education and care, and more.
This two-page resource from The Los Angeles LGBT Center summarizes federal and California state laws that protect LGBTQ+ youth in foster care related to issues such as safety, education, mental health care, and more.
This two-page resource from The Los Angeles LGBT Center recommends best practices for service providers related to collecting, recording, and sharing information about young people's SOGIE.
This Chapin Hall report highlights research related to the specific experiences of young people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) and face homelessness.
This National Center for Homeless Education webpage links to a variety of resources related to supporting LGBTQ+ youth experiencing homelessness.
This resource from the Los Angeles LGBT Center is designed to help individuals visually trace their story of gender back to its roots while engaging in principles of self-determination in relation to gender. This practice may help participants bring into awareness their own growth with gender and support them to recognize that their gender tree tells a story that exists among a vast forest of valid stories
This resource from the Los Angeles LGBT Center will help practitioners integrate motivational interviewing into safety planning for LGBTQ+ youth to establish a collaborative partnership with youth, enhance their resilience, and enable them to navigate their environments in relation to their sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression (SOGIE) with greater confidence and security.
SOGIE Handbook (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Expression Affirming Approach and Expansive Practices)
One Circle Foundation's SOGIE Handbook serves as a guide to expand understanding and knowledge of terminology, definitions, an affirming approach, and best practices in working with youth along the SOGIE spectra
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This SchoolHouse Connection issue brief summarizes findings from the Youth Risk Behavior Survey on students identifying as LGBTQ+ - including their likelihood of experiencing homelessness and educational challenges and risk factors - and recommends action steps for schools to address the needs of LGBTQ+ students experiencing homelessness.
This toolkit from the University of Southern California provides a collection of tools and resources to support conversations surrounding gender identity in the classroom. The toolkit aims to help teachers, school counselors, and school communities work together to create a safe and nurturing school climate for all students.
This tip sheet was developed as a tool to support Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) programs, organizations, and their communities by outlining effective practices for supporting, affirming, and improving outcomes for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, queer, intersex, asexual, and two-spirit, as well as non-binary and gender expansive (LGBTQIA2S+) youth and young adults. Many of these effective practices are rooted in trauma-informed care and Positive Youth Development evidence-based frameworks. The detailed recommendations identify actionable steps organizations can take to provide safe, supportive, and affirming services.
This Trevor Project webpage shares information about homelessness and housing instability among LBGTQ youth, including key research findings and recommendations for addressing service and support needs and gaps.
True Colors United implements innovative solutions to youth homelessness that focus on the unique experiences of LGBTQ young people. Their website shares about the organization’s work — including training, advocacy, and youth engagement — and provides a variety of resources related to LGBTQ homelessness.