Resources

The following links are of interest in so far as they are relevant to the major areas of PFLAG’s mission statement. The organizations they represent, however, may not be formally affiliated with PFLAG Norman.


Support

  • Bridges Norman– Bridges: Empowering students who live alone to succeed.

  • Colage– Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere. COLAGE is the only national and international organization in the world specifically supporting young people with gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender parents.

  • Family Acceptance Project – The Family Acceptance Project® is a research, intervention, education and policy initiative that works to prevent health and mental health risks for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) children and youth, including suicide, homelessness and HIV – in the context of their families, cultures and faith communities. We use a research-based, culturally grounded approach to help ethnically, socially and religiously diverse families to support their LGBT children.

  • Family Acceptance – What do you do if your child is gay? One family’s story of accepting the news of their son’s sexual orientation. Contains responses, from a parent’s perspective, to familiar questions any parents asks themselves when confronted with this news.

  • Gender Spectrum – Gender Spectrum helps to create gender sensitive and inclusive environments for all children and teens.

  • GLNH – The Gay & Lesbian National Hotline is a nationwide resource providing information, referral and a peer-counseling line for GLBTQ people. It has over 18,000 listings of resources in cities and towns across the United States, including youth groups, support and social organizations, gay-friendly religious groups, sports groups, doctors, lawyers and counselors. The toll-free telephone number is 1-888-THE GLNH.?

  • Heartstrong – HeartStrong, Inc. exists to provide truthful information and support to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and allied persons who have attended, are attending, employed by, or associated with religious educational institutions through support, education, and advocacy

  • Outproud a website of the National Coalition for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Youth. It is basically on on-line library for GLBT youth and their parents. There are many references for brochures, archives and other websites.?

  • PFLAG National – Parents, Family, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) is the national parent organization of PFLAG Norman. One of its’ primary mission focuses is support. This is accomplished through a network of chapters that meet regularly to provide a non-threatening environment in which to discuss issues and receive support from others.

  • Transequality – The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) is a 501(c)3 social justice organization dedicated to advancing the equality of transgender people through advocacy, collaboration and empowerment.?

  • Transifesto – A blog and website offering information and opinion about transgender and transsexual issues and experience from someone who’s been there. Tranifesto is meant to engage, educate, and at times, entertain.?

  • Transproud – Transproud is also for youth and their parents but specifically on transgendered issues. In addition to information there are links to on-line communities and organizations.?

  • The Welcoming Project – The Welcoming Project began in 2011 and was created to encourage local businesses, organizations, and churches in Norman, OK, to display welcoming signs for the purpose of making LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer) individuals and allies feel welcomed as patrons. The Welcoming Project is available to communities throughout the United States.?

  • YOTSO – Support and social group consisting of youths, ages 13-17, who are or may be gay, lesbian, or bisexual, or who have friends who are one of these. The group’s aim is to provide an emotionally safe and open forum for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered or questioning youth, their friends and supporters.

Advocacy

  • GLAAD – Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) is dedicated to promoting and ensuring fair, accurate and inclusive representation of people and events in the media as a means of eliminating homophobia and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation. For example, they are frequently quoted in the news regarding the portrayal of a gay person in a TV show or objecting to talk show host’s comments on gay issues.?

  • HRC – The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) effectively lobbies Congress; mobilizes grassroots action in diverse communities; invests strategically to elect a fair-minded Congress.

  • Lambda Legal – Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, the transgendered, and people with HIV or AIDS through impact litigation, education, and public policy work.

  • National Youth Advocacy Coalition – National Youth Advocacy Coalition, launched in 1991 by the Hetrick-Martin Institute to focus on the social justice issues critical to quality of life for GLBT youth. Their goal is to strategize for and effect change.

  • NGLTF – The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) is a recognized expert in the field of GLBT-related state legislation and employs a comprehensive program of state legislative tracking, monitoring and reporting.

  • PFLAG National – Parents, Family, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) is the national parent organization of PFLAG Norman. One of its’ primary mission focuses is advocating.

  • Soulforce – An organization devoted to changing the hearts and minds of religious leaders who engage in anti-homosexual campaigns.

Education

  • APA – American Psychological Association’s website. You can obtain a copy of “Just the Facts About Sexual Orientation and Youth: A Primer for Principals, Educators and School Personnel” as well as “Answers to Your Questions About Sexual Orientation and Homosexuality”.

  • GLSEN – The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) strives to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. GLSEN is the leading national organization fighting to end anti-gay bias in K-12 schools.

  • Matthew Shepard Foundation – The Matthew Shepard Foundation is carrying out Matthew’s legacy by supporting educational projects, activities and documentaries that raise awareness of the issues involving discrimination and diversity.

  • Safe Schools Coalition – Organization to help schools become safe places where every family can belong, where every educator can teach, and where every child can learn, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation. Contains sections on Law & Policy, Youth, School Board Column, Handouts, Resources by Topics and Types.?

  • NASP – National Association of School Psychologists website — contains a bibliography

  • NMHA – National Mental Health Association (NMHA) website has a publication available on-line titled “What Does Gay Mean? How to Talk with Kids about Sexual Orientation and Prejudice” that is excellent for all parents and kids to improve understanding and respect for GLBT youth. The concern of the NMHA is for the well-being of GLBT youth in a society that can undermine their mental health. The publication is part of a bullying prevention effort.

  • SEICUS – Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS) is a non-profit organization, dedicated to affirming that sexuality is a natural and healthy part of life. SIECUS develops and disseminates information, promotes comprehensive education, and advocates for the right of individuals to make responsible sexual choices. There is not a lot of information geared to GLBT youth specifically but what they have is very good and their general information is useful.

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