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Since 1973, Lambda Legal has been taking LGBTQ discrimination and inequality to the courtroom to advance civil rights for the community. This group is a safe place to turn to whether you need legal help or a trustworthy source of facts and information. The site provides resources for parents and teachers, including:
Know Your Rights – This compilation of articles discusses issues like bullying, GSAs, and anti-discrimination laws affecting LGBTQ youth.
Tool Kit: Out, Safe, & Respected – This kit is designed to help educators and parents protect LGBTQ students in the classroom.
Tool Kit: Getting Down to Basics – A guide for adults on a range of LGBTQ youth issues.
The Gay, Lesbian, & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) is a national group focused on creating a safe learning environment for all youth, regardless of orientation and identity. Their site has information on GSAs, creating a safe space, and events such as Day of Silence and No Name-Calling Week. Click here for tools and tips specifically for educators.
Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) is a national non-profit organization composed of the families, friends, and supporters of LGBTQ individuals. Based in Washington, DC, the group uses support, education and advocacy to build a more open and accepting society.
For their local DC chapter, with specific information about community events, resources, and support groups, visit http://www.pflagdc.org
Advocates for Youth began in 1980 and provides information to youth about sexual health so they can make informed decisions on topics ranging from LGBTQ issues to contraception. Visit their site to find resources for professionals, share resources with youth, or get involved.