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Much research has shown that family acceptance is key to the mental and physical wellbeing of LGBTQ+ individuals, especially youth. Obviously, actively and intentionally listening to your child and/or family member and understanding their experience is essential. However, finding research articles, parental support groups, and other organizations can be helpful so that your child and/or family member does not feel solely responsible for educating you on their salient identities. To read further about the importance of family acceptance and connection for LGBTQ+ youth, look at the SAMHSA guide, Family Acceptance Project, or PFLAG.




Helpful Resources to Understanding Trans Experiences
TV Shows/Movies
  • Disclosure (Trailer) (Documentary about the way Trans individuals are portrayed in media)
  • Paris is Burning (Trailer) (Documentary about Ball Culture)
  • Pose (Netflix) (Trailer) (Based on Ball Culture discussed in Paris is Burning)
  • The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson (Trailer) (Documentary about a famous Trans Activist)
News Articles
  • Transgender History by Susan Stryker
  • Becoming a Visible Man by Jamison Green
  • Gender: A Graphic Guide by Meg John Barker
  • Unicorn: The Memoir of a Muslim Drag Queen – Glamrou
  • Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity by C. Riley Snorton
  • Cherokee Queer and Two-Spirit Memory by Qwo-Li Driskill
Helpful Resources to Understanding the Experiences of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Pansexual, Asexual + Students
TV Shows/Movies
  • The Gay Revolution: The Story of the Struggle by Lillian Faderman
  • Queer There and Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed the World by Sarah Prager
  • Bisexuality in the Ancient World by Eva Cantarella
  • Queering the Color Line: Race and the Invention of Homosexuality in American Culture by Siobhan B. Somerville