Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer (LGBTQ) children desperately need love, support, and compassion. Being accepted and affirmed is crucial to improve self-esteem and reduce anxiety and depression.
According to The Trevor Project 2020 Mental Health Survey:
"48% of LGBTQ youth reported engaging in self-harm in the past twelve months, including over 60% of transgender and nonbinary youth."
"40% of LGBTQ respondents seriously considered attempting suicide in the past twelve months, with more than half of transgender and nonbinary youth having seriously considered suicide."
Acceptance starts by educating ourselves as parents and adults. We all deserve safe spaces to live, love, and thrive. And of course, we want those spaces for our children and loved ones. This list is a jumping-off point to find education, resources, and support that is a good fit for you and your child.
Thrive Parent + Caregiver Group
Youth Outlook offers a weekly group for parents and caregivers of LGBTQ+ Youth. This adult only group provides a confidential space for parents to share stories, find commonalities, ask and get questions answered.
When: Every Wednesday
Time: 7 - 8 PM CST
To participate in Thrive, please contact Kelly DeLaurenti at firstname.lastname@example.org
PFLAG - Northern Illinois Council
Maintained by Parents of Transgender Individuals (PTI) chapters of PFLAG of Northern Illinois, this stellar group provides healthcare resources, housing and shelter in Illinois for vulnerable individuals who identify themselves as trans, non-binary, or gender expansive, books, and downloadable pamphlets.
Howard Brown Health
Trans and Non-binary Health Services
What to Expect: "Howard Brown Health is committed to improving the health of trans and nonbinary communities. We offer programs that address the unique barriers faced by trans and gender non-conforming clients as well as medical, behavioral health, and case management staff who are sensitive to your needs."
Virtual Support Groups
A variety of virtual support groups meet weekly. Topics include depression, anxiety, resilience and quality of life, the aging process specific to LGBTQ+ individuals, grief, mindfulness, the healing power of community and more.
Movement Advancement Project (MAP)
MAP provides rigorous research, insight and communications to help speed equality & opportunity. MAP also has a family support and resource page for loved ones with transgender and gender diverse children. These resources help parents gain a deeper understanding and learn how to support their child, why family rejection is so devastating and practical steps for increasing acceptance.
The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project is the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning) young people.