Gender and Sexual Minority RESOURCES 

SPN recognizes the important role the pediatric nurse plays in providing gender affirming care and sexual minority guidance to all children and their families. The SPN Healthcare Policy and Advocacy Committee (HPAC) has gathered the online resources below for nurses to support conversations with children and families. Many of these resources are designed with parents and children in mind and we hope they can serve as talking points for patient-family education.

The HPAC is always looking for additional resources that may benefit our membership. Please forward any new resources on gender and sexual minorities to [email protected].  

Call to Action

Clinical Practice Guidelines, Endocrine Treatment of Gender-Dysphoric/Gender-Incongruent Persons, 2017 (Endocrine Society)  

Gender Affirming Care Resources/Clinical Practice Guidelines

  • Focus on endocrine treatment – appropriateness and combined with mental health services
  • Five key recommendations: evaluation, treatment of adolescents, hormonal therapy for adults, preventing adverse events, surgery
  • Summary of these five recommendations; link to full document to download as a PDF
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Talking with Children about their Identity (Planned Parenthood)

The content on this website is:

  • Geared towards parents
  • Topics broken down by developmental stage (Preschool-Adolescent)
  • Tips for talking to all ages
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Info and Resources for LGBTQ Teens and Allies (Planned Parenthood)

The content on this site shares information about LGBTQ issues through resources for teens and their allies. This is a great site for youth struggling with specific issues and how to support LGBTQ friends.

  • Geared towards teens
  • Links to communities including national
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How to Support LGBTQ Youth (Lambda Legal) 

Allies are people who may not be LGBTQ themselves but are committed to equality and who advocate to stop and prevent harassment and discrimination against LGBTQ youth. The site provides tips for classmates, faculty/staff, parents/family on how to be an ally to LGBTQ youth as well as resources to ensure school and out-of-home care settings are safe.

  • Resources for forming a gay-straight alliance (GSA) club for LGBTQ youth and straight allies. GSAs can foster community, cultivate leadership skills and reduce discrimination. The website shares tips to start a GSA, run one, as well as information about the legal rights of young people who wish to start a GSA. Currently, there are more than 4,000 GSAs in schools nationwide.
  • Resources for faculty/staff to create a safe space where antigay language is not tolerated and to advocate for your school to adopt and enforce a nondiscrimination policy that includes sexual orientation and gender identity
  • Tips for families regarding their role in supporting a family member who is LGBTQ.
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 LGBTQ Youth Resources 

This site contains resources from the CDC, other government agencies, and community organizations to support youth, their friends, parents, family members and educators to create a positive environment for LGBTQ youth to help them thrive.

  • LGBTQ youth and friends – fact sheets and resources to build community around issues impacting LGBTQ youth in schools and in the community, support groups, bullying, crisis intervention and suicide prevention
  • Educators and school administrators - resources to create a safer school environment for all students, educator guides and lessons to support curriculum, and training to help counselors, educators, administrators, school nurses, and social workers discuss LGBTQ-competent suicide prevention
  • Parents, guardians and family members – resources to help family members understand, acknowledge, accept, and support their LGBTQ youth’s gender identity or sexual orientation and how to promote positive health outcomes.
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 STOMP Out Bullying 

Stomp Out Bullying is a nation non-profit organization committed to reduce and prevent bullying, cyberbullying and other digital abuse. Their website contains resources to promote unity, diversity, inclusion and equality to guarantee the dignity of LGBTQ youth.

  • Provides information on multiple forms of bullying and resources available for youth and parents to deal with bullies.
  • Educators page containing a Bullying Prevention Toolkit and other resources to enable educators to create meaningful dialogue and educate students to change school climate
  • Parents page with resources to understand bullying and how to address if your child is being bullied, witnesses bullying or is a bully.
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Loving Families (PFLAG)

A website that offers comprehensive resources and information to support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people, their parents, families, and allies.

  • Chapter Network Support: Over 400 chapters across the U.S. offer resources and programs for those in need.
  • Education & Advocacy: Publications, Peer-to-peer support, online outreach, telephone hotlines, issue education, & legislative advocacy work.
  • Inclusion grants and scholarships
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Being an Ally to the LGBT People (Youth Engaged 4 Change)

Here you will find terms and concepts on what it means to be an ally from a youth perspective.

  • Describes what is an ally
  • Suggests ways to be an ally including educating yourself, speaking up, and supporting policies
  • Includes a PDF Guide to Being a Straight Ally

10 Ways to be an Ally and a Friend (GLAAD)

This site shares children/adolescent appropriate content on:

  • 10 simple tips for everyone and anyone thinking about or interacting with the LGBT community
  • Direction to contact if the LGBT community is misrepresented in the media