• LGBTQ Resources for Parents/Guardians and Families

    Questions Parents ask about Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People 
    This commonly asked questions and answers page was developed by PFLAG New York. It is also available in Spanish and Russian.

    Family Acceptance Project
    The Family Acceptance Project uses a research-based, culturally grounded approach to help ethnically, socially and religiously diverse families to support their LGBT children. They offer a printable PDF for families about how best to support their LGBT children called Supportive Families, Healthy Children in English, Spanish, & Chinese, as well as one geared toward Mormon families.

    Q Center 
    The Q Center located in North Portland provides a safe space to support and celebrate LGBTQ diversity, visibility, and community building. Their website also hosts a wealth of resources for the LGBTQ community including LGBTQ-friendly doctors, mental health providers, etc.

    Sexual & Gender Minority Youth Resource Center (SMYRC)
    SMYRC is a drug and alcohol free space for LGBTQ youth, age 23 and younger in Portland. Youth gather to participate in positive activities such as art, music, community organizing, youth development, education, peer support, support groups, case management, counseling, and job readiness preparation. Their website provides information on recreation activities and other advocacy programs. SMYRC’s Bridge 13 / Community Education Project brings LGBTQ youth to a variety of peer and adult groups in the community to educate them about the issues faced by LGBTQ youth. 

    TransActive provides necessary support to improve the quality of life of transgender and gender non-conforming children, youth and their families through education, services, advocacy and research. They offer support groups for kids, teens and parents and host family events.

    Gender Spectrum 
    Gender Spectrum provides education, training and support to help create a gender sensitive and inclusive environment for all children and teens. They provide a resource called Supporting and Caring for our Gender Expansive Youth (PDF), and a list of Resources for Adults Raising Gender Nonconforming or Transgender Children, among many other resources. 

    COLAGE is a national movement of children, youth, and adults with one or more lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or queer (LGBTQ) parent/s. They build community and work toward social justice through youth empowerment, leadership development, education, and advocacy. They also have a Portland Chapter: Contact (503) 228-3892 or info@LMFamily.org for more information. 

    Family Equality Council 
    Family Equality Council works to ensure equality for LGBT families by building community, changing hearts and minds, and advancing social justice for all families.  

    Welcoming Schools Starter Kit 
    Welcoming Schools is a comprehensive guide for administrators, educators, parents and guardians who want to strengthen their schools’ approach to family diversity, gender stereotyping and bullying. Welcoming Schools is specifically designed for use in K-5 learning environments and is inclusive of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender families and individuals in the broader context of diversity. An introductory guide with tools and resources is available online for free. 

    See also:
    Support & Counseling Services
    Elementary Curriculum & Lesson Plans
    Middle & High School Curriculum & Lesson Plans
    Research & Reports On LGBTQ Students And School Climate
    Conferences, Camps & Other Events
    LGBTQ Scholarship Databases & College Resources