Health issues specific to youth that are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ or GLBTQ) is a new and exciting field emerging within the health promotion, research, and medical fields. The concerns and health needs of LGBTQ youth are often unique, and their experiences with health and health care are often different than that of their heterosexual peers. These resources offer training and webinars on how to provide optimal health services and health programs for LGBTQ youth, information on the health disparities experienced by LGBTQ youth, and resources regarding social support and advocacy relevant to LGBTQ youth.
- National LGBT Education Center
The National LGBT Education Center is a comprehensive website for educational resources regarding LGBT health disparities, policy briefs, and other resources designed to increase health care provision and health outcomes for the LGBT population. They also offer webinars, toolkits, and patient handouts regarding issues specific to provider-patient interactions with LGBT individuals.
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Human Rights Campaign
The Human Rights Campaign website features a variety of tools related to learning about societal issues that affect LGBT populations, including information on national LGBT organizations and initiatives, and LGBT health publications. HRC also shares information about events the organization hosts across the United States that are designed for individuals interested in LGBT advocacy work.
- Top Health Issues for LGBT Populations Information & Resource Kit
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services; 2012
This resource kit by SAMHSA is ideal for health professionals and providers new to working with LGBT populations. It includes the latest news about the major health issues affecting different subgroups within the LGBT population, helpful terms to know related to the LGBT community, and additional websites and organizations to consult for more LGBT health data.
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The CDC’s website has many resources related to LGBT health, including information on health promotion and health care provision specifically for LGBT youth. The site also features fact sheets, statistics, and multimedia resources related to LGBT health.
- The Network for LGBT Health Equity
The Network for LGBT Health Equality focuses on reducing tobacco use and increasing physical wellness among the LGBT community. This organization maintains a strong network of LGBT tobacco and wellness health professionals that users can connect with, in addition to offering LGBT cultural competency trainings and webcasts.
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Advocates for Youth
Advocates for Youth’s website includes health and advocacy resources for parents of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (GLBTQ) youth and health providers working with that population. The site also provide lesson plans for addressing various facets of GLBTQ health and lifestyle, tools for working with GLBTQ youth, and pamphlets for patients about acknowledging and affirming their sexual and gender identity.
- IMPACT: The LGBT Health and Development Program at Northwestern University
IMPACT is designed for LGBT youth to learn about sexual health and STD prevention, and to engage in a national community of LGBT youth. The IMPACT site offers many tools for health professionals, and may be most valuable as a place they can refer the LGBT youth they serve.
YouthResource, a project of Advocates for Youth, is a website designed by GLGTQ youth for GLGTQ youth. The site provides peer educators that youth can contact with their health questions online, resources and hotlines, and current news and infographics related to GLGTQ health equality and equal rights.
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Center for American Progress
Center for American Progress offers the latest news in many areas that specifically affect the LGBT adult and youth community, including marriage equality, educational rights, and health care provision.
- The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project website is a one-stop shop for crisis intervention and suicide prevention resources, and services for LGBTQ and questioning youth. The site also offers resources for parents of and educators serving LGBTQ youth.
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