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A short guide for youth who may identify as LGBTQ+

Oct 11, 2019 03:56PM ● By Lissa Carlson
Our Fall 2019 edition explores the vulnerabilities for teens who identify as LGBTQ+ in the article, "Preventing Suicide," including suicidal ideation (considering suicide). Family acceptance is a great factor in how youth fare as they experience the coming out process.

Here are a few useful resources for parents and guardians to help guide their young person through the process:

Just one accepting adult can change a life. Learn more in this article from the Advocate.

For ways you can show acceptance, and therefore increase your child's health and well-being, check out this poster from the Family Acceptance Project. 

Trevor Project offers a Coming Out guide you can download at

This video offers helpful advice for stopping bullying, one of the vulnerabilities of LGBTQ+ youth.

For parents unfamiliar, LGBTQ+ terms can seem like alphabet soup. This graphic explains the differences in gender identity and expression as well as other terms.

The Center: 7 Rivers LGBTQ Connection offers multiple groups for parents, allies, middle schoolers, and high schoolers to find support. 

Remember there are great resources locally at the La Crosse Public Library, who provides a list of books and resources for children, adults, or teens who love someone identifying as LGBTQ+ or exploring their gender or sexuality.