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Supportive Families, Healthy Children: Helping Families with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Children


"Accepting Families, Healthy Children: Helping Families with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Children" by Caitlin Ryan is a PDF from the Family Acceptance Project explaining the critical connection between family acceptance and the health and well-being of "gay and transgender" youth.

While the resource centers "gay" more than "transgender," the content remains highly relevant and appropriate.  In fact, the risks to transgender and gender-non-conforming youth are indeed more severe.

The Family Acceptance Project has done research which shows that family rejection of gay and transgender children correlates directly to dramatically increased rates of suicide, depression, substance abuse, HIV infection, and sexually transmitted diseases. It details how families can best support their children.

For parents and caregivers, a little change – being a little less rejecting and a little more accepting – can make an important difference in reducing a young person’s risk for serious health problems, including suicide and HIV.

This community resource is based on peer-reviewed research.


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