Supporting our LGBTQ children

Resources recommended by PSP members for parents who want to know how to best support their LGBTQ children

See PSP’s general  list of LGBTQ resources here. The resources listed below were recommended by PSP members specifically for helping our children who are coming out and want to learn more about their gender identification and sexual orientation. If you are a PSP member, be sure to also join the PSP speciality group, PSP LGBTQ to find out about regular events and meet-ups in the community. Not a PSP member? Sign up here.


Youth-specific resources:


LGBT Center in Manhattan’s Youth Support program


Mission: “At The Center we understand that, as a young member of the LGBTQ community, you may need support when facing a wide range of potentially overwhelming circumstances and emotions. From issues surrounding coming out and discrimination, to bullying, violence, anxiety, depression, HIV or other health concerns, abuse and other crises, The Center’s staff can provide the support you need.”

The Gay Center also has an amazing list of youth-specific resources


Trevor Project


Mission: “NextGen New York is a community of volunteers dedicated to supporting The Trevor Project’s mission to end suicide among LGBTQ youth.”

What PSP members say: “The Trevor Project is focused on youth and has lots of resources (not just for suicide prevention), and they are active in New York through Trevor NextGen.”


Hetrick-Martin Institute Youth Summit


About: “the nation’s oldest and largest non-profit serving LGBTQ youth and their families,  is overseeing a citywide LGBTQ youth mental health initiative called “HMI GOES CITYWIDE,” designed to decrease LGBTQ youth isolation by connecting young people to appropriately and thoughtfully designed community services.”


Gender and Family Project of the Ackerman Institute:


Mission: “The Gender & Family Project (GFP) empowers youth, families and communities by providing gender affirmative services, training and research. GFP promotes gender inclusivity as a form of social justice in all the systems involved in the life of the family.”


Transgender-specific resources:


Glaad’s transgender resources


Mission: “Leading the conversation. Shaping the media narrative. Changing the culture. That's GLAAD at work.”


The Center for Anti-Violence Education


Provides self-defense classes for transgender youth

About: “CAE offers several courses for teens and pre-teens each year at our location in Brooklyn and at schools and organizations throughout the city.”


4th Wave Now


About: “A community of parents & friends skeptical of the "transgender child/teen" trend.”

What PSP members say: “4th Wave Now is an online collective of parents whose children identify (or have identified in the past) as trans. I like 4th Wave Now because it is a safe and supportive space for parents to openly discuss the many conflicting feelings they may experience as a result of having a child who identifies as trans.  Here is a link of a post by a woman whose teen daughter identified as trans - it’s about her personal feelings and experiences. The link will lead you to the rest of the blog as well.”


Resources around the web:


How to Be a Girl Podcast


About: "How to Be a Girl is an audio podcast I produce about life with my transgender daughter. It stars the two of us -- a single mom and an eight-year-old "girl with a penis" -- as we attempt together to sort out just what it means to be a girl."

What PSP members say: “Have you already found the How To Be a Girl podcast? A mom recording life with an elementary-age trans daughter. Identities and locale are obscured.”