Rights and Resources for LGBTQ Youth and their Parents, Families, and Allies
LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning) foster care youth face serious risks and challenges. Just like other young people, they need acceptance, understanding, support, and resources. It is also important for foster parents, families, and allies to have the resources needed to support LGBTQ youth in foster care.
The information below provides local and national support and resources for LGBTQ youth and those who care about them.
- Out! as I Want to Be offers LGBTQ weekly drop-in meetings on Wednesdays and Fridays in Rockland.
- Outright L/A located in Lewiston, offers a weekly drop-in space for LGBTQ youth under the age of twenty two.
- MaineTransNet offers trans, ally, and questioning youth a voice in Portland and Bangor.
- Youth Guardian Services is a youth resource and offers support services to LGBTQ youth on the Internet.
- Access Lambda Legal’s “Know Your Rights” or read their “Getting Down to the Basics” guide that gives supportive information to LGBTQ youth in care.
- YouthResource is a website created by and for LGBTQ youth that offers information, education, and support on reproductive and sexual health.
- Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN) – Nationally, GLSEN works to ensure safe schools for ALL students, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. Also visit the Southern Maine chapter webpage or the Downeast chapter webpage for more information.
- Supporting Your LGBTQ Youth: A guide for Foster Parents – In May of 2013, the Child Welfare Information Gateway published this factsheet. This factsheet discusses the unique risks and challenges LGBTQ youth face and how foster parents can reduce those risks and create a welcoming home.
- Parents, Families, and Friends, of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) – Offers support, education, and advocacy resources for parents, families, friends, and straight allies.
- Trans Youth Equality Foundation – Portland, Maine based foundation that provides education, advocacy, and support groups for transgender youth, their families, and allies.
- Addressing the Needs of LGBTQ Youth in Foster Care – This article focuses on the difficulties LGBTQ youth face while in the foster care system and how adult allies, CASA volunteers in particular, can advocate for youth and support them during their time in care. (CASA’s The Connection, 2009)
GLBT National Help Center: 1-888-843-4564 (Hotline)
1-800-246-7743 (Youth talkline)
GLBT online peer support
Trevor Helpline Crisis Intervention for LGBT Youth: 1-866-488-7386