Families like mine is a multimedia guide that offers practical advice to families of young gender diverse people, same-sex attracted and bisexual people, and those who are questioning their sexuality or gender identity. The guide was developed because research shows that family support can have a significant positive impact on the mental health of young lesbian, gay, bisexual or gender diverse people.
SSCA is a national coalition dedicated to helping schools be safer and more inclusive for same sex attracted, intersex and gender diverse students, school staff and families. Working It Out is the state partner in Tasmania. Check out the website for information about how schools can join the coalition and be supported to be inclusive. Safe Schools Coalition Australia is convened by the Foundation for Young Australians and is based on a model developed by Safe Schools Coalition Victoria.
A USA based website “Helping Parents Understand Their LGBTQ Kids”. From the authors of This Is a Book for Parents of Gay Kids, this website was begun in an effort to answer the many questions they were receiving from parents whose children had recently come out to them. It includes videos, advice, and resources, dedicated exclusively toward helping parents.
BeLonG To is an Irish based service supporting young LGBT people and their parents. They suggest answers to a lot of common questions that parents ask such as “What does it mean to be Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual or Transgender (LGBT)?” and “How can I support my child?”
A Victorian based website and network providing resources and support for anyone seeking to provide safe, inclusive spaces for LGBTI young people. They have a number of great resources and links for parents, carers and families, as well as for people working with LGBTI young people.
The Rainbow Bridge website is designed to be a starting point for information about living in Queensland as a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender person from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. However, some of the content is of relevance whatever your location.
PFLAG stands for Parents, Families (and Friends) of Lesbians and Gays and is an international peer support group that has been operating in Australia for over 30 years. PFLAG Brisbane operates under the auspice of the Queensland AIDS Council. They have an extensive range of resources with information about sexuality and gender, most of which are targeted at parents.
PFLAG Victoria provides a limited range of resources, as well as having regular gatherings for parents, friends and families in Melbourne.
This site has a number of resources and links to other parent/family support networks.
‘This Is A Show For Parents of Gay* Kids’ is dedicated exclusively toward helping parents understand their LGBTQ kids.
Dannielle Owens-Reid and Kristin Russo, answer the many questions they were receiving from parents whose children had recently come out to them. The show sources voices from across the world to help answer these questions, including advice from Dannielle and Kristin themselves, parents, youth, and experts on a variety of topics related to sexuality and gender identity.
Families like mine is a guide for parents and families to help create a supportive and inclusive family environment for young people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual (LGB), gender diverse or questioning their sexuality or gender identity.
This guide offers perspectives from LGB and gender diverese peolpe and families, information and links to community networks to help you support your child or loved one as you move forwards together.
View the guide at www.beyondblue.org.au/familieslikemine
Many gay identifying people come out during their teens – would your teen feel comfortable talking to you about their sexuality? This video gives people some tips on how to provide emotional support, maintain trust and help your teen feel safe, as well as what to expect from the conversation.