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LGBTQIA Resource Page
This resource web page has been set up to link students and families from the Nashoba Valley Technical High School community to valuable books, articles, web based resources, and support groups.  Whether you are LGBTQ parents, have children that identify or are struggling with their LGBTQ identity, or would just like to learn more, then check out the resources and web suggestions below. 

BOOKS & ARTICLES
The Family Acceptance Project out of San Francisco State University focuses on research and best practices for supporting LGBTQ youth.  A great resource for families to look at is the pamphlet Supportive Families, Healthy Children that can be reviewed for free by linking to http://familyproject.sfsu.edu/publications and choosing from the site's selection of publications and peer-reviewed articles.

A Resource Guide To Coming Out from the HRC - Throughout the process of coming out and living ever more openly, you should always be in the driver’s seat about how, where, when and with whom you choose to be open. This guide was designed to help you through that process in realistic and practical terms. It acknowledges that the experience of coming out and living openly covers the full spectrum of human emotion – from fear to euphoria.  http://www.hrc.org/resources/entry/resource-guide-to-coming-out

WEB RESOURCES

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Affordable Colleges

LGBTQ Friendly Colleges & Student Resources

http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/lgbtq-college-student-guide/

From the above listed site:  "College is stressful. Every student faces challenges; some of which are common among peers, and others that are more individual. LGBTQ students, for example, have a unique set of challenges to consider. Fortunately, more and more schools are working to make their campuses, traditional and online, more inclusive. This guide takes a look at those colleges and universities leading the way in providing curricula and resources to support LGBTQ students throughout their college experience. Information on resources, curricula, and student organizations is provided, as well as candid interviews with LGBTQ community leaders to help alleviate some of the worries that LGBTQ students may have when it comes to postsecondary education."

AffodableColleges  http://www.affordablecolleges.com/resources/lgbtq-college-resources/

Choosing a college is a daunting task for any first-time student, but for LGBTQ students, it can be downright terrifying. A whopping 13.4% of LGBT high school students who report frequent verbal harassment plan on not attending college, and 20% of all currently enrolled college students report fearing for their physical safety due to their gender identity or sexual orientation. In response, many universities are taking steps to fight back for their most vulnerable students, but understanding what to look for in a school is still difficult, which is why we created our 
guide to college for LGBTQ students.

This isn’t just a list of scholarships (although we have those too!). Our guide includes actionable strategies to assess a school on its inclusivity and programs to help make the transition to college easier for LGBTQ students.

GLSEN
http://www.glsen.org

The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network strives to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.  The site is full of materials that schools and families may use, video resources, tools & tips for educators, students, and supporters, and information on upcoming workshops and conferences that are open to all.
Changing the Game
http://sports.glsen.org/

Changing the Game: The GLSEN Sports Project’s mission is to assist K-12 schools in creating and maintaining an athletic and physical education climate that is based on the core principles of respect, safety and equal access for all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. The GLSEN Sports Project fills a critical gap and adds a vital new dimension to GLSEN’s work to create a world in which every child learns to accept and respect all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.
GLAD
http://www.glad.org/

Founded in 1978, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) is New England’s leading legal rights organization dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation, HIV status and gender identity and expression.
PFLAG

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Greater Boston PFLAG 
National Organization:
Greater Boston area PFLAG:

Founded in 1972 with the simple act of a mother publicly supporting her gay son, PFLAG is the original ally organization. Made up of parents, families, friends, and straight allies uniting with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, PFLAG is committed to advancing equality through its mission of support, education and advocacy. Now in its 40th anniversary year, PFLAG has over 350 chapters and 200,000 supporters crossing multiple generations of American families in major urban centers, small cities and rural areas in all 50 states.
This is a great organization to turn to for chapter meetings and support groups.  Greater Boston PFLAG will be focused on support in the local area.


The Trevor Project
http://www.thetrevorproject.org/

The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth.

If you need support, please call the Trevor Lifeline:  866-488-7386
The Human Rights Campaign
http://www.hrc.org/

Founded in 1980, HRC advocates on behalf of LGBT Americans, mobilizes grassroots actions in diverse communities, invests strategically to elect fair-minded individuals to office and educates the public about LGBT issues.

This website is full of resources to assist with "coming out" and plenty of news stories to stay up to date.


HRC's Welcoming Schools
Program
http://www.welcomingschools.org/

Welcoming Schools offers tools, lessons and resources on embracing family diversity, avoiding gender stereotyping and ending bullying and name-calling in elementary schools. It offers an LGBT inclusive approach that is also inclusive of the many types of diversity found in our communities. Administrators, educators and parents/guardians can find materials here necessary to create learning environments in which all students are welcomed and respected.
Safe Schools Program 
for
Gay & Lesbian Students
http://www.doe.mass.edu/sfs/lgbtq/

The Safe Schools Program for Gay and Lesbian Students was founded in 1993 by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Governor's Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth.
The Safe Schools Program provides state-administered, locally-controlled funding to schools and communities to support implementation of the Student Anti-Discrimination Law and the Board of Education's recommendations.
IT GETS BETTER PROJECT
http://www.itgetsbetter.org/

The It Gets Better Project™ has become a worldwide movement, inspiring more than 50,000 user-created videos viewed more than 50 million times, all with the message - it does indeed get better. To date, the project has received submissions from celebrities, organizations, activists, politicians and media personalities, including President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Adam Lambert, Anne Hathaway, Colin Farrell, Matthew Morrison of "Glee", Joe Jonas, Joel Madden, Ke$ha, Sarah Silverman, Tim Gunn, Ellen DeGeneres, Suze Orman, the staffs of The Gap, Google, Facebook, Pixar, the Broadway community, and many more. For us, every video changes a life. It doesn’t matter who makes it.


 GLADLY  
This is the Greater Lowell Alliance of Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, Transgender, Queer Youth Group held at The Center for Hope and Healing in Lowell, MA.  The meetings are on Thursday.  

Please click here to access a flyer for the program.
BAGLY

BAGLY is a youth-led, adult-supported social support organization committed to social justice, and creating, sustaining and advocating for programs, policies, and services for the GLBT youth community.
The Theater Offensive
http://www.thetheateroffensive.org/

Our work provokes vibrant discussion about the realities of being lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. Through social gatherings, soirees, workshops, and post-show discussions, the organization transcends traditional theater boundaries and opens new avenues of understanding, awareness and inclusion within queer communities as well as outside of them.
Check out True Colors:  Out Youth Theater on the Theater Offensive site
True Colors: Out Youth Theater provides year-round theater programming for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning youth and their straight allies (LGBTQQA), ages 14 to 22. Dedicated to presenting an honest portrayal of the lives of LGBTQQA youth through group playwriting, production, performance and theater training intensives.

PARENT GROUPS
You might be asking yourself, "Well my child has a group to join, but what about me?" That is true, we do have GSA groups in most high schools that serve to support students.  Parent support groups, however, can be just as powerful and important, for the sake of educating oneself and finding a population of parents that have the same questions and are getting the answers they are looking for.  
To locate a support group near the Nashoba Tech area, Greater Boston PFLAG is here to help again:  http://gbpflag.org/parent-caregiver-and-family-support/ Concord, Reading, and Andover all have the closest groups by location, but there are many support groups across the state.