Resources for Serving Homeless LGBTQ Teens (Fall 2014)

In the fall 2014 issue of YALS – with the theme Yes I Can! – Julie Winkelstein and Jama Shelton give readers insights into the importance of working with homeless LGBTQ teens. The authors also put together the following list of resources for library staff to use when learning more about the topic and implementing services to the population.

Nationwide, around-the-clock suicide prevention helpline for LGBTQ youth: 866.488.7386

On the Web
Family Acceptance Project
This project offers excellent resources on families and acceptance of their LGBTQ children. The information could be used for a family program at the library. An excellent place to start is with the video: “Always My Son.” Other resources include research, free publications, and news. Libraries are not mentioned – but they could be and should be.

Forty to None Project
This project raises awareness about and addresses LGBTQ youth homelessness. It has great resources for parents, youth, teachers and service providers.
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Serving Trans* Teens (Summer 2013)

In the summer 2013 issue of YALS, Talya Sokoll wrote about literature for trans* young adults. In this blog post, Talya covers ways in which libraries can reach out and serve trans* teens beyond putting books on the library’s shelves.


Much has happened in the nine months since I wrote the article for YALS, Representations of Trans* Youth in Young Adult Literature.