One of our members recently sent each of us a copy of resources compiled by the NJ Synod Youth Desk of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Some of them are already on our list (at the bottom of this page), some are new. He noted which are faith-based, so please take that into consideration.
LGBTQ Youth Resources
Faith Based Resources
The Transgender and Christian Project series by Austen Lionheart- The Transgender and Christian project is an attempt to help trans Christians find hope at the intersection of their identity and their faith through the study of biblical texts, and through life-giving conversation.
Information and Resources
TransYouth Project- Most current research on gender non-conforming and transgender children.
Philadelphia Trans Health Conference- the largest conference in the country related to trans issues for people of all ages and is completely FREE.
The Gender Creative Child: Pathways for Nurturing and Supporting Children who Live Outside Gender Boxes by Diane Ehrensaft
Gender Born, Gender Made: Raising Healthy Gender-nonconforming Children by Diane Ehrensaft
The Transgender Child: A Handbook for Families and Professionals by Stephanie Brill
The Transgender Teen: A Handbook for Parents and Professionals Supporting Transgender and Non-binary Teens by Stephanie Brill
Raising the Transgender Child: A Complete Guide for Parents, Families, and Caregivers by Michele Angello and Alissa Bowman
Raising Ryland: Our Story of Parenting a Transgender Child with No Strings Attached by Hillary Whittington
Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin
Being Jazz: My Life as a (transgender) Teen by Jazz Jennings
Books for Children and Youth
I am Jazz by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings
Red: A Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall
George by Alex Gino
The Other Boy by M. G. Hennessey
Rad Kids- Rad Kids is a social and educational group for gender-fluid/gender-creative and transgender children fifth grade and younger (and their parents)
Hudson Pride Connections Center - Youth Connect, a space for LGBTQ youth (Jersey City, NJ)
The Pride Center of NJ - Youth programs (Highland Park, NJ)
True Colors Center for Creative Therapy- individual counseling, family counseling, and support groups for youth and adults in Newton and Montclair, NJ
Translifeline.org- a crisis hotline staffed by transgender people for transgender people 877-565-8860
The Trevor Project - Crisis resources for LGBTQ youth staffed by trained professionals including hotline, text message, and webchat options.
Medical and Community Support Resources
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia - Gender and Sexuality Development Clinic
Mazzoni Center for LGBTQ health and well-being- health services, education and school trainings, leadership programs and peer support
Gender and Family Project at the Ackerman Institute in NYC- mental health services & educations and trainings
Triad House- a 24-hour residential group home for youth ages 16-21 with emotional, chronic health and behavioral challenges. Triad House specializes in working with youth who identify as LGBTQ; and fosters an environment that is open and accepting of all youth.
Trinity Place Shelter- for homeless LGBTQ youth and young adults in New York City
Support for Families, Schools, and Communities
PFLAG- The extended family of the LGBTQ community made up of LGBTQ individuals, family members and allies. They offer support, education, and advocacy through the national organizations and local chapters. There are a number of NJ chapters with their own sites. They can be found through the main site.
GLSEN- Creating safe and affirming schools for all regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. Local chapter available.
Gender Spectrum- Extensive resources for helping to create gender sensitive and inclusive environments for all children and teens. Good general FAQ about gender identity.
Schools in Transition - A Guide for Supporting Transgender Students in K-12 schools
New Jersey Synod Resources
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There are many resources for the LGBTQ+ community in Jersey City. Here are a few of our favorites.
Hudson Pride runs a Youth Connect program, "a safe space for LGBTQ youth to interact with their peers as well as a place to interact with, learn from, and be mentored by LGBT adults."
PFLAG NYC is an active chapter, with many interesting events. Check them out!
Garden State Equality, a state-wide advocacy group with headquarters in Asbury Park.
Books to read, a list compiled by the NYC chapter. Lots of good information for everyone.
Here are 3 new books spotted at our favorite bookstore, WORD books, on Newark Ave.