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LGBTQ Pride Month

June was first declared as LGBTQ Pride Month in 2000. Since then, June has been a time to acknowledge a positive stance against discrimination and violence toward lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer /questioning (LGBTQ) people to promote their self-affirmation, dignity, equality rights, increase their visibility as a social group, build community, and celebrate sexual diversity and gender variance.

LGBTQ Pride Month is also a time to bring awareness to the experiences of the LGBTQ community. LGBTQ youth are routinely harassed because of their sexual orientation. In 2015, it was reported that out of 10,528 middle and high school students surveyed 85.2% LGBTQ students experienced verbal harassment at school in the past year because of their sexual orientation, 57.6% felt unsafe at school because of their sexual orientation and 31.8% skipped a day of school in the past month because of safety concerns.

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) has compiled a list of helpful resources for parents and caregivers, children and teens, mental health providers, child welfare and juvenile justice professionals, healthcare providers, educators and school staff, and policy makers.

A list of external resources related to LGBTQ Pride Month is available here.

NCTSN Resource

LGBTQ Youth: Voices of Trauma, Lives of Promise

Type: Video

Features five LGBTQ youth who discuss their own trauma experiences related to their respective LGBTQ identities, how they strengthened their resilience, and how professionals helped them.

NCTSN Resource

Transforming Trauma in LGBTQ Youth

Type: Webinar

Offers concrete strategies and recommendations for providers working with LGBTQ youth who have experienced trauma. This webinar series discusses how to increase access to services, create a safe environment for care, and work with families and schools.

NCTSN Resource

LGBTQ Issues and Child Trauma

Type: Fact Sheet

Offers an introduction to the Safe Places, Safe Spaces video. This fact sheet gives a brief overview for working with LGBTQ youth as well as a synopsis of the video, and suggested resources.

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