Tips for Researchers Studying Youth with LGBTQ Parents

 Tips for Researchers Studying Youth with LGBTQ Parents   COLAGE receives hundreds of requests each year from teachers, professors, scholars, and other academic professionals, as well as secondary, undergraduate, and graduate students conducting research about different aspects of LGBTQ families. Many of these are folks wishing to do interviews or surveys with children of LGBTQ parents.   While research is not a primary focus of...

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Tips for Medical Professionals for Making Better/Safer Environments for Youth with LGBTQ Parents

Tips for Medical  Professionals for Making Better/Safer Environments for Youth with LGBTQ Parents   In the United States alone, there are millions of people with one or more lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer (LGBTQ) parent(s). While research shows that there are no significant developmental differences or negative effects on children of LGBTQ parents, these youth report facing significantly more prejudice and...

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Tips for Making Classrooms Safer for Youth with LGBTQ Parents

Tips for Making Classrooms Safer for Students with LGBTQ Parents A guide created by the Youth Leadership Action Program “In middle school when I made my family tree, my teacher told me it couldn’t have two women. I was told it could either have one of my moms’ sides, or I could “make up a father.” The teacher chose to pass on ignorance and intolerance, instead of using the opportunity to teach my classmates about...

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Some Ideas for Further Research Relating to Youth with LGBTQ Parents

Some Ideas for Further Research Relating to Youth with LGBTQ Parents   While some aspects of our lives have been over-analyzed, other aspects have been ignored.  COLAGE has identified some areas where we think more research (or in some cases better research) should be done. Study the Impact of Homophobia on Our Lives.  Many, many people have studied the impact our LGBTQ parents have had on our lives.  However, very few people...

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Transition Tips for Parents

Transition Tips for Parents   “See the transition as not being about the [parent] going through change, but the whole family going through change. Everyone needs support.” – Steve Vinay G., age 48 Since there are very few parenting resources available to transgender people, we have included these best practices for transitioning parents. Of course, there are other issues involved in transgender parenting. See our Transgender...

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Tips for “Coming Out” to Your Kids About Your Sexual Orientation

The first thing to note is that it is really terrific that you are taking time to consider how to sensitively approach “coming out” to your kids.* Here at COLAGE we have found that as children, we really want to know the truth about our parents’ sexual orientation, and usually we have some idea before you even tell us! But just because we want to know doesn’t mean that we always are thrilled about the situation, especially...

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