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LGBTQI Resource Page


Evaluation of Asperger Syndrome in Youth Presenting to a Gender Dysphoria Clinic

The findings of the study are consistent with growing evidence supporting increased prevalence of ASD in gender dysphoric children.  Routine assessment of ASD is recommended in youth presenting for gender dysphoria.

New Clinical Guidelines Address Gender Dysphoria in Autism
The prevalence of autism among transgendered individuals is higher than in the general population.  The new guidelines affirm the rights of individuals with autism to receive treatment for gender dysphoria, but the experts disagree on the best time to initiate treatment.  Young adults diagnosed with autism as children with gender dysphoria are an underserved population.  There is a need to understand the normal course of gender development for people with autism first.
Gender Identity and Autism Spectrum Disorders 

Individuals with autism should enjoy equal rights with regard to treatment for gender dysphoria.  Clinicians may be able to assist individuals in understanding this aspect of their identity by broadening the social frame and facilitating an exploration of gender roles.

Guidelines for Care of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Patients

Studies show that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and (LGBT) populations, in addition to having the same basic health needs as the general population, experience health disparities and barriers related to sexual orientation* and/or gender identity or expression. Many avoid or delay care or receive inappropriate or inferior care because of perceived or real homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, and discrimination by health care providers and institutions. This toolkit focus on those challenges and seeks to provide some guidelines in addressing them.

Temple University GLBTQI Resources

A series of resources from the Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities focused on GLBTQI issues.  These resources include: Access to and Inclusion in Behavioral Health Services for GLBTQI Consumers and GLBTQI Mental Health: Recommendations for Policies and Services.

The Healthy People 2010 Companion Document for LGBT Health

Healthy People 2010 is the prevention agenda for the Nation.  It is designed to serve as a roadmap for improving the health of all people in the United States during the first decade of the 21st century.  This Healthy People 2010 Companion Document contains most of the existing quantitative and qualitative research and information specific to LGBT health in the areas defined and discusses the overall health status of LGBT people.  Making the best use of available data, this document describes the barriers and recommends changes that will facilitate success in overcoming them.

Autism Spectrum Disorder and LGBT Identities in Higher Education Guide

A guide for LGBT resource professionals in engaging and interacting with students.

Advice to Healthcare Providers

Network for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Concerns in Occupational Therapy.

National Center For Transgender Equality

Outlines the laws and policies that offer protection for transgender people in health care.


An organization uniting and supporting people with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer parents.

Family Acceptance Project

The Family Acceptance Project works to strengthen families and supporting the growth of LGBT children and youth.

Family Equality Council

Family Equality Council connects, supports and represents LGBT parents and their children.

Human Rights Campaign (HRC): Parenting Resources

HRC works to secure legal equality, fairness and respect for LGBTQ couples and their children.

Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)

Largest national family and ally organization made up of LGBT parents, families, friends, and straight allies.  Find the PFLAG chapter nearest you by clicking the link below.

Human Rights Campaign: Welcoming Schools

The Human Rights Campaign Welcoming Schools project is a comprehensive approach to creating respectful and supportive elementary schools with resources and professional development to embrace family diversity, create LGBTQ-inclusive schools, prevent bias-based bullying and gender stereotyping, and support transgender and gender-expansive students.

Advocates for Youth: LGBTQ Issues Info for Parents

Established in 1908 as the Center for Population Options, Advocates for Youth champions efforts that help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health.  Advocates believes it can best serve the field by boldly advocating for a more positive and realistic approach to adolescent sexual health.  Advocates focuses its work on young people ages 14-25 in the U.S. and around the globe.

Ages & Stages: Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Teens: Facts for Teens & Their Parents

If you've ever wondered if you're gay, lesbian, or bisexual, you're not alone.  Many teens ask themselves this question.  It is a normal part of life.  Read on to find helpful information as you discover more about yourself, your friends, and your place in the world.  There also is information that may help your parents understand you better.

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry: Facts for Families: Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Adolescents

Growing up is a demanding and challenging task for every adolescent.  One important aspect is forming one's sexual identity.  All children explore and experiment sexually as part of normal development.  This sexual behavior may be with members of the same or opposite sex.  For many adolescents, thinking about and/or experimenting with people of the same sex may cause concerns and anxiety.  These feelings and behaviors do not necessarily mean an individual is homosexual or bisexual.

Supportive Families, Healthy Children: Helping Families with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Children

This booklet was written for families to help strengthen families and foster families with gay and transgender children and adolescents.

Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network

The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) is proud to support student organizers in schools across the country.  As students, community organizers will have the power to make change in many ways in their schools and community.

Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) Network

GSA Network is a next-generation LGBTQ racial and gender justice organization that empowers and trains queer, trans and allied youth leaders to advocate, organize, and mobilize an intersectional movement for safer schools and healthier communities.

It Gets Better Project 

The It Gets Better Project's mission is to communicate to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth around the world that it gets better, and to create and inspire the changes needed to make it better for them.

Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States

This website provides information, education and resources covering a wide range of topics related to sexuality aimed at families, educators and policymakers. provides information from various government agencies on what bullying is, what cyberbullying is, who is at risk, and how you can prevent and respond to bullying.

The Trevor Project

Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth, ages 13-24.

The Pennsylvania Youth Congress

Advances freedom and justice for young LGBTQ Pennsylvanians through advocating for responsible public policy. As a youth-led organization, PYC represents citizens working toward safer schools and thriving communities across the commonwealth.

Attic Youth Center

The Attic creates opportunities for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) youth to develop into healthy, independent, civic-minded adults within a safe and supportive community, and promotes the acceptance of LGBTQ youth in society.

William Way

The William Way LGBT Community Center serves the LGBT community of Philadelphia and its allies 365 days a year.  From social groups, networking events, and counseling and support services to art exhibitions and cultural experiences, the Center consistently strives to provide new and innovations programs for the LGBT communities of Philadelphia.

Parents of ASD LGBTQIA

Support group that meets monthly in Glenshaw, PA. 

Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)

Largest national family and ally organization made up of LGBT parents, families, friends, and straight allies.  Find the PFLAG chapter nearest you by clicking the link below.

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