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I have carefully curated a collection of the best resources available. This list is ever-evolving and growing as new research comes to light, new books are written, and websites are created and new information is available.
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Carefully curated, this is by no means an exhaustive list. Please feel free to share your favorite websites and books here!
Researchers at George Washington University are seeking parents with LGBTQ kids to participate in a paid research study.
Your participation will help create resources to support families like yours.
The resources they offer help parents be more supportive of their LGBTQ kids, including helping parents talk to kids about sex and HIV.
If you qualify, you'll get free access to the parent resources.
Parents earn $350 for participating, and youth earn $175.
To learn more and to see if you qualify, visit
VISIT THE TREVOR PROJECT WEBSITE
*Suicide prevention helpline for LGBTQ youth
US: (877) 565-8860
VISIT THE TRANS LIFELINE WEBSITE
VISIT THE NATIONAL RUNAWAY SWTICHBOARD WEBSITE
*Crisis intervention and referrals. National communication system for runaway and homeless youth.
VISIT THE RAINN WEBSITE
* National sexual assault hotline
VISIT THE GLBT NATIONAL YOUTH TALKLINE WEBSITE
*Talk to peers directly
VISIT THE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HOTLINE WEBSITE
VISIT THE NATIONAL CHILD ABUSE WEBSITE
*Provides counseling and referrals to local drug treatment centers, shelters, and counseling services.
A SPECIAL THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT
Heather was a passionate and informed speaker on the topic of LGBTQ2S parenting. Heather shares her personal and professional experience through family storytelling and is able to connect to the audience in this candid way. Heather provided thoughtful and supportive feedback to parents’ questions and employees shared positive feedback after her informative session.
~Kallie Jackson, CN PRIDE ERG Co-Chair
Canadian National Railways
I am very happy to know that Heather is available to serve as a resource for parents of LGBTQ+ kids, and really to any parents at all. Everyone talks about being "inclusive", but Heather lives it. Heather is able to accept whatever comes her way and use the power of unconditional love and kindness to turn challenges into gifts. We can all learn a lot from Heather.
~Adam Simon, Executive Director
Odyssey Teen Camp
Heather was the calming voice in a world that was otherwise in upheaval. Heather was there to pick me up (although she didn't know it) and she was the best friend in my head helping me process and get through some difficult stuff. I loved that she gave ME permission to process and mourn my story now that it was being rewritten...Heather gave me the time I needed to get to the next step. Heather didn't judge me. I would download a podcast every morning and listen to ther during my walk. Her voice fixed it for me. Her voice soothed my heartache. Her voice helped me get to the next step of processing and her voice helped me move on. Heather helped me have difficult conversations that were based in kindness. She helped me to breathe. And I love her for that.
~Anonymous and thankful
I was searching for resources to be the best supportive mom I could be to my pre-teen (now teen) and found this amazing podcast! It was just what I needed! I knew I needed some guidance from a parent who had experience through a similar journey and Heather was there with perfect content and even talked with me personally through email. The community Heather has built through this podcast and Facebook page has given me the confidence to not be fearful through this journey but rather to embrace it and encourage my teen to be their authentic self!
~ Lauren Bo21
Heather is real, relatable, thoughtful, educated, and inclusive of every teen parent scenario in her talks. I love being able to hear first hand from someone who has gone through the “Valley of Darkness” and come out the other side a better person, informed, and able to help others right where they are.
Your centered, calming voice and demeanor help me to feel more peaceful. I experience you as therapeutic & your journey gives me more hope that we can love [our son] well. Thank you for giving your life away to me through sharing your story and the guests you interview.
I love your raw, real vulnerability. I am brand new on this journey and stumbled accidentally across your podcast on a road trip. I listened for 8 hours of driving and didn’t want to get to my destination because I wanted more. Using your own journey to help and support other parents is so brave and I am grateful to you and your family. Connor is so fortunate to have you ❤️
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