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  • Community Outreach

    PFLAG community outreach program brings together parents and other family members with audiences of all kinds. We tell our own stories and encourage questions. Our audiences include businesses, schools, health professionals, churches, youth-serving professionals, and service agencies. For further information or to request a speaker or speakers, please contact us at admin@pflagtc.com.

    PFLAG ONLINE RESOURCES

    book_kidsOur Daughters and Sons: Questions and Answers for Parents of Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual People. One of our most popular publications, this is a “must read” for parents who are forming new and honest relationships with a loved one who has come out to them.

    book_youBe Yourself: Questions and Answers for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth. This publication offers a supportive approach to common questions asked by teens who may be questioning their sexual orientation. It also provides hotline numbers for teens and a list of resources.

    book_faithFaith in Our Families: Parents, Families and Friends Talk About Religion and Homosexuality. By using personal experiences, this publication provides examples for reconciling your faith with the knowledge that a loved one is gay. It includes a list of related resources.

    book_transWelcoming Our Trans Family and Friends. is a resource for parents and friends of transgender and gender non-conforming adults and youth. It includes a list of related resources.

    book_allyGuide to Being a Straight Ally. This is a guide for straight allies, by straight allies. It aims to invite, educate, and engage straight allies in the effort to create a world with equality for all. Interested? You can learn more at the Straight for Equality website now.

    Straight-for-Equality-in-HealthcareThis guide is intended to help anyone who works in the healthcare field—not just the doctors! So whether you’re an M.D., nurse,  psychologist, clinical social worker, nutritionist, home care aide,  occupational therapist, or you’re in any of the dozens of allied healthcare fields that nearly everyone depends upon, this is for you.

    ADDITIONAL SUGGESTED READING

    book_wagnerReady or Not… They’re Gay
    Stories from a Midwestern Family [Paperback]
    book_closetsAre There Closets in Heaven?
    A Catholic Father and Lesbian Daughter Share their Story [Paperback]
  • School Resources

    PFLAG Twin Cities is happy to partner with GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network Together, we will help you to understand what your school’s needs are. For further information, please contact us at admin@pflagtc.com.

    glsenHere is a sampling of the offerings. Please feel free to utilize these resources provided from GLSEN.

    FOR EDUCATORS

    glsen_e1GLSEN EDUCATOR’S
    The Educator’s Guide to LGBT Pride will show you five easy ways you can celebrate LGBT Pride in your classroom.
    Learn More

    glsen_e2NEW SAFE SPACE KIT
    Make your school safe for LGBT youth. The NEW Safe Space Kit features the Guide to Being an Ally, which provides concrete strategies for supporting LGBT students, educating about anti-LGBT bias and advocating for changes in your school.
    Download

    glsen_e3READY, SET, RESPECT! ELEMENTARY TOOLKIT
    GLSEN developed Ready, Set, Respect!
    The kit provides a set of tools that will help educators prepare to teach about respect and includes lesson plans that can help you seize teachable moments.
    Learn More

    glsen_e4READY, SET, RESPECT! BOOKS
    Ready, Set, Respect! is a toolkit for addressing name-calling, bullying and bias, LGBT-inclusive family diversity, and gender roles and diversity in elementary schools.
    Purchase

    ExpensiveReasonsWhy NOT Supporting Safe Schools Can Be Expensive
    Want to know how discrimination, bullying and unfair treatment not only effects LGBT students & their peers but also our economy?
    Download

    allyweekHOW TO BE A BETTER ALLY
    All members of a school community who consider themselves allies can become even better allies for LGBT students by deepening their understanding about what it is like to be an LGBT-identified student in school today.
    Learn More

    glsen_e8DAY OF SILENCE: RESOURCES FOR EDUCATORS AND FAMILIES
    Anyone can organize a Day of Silence activity or event.
    Materials in this section can assist facilitate dialogue between educators and students, educators and parents as well as students and families.
    Download

    FOR STUDENTS

    glsen_s1THE GLSEN JUMP-START GUIDE FOR GAY-STRAIGHT ALLIANCES
    The presence of student-led Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) in secondary schools can create a more welcoming climate for LGBT student, while reducing the overall severity of bullying. The Jump-Start Guide series supports students through the process of establishing and running an effective GSA.
    Learn More

    glsen_e8DAYS OF ACTION + NO NAME-CALLING WEEK
    These are regular occasions during the school year when students, educators and allies can bring attention to the pervasive problem of anti-LGBT bullying and harassment.
    For Middle School For High School

    glsen_e2NEW SAFE SPACE KIT
    Make your school safe for LGBT youth. The NEW Safe Space Kit features the Guide to Being an Ally, which provides concrete strategies for supporting LGBT students, educating about anti-LGBT bias and advocating for changes in your school.
    Download

  • Other Resources & Links

    Podcast with Dr. Celine Gounder on Trans Youth and Suicide:  https://soundcloud.com/celine-gounder/in-sickness-and-in-health-s1-e2

     

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    GLSEN
    Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network
    http://www.glsen.org

    Face to Face
    Health and Counseling Services
    http://www.face2face.org

    Family and Children’s Service
    http://www.everyfamilymatters.org

    Project 515
    http://project515.org

    Transyouth Support Network
    http://transyouthsupportnetwork.blogspot.com

    Shades of Yellow
    http://shadesofyellow.org

    Amaze Works
    http://amazeworks.org

    Reclaim LGBT Youth
    http://reclaim-lgbtyouth.org

    Bridge for Youth
    http://www.bridgeforyouth.org

    Outfront
    http://outfront.org

    Family Equality Council
    http://www.familyequality.org

    Twin Cities HRC
    http://twincities.hrc.org

    The Trevor Project
    http://thetrevorproject.org

    Community Shares
    http://www.communitysharesmn.org/

    Minnesota Tobacco-free Lavender Communities
    http://www.mntlc.org/

    Minnesota School OUTreach Coalition (MnSOC)
    http://www.mnschooloutreach.org/

    Rainbow Health Initiative
    http://www.rainbowhealth.org/

  • The Back Flap

    The Back Flap (Talking Points) is to give past and present contributors to PFLAG space to share the Talking Points on issues they are involved with and to provide links to their own sites or sites that they recommend. It is intended to suggest the Back Flap of a book where authors are reviewing a book but in this case the authors are reviewing how they think that people can influence change and other issues that are important to the visitors to the PFLAG site. Do you want to contribute to The Back Flap? Talk to us about presenting at one of our monthly meetings or about something that you have already contributed in the past. Each Talking Point must be 150 words or less and can contain up to two links. Authors are encouraged to update their Talking Points 2-3 times per year.
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    Talking Points ( extracted from OutFront Minnesota literature)

    As a member of the Minnesota Safe Schools for All Coalition, PFLAG Twin Cities is one of more than 100 education, disability, youth, religious, LGBT and social service organizations that support passage of comprehensive antibullying legislation to protect all students.
    The Safe Schools for All Coalition stands with teachers, parents and students and thousands of Minnesotans to support the passage of antibullying legislation.
    The Safe Schools for All Coalition knows students do better when they’re in school and learning. Preventing bullying and making sure students feel supported will reduce suspensions, absences and drop out rates. Students who drop out not only lose out on their own potential earnings, but also cost Minnesota taxpayers in the long run.