Recommended Downloads (reports/resources)

This is a Hate Free Zone LAMBDA Poster

This is a Safe Space LAMBDA Poster

Trans Ally LAMBDA Poster


LAMBDA's Building Bridges Guide
Electronic Version
Printable Version


LAMBDA Legal and National Youth Advocacy Coalition (2008). “Bending the Mold: An Action Kit for Transgender Students.”

LAMBDA Legal (n. d.). Transgender rights toolkit: A legal guide for trans people and their advocates.


Extending Our Reach: Reducing Homelessness Through Library Engagement

  • Downloadable booklet from ALA/OLOS on homelessness and libraries
  • Libraries can also order free copies


Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Youth: An Epidemic of Homelessness. New York, NY: National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Institute   and the National Coalition for the Homeless

  • Excellent and extremely thorough look at these young people.
  • Includes who they are, their challenges, strengths, resources
  • Includes chapters from many of the agencies serving them


National Recommended Best Practices for Serving LGBT Homeless Youth

  • Information for service providers


National Network for Youth Fast Facts

  • Two of the publications offered on this website include:
  • Homeless Youth in America: Great overview and starting place.
  • Public Awareness Guide: Short; easy to read; gives insight into the youth’s lives, what they want and how they want to be treated.


 National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth (2013). Ask NCFY: What does the Affordable Care Act mean for runaway and homeless youth?

  • Offers overview of possibilities for RHY (Runaway and Homeless Youth)


Unaccompanied Homeless Youth Toolkits

  • Resources for youth and service providers


 National Recommended Best Practices for Serving LGBT Homeless Youth

  • This booklet offers vocabulary, suggestions for staff training and ideas about how to create a supportive and welcoming environment. The information is not designed for librarians, but much of it is applicable and it offers many excellent tips in an easy-to-read format.
  • On the back there is a list of organizations that support the dissemination of the booklet. No library is listed.


NYC Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Runaway and Homeless Youth (2010). All our children: Strategies to prevent homelessness, strengthen services and build support for LGBTQ youth.

  • This thorough report provides excellent insights into the lives of LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness, as well as concrete suggestions for adult allies, such as librarians.
  • For example: “Identify and disseminate resources for families of LGBTQ youth.”


 Things People Never Told Me

  • This toolkit covers an amazing range of topics on what foster youth aging out of the system wish they had been told. It includes comments on money, health, independence, resources, health care and much more.


Transgender Americans

  • Human Rights Campaign Foundation


Unaccompanied Homeless Youth Toolkits

  • Information about supporting youth in school and out
  • Includes FAFSA


Why They Run: An In-Depth Look at America’s Runaway Youth

  • Provides great insights into why young people end up on the streets. 


Learning from the field: Programs serving youth who are LGBTQ12-s and experiencing homelessness.

  • Winn, Laura (2011).
  • Homelessness Resource Center.


 Peeing in Peace: A Resource Guide for Transgender Activists and Allies (2005)

  • Includes background, action guide, resources, suggestions
  • Available online from Transgender Law Center


Library services to children, teens and families experiencing homelessness.

  • Urban Library Journal


Advocates for Youth (n. d.) Tips and strategies for creating a safe space for GLBTQ youth.


 Bernstein, N., & Foster, L.K. (2008). Voices from the street: A survey of homeless youth by their peers. Sacramento, CA: California Research Bureau.

  • Interviews with more than 200 homeless and formerly homeless youth


 Browne, K. & Lim, J. (2008). Count me in too: LGBT lives in Brighton & Hove – community summary.

  • Offers insight into the lives of trans people
  • Concrete suggestions


Burke, C., Correia, D., Sievers, S., & Keaton, S. (2007). Child and youth sexual exploitation in the San Diego Region: A Community Assessment for the Action Network.

  • Report on the prostitution of children and youth in the San Diego region


Grant, J.M., Mottet, L.A., Tanis, J., Harrison, J., Herman, J.L., & Keisling, M. (2011). Injustice at Every Turn: A Report of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey. Washington: National Center for Transgender Equality and National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.


ID Please…A Guide to Changing California & Federal Identity Documents to Match Your Gender Identity

  • From the Transgender Law Center
  • Thorough guide offering instructions, forms, checklists, examples (e.g., “Model Physician’s Letter”)
  • For birth certificates, driver’s licenses, social security cards, school records, financial records, passports, etc.
  • Could print out and have available for library staff


Wooster Safe Zone Ally Training resources and terminology

  • "Safe Zone is a campus-wide program to provide a welcoming environment for all gender identities, gender expressions and sexual orientations. Safe Zone establishes an identifiable network of individuals who agree to challenge oppression, promote an atmosphere of respect, and serve as a safe space in our community"


Young Invincibles

  • Fact sheets on health