Recommended Downloads (reports/resources)
LAMBDA Legal and National Youth Advocacy Coalition (2008). “Bending the Mold: An Action Kit for Transgender Students.”
- Includes a range of legal guides, including overcoming health care discrimination and survival tips for trans youth
- LAMBDA Legal (2014). Young LGBTQ adults and the Affordable Care Act.
- Young Invincibles Fact Sheet January 2014
- 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
- Information for service providers
- 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.
- Offers overview of possibilities for RHY (Runaway and Homeless Youth)
- Resources for youth and service providers
- 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.”
- 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.
- Human Rights Campaign Foundation
- Information about supporting youth in school and out
- Includes FAFSA
- Provides great insights into why young people end up on the streets.
- Includes background, action guide, resources, suggestions
- Available online from Transgender Law Center
- 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.
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.
- 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
- "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"
- Fact sheets on health