Other Resources for Youth

Books and Pamphlets

Resource Guide for Coming Out (Human Rights Campaign)

Resource Guide for Coming Out for African Americans (Human Rights Campaign)


Some Assembly Required: The Not-So-Secret Life of a Transgender Teen
Biography by Arin Andrews with Joshua Lyon
This informative and easy to read biography tells the story of a young transman, Arin Andrews.

Rethinking Normal: A Memoir in Transition
Biography by Katie Rain Hill with Ariel Schrag
This insightful biography tells the story of a young transwoman, Katie Hill. 

Note: the above books work well together because the subjects know each other.



Videos and Movies

Transgender: You're Part of the Story

  • Nicole Maines tells her of growing up trans and learning to accept herself.



  • Videos of and about trans youth
  • Personal stories


transVISIBLE: The Bamby Salcedo Story

  • This film tells the story of Bamby Salcedo’s courage and perseverance as she grappled with the challenges of drug addiction, abuse, incarceration, poverty and being a transgender Latina.


The Infamous T: A Documentary About Queer Family

  • Contact for information: Melissa.documentary@gmail.com
  • This documentary tells the story of Jonathon, who was homeless, queer failing in school. Through his own resilience and a GLBT host program he was able to find support and love from his chosen family and his friends.


Michael Lee//Shelters//A Poem Observed//Button Poetry

  • A 3-minute spoken word piece by Michael, who works in a shelter for homeless youth.


Other Resources

National Runaway Switchboard

  • Advice and support for youth, as well as others impacted/concerned with youth homelessness
  • Free 24-hour, 7 days/week hotline
  • 1-800-RUNAWAY
  • Crisis intervention
  • Information referrals
  • Message relay from youth to parents/guardians
  • 3-way calling - youth + parent + NRS counselor
  • Free Greyhound bus tickets home
  • No specific mention of LGBTQ youth


McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act

  • Includes unaccompanied homeless youth
  • Right to enroll in school immediately
  • Work with designated school liaison
  • School is required to remove barriers
    • Paperwork
    • Missing credits
    • Transportation