Welcome to this special section of Advocates for Youth’s Web site on creating safe space for young people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. Because homophobia is a real problem, for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (GLBTQ) and straight youth, this online toolkit is intended to assist you, the youth-serving professional, in:
- —The nuts and bolts of building allies for GLBTQ youth. Pick and choose from 12 lesson plans.
- —A blueprint for creating safe space in your organization. Read tips and strategies on what you can do.
- —Additional resources on sexual orientation and gender identity.
The following lesson plans assist young people in, first, understanding the negative impact of homophobia and transphobia on GLBTQ youth and, second, in taking a stand for social justice. The activities can also be conducted with staff and volunteers. You can pick and choose the lesson plans most relevant for your program’s participants. Bolded lesson plans listed below are those that are the most important for building allies for GLBTQ youth.
- Warming Up
- Building Knowledge and Understanding
- Taking Action for Social Justice
Because homophobia is a real problem, for GLBTQand straight youth, the following tips and strategies aim to help service providers create a climate in their organization that will make everyone feel safe.
- Tips and Strategies for Assessing Youth Programs and Agencies
- Tips and Strategies for Creating a Safe Space for GLBTQ Youth: Recommendations from the Safe Space Resource Circle
- Tips and Strategies for Creating Inclusive Programs
- Tips and Strategies for Taking Steps to Cultural Fairness
- Tips and Strategies for Addressing Harassment
- Tips and Strategies for Meeting the Needs of GLBTQ Youth of Color
- Tips and Strategies for Meeting the Needs of Transgender Youth
- Tips and Strategies for Addressing the Challenges that Face Transgender Youth
- How the Homophobic Climate in the United States Affects GLBTQ Youth
- GLBTQ Youth
- Select Organizations, Web Sites, Videos, and Books
- Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Education: Abandoning Responsibility to GLBTQ Youth
- Frequently Asked Questions about Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
- Test Yourself: Definition Match-Up
Girl’s Best Friend Foundation and Advocates for Youth. Creating Safe Space for GLBTQ Youth: A Toolkit. Washington, DC: Advocates for Youth, 2005. [PDF file]