Resources for Parents of LGBT+ Youth & Medical Providers

We often get requests from parents of LGBT+ youth for a list of resources for their children.  glifaa supports and advocates for LGBT+ employees and EFMs of all ages. We have compiled a non-exhaustive list of resources to help LGBT+ families get started.  If there are resources missing that you think we should add or if you have additional questions or concerns, please reach out to or

General Information for Parents of LGBT+ Youth
Children’s National Gender Development Program 
Gender Spectrum Homepage
Gender Spectrum – Parenting and Family 
Gender-Diverse & Transgender Children
The Trevor Project — Saving Young LGBTQ Lives 
Family Support: Resources for Families of Transgender & Gender Diverse Children 
Bisexual Resource Center – Bi Youth 
Guide to Talking About Family Acceptance & Transgender Youth
Trans Youth Equality Foundation

Medical and Health Care Resources
CDC LGBTQ Youth Resources | Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health
World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH)
Stanford Medical School – LGBTQ Medical Education Research Group 
New York Times – Helping Pediatricians Care for Transgender Children
American Academy of Pediatrics – Supporting & Caring for Transgender Children
John Hopkins – Helping Transgender Children and Youth
National LGBT Health Education Center – Providing Inclusive Services and Care for LGBT People
CDC – Additional Resources for Health Care Providers
American Medical Association – Creating an LGBTQ-friendly practice
American Academy of Family Physicians – LGBT Health Toolkit
Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine – Best Practices in LGBT Care
GLMA – Resources for Providers & Researchers
American Medical Association – Preventing suicide in LGBTQ youth
Trans Lifeline

School Resources
GLSEN – Resources
The Trevor Project – In School
The Trevor Project – Model School Policy
PFLAG – Cultivating Respect: Safe Schools for All
LGBT Map – Talking About Transgender Students & School Facilities Access
Human Rights Campaign – Schools In Transition: a Guide for Supporting Transgender Students in K-12 Schools 
National Center for Transgender Equality – Know Your Rights: Schools

Legal Resources
Lambda Legal National Resources for LGBTQ Youth 
Transgender Law Center – Youth Resources 
Transgender Youth Project
ACLU – LGBT Rights
Department of State – Passport Change of Sex Marker
Transgender Law Center – Identity Documents Resources

DC Area Support Groups & Resources
Whitman Walker – Youth Services
Whitman Walker – Metro Area Support Groups*/Organizations
The DC Center for the LGBT Community
TGEA Co-sponsored Groups – Play Group Age 4 -12Safe Space NOVA
Rainbow Youth Alliance of Maryland – LGBTQ Resources for Families 
Rainbow Families DC
Equality Virginia
Capital Pride – Youth Resources
Capital Pride – Youth Pride Day
DC Area Transmasculine Society (DCATS)
MAGIC DC (Metro Area Gender Identity Connection of Washington DC)
GQ DC | Genderqueer community of DC
Maryland Trans*Unity 
GenOUT Chorus
DC Leading with Pride 

DC-Area Mental Health Care Providers and Social Workers
John Thomas, MA
Thomas Coughlin, LCPC, NCC
Stacey Karpen-Dohn, PhD, LPC
Sean Lare, LICSW
Timothy Elliott, MSW
Emily L Rizzo, LPC, LCPC, NCC

Reading List for Kids and Adults
Gender Born, Gender Made
Raising the Transgender Child
Our Children: Questions and Answers for Families of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Gender Expansive, and Queer Youths and Adults
Our Trans Loved Ones: Questions and Answers for Parents, Families, and Friends of People who are Transgender and Gender Expansive
Diverse Children’s Books Trans and Non-Binary Children 
9 Great LGBTQ Books for Kids
This is a Book for Parents of Gay Kids
The Transgender Child: A Handbook for Families and Professionals 
The Long-Term Damage of Not Supporting a Trans Child
How to Be a Girl Podcast
The Gender Identity Workbook for Kids
It Feels Good to Be Yourself: A Book about Gender Identity 


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  1.  These resources are provided as a courtesy.  Links to external websites, individual practices, and organizations are not an endorsement or guarantee by glifaa of the information or services provided by these individuals or organizations.
  2. These providers specialize in treating LGBT+ youth in the DMV area.  The list is not exhaustive and glifaa does not recommend or endorse any of the below health care providers.  You can search a complete list of social workers and therapists in the U.S. at Psychology Today.  Please contact glifaa to suggest additions to this list.