Speaking OUT is a list of resources for kids in trouble and the people who care about them. The list was assembled by the GLBT Round Table (GLBTRT) of the American Library Association (ALA). The list will be updated as more suggestions are received. Have suggestions? Send them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Trevor Project
A national 24-hour, toll free confidential suicide hotline for gay and questioning youth.
Youth are Speaking OUT
The Equality Project
An organization founded on Facebook by openly gay public high school students. They strive to eliminate bullying and attain equality for all school students.
U.S. Government is Speaking OUT
President Obama: It Gets Better
A message from President Obama in Bullying.
U.S. Department of Education
Recently the Education Department's Office for Civil Rights issued an advisory to educators. It is the federal government's most comprehensive guidance to date on how civil rights law applies to the sort of campus situations that in some cases have led persecuted students to commit suicide.
U.S. Government Agencies
In 2009, the Department joined the Departments of Defense, Justice, Health and Human Services, Agriculture, and the Interior to form the Obama Administrations Inter-Agency Task Force on Bullying. In August of this year, the Obama administration hosted the first ever National Bullying Summit and launched both the Stop Bullying Now! Campaign and bullyinginfo.org, a national database of effective anti-bullying programs.
Everyone is Speaking OUT
ImFromDriftwood.com collects true LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) stories from all over the world--from the smallest towns to the biggest cities--to help gay youth feel not so alone.
It Gets Better Project
The project that started it all. "Hearing about these kids that have committed suicide, the reaction as a gay adult is always, 'God, I wish I could have talked to them for fifteen minutes or five minutes and told them it gets better,'" said gay columnist Dan Savage.
We are the Youth
We Are the Youth is a photographic journalism project chronicling the individual stories of queer youth in the United States. The project aims to capture the incredible diversity and uniqueness among LGBTQ youth.
Organizations are Speaking OUT
Gender Spectrum provides education, training and support to help create a gender sensitive and inclusive environment for all children and teens.
GLSEN: Anti-Bullying Resources
Through research-based interventions, GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network) provides resources and support for schools to implement effective and age-appropriate anti-bullying programs to improve school climate for all students. While many schools show a willingness to address bullying generally, effective efforts must address the pervasive issue of anti-LGBT bullying as a crucial element of the problem. Listed below are programs and resources to help all members of the school community address bullying in inclusive and effective ways.
Safe Schools Coalition
The Safe Schools Coalition offers resources as a starting point for educators, parents/guardians and youth.
Stomp Out Bullying
A national anti-bullying and cyberbullying program for kids and teens is a signature program of Love Our Children USA who since 1999, has been the national nonprofit leader and ‘Go-To’ prevention organization fighting all forms of violence and neglect against children in the U.S.
The Suicide Information and Education Centre
Based in Calgary, Canada, The Suicide Information and Education Centre has the world's largest English language collection of materials on suicide and suicidal behaviours with more than 37,000 references to print and audiovisual resources on prevention, intervention, and postvention. They Centre has many online resources.
A Thin Line
MTV's A Thin Line campaign was developed to empower youth to identify, respond to, and stop the spread of digital abuse. The campaign is built on the understanding that there's a "thin line" between what may begin as a harmless joke and something that could end up having a serious impact on you or someone else.
TransYouth Family Allies
TYFA empowers children and families by partnering with educators, service providers and communities, to develop supportive environments in which gender may be expressed and respected. We envision a society free of suicide and violence in which ALL children are respected and celebrated.
Welcoming Schools is an LGBT-inclusive approach to addressing family diversity, gender stereotyping and bullying and name-calling in K-5 learning environments. Welcoming Schools provides administrators, educators and parents/guardians with the resources necessary to create learning environments in which all learners are welcomed and respected.
Resources to Help You Speak OUT
A documentary on peer-to-peer bullying in schools across America.
Santa Clara University Library Resource Guide on Bullying
David Brian Holt, Electronic Services Reference and Law Librarian at Santa Clara University, maintains Sexual Orientation and the Law: Bullying, a resource guide for his law school students and faculty. The guide lists great resources about bullying.
New Film to Combat Anti-Gay Bullying
Bullied: A Student, a School and a Case that Made History, is a documentary film that chronicles one student’s ordeal at the hands of anti-gay bullies and offers an inspiring message of hope to those fighting harassment today. It can become a cornerstone of anti-bullying efforts in middle and high schools.
CNN Resource Guide on Bullying
A great resource page on the diffrent aspects of Bullying from CNN.
Research Article about Bullying
Researchers are exploring ways to leverage online social networks to reach at-risk LGB adolescents and young adults. Their article is available online for free.
Silenzio, Vincent M. B., et al. 2009. Connecting the invisible dots: Reaching lesbian, gay, and bisexual adolescents and young adults at risk for suicide through online social networks. Social science & medicine 69, no. 3:469-474.
Huffington Post: LGBT People Need to Take the Fight Back to School
"I'm hoping it's just the few people who I see on listserves and the few, better-known gay and pro-gay people out there who think that DADT repeal and same-sex marriage would solve the problem of homophobic bullying in schools. They won't -- gay teen suicides resulting from bullying happen in states from across the spectrum, even in very gay-friendly Massachusetts -- and solutions to this problem are going to have to focus on schools themselves."
Washington Post: How to make schools safer for gay students
The Washington Post Education section has an Article by guest columnist, Kevin G. Welner, professor of education policy and program evaluation in the School of Education at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and director of the National Education Policy Center.
Safe at School: Addressing the School Environment and LGBT Safety through Policy and Legislation
This brief (a collaboration of the Williams Institute in the UCLA Law School and the National Education Policy Center (NEPC)) describes this issue, presents concrete policy recommendations, and then offers model statutory code language to implement many of those recommendations.
Last Updated: 5 February 2016
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