Teen Sex: Online Resources

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Youth Resources

OutProud

Web site: http://www.outproud.org/

The Web home for the National Coalition for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Youth, OutProud is a nonprofit group dedicated to giving resources, info, advocacy, and support to GLBT teens, in order to help them "become happy, successful, confident and vital gay, lesbian, and bisexual adults." An extensive Q&A section addresses common concerns: "How do I know if I'm gay?" "I'm in 9th grade and think I'm a lesbian. Is it the right time to label myself?" OutProud also links to news articles regarding gay issues, so that teens are informed about what is currently affecting the GLBT community.

What Parents Like: A comprehensive listing of books for families of teens who are gay, bisexual, lesbian, or transgender.

What Teens Like: A "local support" finder that connects teens with other GLBT teens; visitors enter their area code to find queer foundations, community centers, and social groups.

YouthResource

Web site: http://www.youthresource.com

A peer-to-peer advocacy group for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning tweens and teens, YouthResource is committed to providing young visitors facts about the GLBTQ community and the health issues affecting those in it. The site has an extensive network of Peer Educators -- youth ages 13-24 from across the country -- who answer individual and frequently asked questions by visitors.

What Parents Like: An advocacy section where visitors can sign petitions for federal program funding, read about GLBTQ-related internships, and read about local and national events.

What Teens Like: Specific communities tailored to members' interests or backgrounds -- Youth of Color, Deaf Queer Youth, questioning youth -- where members can speak out about GLBTQ issues.

Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)

Web site: http://www.pflag.org

Over 30 years ago, one mother joined her son at a gay rights parade in New York City. Soon, she organized a support group for the families of other parade-attendees in a local church basement, and today PFLAG is over 250,000 members strong. The Web site is a comprehensive resource for individuals looking to come out and seek the support of their families; it includes a local chapter finder, coming-out stories, and a local and national initiative listing.

What Parents Like: A weekly e-mail newsletter that delivers up-to-the-minute happenings across the country that specifically affect GLBTQ individuals.

What Teens Like: A thorough frequently asked questions area that gives honest advice to queries like: "Is there something wrong with being gay?" "Can gay people have families?" "Why do people come out?"

HealthyKids.com, 2005

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