On Resources, Pt 2.

If you’ve been following this blog from the start (or maybe you just found it and read posts from the past), you may remember that I wrote a piece listing LGBTQ+ resources. While over the years I’ve shared an abundance of information and other sources, I thought it was about time to do another round up. These will be a bit more concentrated and unique to what the last article was. Even if you aren’t struggling or seeking help, I suggest checking these out in case someone you know needs them.

Sex Education

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I’m really passionate about good sex education and this is a resource that is hard to come by in the classroom. Luckily, I think the internet has helped us out a lot. Along with Sexplanations on YouTube, I recommend these three sites.

Scareleteen, http://www.scarleteen.com/tags/lgbtq

Go Ask Alice http://www.goaskalice.columbia.edu/search/node/LGBTQ

Sex, ETC https://sexetc.org/sex-ed/info-center/stories/?topic=stories-lgbtq

Coming out

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I have been talking a lot about coming out lately. It’s fun to recognize how public I am about my identities, but I recognize that not everyone is the same. If it’s something you’re struggling with, The Trevor Project has a free PDF that might be helpful for you. Additionally, while I know YouTube may be looked down upon (due to demonetization of LGBTQ videos), checking out coming out videos may be of use if you’re trying to navigate what a conversation might look like.

Gender expression

Fashion can be hard and while I really like to be myself and find random pieces at the GoodWill, inspiration can be fun. I suggest Pinterest and Tumblr for ideas. I love the big fashion and beauty platforms that have been created.

Books

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I think LGBTQ literature is limited, and have discussed my recommendations here and here. For more, I suggest user-creator book lists on GoodReads. I think it’s a great platform for all ideas and always love reading the reviews. It’s fun to connect with friends and keep up to date with what others are reading or have read in the past. Kind of like a FaceBook about books.

Relationships and domestic violence

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I will probably talk about relationships soon and have discussed abuse in the LGBTQ Community here. If you want more information on healthy relationships, I suggest this website. There is a live chat option, a text line, and a hotline. They also have helpful resources to read about that include ones specific for LGBTQ folks.

Substance abuse and mental health

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I haven’t talked about the intersection between drug abuse and LGBTQ+ identities on my blog, yet. If you’re struggling and looking for resources, check out SAMHSA, a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Their locator that you can see here lets you filter LGBTQ-friendly facilities. Or, Recovery Village has LGBTQ specific resources here.

Eating Disorders

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I wrote about the intersection between eating disorders and the LGBTQ Community here.

If you’re looking for support regarding eating disorders, I suggest NEDA, the National Eating Disorder Association. This link will bring to a page that can help you find local resources. It lets you check LGBTQ as a population they serve to make sure you get proper treatment.

Plus! A friend of mine came up with an idea to signal to others whether folks y’all are hanging out with know your chosen name and pronouns. Check it out below.

Nonverbal communication for preventing the use of misgendering and dead names:

I hope this gave you some more resources for over-arching topics you may be looking for. Check out all the links and some more below!

Resources Listed and A Few More:

Sexplanations by Lindsey Doe, YouTube.

Learn more about the demonetization:

upperchaseCHASE1, MissFenderr, Ello Steph, and Lindsey Doe

Scareleteen, http://www.scarleteen.com/tags/lgbtq

Go Ask Alice http://www.goaskalice.columbia.edu/search/node/LGBTQ

Sex, ETC https://sexetc.org/sex-ed/info-center/stories/?topic=stories-lgbtq

Jeffrey Fishberger, MD. Phoenix Schneider, MSW. and Henry Ng, MD, FAAP. Coming Out As You. The Trevor Project. https://www.thetrevorproject.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/ComingOutAsYou.pdf

YouTube Spotlight. Inspiring Coming Out Videos. YouTube Playlist. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbpi6ZahtOH7TRjoEuTlTN3JEUVo49uwV

Pinterest and Tumblr.

Also Check Out:

Zulch, M. How Getting Dressed as a Non-Binary Individual is a Political Act. https://www.bustle.com/articles/125713-how-getting-dressed-as-a-non-binary-individual-is-a-political-act

LGBT Good Reads.

Also Check Out:

Brittain, R. Our Most Anticipated LGBTQ Books of 2018. Book Riot. https://bookriot.com/2018/01/03/most-anticipated-lgbtq-books-of-2018/

Penn, F. and Darden, C. 16 LGBT Books That Will Actually Change Your Life. Buzzfeed. https://www.buzzfeed.com/farrahpenn/the-most-influential-lgbt-books?utm_term=.oo8JxrkeQ#.mh7j39plb

Love is Respect.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Locator Map. SAMHSA. https://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/locator

Also Check Out:

LGBTQ+ Health & Well-being Guide. Drugwatch. https://www.drugwatch.com/health/LGBTQ+/

NEDA Treatment Locator. National Eating Disorder Association. https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/find-treatment/treatment-and-support-groups

Also Check Out:

Clerk, A. Trans Folks, Body Image, and Eating Disorders: Why We Must Shift the Narrative. https://everydayfeminism.com/2015/03/trans-folks-eating-disorders/

Fabello, M. Eating Disorder Recovery: 5 Ways to Work Through Your Fear of a Relapse. Everyday Feminism. https://everydayfeminism.com/2013/06/ed-recovery-fear-of-relapse/

(I also just suggested exploring Everyday Feminism’s articles on this topic here)

May, M. This could save a Queer Life. Daily Motion. https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x6lq789

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