LGBTQ+ families and allies

Despite a rise in support and acceptance, the LGBTQ+ community continues to face significant disparities in health outcomes, safety, and legal protections. For many LGBTQ+ individuals the process of “coming out” can be scary and stressful. The fear of negative reception or rejection can be overwhelming and intimidating.

Gaining acceptance from family, friends, and community members is crucial in affirming one’s identity and establishing trust. LGBTQ+ individuals who are supported and affirmed have significantly improved health outcomes and satisfaction with life. Studies show that rates of depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideation are drastically reduced with family and community acceptance. The following are resources to help you better support your friend, family member, or the LGBTQ+ community as a whole.



LGBTQ+ Youth

Transgender and Gender Diverse

How can you support someone who is transgender?

  • Learn all you can about gender identity
  • Learn to use the right pronouns (“he,” “him,” “she,” “her,” “they,” “them”). Don’t be afraid to ask which pronouns the person prefers.
  • If the person is changing their name, use that new name when you talk to or about the person.

GLAAD Tips for Allies of Transgender People
GLAAD Transgender Glossary of Terms
Transgender Visibility Guide 

More Education and advocacy:

Data and Statistics

Mental Health