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  • Why libraries matter so much to lgbt teensTermsResearching LGBT issuesCollection developmentWorking with LGBT youthPoliciesCommunity Partners
  • Biological sex includes chromosomes (XX for assigned females; XY for assigned males); hormones (estrogen/progesterone for assigned females, testosterone for assigned males); and internal and external genitalia (vulva, clitoris, vagina for assigned females, penis and testicles for assigned males). Given the potential variation in all of these, biological sex must be seen as a spectrum or range of possibilities rather than a binary set of two options (see “Intersex”).One’s gender identity can be the same or different than the sex assigned at birth. Individuals become conscious of this between the ages 18 months and 3 years. Most people develop a gender identity that matches their biological sex. For some, however, their gender identity is different from their biological or assigned sex. Some of these individuals choose to socially, hormonally and/or surgically change their physical appearance to more fully match their gender identity.Someone who identifies as “gender nonconforming” is not necessarily transgender. While their expression of gender may fall outside of those considered typical for their assigned birth gender, they may identify as that gender nonetheless. Some distinguish between these two terms by how an individual is perceived. That is, a “gender nonconforming” individual may have their atypical expression experienced by others either neutrally or even positively. “Gender variant” might be used to identify an individual whose gender expression is viewed negatively by others.Gender fluid children do not feel confined by restrictive boundaries of stereotypical expectations of girls or boys. In other words, a child may feel they are a girl some days and a boy on others, or a combination, or possibly feel that neither term describes them accurately.In most cases, these children are atno medical risk, but most are assigned a biological sex (male or female) by their doctors and/or families.Gender characteristics can change over time and are different between cultures. Gender is often used synonymously with sex, but this is inaccurate because sex refers to physical/biological characteristics and gender refers to social and emotional attributes.Transition can occur in three ways: social transition through nonpermanent changes in clothing, hairstyle, name and/or pronouns; medical transition through the useof medicines such as hormone “blockers” or cross hormones to promote gender-based body changes; and/or surgical transition in which an individual’s body is modified through the addition or removal of gender-related physical traitsThis physical transition is a complicated, multi-step process that may take years and may include, but is not limited to, sex reassignment surgery.
  • Gender expression also works the other way as people assign gender to others based on their appearance, mannerisms, and other gendered characteristics. Sometimes, transgender people seek to match their physical expression with their gender identity, rather than their birth-assigned sex. Gender expression should not be viewed as an indication of sexual orientation.Our culture recognizes two basic gender roles: Masculine (having the qualities attributed to males) and feminine (having the qualities attributed to females). People who step out of their socially assigned gender roles are sometimes referred to as transgender. Other cultures havethree or more gender roles.More narrowly defined, it refers to an individual whose gender identity does not match their assigned birth gender. Being transgender does not imply any specific sexual orientation (attraction to people of a specific gender.) Therefore, transgender people may additionally identify as straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, etc.Our sexual orientation and our gender identity are separate, distinct parts of our overall identity. Although a child may not yet be aware of their sexual orientation, they usually have a strong sense of their gender identity.Genderqueer individuals typically reject notions of static categories of gender and embrace a fluidity of gender identity and sexual orientation. This term is typically assigned an adult identifier and notused in reference to pre-adolescent childrenCis- from Latin meaning "on the same side [as]" or "on this side[of]").
  • Ensure Access ExistsKnox County schools were blocking sites selectively, became an ACLU court caseEnsure that sites LGBT information are available and not blocked
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  • Memphis Area Gay Youth (MAGY) - P.O. Box 241852, Memphis, TN 38124; Phone:  (901) 335-MAGY (335-6249); Email: ; Website: Support Student Safety - Nashville. Website: (pdf format); Email is changemyschool@gmail.comOne-In-Teen Youth Services (OIT) - Meeting address: 109 29th Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37203; Mailing address: P. O. Box 40886, Nashville, TN 37204; Telephone 615.321.7288; Toll free telephone: 1-877-ONE-IN-TN (877-663-4686); Email:; Website:  Safe Spaces Encourage Youth (LGBTQ) Support Group - a community based LBGTQ youth group sponsored by and located at the We Care Child & Family Services office. Address: 111 Ewing St., PO Box 472, Guthrie, KY 42234; Phone: (270) 483-6220; Toll Free: (866) 307-0401; Fax: (270) 483-6221; Contact Form:; Web:  We Care offers a unique foster/mentor program for Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, Transgender, Questioning Youth (LBGTQ) to encourage the self realization of orientation and identity, using their strength as an individual. Serving youth from Todd, Logan, Christian and Trigg counties in Kentucky and Montgomery County in Tennessee.Friends for Life43 N Cleveland StreetMemphis, TN 38104901-272-0855www.friendsforlifecorp.orginfo@midsouthpride.orgmidsouthpride.wordpress.comParents, Friends & Families of Lesbians & Gays -, Friends & Families of Lesbians & Gays - Olive Branch901-264-0938pflagobms@gmail.comwww.pflagobms.orgTennessee Equality Project - Shelby Countyshelbycounty@tnequalityproject.comwww.tnequalityproject.orgTennessee Transgender Political CoalitionP.O. Box 92335Nashville, TN
  • Working with lgbt teens final

    1. 1. Working with LGBTQ Youth Heather Lambert
    2. 2. Numbers and stats Access Research Community Policies
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    5. 5. Ally: any non-LGBT person who supports and stands up for the rights of LGBT people. Closeted / “In the Closet”: describes a person who keeps their sexual orientation or gender identity a secret from some or all people. Coming Out: the process of acknowledging one’s sexual orientation and/or gender identity to other people. For most LGBT people this is a life-long process. LGBT / GLBT: acronyms for “lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender.” Openly Gay / Lesbian / Bisexual / Transgender: a person who publicly acknowledges their sexual orientation or gender identity. Outing: the act of revealing an LGBT person’s sexual orientation or gender identity without that person’s consent. Queer: an umbrella term used by some LGBT people to refer to themselves. In the past, this term has been considered offensive and some LGBT people still consider it so. Questioning: a person who is unsure about their sexual orientation or gender identity.
    6. 6. Biological/Anatomical Sex The physical structure of one’s reproductive organs that is used to assign sex at birth. Gender Identity One's innermost concept of self as male or female or both or neither—how individuals perceive themselves and what they call themselves. Gender nonconforming/Gender variant Refers to individuals whose behaviors and/or interests fall outside what is considered typical for their assigned sex at birth. Cross Gender Used to describe children who have adopted attributes that transgress the usual socially assigned gender roles or expectation, or who do not identify as either of the two sexes as currently defined. Gender Fluidity Gender fluidity conveys a wider, more flexible range of gender expression, with interests and behaviors that may change, even from day to day DSD/Intersex Disorders/Differences of Sexual Development. About 1% of children are born with chromosomes, hormones, genitalia and/or other sex characteristics that are not exclusively male or female as defined by the medical establishment in our society. FtM (Female to Male)/Affirmed male/transboy A child or adult who was born anatomically female but has a male gender identity. MtF (Male to Female)/Affirmed female/transgirl A child or adult who was born anatomically male but has a female gender identity. Gender A socially constructed system of classification that ascribes qualities of masculinity and femininity to people. Transition The process by which a transgender individual strives to have physical presentation more closely align with identity.
    7. 7. Transphobia Fear or hatred of transgender people; transphobia is manifested in a number of ways, including violence, harassment, and discrimination. Gender Expression Refers to the ways in which people externally communicate their gender identity to others through behavior, clothing, haircut, voice, and other forms of presentation. Gender Role This is the set of roles, activities, expectations and behaviors assigned to females and males by society. Transgender Sometimes used as an umbrella to describe anyone whose identity or behavior falls outside of stereotypical gender norms. Sexual Orientation Term that refers to being romantically or sexually attracted to people of a specific gender. Genderqueer This term represents a blurring of the lines around gender identity and sexual orientation. Gender Normative/Cisgender Refers to people whose sex assignment at birth corresponds to their gender identity and expression Transsexuals Individuals who do not identify with their birth-assigned genders and physically alter their bodies surgically and/or hormonally. • 510-567-3977 •
    8. 8. 39% 28% 21% 11% 1% Self identifying bi-sexual gay lesbian other queer Tennessee LGBT Demographics
    9. 9. 81% 19% What Level of School high school middle school
    10. 10. 97% 3% Who teens live with immediate family extended family
    11. 11. 41% 37% 22% Where TN youth live suburban rural urban
    12. 12. Why libraries matter? Sometimes we are the only place they have to go.
    13. 13. More than half of TN youth (58%) report being excluded because they were different and 35% report it happening frequently or often. Six in ten Tennessee LGBT youth respondents report being the target of gay slurs and the same percentage report being verbally harassed, either frequently, often or sometimes. Almost one quarter (24%) report being the target of cyber- bullying frequently or often. Approximately two in ten TN youth report being physically assaulted punched, kicked or shoved at school. When asked if these acts of harassment and bullying had happened to them because of their sexual orientation or gender identity 82% responded “Yes”.
    14. 14. Only 3% of the survey respondents reported their community as “very accepting” of LGBTQ people. 32% of Tennessee youth respondents reported their communities as “very un-accepting.” 46% of the Tennessee sample reported “strongly agreed” that they would need to move to another city, town or another part of the country to really feel accepted. Resources for Tennessee LGBT Youth Less than half (42%) of the Tennessee LGBT youth in the survey report having an adult family member they could turn to if they were sad. 52% reported having an adult member of the community they could turn to if they were sad. The full report can be found at
    15. 15. 1. OUT 2. The Advocate 3. Instinct Magazine 4. Metrosource 5. The San Francisco Bay Times 6. The Official New York City Pride Guide 7. Pink Magazine 8. Passport 9. Cybersocket 10. Curve Magazines
    16. 16. TEL Databases Health Reference Center (TEL) Academic and medical articles on LGBTQ issues Opposing Viewpoints (TEL) Commentary's, videos, maps and contemporary issues in the LGBTQ community. Gender Studies Collection (Gale) (TEL) The Gender Studies Collection provides access to hundreds of thousands of articles with balanced coverage on such topics as gender studies, sexual behavior surveys, family and marital issues, conversion therapy, gay and lesbian rights, homophobia, health aspects and many more. Leading journals in the field are covered and updated daily, including: Advocate, Feminist Studies, Gay & Lesbian Review Worldwide, Journal of Men's Studies, Journal of theHistory of Sexuality, Off Our Backs and more Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) (TEL) Several reference holdings including Gay And Lesbian health, Introduction to Gay Rights Movement, Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender and Gender Issues and Sexuality: Essential Primary Sources.
    17. 17. Databases Academic Search (EBSCO)This comprehensive, multidisciplinary database compiles several Other EBSCO databases, including Academic Search Premier, with 4,500 journals, LGBT Life with Full Text, with 50 of the leading GLBT journals, periodicals, and newspapers, and MEDLINE, produced by the National Library of Medicine. Most articles are full text. Gender Watch A full text database of 175 publications about how gender affects society. Humanities oriented, focusing on gender studies, law, history, and some psychology. Community PsychINFO An index of 1300 psychology related publications, including links to 250 full text journals and web documents. Sociological Abstracts An index to international literature in sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences, including article abstracts and links to full text articles. Alt-Press Watch A collection of full text underground and alternative newspapers and periodicals. Subject Headings (called Topics) do not lend themselves to intersex-related research, and keyword searches are advised.
    18. 18. Electronic Journals Journal of Homosexuality A peer- reviewed journal published by Haworth Press, one of the oldest gay and lesbian academic journals, and explores the political, social, and moral implications of research on human sexuality. Online holdings go back to 1993, print issues can be found in the GLBT Student Support Services Library going back to 1984. International Journal of Sexual Health A peer- reviewed journal published by Haworth Press, and the official journal of the World Association for Sexual Health, this journal is dedicated to the basic understanding of sexual health through a positive approach to all sexualities. American Journal of Sexuality Education A peer-reviewed journal published by Haworth Press aimed at providing sexuality educators with the latest research on sexuality education programming, including reports on curriculum development and assessment, literature reviews, scholarly commentary, and book and film reviews. Journal of Psychology & Human Sexuality A peer-reviewed journal published by Haworth Press on the psychology behind sexual behavior, including clinical, counseling, educational, social, experimental, psychoendocrinological, and psycho-neuroscience research.
    19. 19. Journals American Sexuality AIDS Education and Prevention Culture, Health and Sexuality GLQ a journal of lesbian and Gay Studies Gender Forum Journal of bisexuality Journal of Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Identity Journal of Homosexuality Journal of Lesbian Studies Sexualities, Evolution & GenderSex Roles: A Journal of Research
    20. 20. Websites People with a History: An Online Guide to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans* History glbtq: An Encyclopedia of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Culture The International Encyclopedia of Sexuality, Volume I – IV 1997- 2001 Human Sexuality: An Encyclopedia Archive for Sexology: Books/Monographs Internet Public Library
    21. 21. Suggested search terms Gay Gays Homosexuality Queer theory Same-sex GLBT Sexual orientation Homophobia LGBT Questioning people Questioning youth Homophobia Queer Sexual minorities Same sex marriage Intersex Gender identity Agender Androgyne Bigender (Nonbinary) Cross dresser Demigirl Demiguy Epicene Transfeminine Gender Identity Pronouns: “Hir” “S/he” or “ze” Romantic Orientation Sexual Orientation Transgender Gender identity Gender expression
    22. 22. "GLBT Controlled Vocabularies and Classification Schemes", American Library Association, December 29, 2009. (Accessed September 12, 2013) Document ID: 54b116d0-8cbf-c8f4-fd24-d0684fbd7bc1 INFORMATION FOR: Gender identity. Select a Link Below to Continue... Authority Record Narrower Term: Intersex people--Identity Narrower Term: Transgender people--Identity. Narrower Term: Transgenderism. Narrower Term: Transsexuals--Identity. See Also: Queer theory. bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?DB=local&PAGE=First Authority Control
    23. 23. Tips Don’t be surprised when a youth comes out to you Respect Confidentiality Be informed and examine your own biases Know when and where to seek help Maintain a balanced perspective Understand the meaning of sexual orientation and gender identity Deal with feeling first Be supportive Anticipate some confusion Help, but do not force Don’t try to guess who is LGBT Challenge homophobic remarks and jokes
    24. 24. Community Partners Safe Spaces Parents, Friends and Families of Lesbians and Gays PFLaG Memphis Area Gay Youth (MAGY) MNPS:Support Student Safety Nashville One-in-Teen Youth Services (OIT) Friends for Life Memphis Midsouthpride Parents Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition GLSEN East TN GLSEN Middle TN Nashville GBLT Chamber of Commerce
    25. 25. Outreach Resources Forty to None Matthew Shepard Foundation GLSEN The Trevor Project Family Acceptance Project PLFAG Family Equality Council Covenant House True Colors Fund No H8 Campaign Stand Up for Kids Youth Pride National National Safe Place
    26. 26. Bibliography American Psychological Association. (2002).Working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and questioning youth: Cultural considerations for working with youth of color. Adapted from Support services for sexual minority youth withpermission from the San Francisco Unified School District’s School Health Programs Department. ©2002 by the American Psychological Association. Storts-Brinks, Karyn. "Censorship online: one school librarian's journey to provide access to LGBT resources." Knowledge Quest 39.1 (2010): 22+. Academic OneFile. Web. 9 S Goldsmith, Francisca. "Martin, Hillias J., Jr. & James R. Murdock. Serving Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Teens: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians." School Library Journal June 2007: 184. Academic OneFile. Web. 9 Sept. 2013.Document URL ept. 2013. US_GLBTQyouth.html#Tennessee%20%28TN%29 july-2012/