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LGBT Families Training Materials - National LGBT Health Education Center
LGBT Families

LGBT Families


LGBT Families

Building Your Family: LGBTQ Reproductive Options

Faculty: Dr. Rebekah Viloria
Fenway Health
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Dr. Rebekah Viloria, OBGYN at Fenway Health and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, presents the most up-to-date options and strategies for LGBTQ people to build a family. This webinar covers options for conception including alternative insemination, IVF, IUI, and more.

Originally produced as a live webinar on 5/15/2019

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Addressing Opioid Use Disorders among LGBT People through Trauma-informed Care and Behavioral Health Integration

Dr. Keuroghlian will describe the epidemiology of opioid use disorders in the LGBT population, while identifying LGBT subpopulations at increased risk. He will then discuss best practices in addressing opioid use disorders among LGBT people.

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LGBT Families: Improving Access to Better Health Care

Originally Presented On: April 9, 2014

Faculty: Michael Porcello, Esq, Legislative Counsel for the Family Equality Council

Sponsors: The Family Equality Council and the National LGBT Health Education Center

Increasing numbers of LGBT people are forming unions and building families in an ever-changing legal landscape. In order to increase access to quality care for LGBT couples and families, health care providers may need to familiarize themselves with the current local and federal policies that affect LGBT health care. In this webinar, Michael Porcello, Legislative Counsel for the Family Equality Council, will focus on health care access issues for LGBT couples and families, including implications from the Affordable Care Act, and will offer suggestions for improving health care access for LGBT families. This webinar is the first of a two-part series on LGBT families being offered by the Family Equality Council and the National LGBT Health Education Center.

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Pathways to LGBT Parenthood: Assisted Reproduction and Adoption

Originally Presented On: June 12, 2014

Faculty: Kim Bergman, PhD, Growing Generations and Family Equality Council, and Ethan Brackett, MD, Fenway Health

Sponsors: The Family Equality Council and the National LGBT Health Education Center

In the U.S., about three million parents are LGBT people, and many more desire to become parents. In this webinar, Kim Bergman, PhD and Ethan Brackett, MD will discuss ways in which health care providers can assist same-sex couples and other LGBT patients in their pursuit of becoming parents. The speakers will touch on the often complex clinical and mental health aspects related to the process of adoption, fostering, surrogacy, and donor insemination. This webinar is the second in a two-part series with the Family Equality Council. To watch the first webinar “on demand,” click here.

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Caring for LGBTQ Youth in Clinical Settings

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth (12-24 years) must navigate the typical challenges of adolescence while also managing the social stigma associated with their emerging sexual and gender minority identities. As a result, many LGBT youth are at higher risk for certain behavioral and emotional issues, homelessness, as well as bullying and other forms of victimization. This module discusses the unique health and developmental challenges of LGBT youth, and describes ways to address these issues in the clinical setting. Through sensitive, confidential communication with LGBT youth, clinicians can become a vital source of support for this vulnerable population.

This module will:

  1. Identify the unique developmental challenges and health disparities of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) youth (12-24 years)
  2. Describe barriers to accessing healthcare by LGBTQ youth
  3. Describe ways to talk to LGBTQ youth about their sexual and gender identity
  4. Explain strategies for interviewing, supporting, and educating LGBTQ youth on social, health, and behavioral concerns
  5. Provide access to additional resources for improving the health and well-being of young LGBTQ patients

This activity has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 1.0 Prescribed credits by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Participants should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in this activity.

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Family & Parenting Resources

LGBT Family & Parenting Services (Fenway Health)

Fenway Health’s program, offering medical alternatives for achieving conception, as well as a support network, education, and advocacy. Fenway’s website offers information on educational presentations where parents can network, as well as adoption resources, legal referrals, surrogacy resources, and other information for prospective LGBT parents and children of LGBT parents.

Lesbian & Gay Parenting

A report published by the American Psychological Association (APA), targeted toward clinicians, researchers, students, lawyers, and parents who impact legal and policy changes related to lesbian and gay parenting. The report includes a summary of research and additional resources on lesbian and gay parenting.

Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)

PFLAG is made up of LGBT individuals and their family members and friends who identify as allies. The organization aims to end discrimination against LGBT people through advocacy and activist efforts, fueled by this support. The organization’s website hosts information about the many chapters of PFLAG across the country, and also offers news, a list of PFLAG events, and resources for finding support.

Family Equality Council

An organization supporting families with LGBT parents. Family Equality Council’s website includes information about events and meet-ups where families with LGBT parents can connect, as well as news, the history of the group’s impact, and their blog, The Family Room.

Family Acceptance Project

A research-based initiative working to end discrimination against LGBT youth in the context of their families, cultures and faith communities. Their website features this research, as well as publications, trainings, and family videos intended to increase awareness, acceptance, and allyship among families and community members.

Gender Spectrum

Gender Spectrum offers information and resources to help families, schools, professionals and organizations better understand gender identity and expression, and to better advocate for transgender and gender non-conforming youth. Their website also features information on current issues around gender identity, as well as information on how to connect with other adults who are working to become advocates for transgender and gender non-conforming youth in their environments.

Helping Families Support Their Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Children

This 2009 practice brief by Caitlin Ryan, Ph.D., A.C.S.W. is targeted toward families, caretakers, advocates, and providers, and offers basic information around issues faced by LGBT youth, research around the impact of families on the health of LGBT youth, and some information on how to become an advocate for the LGBT youth in their lives.