Professionals Resources and Frequently Asked Questions

If you work with youth and need information about the LGBT+ community, please use our resources to guide you.

For more information on the following topics, please call 407.228.1446 or write info@zebrayouth.org. If you are having an emergency, please dial 911.

How do I handle a teen with gender identity issues?

Let the teen express their feelings and thoughts to you in a safe and comfortable environment.  Educate them on gender identity and sexual orientation, explaining the difference between the two.  Suggest for them to meet and talk with other people who feel the same way by joining a local LGBT+ youth group/organization.
http://www.ehow.com/how_2155641_counsel-teen-gender-identity-issues.html

The National Youth Advocacy Coalition is one organization to reach out and connect to by visiting the website at: http://www.nyacyouth.org

How are sexual orientation and sexual identity determined?

Sexual orientation refers to “a person’s emotional, romantic, and sexual attraction to individuals of a particular gender (male or female)” according to WebMD.  An individual is usually aware of their sexual orientation during their adolescent years and it is determined based on how they feel romantically towards the opposite sex or same sex.  Sexual identity is the sex with which a person identifies or how they see themselves.
http://www.webmd.com/sex-relationships/guide/sexual-orientation
http://www.yoursexhealth.org/html/details.php?det=0,2

What should I do if I feel uncomfortable giving guidance to LGBT+ youth?

You should be honest and let the teen know you are uncomfortable discussing the topic with them.  Have a list of resources they can contact to talk to someone who is willing to listen and comfortable giving advice.  After time has passed and you feel comfortable enough to give advice to LGBT+ youth, let the teen know.
http://www.glsen.org/cgi-bin/iowa/all/news/record/1290.html

Here are a few resources for LGBT+ youth to contact:

GLSEN: Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network
212-727-0135
www.glsen.org

Be Real Inc.
407-443-7025
www.Berealorlando.org

The Gay, Lesbian & Bisexual Community Center of Central Florida, Inc.
407-228-8272
www.glbcc.org

Where can I find more information about the LGBT+ community?

The Internet.  It contains more information on the LGBT+ community than could fit on this page.  National and local organizations websites are a great place to find facts, FAQs, group meetings, upcoming events, phone numbers and much more.

Here are a few sites to look at to find out more information:

PFLAG: Parents, Families, & Friends of Lesbians and Gays
www.pflag.org

GLSEN: Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network
www.glsen.org

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
http://www.thetaskforce.org/

Should I be telling anyone in the child’s family or group of friends so they can have support from someone else?

No, it is up to the individual to choose who they want to tell.  The child decided to confide in you, do not break their trust by telling their parents or friends.  When they are ready they will tell their family and friends, so continue to provide support and understanding towards the child.


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