By: Andrea Dillon
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Homeschoolers are a diverse bunch and the reasons why we homeschool are just as diverse as we are. One of the homeschooling reasons we often hear is bullying and discrimination in the public school system. This is something that many LGBTQ children face as well, so it isn’t surprising that more LGBTQ families are choosing to homeschool.
While homeschooling isn’t necessarily different for LGBTQ homeschooling families, it can be challenging to find resources to help LGBTQ children and their parents. Use this article to find groups, educational information, and more below to help you encourage and support your LGBTQ homeschooler.
LGBTQ Homeschool Support Groups
LGBTQ families can struggle to find other LGBTQ families. If you add in becoming homeschoolers, it can make it even more difficult to find like-minded families with whom you can share your concerns and get answers to day-to-day questions. On this site, we often talk about the importance of finding the right support group to create a sense of community. We’re here to help, so let’s explore some options! .
LGBTQ: for Secular Eclectic Academic Homeschoolers Members
This is a safe place of support, free of judgment, for LGBTQ homeschoolers in SEA. Membership in the main SEA group is a requirement for membership in SEA LGBTG.”
LGBTQ Homeschool Familes
“This group is for LGBTQIPA families and their children. This can include LBGTQIPA parents or parents of LBGTQIPA children.”
Central Florida Rainbow Homeschoolers
“This is a secular space for homeschooling LGBTQ+ families and strong allies throughout Central Florida to plan meetups, share ideas, and be bright spots in each other’s lives. We have multiple ways to participate online and in person each week so please take advantage of them. “
Delmarva LGBTQ+ Homeschool Teens
“This group is a safe place for LGBTQ+ teens, their parents and supporters to come and share, discuss, learn and reach out to. In person meet ups will also be coordinated in an effort to bring this community together in real life and show our teens love, compassion and support as they navigate through their identities and sexuality.”
Miami Homeschool Rainbow Alliance
A homeschool club that brings together LGBTQAI+ and straight students to provide a safe place to socialize and create a platform for social justice.”
Texas GSA Network
While the GSA typically works with students who want help starting or sustaining a GSA club on their school campus, Texas GSA Network serves all school-aged LGBTQIA2+ youth and allies in Texas! This includes homeschoolers! They offer virtual support via Zoom and Discord. Currently, Central Texas and East Texas GSA Coalitions are active, and the North Texas GSA Coalition is getting off the ground in the near future. The GSA is also on the lookout for students in the West and the South who are interested in taking the lead on those coalitions as well.
Many homeschool support groups listed already onsite proclaim themselves not to discriminate because of gender identity. If you know of a support group that is welcoming and supportive of LGBTQ parents and children. please leave a comment below or contact me using this form.
LGBTQ Parenting Groups
If you are looking to make more connections, not specifically homeschooling related, try these LGBTQ parenting groups:
“We are a group of parents who have come together because we have a transgender child. We live all across the United States. Our children are at different ages and at different stages along their journeys. Some are just beginning to transition, some are living authentically as adults already. We come from different backgrounds and most of us have actually not met (yet). What we have in common is an unconditional LOVE for our children. We are allies to the transgender community.”
Mindful Moms of LGBTQ+ Teens
“Welcome! This group is for Moms of LGBTQ+ Teens. This group is a safe space for parents of LGBTQ+ teens to have a place to ask questions, share concerns, process their own feelings and celebrate their victories.”
PFLAG (Parents FLAG)
“PFLAG National’s largest program is supporting its network of more than 400 chapters, which crosses the entire U.S. . From publications to online learning programs, to advocacy support and media training, these are just a small sample of the many ways in which PFLAG National reinforces the efforts of this massive grassroots movement of passionate volunteers in communities across the country.”
PARENTS Support Group Of LGBTQ* Teens, Children, and Adults.
This is a support group ONLY for parents of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender pre-teens, teenagers, and adults. No hate will be tolerated! This group is to support, educate, answer questions, etc for parents who love their children unconditionally.”
Parents of LGBT Children
“A group for parents and/or relatives of children, young and old, who identify as part of the LGBT community. A place to support each other as parents and loved ones as we support our children, and help them with their journey, and identity.“
LGBTQ Groups For Teens
Children need to find groups of their own. Check out these links for LGBT chat areas for children and teens.
Genders & Sexualities Alliance Network“GSA clubs, or GSAs for short, are student-run organizations that unite LGBTQ+ and allied youth to build community and organize around issues impacting them in their schools and communities. GSAs have evolved beyond their traditional role to serve as safe spaces for LGBTQ+ youth in middle schools and high schools, and have emerged as vehicles for deep social change related to racial, gender, and educational justice.”
“A facebook group for teens of the LGBTQ+ community. Anyone who is LGBTQ+ and between the ages of 13 – 20 is allowed.”
LGBTQ+ Teens & Parents
A safe space for teens to just talk about stuff judgment free. NO HARASSMENT!
This is a safe space where LGBTQ teens can get to know one another and find some support.
Q Chat Space
“Q Chat Space provides online discussion groups for LGBTQ+ teens ages 13 to 19. It is not a forum. It is live and chat based; there is no video or audio. Everyone is chatting during the same pre-scheduled time.”
“TrevorSpace is a social networking site for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) youth under 25 and their friends and allies.”
Resources for LGBTQ Families
Knowledge is power! Use these resources to help you learn how to support your LGBTQ homeschoolers and grow as an ally.
Educational Information For LGBTQ Homeschool Parents and Children
As parents, we often feel overwhelmed and struggle to have all the knowledge needed for conversations. Here is some educational information to help you and your children become better informed.
- Are You An Askable Parent
- Caring For LGBTQ Children and Youth
- Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Teens: Facts for Teens and Their Parents
- Helping Families Support Their Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Children–
- My Kid Is Gay
- Understanding Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
- How to Support Adolescents Questioning Their Sexuality
Book Resources for LGBTQ Homeschool Parents and Children
LGBTQ support books to help you and your homeschooler.
“The ABCs of LGBT+ is a #1 Bestselling LGBT book and is essential reading for questioning teens, teachers or parents looking for advice, or anyone who wants to learn how to talk about gender identity and sexual identity.”
“I Promised Not to Tell is a thought-provoking true story that transitions beautifully between the family’s personal journey and some of the larger societal issues that face the transgender community today.”
“Written in an accessible Q&A format, here, finally, is the go-to resource for parents hoping to understand and communicate with their gay child. Through their LGBTQ-oriented site, the authors are uniquely experienced to answer parents’ many questions and share insight and guidance on both emotional and practical topics. Filled with real-life experiences from gay kids and parents, this is the book gay kids want their parents to read.”
“Teen life is hard enough, but for teens who are LGBTQ, it can be even harder. When do you decide to come out? Will your friends accept you? And how do you meet people to date? Queer is a humorous, engaging, and honest guide that helps LGBTQ teens come out to friends and family, navigate their social life, figure out if a crush is also queer, and challenge bigotry and homophobia.”
Additional LGBTQ Resources:
- Explore: Transgender Children & Youth (Human Rights Campaign)
- The Famly Acceptance Project
- Gender Spectrum
- It Gets Better Project
- Stand With Trans
- The Trevor Project
- What Is LGBTQ Discrimination?