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PFLAG Westminster – Carroll County, Maryland Chapter

Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays - Moving Equality Forward
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Resources and Links

  A great many resources are  available.   This is but a partial listing. We hope  it will  help to get you started.
   Please feel free to contact us for more information.

PFLAG Columbia-Howard County


Frederick-Central MD PFLAG Chapter

National PFLAG

Maryland Transgender Support

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Coming Out:

The Journey to Acceptance for LGBT Persons and Their Families

For Young Adults: Coming Out to your Parents

Be Yourself – PFLAG Booklet you can Download

About.com Lesbian Life Guide: Coming Out as Lesbian/Bisexual/Trans

Coming Out Young (Curve Magazine July/Aug. 2011)

Project OutSend a letter.

Suggested Reading on Coming Out, Families & Other LGBT Topics

Helplines & Health Resources

The Trevor Project – Suicide Resources
24 hour HelpLine – 866-4-U-TREVOR or 866-488-7386

Gay & Lesbian National Helpline –  free and confidential peer-counseling, information, & local resources (with over 18,000 listings on subjects such as coming-out issues, relationship concerns, HIV/AIDS anxiety safer-sex information and lots more.

Chase-Brexton Health Services, Inc.

NALGAP – National Association of Lesbian & Gay Bisexual & Transgender Addiction Professionals offers a  helpful down-loadable training guide. NALGAP is a membership organization founded in 1979 & dedicated to the prevention & treatment of alcoholism, substance abuse, & other addictions in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer communities.

Mental Health America:  How to talk with Kids about Sexual Orientation & Prejudice : Downloadable material – Helpful information for discussing  with children of varying ages.

What Makes Someone Gay? –    by The National Mental Health Association –
Some people believe gay people are born gay, while others believe they choose to be gay. Most researchers believe sexual orientation is complex, and that biology plays an important role. This means that many people are born with their sexual orientation, or that it is established at an early age.

LGBTQ friendly LIFE COACH  — Help with getting unstuck to reach your goals quicker & easier than going it alone…for career counseling, dating, personal happiness, and much more. Mentoring for children (10+), adults, couples, and families.

LGBTQ Drug Rehab & Resources

DrugRehab.com is a web resource provided and funded by Advanced Recovery Systems. Since 2015, the website has provided researched, fact-based resources for free. Readers can learn about risks of various substances, the latest approaches to treatment and real stories of recovery


Steve Charing  OUTspoken: Commentary on a variety of issues  focusing on the struggle for LGBT equality by Senior Political Analyst for Baltimore OUTloud Newspaper

 Bondings 2.0 by New Ways Ministries – a Catholic LGBT Support and Advocacy Organization. Not just of interest to Catholics. There is interesting material  and ideas for people of all faiths.

Straight Forward: Support for the Straight Spouse. By a local therapist, who is herself a Straight Spouse.

Raising My Rainbow:   Adventures in raising a fabulously gender creative son!

Resources for Students and Educators

GLSEN – Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network envisions a future in which every child learns to respect and accept all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.

GLSEN Safe Space Kit  (for Teachers)

How to Start a Gay-Straight Alliance

GLSEN Jump Start Guide (for Students & Gay-Straight Alliances)

Gay-Straight Alliance Network – Support & Networking for GSAs

The Safe Schools Coalition offers resources as a starting point for educators, parents/guardians and youth

Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance program is working to foster school environments that are inclusive and nurturing – classrooms where equality and justice are not just taught, but lived. The program points to the future, helping teachers prepare a new generation to live in a diverse world.

A 93 page curriculum guide for elementary school teachers: Welcoming Schools: A Guide to LGBT Inclusive Lessons and Resources on Family Diversity, Gender and Name-calling for Elementary Schools has been produced by Greater Boston PFLAG and a team of educators.

Discover ways to have healthy conversations with elementary school students about LGBTQ issues.

GLSEN 2009 School Climate Survey: Analysis of 10 years of Data shows LGBT students continue to experience significant Harassment.  You can download  either 20 page Executive Summary or the  full 164 page report at links in upper right hand corner of the page.

STUDENTS: Know Your Rights (Southern Poverty Law Center) This is a valuable resource.

Applications for 2015 PFLAG Columbia-Howard Co. $2,000. SCHOLARSHIP will be available after February 1, 2015 !

B -More Proud

Listserve for LGBT Homeschoolers

BOOKS , DVDs & Media Resources:

PFLAG Chapter Library – Books & DVDs for you to Borrow
For request materials email Chapter Librarian pflagcarroll@gmail.com

Suggested Reading on Coming Out, Families & Other LGBT Topics

Recommended BOOKS for Pre-K & Elementary Age

Printable Picture Books for children with LGBT parents

Gay-Themed Picture Books for Children : Picture books for children about the experience of knowing or having a gay parent, family member or friend

Baltimore Out Loud –  Biweekly Newspaper for Baltimore & surrounding counties.

Advocate Magazine National News Magazine

The Washington Blade

Rainbow RIOT: A magazine for youth with LGBT Parents

IN THE LIFE was the longest running television show documenting the gay experience.   While it discontinued Airing Monthly after December 2012,  a wonderful comprehensive archive of past shows covering a wide range of subjects  continues to be available to watch online.    The show has won multiple awards, including  a three-time Emmy Award nominee for excellence in TV Journalism. By producing diverse images of the LGBT communities, In The Life Media changed hearts and minds by exposing hundreds of thousands of people nationwide to our communities.  This fantastic archive is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.


Religious Resources:

St. Paul’s United Church of Christ – An Open and Affirming Congregation

Cedarhurst UUs A Welcoming Unitarian Congregation

GLBT Affirmative Religious Congregations in MD

What the Bible Says – Metropolitan Community Church

Straight for Equality in Faith Communities (a program of National PFLAG)

Faith in Our Families: Parents, Families and Friends Talk About Religion and Homosexuality. Discovering that a loved one is gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender can pose new questions about your faith and may prompt you to re-evaluate beliefs that you previously took for granted. By using personal experiences, this free downloadable publication provides examples for reconciling your faith with the knowledge that a loved one is gay.  It includes an updated list of gay and lesbian religious and spiritual groups to watch out for.
Download a one-page summary of Faith in Our Families.



Marylanders for MARRIAGE EQUALITY Coalition

Equality Maryland – Maryland’s GLBT Civil Rights Organization

Marriage Equality How you can get involved now.

ACLU’s Get Busy/Get Equal: Information and resources to improve the lives of LGBT people.



Support for Parents

PFLAG Columbia-Howard County Parents’ Forum – 3rd Monday of each Month (7:30-9pm)
A support group  exclusively for Parents & Caregivers of LGBT children (of any age) meets in Columbia, MD.   If you would like to join us in  carpooling to this meeting,  call Judy at 410-848-5705 or June at 410-795-2418.

Lead With Love: a 35-minute documentary created to provide comfort, information, and guidance for parents who have recently learned that their son or daughter is lesbian, gay, or bisexual..

Family Acceptance : One family’s story of a child’s coming-out and their journey to acceptance.

How to Talk with Kids about Sexual Orientation and Prejudice

Fortunate Families – Support & Resources for Catholic Parents

Family Acceptance Project Building healthy futures for Youth

Always My Son :  Family Acceptance Project 15 minute Video. It shows a diverse family which is able to  integrate deeply held religious and personal values with love for their LGBT child

Supportive Families, Healthy Children – Downloadable Booklet developed by Family Acceptance Project.

BLOG Post – When Your Seven Year Old Son Announces I’m Gay

PFLAG Parent Transgender Coordinator & Peer Support : Catherine Hyde – 410-493-3443 – cvhyde@gmail.com.
Also See ‘Transgender’ category listed below for further links to helpful information.




Immediate Support, Education & More at PFLAG Columbia-Howard Co. Website

PFLAG Parent Transgender Coordinator & Peer Support : Catherine Hyde – 410-493-3443 – cvhyde@gmail.com

TNet: PFLAG’s Transgender Network

Gender Spectrum: Here is a wealth of educational information and resources..with a particular focus on children.

Transgender kids: Painful quest to be who they are

    Excellent Audio Interview (52 Minutes): ‘Joy Ladin —Gender and the Syntax of Being: Identity and Transition’

Transgender Support Groups in the Baltimore/Washington Area

TRANSPARENT : Empowering our Children to Live Authentically

Gender BLOG – by Darlene Tando, LCSW

New Title VII and EEOC Rulings Protect Transgender Employees    Trans persons should be aware of what rights they presently enjoy and what can be expected moving ahead. This important paper has been endorsed by Gender Rights MD, the Transgender Law Center, and Freedom to Work

Straight Spouse Support:

PFLAG Straight Spouse Network

Opening the Straight Spouses’ Closet. Finding out a spouse is gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender can be difficult. Questions about sexual orientation, fidelity, self-esteem and fear often go unanswered. This recently updated and expanded free Downloadable PFLAG publication provides insight into issues facing spouses, including coping stages, identity crises, concerns about children and support avenues.

Amity Buxton: Founder of Straight Spouse Network (YouTube Video)   In 1983, after 25 years of marriage, Amity Buxton’s husband, a decorated World War II veteran now buried in Arlington National Cemetery, came out of the closet. Realizing that there were no resources for people like her, she formed the Straight Spouse Network, today the only organization of its kind in the world to support heterosexual partners of gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender people. Amity, author of ‘The Other Side of the Closet’, believes straight spouses are too often untold victims of homophobia and remains an outspoken proponent of equality.

ARTICLE – Huffington Post (9/20/2012)  Collateral Damage in the LGBT Community: Straight Spouses, still in the darkest corner of the closet

ARTICLE – Huffington Post 10/30/2012) Not All ‘Straight Spouses’ Are Straight: Bisexual Spouses in Mixed-Orientation Marriages

Legal Support for LGBT Relationships:

Nolo – Commercial Legal Site

Planning for Non-Traditional Families – 115 Pages (Legal & Tax information -American Bar Ass’n.)

Free State Legal – Pro-Bono Help for Low Income

Lambda Legal

Other Resources and Support:

Gabi Clayton’s GLBTQ and Other Resources:  Resources on subjects too numerous to mention & MORE!

Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Baltimore

Rainbow Families D.C.

COLAGE – Families of GLBT Parents

D.C. Metropolitan Police Department Gay and Lesbian Liason Unit

PW’s Sports Bar and Grill – Howard County’s only gay and lesbian sports bar

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