Building Family Acceptance and Support for LGBT Youth

Family-centered programs to reduce risk and promote well-being for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth from ethnically and religiously diverse families

    • September 17, 2013

The Family Acceptance Project at San Francisco State University implemented a research-based family model of prevention and care to decrease family rejection and increase family support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) adolescents.

Dates of Project: July 2008 to July 2012

Description: Research shows that LGBT adolescents who are rejected by their families are at higher risk for serious health and mental health concerns than LGBT youth who report low or no family rejection. In addition, family acceptance helps protect against risk and helps promote well-being for LGBT young people. However, a survey of LGBT programs across California found very few services or activities to help families support their LGBT children. And few services are available nationwide to help ethnically or religiously diverse families support their LGBT children.

The project team developed and implemented a research-based model of family-related prevention and care that uses education, skill building, counseling and social support to decrease family rejection and increase family support for LGBT adolescents.

The effort included education sessions with 443 families and family interventions for 72 diverse and low-income families; trainings for 18,500 providers and school administrators; facilitating policy changes among medical and mental health professional associations; and communications activities.

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Diverse families can learn to support their LGBT children when presented with culturally resonant guidance