RESOURCES 

                     WNY Resources

 

PFLAG Buffalo/Niagara Facebook

Support group for parents, family, and friends of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgendered people, with monthly meetings, a telephone support line, and community advocacy

 

 

Gay and Lesbian Youth Services (GLYS) 

GLYS offers a variety of opportunities & services for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender & questioning youth and their friends, ages 14-21.

.GLYS has monthly meeting for transitioning youth and parents. There is a meeting for youth and a separate support group for parents. Patty Jones is the coordinatior of this important resource on 393 Delaware Avenue in Buffalo

www.glyswny.org.

 

The Center for Psychosexual Health

Serving Buffalo, NY, has the best-trained staff of counseling for gender transitioning & more.

 

Embrace WNY

Local, non-profit organization comprised of gay and straight members of the Western New York community


Pride Center of WNY

A listing of upcoming Pride Center programs, community resources, health care referrals, local events, social groups, and LGBT news. www.pridecenterwny.org

 

The Public/The Loop

r Buffalo's LGBT newspaper included in the local publication The Public once a month.

Spectrum Transgender Group of WNY 

Spectrum is an awarding winning organization and provides education and support for not only trans people, but their family and friends. spectrumwny.org

 

WNY Anti-Violence Project

One one of the resources of this group is a monthly meeting for trans adults. www.wnyavp.org

 

Evergreen Health Center

Evergreen Health fosters healthy communities by providing medical, supportive, and behavioral services to individuals and families in Western New York – especially those who are living with chronic illness or who are underserved by the healthcare system

www.evergreenhs.org

 
 
                 National  Resources 
PFLAG
The parent group to our local chapter has many resources available on its webpage, www.pflag.org.

 

The Bully Project

Over 13 million American kids will be bullied this year, making it the most common form of violence experienced by young people in the nation.

 

The Trevor Project

Safe, Confidential Lifeline For LGBTQ Young People

 

LGBTQ Nation

The Nation's Most Followed Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer News Source.

 

The Advocate

Gay news - commentary, arts & entertainment, health, parenting, and politics. The Advocate is the leading source for up-to-date and extensive LGBT news.

 

Books 
 

Always My Child: A Parent's Guide to Understanding Your Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered or Questioning Son or Daughter - This book is primarily targeted toward parents struggling to help and deal with their questioning or coming out teenage child. So what is the secret? The title says it best - "Always My Child." Your child's needs come first, no matter what. Love your child; don't pressure them, but encourage them to discus their feelings, fears, and problems.

 

Coming Out as Parents: You and Your Homosexual Child - This book helps parents of homosexuals understand their feeling and reactions to that knowledge and clarifies what it means to be homosexual.

 

Coming Out to Parents: A Two-Way Survival Guide for Lesbians and Gay Men and Their Parents - Listed by American Bookseller as "among the most important gay and lesbian books that should be represented in any general bookstore," Borhek's original edition of this book (1983) has also been praised as "sound, sympathetic, and helpful" (St. Luke's Journal of Theology). In this thorough revision, Borhek brings an additional decade of personal knowledge and experience to bear on the subject of coming out.

 

A Family and Friend's Guide to Sexual Orientation: Bridging the Divide Between Gay and Straight - Power and Ellis' book is a great next step for families and friends in various stages of coming to terms with a lvoed one being out. A Family and Freind's Guide to Sexual Orientation is rich in emotional depth....The book seems to ofer something for everyone, whether dealing with these issues in personal or professional life, from a spiritual place or some other perspective.

 

Family Outing - A smart, sensible, and supportive guide for parents who learn that their child is gay, lesbian, or bisexual, based on letters written by British parents of gay, lesbian, and bisexual children. Distributed in the US by Dufour.

 

Jocks: True Stories of America's Gay Male Athletes - Find out what happens when the final closet door--that of men in sports--finally swings open. Is there life for gay athletes after coming out to their teammates? Journalist Dan Woog, himself an openly gay soccer coach, interviewed dozens of gay jocks and offers over 25 inspiring stories of men who are truly today's champions.

 

Mom, Dad, I'm Gay: How Families Negotiate Coming Out - Drawing from over 150 interviews with teens, psychologist Ritch Savin-Williams seeks to separate fact from fiction in this survey of coming-out experiences

 

My Child is Gay: How Parents React When They Hear the News - My Child is Gay is fift parents sharing how they coped and in some cases did not cope with news that their son or daughter is gay. Parents discuss how they felt when they first found out, what they found helpful, who they could talk to, and how they feel today.

 

Now That You Know: A Parents' Guide to Understanding Their Gay and Lesbian Children - If the coming out process is difficult for gay people, it is often equally difficult for their parents. Confusion, anger, and fear frequently cause fathers and mothers of gay men and lesbians to disavow, strike out against, and even resent their children.

 

Straight Parents, Gay Children: Keeping Families Together - Bernstein, father of a lesbian daughter, writes of parents' pain and confusion when they learn their children are gay. He realistically describes the initial feelings of grief and disgust almost universal among such parents, who, after all, have always considered homosexuality to be wrong and alien. In specific chapters, he also addresses the experiences of growing up gay in a straight world, the movement toward gay rights, the fight by accepting parents for tolerance for their children, celebrities with gay children, and myths about homosexuality, and he offers a survival guide for parents who have just learned they have a gay child. Especially valuable is the chapter "Parents Speak Out," which tells the personal stories of families who are incorporating gay children into their familial identity.

Movies 

 

Bully A documentary on peer-to-peer bullying in schools across America.

 

Bullied - Chronicles one student’s ordeal at the hands of anti-gay bullies and offers an inspiring message of hope to those fighting harassment today. It can become a cornerstone of anti-bullying efforts in middle and high school

 

The David DanceAway from the microphone, David is soft spoken, shy and unsure of himself. However, as his on-air alias, "Danger Dave" - host of the local radio show "Gay Talk" in Buffalo, New York. Past and present intertwine in this bittersweet winter's tale of a man learning to love and accept himself.

 

PRIDE U.K. gay activists work to help miners during their lengthy strike of the National Union of Mineworkers in the summer of 1984.

 

In & OutA midwestern teacher questions his sexuality after a former student makes a comment about him at the Academy Awards.

 

Milk The story of Harvey Milk, and his struggles as an American gay activist who fought for gay rights and became California's first openly gay elected official.

 

A Place in the MiddleThe true story of a young girl in Hawaiʻi who dreams of leading the boys-only hula group at her school, and a teacher who empowers her through traditional culture. This kid-friendly educational film is a great way to get students thinking and talking about the values of diversity and inclusion, the power of knowing your heritage, and how to prevent bullying by creating a school climate of aloha – from their own point of view!

 

Fire Sita (Nandita Das) and Radha (Shabana Azmi) are two Indian women stuck in loveless marriages. While Sita is trapped in an arranged relationship with her cruel and unfaithful husband, Jatin (Jaaved Jaafei), Radha is married to his brother, Ashok (Kulbhushan Kharbanda), a religious zealot who believes in suppressing desire. As the two women recognize their similar situations, they grow closer, and their relationship becomes far more involved than either of them could have anticipated.

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