Resources for parents, educators, and social service professionals
New resource for parents! IYG parents' group
IYG is hosting a parents' group on the third Wednesday or each month at 6:30 (at IYG). Parents from Indy PFLAG will facilitate the group's discussions and provide information. This group is open to all parents of youth questioning their sexual orientation whether they attend IYG programs and activities or not.
The most important question: Is it a choice?
Ultimately, the most important question that underlies many of the subsequent feelings and reactions to homosexuality is this: does someone choose to be LGBT or are people born that way? The simple answer is that people don't choose their sexual orientation anymore than someone chooses to be left-handed. Read a short, but clear answer to this question.
The Q in the LGBTQ:
Throughout these pages when we talk about youth, we add a Q into the acronym for questioning, because young people don't have to already know the answers before coming to IYG. When referring to the LGBT community, we leave off the Q.
Labels at IYG:
No one has to pick a label and no one has to "come out" who participates in IYG's programs or activities. We don't advocate either, we are just here to provide a safe space to youth to feel comfortable just the way they are.
You are the most important factor in your child's future health and well-being! Check out this study that found parental acceptance/rejection influences at-risk behaviors !
And did you realize that many times parents of LGBTQ children have to come out too? What does this mean for you?
An great video just for parents! LEAD with Love: Strengthening Families through the coming out process.
For more info head to our Parents page.
Needed: a Gay Straight Alliance in each school. We are always looking for adult sponsors and will help match youth in your school to be involved. Research has shown that just having a GSA in a high school can effect the atmosphere of the whole school toward LGBTQ students. Check out the GLSEN survey results.
Research shows that LGBTQ students are dealt harsher sanctions. Click here for that research.
For more resources visit our GSA and Schools Page.
Social service and youth workers:
Language is one of the most important ways to let LGBTQ youth know you are an ally.
Marion County DCS is providing free LGBT101 cultural competency trainings for youth serving professionals with 2.75 CEUs.
For more information on both, check out the Professional page!