“Alternative schooling provides Those that are being bullying and/or potential dropouts a variety of options that can lead to graduation, with programs paying special attention to the students’ individual social needs and the academic requirements for a high school diploma.”
Creating a Safe Environment for LGBT Youth
It is important to build a safe environment for all youth, whether they are straight or LGBT. All youth can thrive when they feel supported. Parents, friends, families, schools, and communities can all play a role in helping LGBT youth feel physically and emotionally safe:
• Creating a safe space, mentally and physically, for youth of all socio-economic and cultural backgrounds. Discussion groups cover a wide range of social, educational, health, and community issues.
• Offering resources for healthy living and making healthy choices, as well as developing leadership skills.
• Establish a safe and welcoming environment to learn.
Parenting LGBTQ Youth
LGBT youth experience more challenges, bullying, and harassment than other children their age. Consequently, they need additional familial support while they grow and develop their identity. Unfortunately, 30% of LGBT youths hide their identity from family members because they feel their family is not accepting. To provide optimal support, parents should familiarize themselves with the coming out process and how they can advocate on their child’s behalf.