Social stigma, micro-aggressions, discrimination, and even outright violence have been reported by SGM people throughout their lives, in multiple settings. Such negative experiences can contribute to severe health outcomes such as depression, substance use, self-harm, and suicidality.
To counteract these harms, a cultural shift is needed. Creating spaces and opportunities that promote understanding, prioritize inclusion, and highlight lived experiences can be the first steps towards a more diverse and healthy community. Check out great resources below!
From Safe Spaces Hawaii, the ABCs of LGBTQ guides viewers through some basic but important lessons about sexual orientation, gender identity and expression. From the perspective of high school youth, this video shows the harm that bullying, stereotypes and rejection can have on youth as well as how youth can flourish with support from both peer and adult allies affirming their identities.
- Trans Family Support Services – including youth and family support groups
- Teen Alert Program (TAP 808) – call (808) 534-0040 for a TAP 808 Advocate
- CAP4Kids (Children’s Advocacy Project)
- Q Chat Space Groups
- GLSEN Safe Space Kit (no-cost download)
- LGBTQ+ Toolkit from Partners in Care (O‘ahu)
- Hawaii Island LGBTQ Pride
- Book Lists for Children and Teens
For local SGM reading lists for various age groups, contact Jan Kamiya, Hawaii State Public Library System at [email protected]