This guide will feature selected LGBTQ electronic and print resources in the MSSU George A. Spiva Library. It was created by Ms. Kayla Reed, Access Services Librarian and Mr. James Capeci, Library Director.
Coming out for a student at a college or university can be challenging, especially if you are no longer immediately located near the student.
For families, the PFLAG organization (Parents and Families of Lesbians and Gays) is an excellent organization that focuses on support, education, advocacy and information for family members. You can reach them at www.pflag.org.
In addition, here are two links to sites that talk about what to expect now that your student is coming out and may answer some questions for you.
In addition, this link is a PDF file of a brochure for families and friends when a student has come out to you:Here!
This Is a Book for Parents of Gay Kids by Dannielle Owens-Reid; Kristin Russo; Linda Stone Fish (Foreword by)Written in an accessible Q&A format, here, finally, is the go-to resource for parents hoping to understand and communicate with their gay child. Through their LGBTQ-oriented site, the authors are uniquely experienced to answer parents' many questions and share insight and guidance on both emotional and practical topics. Filled with real-life experiences from gay kids and parents, this is the book gay kids want their parents to read. --Publisher's description.
What If? by Eric MarcusNo question goes unanswered in this important book about being gay. All the basics--and not-so-basics--are covered in more than one hundred questions asked by real teens."--Amazon.com.