ELCA Resources - This is Christ's church. There is a place for you here. We are the church that shares a living, daring confidence in God's grace. Liberated by our faith, we embrace you as a whole person – questions, complexities and all.
Reframing Our Stories - Reframing our Stories, led by Kara Haug, provides sexual health education, resources and tools for families and communities to normalize conversations around sex and relationships, remove shame, and reframe our stories to promote openness, acceptance and a positive sense of self.
Sexplainer.com - a great blog and resource for parents covering tough topics that you may encounter with your kids.
Sex Etc. - is on a mission to improve teen sexual health across the country. Each year, five million young people visit Sexetc.org, and over 45,000 the magazine to get honest and accurate sexual health informationincluding; sex, relationships, pregnancy, STDs, birth control, sexual orientation and more.
Religious Institute - a multi-faith organization dedicated to advocating for sexual health, education, and justice in faith communities and society.
Amaze - AMAZE leverages the expertise of master sexuality educators, the creativity of animation professionals, the input of young people, and the power of the internet to create and market:
*Engaging, educational, age-appropriate, often humorous sex education videos for young adults.
*Educational resources, including short videos, to build the skills of parents and guardians to better communicate with their children about sex and sexuality.
*Toolkits, lesson plans, promotional materials and other resources to help educators and health care providers refer students and young patients to AMAZE as an available, free and fun resource to learn about sex and sexuality.
Our Whole Lives - is a series of sexuality education programs for six age groups: grades K-1, grades 4-6, grades 7-9, grades 10-12, Young Adults and Adults. The resources are written by professional sexuality educators and provide accurate information for parents, teachers and pastors to be used in the affirming and supportive setting of our churches. There is a Parent Guide to Our Whole Lives Grades K-1 and Grades 4-6 that accompanies the Our Whole Lives resource for those age levels. Our Whole Lives Grades 4-6 also uses the book, It's Perfectly Normal, by Robie Harris.
Human Sexuality - Free in Christ to care for the neighbor, Lutheran Youth talk about sexuality. This study, an adaptation of the third task force study Free in Christ to Serve the Neighbor: Lutherans Talk About Human Sexuality is intended for use by senior high youth together with parents, pastors, and youth leaders.
Can I Ask That?: - 8 Hard Questions about God & Faith [Sticky Faith Curriculum] Leader Guide
Safe touch is key to teach kids. Teach your youngest the Underwear Rule!
Cherish All Children is an ELCA ministry that equips congregations to prevent child sexual exploitation. Our vision is that ELCA congregations will be prevention champions so all children may be cherished, not exploited.
Not in Room 204 - Author Shannon Riggs Illustrated by Jaime Zollars. Mrs. Salvador is one tough teacher. But Regina Lillian Hadwig, a very quiet student, doesn't mind. She likes the order and discipline Mrs. Salvador expects. At a report card conference, Mrs. Salvador tells Regina's mom that Regina is doing a great job, but that she is very quiet. "Are you quiet at home, like you are in school?" Mrs. Salvador asks Regina. And Regina thinks of the secret she keeps so quiet-the one even her mom doesn't know, about the secret things her father does.
Higher Education Scholarships:
AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org - For many LGBTQIA+ students, discrimination and harassment are daily realities. We believe the classroom should be a place of inclusion and we want to support LGBTQIA+ students heading to college. Our team at AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org created a guide that helps students find scholarships for LGBTQIA+ students and allies, we also provide expert tips on how to increase your chances of winning an award.
Austen Hartke -is the creator of the YouTube series “Transgender and Christian,” which seeks to understand, interpret, and share parts of the Bible that relate to gender identity and the lives of transgender individuals. Austen is a graduate of Luther Seminary’s Master of Arts program in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible Studies, and is the winner of the 2014 John Milton Prize in Old Testament Writing from the same institution. Austen speaks regularly and you can contact him at: http://austenhartke.com/contact/
Ms. Penny Cost - At the Intersection of Queerness and Spirituality, dwells the Drag Evangelist: Ms. Penny Cost. Ms. Penny Cost, became the first openly Queer person to be certified as a Candidate for Ordained ministry within the Illinois Great Rivers Conference of the UMC, and reportedly, the first Drag queen to receive that tittle in the World.
Joy Ladin - writer, speaker, professor as a Jew and Transgender person. See all of her available recorded sessions and books available.
Inclusive Language Guide - Northwestern University's The Family Institute created a through and helpful guide.
Reconciling Works - Lutherans for Full Participation advocates for the full inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Lutherans in all aspects of the life of their Church and congregations.
Four Online Trainings - From Reconciling Works including: "Bias & Its Impact on Welcome," "Consent in Community Building," "Let's Talk SOGIE," and "Building an Inclusive Church."
Human Rights Campaign - As the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization, HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are ensured of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community. This resource links to a coming out resource for teens.
They also have specific resources about welcoming in schools that can be broadly applied to ministry settings.
Creating Safe and Welcoming Schools
HRC Foundation’s Welcoming Schools is the most comprehensive bias-based bullying prevention program in the nation to provide LGBTQ+ and gender inclusive professional development training, lesson plans, booklists and resources specifically designed for educators and youth-serving professionals.
The Naming Project - The mission of The Naming Project is to create places of safety for youth of all sexual orientations and gender identities where faith is shared and healthy life-giving community is modeled.
Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries - Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries organizes queer seminarians and rostered ministers, confronts barriers and systemic oppression, and activates queer ideas and movements within the Lutheran Church.
CLGS: Shaping a new public discourse on religion, gender, and sexuality. Including 52 Ways to Expand Your Welcome to LGBTQ+ People and Our Families.
GLAAD - works through entertainment, news, and digital media to share stories from the LGBTQ community that accelerate acceptance.
Hatch Youth - Hatch Youth is dedicated to empowering lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual and allied (LGBTQIA) youth, ages 13-20, to become positive contributors to society by providing a safe social environment, offering role models and peer support, and sponsoring educational and community outreach opportunities. This resource helps youth understand what is all entailed with coming out.
Movement Advacement Project - MAP's mission is to provide independent and rigorous research, insight and communications that help speed equality and opportunity for all. MAP works to ensure that all people have a fair chance to pursue health and happiness, earn a living, take care of the ones they love, be safe in their communities, and participate in civic life.
Parachute is an e-Learning program that offers a gentle lift and a soft landing for caring adults who have an LGBTQ child in their lives. Starting with an introductory course that launches this summer, Parachute will offer a series of comprehensive, research-based courses that will provide the education that parents, families and community members need to understand, affirm, and support LGBTQ children. Future courses will cover topics such as sexual orientation, gender identity, diversity, advocacy, and suicide prevention.
OutFront Minnesota - We envision a state (MN) where LGBTQ individuals have equal opportunities, protection and rights.
The Reformation Project - exists to train Christians to support and affirm lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people.
Sunshine Behavioral Health - an educational resource guide that discusses substance abuse and mental health in the transgender community.
Yass, Jesus! - is a faith and sexuality affirming podcast that believes you don't have to pick between gay and God. Hosts, Daniel Franzese (Actor, Mean Girls, Looking) and Azariah Southworth (former host, The Remix on TBN) meet each week in this hilarious take on a Sunday service to explore big questions and find out what it means to be a Christ-loving member of the LGBTQIA+ community during these divided times. New episodes every Sunday.
Changing the Game - Emmy® award-winning filmmaker Michael Barnett’s urgent and subsuming sports documentary illuminates what many have called the civil rights issue of our time: transgender inclusion in sports. CHANGING THE GAME takes us into the lives of three high school athletes—all at different stages of their athletic seasons, personal lives, and unique paths as transgender teens.
Beloved Arise - We are a movement to fight for the lives of LGBTQ+ youth, particularly those who have been rejected by their faith communities. Our mission is: To celebrate and empower queer youth of faith. Beloved Arise is the first national organization dedicated primarily to empowering youth to proudly embrace both their faith and queer identity. Beloved Arise currently focuses on resources for teens across all Christian denominations. Our long-term vision is to partner with other faith-based organizations to extend our reach to queer youth from all faith traditions where LGBTQ+ inclusion falls short.