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ACS is committed to creating a safe and affirming environment where all young people can thrive, no matter their sexual orientation or gender-identity and expression. The ACS Office of LGBTQ Child and Family Well-Being raises awareness and helps make sure that all of our services are affirming of LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning) youth and families.

The American Psychiatric Association has revised its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders and it  no longer lists being transgender as a mental disorder, among other changes announced this past weekend.

Transgender people will now be diagnosed with "gender dysphoria," which means emotional stress related to gender identity."Gender identity disorder" had been listed as a mental disorder since the third edition of the DSM more than 20 years ago.

“This annotated bibliography has been developed in an effort to provide current and useful information to correctional agencies regarding the safe and respectful management of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) offenders. Relying on a best practices approach, this information will enable corrections staff to make better informed decisions about the safety, security, treatment and care of LGBTI offenders by providing academic, cultural and legal perspectives of the issues that make this group unique” (p. 2). Citations are organized according to: general, juveniles, legal and policy considerations, and medical and mental health.

 LGBTI: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex Offenders (Selected Resources for Criminal Justice Professionals) Annotated Bibliography Cover

“If there’s one thing small business owners know, it’s that nothing creates success like hard work. Anyone who’s willing to work hard should have the chance to earn a living, contribute to our nation’s economy, and provide for themselves and their families. Inequities facing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) workers in the U.S. workplace not only hurt millions of hardworking Americans, but they also take a toll on small business owners, our primary job creators. [This report] provides a first-of-its kind look at the ways inequitable laws impose across-the-board hardships that undermine both the economic security of millions of workers and the ability of businesses to recruit, employ and retain the best and brightest” (p. i). Sections of this publication following an executive summary include: introduction to issues about LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) workers in the United States; discrimination without legal protection—bias in recruitment and hiring, on-the-job inequality and unfairness, wage gaps and penalties, lack of legal protections, and recommendations and solutions to address this discrimination; fewer benefits and more taxes—unequal access to health insurance benefits, denial of family and medical leave, denial of spousal retirement benefits, unequal family protections when a worker dies or becomes disabled, inability to sponsor families for immigration, and recommendations and solutions for equalizing pay and benefits; and concluding observations.

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This is a great resource for any correctional agency trying to address this issue with staff and/or inmate population. "The Department of Labor’s (DOL) Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires that all employers under its jurisdiction provide employees with sanitary and available toilet facilities, so that employees will not suffer the adverse health effects that can result if toilets are not available when employees need them. This publication provides guidance to employers on best practices regarding restroom access for transgender workers" (p. 1). Sections comprising this document are: introduction; understanding gender identity; why restroom access is a health and safety matter; OSHA's Sanitation Standard (1910.141); model policies for restroom access for transgender employees; and other federal, state, and local laws—Colorado, Delaware, District of Columbia, Iowa, Vermont, and Washington State.

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This resource guide provides very important information for individuals helping families with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) children involved with the juvenile justice system. Its intent is to help practitioners “understand the critical role of family acceptance and rejection in contributing to the health and well-being of adolescents who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender … [and] implement best practices in engaging and helping families and caregivers to support their LGBT children. The family intervention approach discussed in this guide is based on research findings and more than a decade of interactions and intervention work by the Family Acceptance Project (FAP) at San Francisco State University with very diverse families and their LGBT children” (p. 3). Sections address: the critical role of families in reducing risk and promoting well-being; helping families decrease rick and increase well-being for their LGBT children; increasing family support—how to help now; and resources for practitioners and families.

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“This Quick Guide will help agencies and facilities develop a comprehensive response to working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) inmates. It is not meant to provide an answer to every question or an in-depth discussion of all issues that agencies face or that the LGBTI population faces while in custody. It provides an overview of the important issues that agencies should consider when working to house and treat LGBTI inmates in a way that is safe and consistent with an agency’s mission, values, and security guidelines … This Quick Guide is organized chronologically according to the decisions an agency will have to make before and at the point when an LGBTI individual enters the system. These areas of focus include: Assessment of Agency Culture (as relates to LGBTI individuals); Assessment of Agency Staff and Administration Knowledge and Attitudes; Examination of Current Relevant Agency Norms; Development and Implementation Mechanisms; Development of Awareness of Current Legal Responsibilities; Foundational Issues; Intake Screening/Risk Assessment; Classification and Housing Placement; Medical and Mental Health Care; Information Management; Group Inmate Management; Specific Safety and Privacy Concerns for Transgender and Intersex Inmates; and Staff, Volunteer, and Contractor Training Requirements” (p. 1).

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“This Quick Guide will help agencies and facilities develop a comprehensive response to working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) youth. It is not meant to provide an answer to every question or an in-depth discussion of all issues that agencies face or that the LGBTI population faces while in custody. It provides an overview of the important issues that agencies should consider when working to house and treat LGBTI youth in a way that is safe and consistent with an agency’s mission, values, and security guidelines … This Quick Guide is organized chronologically according to the decisions an agency will have to make before and at the point when an LGBTI youth enters the system. These areas of focus include: Assessment of Agency Culture (as relates to LGBTI individuals); Assessment of Agency Staff and Administration Knowledge and Attitudes; Examination of Current Relevant Agency Norms; Development and Implementation Mechanisms; Development of Awareness of Current Legal Responsibilities; Foundational Issues; Intake Screening/Risk Assessment; Classification and Housing Placement; Medical and Mental Health Care; Information Management; Group Youth Management; Specific Safety and Privacy Concerns for Transgender and Intersex Youth; and Staff, Volunteer, and Contractor Training Requirements” (p. 1).

A Quick Guide for LGBTI Policy Development for Youth Confinement Facilities Cover

"This document outlines a range of policy solutions that would go a long way towards addressing discriminatory and abusive policing practices, improving conditions for LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender] prisoners and immigrants in detention, de-criminalizing HIV, and preventing LGBT youth from coming in contact with the system in the first place " (p. 6). Sections contained in this report include: introduction and summary; policing and law enforcement; prisons—discrimination and violence inside prions and related facilities, health and nutrition, access to programming, and placement within prison facilities; immigration; criminalization of youth; criminalization of HIV; and drivers of incarceration—drug policy, collateral consequences of criminalization and incarceration, criminalization of poverty and homelessness, lack of access to ID and social services for transgender people, and criminalization of sex work and responses to trafficking in persons.

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Accord Alliance promotes comprehensive and integrated approaches to care that enhance the health and well-being of people and families affected by differences of sex development (DSD)*.

We partner with patients and families, healthcare administrators, clinicians, support groups, and researchers to facilitate open communication and collaboration among all persons working together to improve care of those affected by DSD. Through these partnerships, we can help all families experience better care, better outcomes, and better lives.

We strive to make our website a central hub of information for those working to improve the quality of outcomes in DSD through enhanced healthcare and research and through education of the public. Whether you are new to the issues of DSD or are a highly-experienced clinical specialist, we believe you’ll find information at this website helpful to you. Here you’ll find educational materials (including Clinical Guidelines and a Handbook for Parents), clinical pearls shared by DSD specialists, information about upcoming meetings, summaries of recent presentations, and more.

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