Family Acceptance Project Publishes Pioneering Resource for Youth Suicide Prevention

May 17, 2012

For the past decade, Dr. Caitlin Ryan of the Family Acceptance Project (FAP) at SF State University has been studying the impact of family acceptance and rejection on suicide risk among LGBT youth. Today we’d like to take this moment to congratulate FAP and Dr. Ryan on their truly groundbreaking work.

Because youth suicide is typically the result of many complex interacting factors, our community needs comprehensive suicide prevention strategies and interventions to reduce the risk to LGBT youth. FAP’s multi-disciplinary team develops resources, interventions and strategies to help diverse families reduce risk and to promote their LGBT children’s well-being.

The first of these resources—a multi-lingual, multi-cultural series of family education booklets—Supportive Families, Healthy Children: Helping Families Support their LGBT Children—has just this week been designated as the first ever “Best Practice” resource for suicide prevention for LGBT youth and young adults by the national Best Practices Registry for Suicide Prevention.

The booklets help ethnically and religiously diverse families understand how specific reactions to their children’s LGBT identity both contribute to and protect against risk for suicide and related health problems. Guidance for families is depicted non-judgmentally using personal stories, lists of behaviors that both protect against and are related to high risk for suicide and other serious health problems, and approaches to decrease family conflict and to increase support. As only the best resources are, these booklets were developed based on extensive research and direct feedback from families, LGBT youth, and the providers who serve them.

As our movement for full justice equality grows and changes, initiatives like these remind us how powerful the work of small groups of dedicated individuals can be. Kudos to the Family Acceptance Project, and to all those who work tirelessly to improve the lives of LGBT youth.

Supportive Families, Healthy Children is available for download on the FAP website at:

Media Contact:

NCLR Communications Director Erik Olvera | Office: 415.392.6257 x324 |


New Obama Initiative for LGBT Prisoners

May 17, 2012

Today, the Obama administration announced new rules designed to launch a major offensive to help stop the epidemic of sexual violence in the nation’s prison system and youth detention system. The rules, released by the Department of Justice (DOJ), aim to “prevent, detect, and respond to sexual abuse in confinement facilities.” The new rules—and a new report from DOJ that was also released today—recognize that sexual violence is an especially urgent issue for LGBT youth in juvenile justice facilities and LGBT adults in prisons and jails. In response to this alarming reality, the rules include a mandate to “incorporate [the] unique vulnerabilities of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and gender nonconforming inmates into training and screening protocols”—in addition to a number of other provisions to protect LGBT people.

DOJ is enacting the rules pursuant to the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), which was passed in 2003. The new rules provide much-needed guidance to combat sexual violence in prisons and youth detention centers, particularly for the LGBT population. The new rules are accompanied by a presidential memorandum directing all agencies with Federal confinement facilities that are not already subject to this rule to propose their own rules within 120 days.

This is the second time this week that the Obama administration has taken a strong public stand against sexual violence against the LGBT community. Earlier this week, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 4970, a so-called version of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), that guts important VAWA protections found in the Senate version of the bill, including provisions that would protect high-risk victims including Native Americans, immigrants, and victims in LGBT communities. In response, the president issued a threat to veto the watered down version of the bill.

Read a story about the rule.

Read the executive summary.

Media Contact:

NCLR Communications Director Erik Olvera | Office: 415.392.6257 x324 |


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