An inherent or immutable enduring emotional, romantic or sexual attraction to other people.


  • County of Santa Clara Office of LGBTQ Affairs provides leadership, resources, and support for the well-being and longevity of LGBTQ communities in Santa Clara County through coordinated, integrated approaches.
  • Genderbread Person is a visual diagram to help understand gender and sexuality.
  • Gender Spectrum helps to create gender sensitive and inclusive environments for all children and teens. They have a variety of resources for youth, parents, and educators.
  • GLSEN's mission is to create safe and affirming schools for all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.  Their Safe Space Kit is designed to help school create a safe place for LGBTQ youth.
  • American Academy of Pediatrics website,
  • It Gets Better was founded to prevent suicide among LGBTQ youth by having gay adults convey the message that these teens’ lives will improve. The site offers many kids something they've never had before: the ear of a sympathetic adult who understands exactly what they're going through.
  • LGBTQ National Health Center provides free and confidential peer support and local resources.
  • LGBTQQ Resources for Elementary and Middle Schools has been compiled by Palo Alto Unified School District and contains resources for elementary and middle school aged youth and families.
  • Outlet empowers Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning (LGBTQQ+) youth and builds safe and accepting communities through support, education, and advocacy.
  • PFLAG offers guidance and support if you believe that a young person you care for may be struggling with his or her sexual identity or if he or she shares a homosexual or bisexual orientation with you and you wish to learn how best to be supportive.
  • Parent, Educator & Youth Guide to LGBTQ Cyberbullying from ConnectSafely
  • Trevor Project is determined to end suicide among LGBTQ youth by providing life-saving and life-affirming resources including our nationwide, 24/7 crisis intervention lifeline, digital community and advocacy/educational programs that create a safe, supportive and positive environment for everyone.
  • The Welcoming Schools Guide offers tools, lessons and resources on embracing family diversity, avoiding gender stereotyping and ending bullying and name-calling in elementary schools. It offers an LGBT inclusive approach that is also inclusive of the many types of diversity found in our communities.
  • Children's books about LGBTQ inclusion