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These pamphlets are produced by PFLAG National (except where indicated).  Many of the links included are to the original version on PFLAG National’s website.  We have also included some national reports from fellow organizations like GLSEN, HRC, and the National Center for Transgender Equality.  We try to keep these as up-to-date as possible; however,  should you find any broken links, please let us know by sending an e-mail to Thanks!

2017 National School Climate Survey (from GLSEN) [PDF FILE]

The GLSEN National School Climate Survey is GLSEN’s flagship report on the school experiences of LGBTQ youth in schools, including the extent of the challenges that they face at school and the school-based resources that support LGBTQ students’ well-being. The survey has consistently indicated that specific school-based supports are related to a safer and more inclusive school climate, including: supportive educators, LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum, inclusive and supportive policies, and supportive student clubs, such as Gay-Straight Alliances or Gender and Sexuality Alliances (GSAs).

2018 LGBTQ Youth Report (from HRC) [PDF FILE]

In 2017, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation partnered with researchers at the University of Connecticut to deploy a comprehensive survey capturing the experiences of LGBTQ youth in their family settings, schools, social circles and communities. Over 12,000 youth aged 13-17 participated in the survey, with representation from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Be Yourself
A fresh new update to one of PFLAG’s most popular publications! Recently revised, this publication offers a supportive and understanding approach to today’s most common questions and concerns from youth regarding sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. With youth coming out–and disclosing–at younger and younger ages, BE YOURSELF has never been more important. The publication also includes an up-to-date list of resources, including hotline numbers, other organizations, and more.

Se Tu Mismo [PDF FILE]
This is the Spanish translation of PFLAG’s publication, Be Yourself. The book is a great resource for Spanish-speaking youth and families. This pamphlet is the translation of our older Be Yourself publication (2013 version).

Bisexuality Resource Packet [PDF FILE]
Bisexuality is a commonly misunderstood and misrepresented concept. This packet provides facts about bisexuality, commonly-asked questions, resource lists and a set of articles.

Faith in Our Families
Discovering that a loved one is gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender can pose new questions about your faith and may prompt you to re-evaluate beliefs that you previously took for granted. By using personal experiences, this publication provides examples for reconciling your faith with the knowledge that a loved one is gay. This publication includes an updated list of gay and lesbian religious and spiritual groups to watch out for.

Families in TRANSition – A Resource Guide for Parents of Trans Youth [PDF FILE]
Families in TRANSition (FIT) Guide – 2nd Edition – is a comprehensive guide for parents and caregivers of transgender and gender questioning youth. Full of practical and sensitive parent-to-parent and professional therapeutic advice, it tries to anticipate and address common questions and concerns, as well as normalize the varied reactions families may have. This guide was created by Central Toronto Youth Services.

Going Public:  Is Public Advocacy Right for You and Your Family? [PDF FILE]
Created by GLAAD Media Institute, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE), and PFLAG, this guide for parents of transgender and gender-expansive youth “…will help you with the critical decision-making behind becoming more public in your advocacy work.  Inside, you will find advice from parents with a wide range of experiences, identities, and levels of visibility…”

Opening the Straight Spouses’ Closet [PDF FILE]
Finding out a spouse is gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender can be difficult. Questions about sexual orientation, fidelity, self-esteem and fear often go unanswered. This recently updated and expanded publication provides insight into issues facing spouses, including coping stages, identity crises, concerns about children and support avenues.

Our Children [PDF FILE]
A rewrite of the perennial favorite PFLAG publication OUR DAUGHTERS AND SONS, OUR CHILDREN offers a fresh eye for parents, caregivers, families, and friends about what to do when a loved ones comes out. Full of useful knowledge, helpful tips, expert opinions and first-person stories, OUR CHILDREN–which has a focus on sexual orientation and gender expression–is a must read for anyone looking to learn more about how to support LGBTQ loved ones…or looking for support for themselves.  (Link:  More information from PFLAG about this update!)

Nuestras Hijas y Nuestros Hijos [PDF FILE]
Preguntas y respuestas para padres de gays, lesbianas y bisexuales.  –  A culturally appropriate translation of “Our Daughters and Sons,” this booklet is a valuable resource for Spanish-speaking families coming to terms with homosexuality and bisexuality. The booklet answers commonly asked questions about having a GLBT loved one, and includes English and Spanish language resources.

Our Trans Loved Ones [PDF FILE]
Our Trans Loved Ones: Questions and Answers for Parents, Families, and Friends of People Who Are Transgender and Gender Expansive. Our Trans Loved Ones is a brand-new, updated resource. Written by PFLAG staff members, and created with the help of content experts, reviewers, and PFLAGers with experience to share, it is full of information, first-person stories, and expert input geared to those who have a loved one who has come out as trans or gender expansive.   (Link: PFLAG’s Our Trans Loved Ones page)

Schools in Transition: A Guide for Supporting Transgender Students in K-12 Schools [PDF FILE]
The groundbreaking guide, written for administrators, teachers, parents, and other adults who work with youth, covers topics ranging from basic concepts of gender and the importance of affirming gender identity, to best practices for restroom access and working with unsupportive parents. The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and Gender Spectrum led the effort to produce the guide, joined by HRC Foundation, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and the National Education Association (NEA).

Straight for Equality: Guide to Being a Straight Ally
This guide will help you understand how straight allies fit in the effort to achieve equality for all. Learn more about what it means to be a straight ally and get some great tips and tools to being more supportive of your LGBT friends, family, and colleagues.

Straight for Equality: Guide to Being a Trans Ally
This publication, from PFLAG National’s Straight for Equality program, will help you learn more about what transgender means, develop competency around talking about the issue, become better informed about the challenges that many trans people face, and know specific ways that you can be a strong trans ally.

A Straight Guide to GLBT Americans [PDF FILE]
This guide, which has been updated below, was co-produced with the Human Rights Campaign to help cisgender, straight Americans in their efforts to be an ally to the GLBT community.  Whether you have been openly supporting the GLBT community for years or are just coming to terms with having someone in your life come out, this guide can help you work through your feelings so that you can express your acceptance and be ever more supportive. And it will give you important information you should know about what it means to be GLBT in America today.

Many of the pamphlets above are available for purchase from PFLAG National in the PFLAG Bookstore.  Pamphlets that are direct downloads are indicated by [PDF File] following the link.

*Note: We do not accept unsolicited requests to add additional resources to our website except from locals (and local organizations) who are friends of PFLAG Nashville.  Thank you for your understanding. 

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