Panel Member Names and Affiliations:

  • Michael LaSala, Ph.D., LCSW, Rutgers Professor, Family Therapist and author of the book: Coming Out, Coming Home: Helping Families Adjust to a Gay or Lesbian Child
  • Barry Fulmer, Board Member and Co-Founder Jersey Shore Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) of Monmouth and Ocean Counties.
  • Hannah Lieberman, PFLAG Speakersí Bureau and PFLAG North Jersey former Co-President and helpline contact
  • Paula Rodriguez Rust, Ph.D., Co-Chair of Gay, Lesbians, Straight Education Network (GLSEN) Central New Jersey, founder of the Alliance for Comprehensive and Effective Strategies (ACES) for Bullying Prevention, and anti-bullying consultant.

Organizations represented by members of the panel:

PFLAG: Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, national website
PFLAG: Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, Jersey Shore Chapter website
PFLAG: Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, Northern New Jersey website
GLSEN: Gay, Lesbian, & Straight Education Networ, national website
GLSEN: Gay, Lesbian, & Straight Education Network, Central New Jersey chapter website
Coming Out, Coming Home, Michel LaSala website
Alliance for Comprehensive and Effective Strategies (ACES) for Bullying Prevention, Network of organizations in New Jersey

Resources recommended by members of the panel:
This list includes educational, political, social support, medical, and legal resources for educators, youth, and families with LGBT members.

PFLAG: See organizational links above

GLSEN: See organizational links above, and "event and program" links below

Lambda Legal, a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people . . . through litigation, education, and public policy work. Source of information and guidance on rights of LGBT students in school.

Safe Schools Coalition, an international partnership working to help schools become safe places for students regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation. Resources for educators, including book lists, lesson plans, etc.

HiTOPS, LGBT-friendly health services, support programs, and education for 13-26 year olds in New Jersey. Health care, peer programs, professional development. Trained medical professionals and social workers.

The Pride Center of New Jersey, is a community center for LGBTIQ people in NJ, providing social and support services.

GAAMC: Gay Activist Alliance in Morris County, providing social, educational, and outreach programs. Publishes the Pride Guide, a Guide to LGBTI New Jersey (organizations, professionals, resources)

COLAGE, Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere, a social and political organizing organization for people with a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer parent. Provides support for children and young adults with LGBTIQQ parents

Family Equality Council, national organization dedicated to changing attitudes and policies to ensure all families are respected.

Straight for Equality, a national outreach and education project of PFLAG national, to empower straight allies, including those who do not have a personal family connection to the gay community.

Events and Programs for Schools
These resources were developed by a variety of organizations, including GLSEN

No Name Calling Week, a week-long program of activities and lesson plans for schools designed to teach respect for all differences and anti-bullying lessons, including local school-based activities and state-wide and national activities. The designated NNCW week during the 2012-2013 school year was Jan. 21-25. Schools can, however, use the materials during any time of the school year. Developed by GLSEN and designed primarily for middle and elementary schools.

Ally Week, a designated week for students to organize events that serve to identify, support, and celebrate Allies against anti-LGBT language, bullying, and harassment in schools. Materials are available from GLSEN on the Ally Week website. During the 2012-2013 school year, the designated Ally Week was Oct. 15-19, 2012.

National Coming Out Day, celebrates coming out as LGBT or as an Ally for LGBT people. Information about the event, which is celebrated internationally, is available on the Human Rights Campaign website. NCOD occurs on Oct. 11 annually, to celebrate the anniversary of the 1987 National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights.

National Day of Silence, an annual student-led action designed to bring attention to the difficulties facing LGBT whose voices are silenced. Students take a vow of silence for one day. Each year, a specific date is designated; the upcoming date is April 19, 2013. Some materials are available on the DOS page of the GLSEN website, but educators are encouraged to go to the DOS website for current information and resources

Ready, Set, Respect! Evidence-based curricular resource developed by GLSEN to help elementary educators ensure that all students feel safe and respected and develop respectful attitudes and behaviors. See also the report, Playgrounds and Prejudice: Elementary School Climate in the United States (web page) or in pdf form. On the Ready, Set, Respect! webpage, look for "Related Documents" in the upper right corner, and click on the name of the RSR toolkit just below that heading to download the entire program.

Safe Space Kit, Materials and strategies developed by GLSEN for supporting LGBT students and creating a safe school environment for LGBT students. Includes Guide to Being an Ally to LGBT Students

Jump-Start Guide for GSAs (Gay-Straight Alliances). GSAs are student clubs. The GLSEN Jump-Start Guide provides guidance in the establishment of GSAs in schools. Includes ideas, strategies, and materials to start and maintain an active GSA.

National LGBT History Month is a national annual event in October, organized by the Equality Forum in Philadelphia. Each day in October features a different individual whose work to enhance the lives of LGBT individuals is celebrated. Resources and materials for celebrating LGBT History Month are available to schools, and can also be used to integrate LGBT issues into social science curricula.

ASAP-NJ members may email additional suggestions for resources to be added to this list to [email protected]