Family Acceptance Project Family Video Series
Helping diverse families understand how to support their lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) children takes resources that touch the heart – like this trailer for our new film, "Families Are Forever" or our earlier film, "Always My Son." We're raising funds to produce a series of these short documentaries that show the journey from struggle to support of ethnically and religiously diverse families with LGBT children.
These videos are informed by our years of research and work to help diverse families support their LGBT children. Watch our films, read our family education materials and research publications. These videos – and the others we want to make – include family accepting and rejecting behaviors that our research shows contribute to serious health risks like suicide, substance abuse and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), or that promote overall health and well-being. Family rejection increases family conflict that can lead to homelessness and placement in foster care and juvenile justice facilities. And family acceptance increases family connectedness and contributes to wellness, self-esteem, and a positive sense of the future for LGBT youth.
We use these videos in our work to educate and support diverse families with LGBT children to help decrease rejecting behaviors that our research shows contribute to high levels of risk, and to help families to support their LGBT children in the context of their culture and religious values. We also use them to train health and mental health providers and clergy, to help providers understand the critical role of families in supporting their LGBT children and to humanize the lives of LGBT children and families from very diverse backgrounds.
Coming Soon - "Always My Son" in English & Spanish
Help us tell these stories of diverse families with LGBT children.
These stories of transformation, hope and love that show how very diverse families integrate deeply held religious and personal values with love for their LGBT children — have not been told… until now.
Help us make a difference for LGBT children, youth and families.
How These Videos Will Be Used
- To give LGBT youth and families hope, to decrease isolation and to show how families learn to support their LGBT children.
- For education and counseling with LGBT youth and families by school counselors, social workers, psychologists, nurses, pediatricians and clergy and for family service workers and parent advocates to help families understand the relationship between family reactions to their LGBT children and their children's risk and well-being.
- For training in medical schools, nursing, social work, psychology and other professional training programs to help providers understand the journey to family acceptance, and how specific family attitudes and behaviors affect their LGBT children’s health and mental health.
- To educate the general public and to humanize the lives of ethnically and religiously diverse LGBT young people and their families.