As part of its family and community acceptance campaign, As You Are, and in partnership with the Institute for Innovation and Implementation at the University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Social Work, the Biden Foundation today published an educational animated video about family acceptance for LGBTQ youth. Additionally, the video is featured prominently as part of the foundation’s new As You Are resource library, a clearinghouse of resources related to family and community acceptance.
The video, entitled “Support for LGBTQ Youth Starts at Home,” focuses on the impact of rejection that children, youth, and young adults can experience in their homes and provides examples and strategies to promote support, acceptance, and affirmation of LGBTQ youth. The Biden Foundation and the Institute share a commitment to ensuring equal dignity and opportunity for all LGBTQ+ Americans, and were proud to collaborate on this educational resource.
“LGBTQ youth deserve to be loved, supported and protected by their families,” said Marlene Matarese, deputy director of the Institute. “We know, anecdotally and from research, that the health and well-being of LGBTQ young people is directly connected to their experience of love and acceptance in their homes. My hope is that we start to see more LGBTQ young people being accepted and affirmed to live ‘as they are’ as families have access to informative resources like this animated short. I am grateful for the opportunity to partner with the Biden Foundation in creating this important video.”
The As You Are resource library includes a diverse collection of websites, reports, videos, and news articles for youth, families and caregivers, educators, social service providers, and others connected to the movement for family and community acceptance of LGBTQ people. The resource library also provides tools that community leaders, service providers, and organizations can use to institute inclusive and affirming practices in their networks.
Read more on BidenFoundation.org.