~ By Colette
Back in November, I posted about online resources which provided information on teen dating violence and healthy teen relationships. I concluded that blog post with a request for more online resources for LGBT youth, as they also need help and assistance with creating positive relationships and avoiding dating violence. I felt LGBT youth were being neglected in the available resources. Three months later, as Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month comes to a close, a few additional resources specifically for LGBT youth have come to my attention.
The first is an online video from thatsnotcool.com, a site created and maintained by Futures without Violence. Thatsnotcool.com is intended for teens, and works to address dating violence occurring online and through cell phones. The newest video features a lesbian couple and tackles the issue of pressures to share passwords.
The other resource is from Loveisrespect.org, which is also a website intended for youth and young adults. This site (created by Break the Cycle and the National Dating Abuse Hotline) includes information on maintaining healthy LGBTQ relationships and some very basic information about LGBTQ abusive relationships.
It is heartening to see these resources appear, though much more is needed. Please let us know if you see other online resources which help LGBT youth create positive relationships or recognize abusive ones, or resources intended for those who work with LGBT youth.
Colette Kimball, MPH, is Associate Editor of The Prevention Researcher.