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Student Health Services
374 East Grand Avenue - MC 6740
Carbondale, Illinois 62901
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
- For Patients
- Trans Safer Sex Guide - In this guide, you’ll find information about sex during and after transition, ways to talk to your partner(s) (romantic, casual and transactional) about sex and suggestions for exploring your own sexuality.
- Coming Out - Coming out is a handbook provided by The Trevor Project with information about the process of coming out and the different aspects involved.
- These helpful guides suggest topics to review with your health care provider.
- For Families, Caregivers, and Communities
- Talking with your child
- The Family Acceptance Project is a research, intervention, education and policy initiative that works to promote physical and mental health for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender children and youth by increasing family acceptance and affirmation in the context of their cultures and faith communities.
- Inclusive classroom icebreakers and activities
- Using nametags
- Inclusivity statement on syllabus - "Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s goal is to provide a welcoming campus where all of our students, faculty and staff can study and work in a respectful, positive environment free from racism and intimidation.
- What to do if a student comes out to you?
- WPATH Standards of Care version 7
- Local Resources
- National Resources
Ten Things to Discuss with Your Health Care Provider
What does LGBTQ stand for?
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning
What does being "out" mean? And how can this impact my child's healthcare?
A person who isn’t “out”, means that they do not want to disclose or have others know their sexual orientation. This can lead individuals to feel they must hide parts of their identity from friends, coworkers, parents, and even healthcare workers. As a medical facility, our job is to create a safe environment so that all LGBTQ patients can benefit from comprehensive care.
How can I support my child as they explore their gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation?
Advancing Effective Communication, Cultural Competence, and Patient - and Family- Centered Care for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Community. Download the Joint Commission's guide.
The Fenway Institute
Affirmative Care for Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming People: Best Practices for Front-line Health Care Staff: Tips and strategies for staff in health care environments to improve communication and create a more affirming environment for transgender patients. Download the tips and strategies class document.
Understanding and Eliminating Health Disparities: Outlines LGBT health disparities and how providers and improve their care for LGBT patients. Download the guide.
Healthy People 2020: LGBT
Provides information on how to improve the health, safety, and wellbeing of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals. Learn more on the Healthy People website.
Planned Parenthood: Talking to Your Child About Identity
This website provides information and tips to help speak with their kids about sexual orientations and gender identities. Additionally, it helps parents understand how they can support their LGBTQ child.
The Human Rights Campaign’s Transgender Children and Youth
Includes resources for families, community members, school officials and more.
Human Rights Campaign's “Supporting & Caring for Transgender Children”
Co-published with the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians, this is a groundbreaking resource that explains how families and healthcare professionals can help transgender and gender-expansive children thrive.
HRC Foundation's Welcoming Schools
This is the nation's premier professional development program providing training and resources to elementary school educators on a range of issues, including how to support transgender and non-binary students.
Offers information and training for families, educators, professionals, and organizations, helping them creating gender-sensitive and inclusive environments for all children and teens. It includes Family Acceptance Project research for parents and family members of transgender children.
Trans Youth Equality Foundation
Provides education, advocacy and support for transgender and gender-expansive young people and their families. Programs include support groups, camps and retreats, and a popular Tumblr blog for youth.
SIU students, faculty, staff, and families
LGBTQ RSOs on campus
Provide essential student connections and community building through peer-led activities. These can be identified by using the SIU portal.
A community based organization that provides educational opportunities, advocacy events, and social services to the LGBTQ community in the Tri-State region.
The LGBTQ center for Southern Illinois. They provide support services, referrals, and community building for LGBTQ people of all ages.
Jackson County Health Department
provides a wide array of public health services for residents of Jackson County, including HIV prevention, risk reduction, testing, and case management support services.
The Women’s Center
Provides comprehensive services to survivors – women, men, adolescents, and children – of domestic violence and sexual assault as well as education and prevention services.
LGBTQ Resource Center at SIU
A safe campus space that provides educational outreach, referral information, and advocacy services to the LGBTQ+ saluki community.
The Trevor Lifeline
If you are a young person who is in crisis, feeling suicidal, or in need of a safe and judgment-free place to talk, call The Trevor Lifeline at 866-488-7386.
The GLBT National Help Center
If you feel the need to talk to a caring and understanding individual about the important issues of your life, call the GLBT National Help Center at 1-888 -843-4564.
The Trans Lifeline
If you are a transgender person feeling suicidal or in need, Trans Lifeline can help and connect you with services. Call 877-565-8860.
Human Rights Campaign
The largest national LGBTQ civil rights organization in the US and provide many resources to create a society where LGBTQ people are fully embraced in society
Conversion Therapy Dropout Network
A support network for those harmed by conversion therapy as a place to hold conversation and share experiences
Supportive Families, Healthy Children
Provides an overview of LGBT adolescent health and how families can support their LGBT children and protect them from health and mental health problems.
Lambda Legal: Tools for Protecting Your Healthcare Wishes
Gives advice and guidelines on how LGBT patients can protect their rights in healthcare settings.
National Center for Lesbian Rights: Documents to Protect You and Your Family
Provides information about essential documents that will help LGBT patients and their loved ones in the event of illness, disability, or death.
Changing the Game: What Health Care Reform Means for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Americans
Explains how the Affordable Care Act impacts and benefits the LGBT community.
Top Health Issues for LGBT Populations Information and Resource Kit
Presents an overview of current health issues among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) populations.
Living Beyond Breast Cancer
A website dedicated to assisting and supporting LGBT people affected by breast cancer.
CDC - Gay and Bisexual Men's Health
One of the oldest organizations in the country that supports the families, friends and allies of LGBTQ people. PFLAG has local chapters across the United States, including groups specifically for families with transgender children.