Social organization for gifted people, with no age limits. Offers scholarships, discounts on services, and activities for members.
There is a scholarship just for LGBTQ-identifying students. Encourage your student to apply! (available September – January only)
Davidson Institute for Talent Development
Offers services to families of young people who have been identified as profoundly gifted–scoring in the 99.9th percentile on both aptitude and achievement tests.
GLSEN: Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network
“GLSEN works with educators, policy makers, community leaders and students on the urgent need to address anti-LGBT behavior and bias in schools. GLSEN strives to protect students from bullying and harassment, to advance comprehensive safe schools laws and policies, to empower principals to make schools safer, and to build the skills of educators to teach respect for all people.”
Includes information on gifted education, 2E (twice-exceptional) issues, and has reading lists for gifted teens.
NAGC GLBTQ Network Advocacy information (similar to some of the home page content)
PFLAG—Parents and Friends of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Persons
“PFLAG is a national non-profit organization with over 200,000 members in the United States. The Twin Cities Chapter is proud to serve the metro area through support of LGBT individuals. United, we can make a difference in someone’s life by moving equality forward.”
This foundation gives scholarships and provides program assistance to educators and GLBTQ youth who live in Minnesota.
RECLAIM increases access to mental health support so that queer and trans youth ages 12-26 may reclaim their lives from oppression in all its forms.
Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted is an organization that holds parent discussion groups and keeps a wealth of information on its site, much covering overexcitabilities and other special affective needs of gifted people.
The Trevor Project: Saving Young Lives
“The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth.”
Brown, Rita Mae. Rita Will: Memoir of a Literary Rabble-Rouser. New York: Bantam Books, 1997.
In her memoir, Brown explicates her life’s journey as a gifted-queer woman, emphasizing the importance of being true to one’s self and the necessity of developing resiliency to counter discriminatory attitudes.
Huegel, Kelly. GLBTQ: The Survival Guide for Queer & Questioning Teens. Minneapolis: Free Spirit Publishing, 2003.
Covering issues from abusive relationships to youth resources, Huegel answers many of the common (and some not-so-common) questions that arise for GLBTQ teens, providing them with tools to advocate for themselves and keep themselves healthy.
Piechowski, Michael M. “Experiencing in a Higher Key: Dabrowski’s Theory of and for the Gifted.” Expert Approaches to Support Gifted Learners. Ed. Margaret Wayne Gosfield. Minneapolis: Free Spirit Publishing, 2008. 19-32.
This chapter provides a brief introduction/overview for readers unfamiliar with Dabrowski’s Theory of Positive Disintegration. It can be very helpful in understanding the concept of Overexcitabilities (OEs).
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