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  1. Visibility without being in the spotlight: Some suggestions for primary schools that want to be open for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender families

    There is an increasing number of “rainbow families”: families where one or both parents or/and co-care takers are lesbian, homosexual, bisexual or transgender. Although the upbringing of children in such rainbow families does not differ from heterosexual families, rainbow families often have to deal with specific challenges. They often get negative or prejudiced comments and questions about their family composition. Parents, their children, but also their environment have to learn how to deal with such events. This makes rainbow families different to some extent. …

  2. Family's guide to handling anti-gay (LGBTQ) harassment: US version

    This guide provides advice and tips for families to deal with anti-gay harassment.

  3. Including different families

    Stonewall's Education Guide on including different families provides essential information for secondary, and especially primary school staff. Advances in gay equality over the last decade mean that there are increasing numbers of children with same-sex parents in British schools.This guide provides advice on how to include same-sex parents in the school community, how to address lesbian and gay issues in the classroom, and how to ensure that your teaching reflects the reality of life in the 21st century. …

  4. Understanding and challenging HIV stigma. Toolkit for action. Modules D & E: the family and stigma. Home based care and stigma

    This document is part of a toolkit written for and by HIV trainers. The toolkit has been designed to help trainers plan and organise educational sessions with community leaders or organised groups. It consists in a collection of participatory training exercices to help people at all levels understand stigma - what it means, why it is an important issue, what its root causes are - and develop strategies to challenge stigma and discrimination.The present document contains the Module D, "the family and stigma", and the Module E, "Home-based care and stigma". …

  5. Considerations for formulating reproductive health laws

    This discussion paper elaborates how laws can be developed in order to improve protection of reproductive and sexual health, and how they can be applied to facilitate the availability of reproductive health services. Legal principles are examined, including those governing free and informed decision-making, privacy and confidentiality, the competent delivery of services and the use of conscientious objectives.

  6. A community-based response on sexual violence against women

    This guide is for field-based refugees workers including UN system, NGOs and governments staff in the health, community services, protection and other related sectors. The booklet presents guidelines in assessing the problem of sexual violence identifying key players in a practical response to the problem, drawing up guidelines on steps to be taken, and roles and responsibilities of actors, setting criteria for selecting team members, organizing training, and evaluating the programme.

  7. Principles to Guide Programming for Orphans and other Vulnerable Children

    This document offers a set of guiding principles upon which to develop an expanded response to children and adolescents affected by HIV/AIDS. It is hoped that it will enrich discussions among stakeholders at all national and international levels. The principles and recommendations will remain open to revision, in order to reflect the ongoing dialogue and incorporate lessons learned from experience.

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