Here at Rocket City Mom our mission is to make parenting in Huntsville easier. To that end we work hard to provide area parents with resources and information about events, activities and local organizations. If it’s something that local parents will find interesting, or something that makes families stronger, we share it here. There are many families in the Tennessee Valley who have someone in their lives – a parent, a child, a relative, or a friend – who is gay and they want to show their support and pride. We hope this list of LGBTQ resources will come in handy!
This list is not comprehensive, the focus is primarily on area resources for youth and their families, but if you see something you feel we’ve missed, feel free to leave in the comments.[themify_box color=”lavender” icon=”announcement”]The Huntsville Pride Parade will be Saturday, June 29th, 2019 from Noon – 2:00 PM in downtown Huntsville. Get more details about this family-friendly event and the parade route HERE. For more local Pride events, go HERE.
Note: Not ALL events are kid-friendly. Please research or ask the venue before attending.[/themify_box]
Articles for Local Parents, By Local Parents
Support Group Spotlight: PFLAG Huntsville
Learn more about what PFLAG (Parents, Friends, and Families of Lesbians and Gays) offers youth in the Huntsville community. Read the article
A Tale of Two Families: Parenting While Gay in Huntsville
The Rocket City is full of families of all shapes, sizes, and backgrounds. Our site has written about how it takes a village to raise kids before, and these two families are no exception. Read the article.
What To Do If Your Kid Tells You They’re Gay
Being gay is difficult already. Having to stress about how parents feel about it should never be an issue. Take it from someone who has been there, done that. Read the article.
How to Celebrate Pride Week with Kids as an LGBTQ Ally
The best way to ensure your children have fun and learn the value of Pride Week/Month is to talk to them the same way you would Women’s rights or African American rights. Explain that we come together to celebrate the successes LGBTQ community members have had over time to ensure equal rights for all, including those who are different. Read the article.
Local LGBTQ Youth Services & Support
GLSEN Greater Huntsville
Facebook Page | Instagram
A local chapter of the national organization GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network) whose goal is for every student, in every school, to be valued and treated with respect, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. They believe that all students deserve a safe and affirming school environment where they can learn and grow, free from bullying and harassment.
Care Services, Inc.
Website | Facebook Page
C.A.R.E. Services exists to provide for the mental and physical well-being of sexual and gender minorities, and to work in partnership with other marginalized populations to achieve mutual goals of equity and equality. They host a monthly peer group for LGBTQ youth and allies ages 14-18 in Huntsville and Athens.
Rocket City Gaymers
Did you know North Alabama has a LGBTQ+ gaming Facebook Group? This page is a safe space for anyone who lives in the North Alabama area and supports LGBTQ+. Share your gaming knowledge, love, ideas, or just make friends!
Local Resources for LGBTQ Families & Friends
Rocket City Rainbow Pages
A great & thorough webpage for all local LGBTQ: events, organizations, advocacy, healthcare, and businesses are all included here.
Rocket City Pride
View Website | Facebook Page
The event planning arm for local LGBTQ organizations and their partners, Rocket City Pride hosts a variety of events throughout the year, including Huntsville’s family-friendly Pride Parade, and PrideFest in the Fall.
Visit Website | Facebook Page
PGLAG’s mission is to serve families, friends, allies, and LGBTQ persons in the Huntsville area through education, support, and advocacy. They offer monthly peer support meetings for families, friends, and allies, as well as social events including, but not limited to, teens & kids.
Transgender North Alabama
Provides advocacy, meetings, and healthcare support for adult transgender and non-binary identifying people regardless of their physical or social state of transition.
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