LGBT Resource Center
USC Student Affairs

Parents and Families

The University of Southern California LGBT Resource Center is proud to be a national leader in LGBT student services to assist out, closeted and questioning students with the development of their sexuality and gender identity/expression.  This webpage provides resources for parents and families to help understand the coming out process for their student. 

If you are a parent or family member that has concerns or questions about your student’s development, please email the LGBT Resource Center Director Kelby Harrison at with questions, comments or concerns.  You can also contact the LGBT Resource Center if you are simply anxious about the recent change in your student’s life (ie., moving away from home and starting college).  The LGBT Resource Center has access to a number of Los Angeles resources for parents and families like PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays). 

LGBT Pride Parent Circle:

The LGBT Resource Center and Office for Parent Programs announce the LGBT Pride Parent Circle, its newest parent circle, to provide a support network for LGBT students’ families and LGBT identified parents.  For additional information, please email, call (213) 740-7619 or visit the official LGBT Pride Parent Circle webpage.

Parent Signature Events:

Suggested USC LGBT Links:

USC Transgender Student Resources

USC LGBT Peer Mentoring Program

Freshman Advocacy Board

Rainbow Floor & Rainbow Floor Overnight Experience

Parents & Family Downloadable Brochures:

Family Acceptance Project - Supportive Families, Healthy Children: Helping Families with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Children (Spanish Version)

Family Acceptance Project - Family Acceptance in Adolescence and the Health of LGBT Young Adults

Family Acceptance Project Brochures for Parents and Families

Parents & Family Resource Links:

Find a PFLAG Chapter near you: Parents and Friends for Lesbians and Gays

Family Acceptance Project

Articles & Books for Parents & Families:

  • Aizumi, M. (2012). Two spirits, one heart: a son's journey and a mother's love. New York, NY: Magnus Books. (visit:
  • Biblarz, T. J., & Stacey, J. (2010, February). How Does the Gender of Parents Matter. Journal of Marriage and Family, 72, 3-22.
  • Biblarz, T. J., & Stacey, J. (2010, February). Ideal Families and Social Science Ideals. Journal of Marriage and Family, 72, 41-44.
  • Goldberg, A. E. (2010, February). Studying Complex Families in Context. Journal of Marriage and Family, 72, 29-34.
  • Strohschein, L. (2010, February). Generating Heat or Light? The Challenge of Social Address Variables. Journal of Marriage and Family, 72, 23-28.
  • Tasker, F. (2010, February). Same-Sex Parenting and Child Development: Reviewing the Contribution of Parental Gender? Journal of Marriage and Family, 72, 35-40.