Cultural & Linguistic Competence Videos

Research, reports, issue briefs, and fact sheets related to cultural and linguistic competence.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Intersex, or Two-Spirit

Our Families: LGBT/Two-Spirit Native American Stories

Basic Rights Oregon

Presents the personal stories of Native LGBT and two-spirit people as they discuss their struggles with mental health, substance abuse, family rejection, and identity, and how the support and acceptance of their families and communities have been important to them.

Foster Care’s Invisible Youth – Video on LGBT Youth


Highlights the experiences of seven LGBT youth navigating the foster care system. There are an estimated 400,000 youth in foster care, including a disproportionate number of LGBT youth. These seven stories are helpful in understanding the impact of sexual orientation and gender identity related to potential rejection from foster families, invisibility within the foster system, social stigma, and other challenges faced by LGBT youth. To learn more about IN THE LIFE MEDIA, visit

Feedback Transgender and Nongender Identity: A Youth Digital Story

Technical Assistance Partnership (2012)

The TA Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health created a digital story about gender identity, featuring endever* corbin who is a workgroup member. The 15-minute video highlights, from a youth perspective, information, resources, and recommended practices for supporting youth who identify as nongender or transgender. endever* shares a personal narrative to assist service providers, families, youth, and communities in better understanding gender and supportive practices. The video, which includes closed captioning, is accompanied by 10 guiding questions to facilitate your reflection about the digital story, as well as small group discussions about it.

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Larkin Street Stories

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (2011)

The following are part of a SAMHSA video series highlighting Larkin Street Youth Services in San Francisco, California, and its work with LGBT youth experiencing homelessness. The mission of Larkin Street Youth Services is to create a continuum of services that inspires youth to move beyond the street.

  1. Larkin Street Stories: The Homeless LGBT Experience (Episode 1)

  2. Larkin Street Stories: Confronting Hate Speech and Homophobia (Episode 2)

  3. Larkin Street Stories: Neither/Nor: Working with Transgender Youth (Episode 3)

The Future is Bright.

The Trevor Project (2011)

Provides an overview of the Trevor Project, a leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth. The video addresses why it is important to care for all youth, especially LGBTQ youth needing support. The video is useful to briefly introduce people to the challenges LGBTQ youth face, while sharing the resources available through the Trevor Project. To learn more about The Trevor Project, visit

Proud Mom- Part 1

Laurin Mayeno

Laurin Mayeno is the mother of a gay son. This video tells the story of her own challenges during her son's early childhood and the process she went through to fully accept and be proud of him. This story is relevant for anyone who cares for young children. Part 2, which covers parenting her son through his school years, is coming soon!

Somos Familia (We are Family)

Somos Familia (2011)

Three Latina immigrant mothers talk about their children's coming out processes, conveying powerful messages about unconditional love and acceptance of LGBTQ people as part of Latino families. Their stories are combined in one video and can also be viewed separately. (Spanish, with English subtitles)