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Celebrating and Supporting LGBTQIA+ Identities

June is Pride Month, when we celebrate and commemorate LGBTQIA+ individuals, families, and communities. LGBTQIA+ children and families deserve to be affirmed, seen, and loved, not only during Pride Month but every day. Child life professionals can use the following resources to celebrate and support LGBTQIA+ children and families all year.
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Educational Resources for Child Life Professionals

ACLP offers the following educational content for child life professionals to learn and practice supporting LGBTQIA+ patients and families.

ACLP LGBTQIA+ Educational Resources

  • NEW Child Life Learning Bite: Beyond Pride: Year-Round Action (1.0 PDU)

  • NEW: Child Life Learning Bite: Power & Pride: The Origins of Pride Month (1.0 PDU)

  • NEW ACLP Bulletin Article: Re-Thinking Rooming Practices in Pediatric Hospitals: Another Approach to Gender-Affirming Care

  • 2023 Child Life Conference: Safety in a Fluid Future: Creating Emotionally Safe, Gender-Affirming Pediatric Emergency Rooms for Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Children and Youth*

  • 2023 Child Life Conference: The Ethics of Providing Care for Patients Who Identify as Gender Diverse in an Uncertain Environment*

  • ACLP Webinar: Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth and Families: The Role of Child Life (2021)

  • ACLP Bulletin Article: They, Them, Theirs: The Importance of Pronouns and Other Considerations When Caring for Patients Who Identify as Gender Diverse (2020)

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Diversify Your Playroom: LGBTQIA+ Representation

Below are resources child life professionals can use to provide LGBTQIA+ representation in playrooms and activity centers.

Pride Activity Sheets

These free activity sheet templates can be used to celebrate pride and/or in conjunction with the books listed on this page. Download the templates here.

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LGBTQIA+ Books for Children & Teens

  • Love Makes a Family

  • Being You, A First Conversation About Gender

  • What Are Your Words?: A Book about Pronouns

  • And Tango Makes Three

  • Red: A Crayon's Story

  • Sylvia and Marsha Start a Revolution!: The Story of the Trans Women of Color Who Made LGBTQ+ History

  • Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag

  • When Aidan Became a Brother

  • Beyond the Gender Binary

  • All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages

  • The Black Flamingo

  • The Stonewall Reader



  • Inclusivity Posters

  • Pronouns Poster



A Game Changer: Playing with Pronouns Card Deck

Engage children with an educational card deck featuring gender inclusive cards. All kinds of games can be played to familiarize kids with pronouns, promote social-emotional learning, and practice skills like matching and sorting. 

Learn more and purchase now.

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LGBTQIA+ Affinity Group for Child Life Professionals 

This ACLP affinity group is for those in the child life profession who are a part of the LGBTQIA+ community*. This meet up is an informal gathering and opportunity for people to share their identities in a safe and friendly environment while also creating connections. This is not a training or town hall. It will not be recorded, and there will not be a summary or notes released at a later date. The meet up is for both ACLP members and non-members, including aspiring child life professionals.

The next LGBTQIA+ affinity group meet-up is in-person at the 2023 Child Life Conference in Grapevine, Texas. 

Once a month, the affinity group meets via zoom. 2023 dates are as follows:

  • June 28 at 1:30 PM EST
  • July 26 at 1:30 PM EST
  • August 23 at 2:30 PM EST
  • September 27 at 1:30 PM EST
  • October 25 at 1:30 PM EST
  • November 29 at 1:30 PM EST
  • December 13 at 1:30 PM EST

To register, email

*Allies of these communities are asked to respect the need to have a closed event.

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*Some materials may be banned across educational settings in certain U.S. states.

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