Welcome to Parachute

Parachute is an e-Learning program that offers a gentle lift and a soft landing for caring adults who have an LGBTQ child in their lives. Starting with an introductory course that launches this summer, Parachute will offer a series of comprehensive, research-based courses that will provide the education that parents, families and community members need to understand, affirm, and support LGBTQ children. Future courses will cover topics such as sexual orientation, gender identity, diversity, advocacy, and suicide prevention.

Why is Parachute important?

With nearly 5 million youth identifying as LGBTQ, there is a critical need for parents and caring adults to understand the relationship between rejecting/accepting behaviors and mental health. While rejecting behaviors increase risks for LGBTQ children, supportive behaviors lead to healthier outcomes for LGBTQ children and adolescents. Multiple studies have demonstrated the vital importance of affirming behaviors on the mental and physical health of LGBTQ kids.

Children and adolescents with high levels of acceptance are:
• 3x less likely to think about suicide
• have higher self-esteem
• less likely to be depressed

Education leads to better outcomes

When parents and caring adults become more informed about their LGBTQ child’s journey, they become empowered to become the best possible advocates for their children. We anticipate that this program will increase general understanding of LGBTQ issues, increase affirming behaviors among parents and caring adults, and improve the environment for LGBTQ people everywhere.

What makes Parachute different from other programs?

The self-paced courses in Parachute are full of beautiful interactive content that help bring new concepts to life. There are many ways for learners to engage – such as Community (a private online forum for course takers), journaling activities, interactive data visualizations, and prompts to act on new learning. One of the most distinguishing features of Parachute is the opportunity to hear from moms of LGBTQ children as they share vulnerable stories of their journey to open their eyes, mind and heart to their child’s experience. These stories are woven throughout each course and bring depth and heart to the learning content that will resonate and relate with participants as they begin their own journey.

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