This presentation will provide frontline staff and PI’s with the language & knowledge necessary to ensure positive & supportive environments that provide physical, mental, & emotional safety for youths who identify as members of LGBTQ+ communities. Session Objectives: 1. Discuss historical roots & positive & negative uses of language as it relates to LGBTQ+ communities. 2. Review current findings from research with individuals in LGBTQ+ communities 3. Present the differences between sex, gender identity, gender expression, & sexual orientation. 4. Review emerging best practices for inclusion of youth who identify as transgender.