PFLAG is the original ally organization for parents, families, and friends of LGBTQ people. PFLAG supports LGBTQ people and their families through community education and advocacy. PFLAG fights for equal rights of LGBTQ people, including youth’s right to safe and inclusive schools.
Serves LGBTQ youth and adults with free, confidential peer support and resource referral. The help center provides support on topics such as coming out, relationships, bullying, and safer sex. They have separate hotlines for youth and elders. They also keep a comprehensive resource and referral list called “GLBT Near Me.” Visitors can type in their zip code and the number of miles they are able to travel to find community centers, support groups, and other LGBTQ-serving organizations near them.
For the youth talkline (for those 25 or younger), call Toll-free 1-800-246-PRIDE (1-800-246-7743). Hours are Monday thru Friday from 1pm to 9pm, pacific time; and Saturday from 9am to 2pm, pacific time. Email: [email protected]
They also maintain an online peer-support chat center, where LGBTQ people can have one-on-one support from peer volunteers. Online chat is available Monday through Friday, 1pm to 9pm, pacific time, and Saturday from 9am to 2pm, pacific time.
A GSA is a school club that allows LGBTQ and straight students to support each other and advocate for safe schools. While these used to be called “Gay-Straight Alliances”, GSA now stands for “Genders & Sexualities Alliance” to be more inclusive. The GSA network connects clubs like these all over the U.S., and provides resources to youth and adults interested in starting their own GSA.
Gender Spectrum helps to create gender sensitive and inclusive environments for all children and teens. They provide resources for parents, families, and youth, as well as for youth serving professionals and faith leaders. The site includes a “lounge” for teens and parents to connect, and hosts a monthly call-in support group for parents and caregivers.
Trevor Project is a suicide prevention hotline for LGBTQ youth dealing with sexual identity.
Text "Trevor" to 1.202.304.1200. Text is available Th/F between 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm (PT).
Online chat is available 7 days a week between 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm (PT).
Visit trevorspace.org for online support in a community forum.
Safe Schools Coalition supports gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender, queer and questioning youth. They work to help schools become safe places where every family can belong, where every educator can teach, and where every child can learn, regardless of gender, gender identity or sexual orientation. Their webpage includes links to local organizations, information on law and policy, curricula and training for educators, and a special section for youth which includes resources on topics such as cyber-bullying, disability, health, and suicide prevention.
The Family Acceptance Project is a project of San Francisco State University. This site is research focused and oriented towards family-serving professionals. The Family Acceptance Project works to prevent health and mental health risks for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) children and youth, including suicide, homelessness and HIV – in the context of their families, cultures and faith communities. They use a research-based, culturally grounded approach to help ethnically, socially and religiously diverse families support their LGBT children.
The “Publications” link contains family education including “Supportive Families, Healthy Children” in English, Spanish, and Chinese, as well as a faith-based version for LDS families.
They also publish videos for families including Families are Forever and Always My Son (English and Spanish).
The transgender law center works to change law, policy, and attitudes so that all people can live safely, authentically, and free from discrimination regardless of their gender identity or expression. They have resources for youth on changing legal documents, suicide prevention, and on school inclusiveness and safety. They also host the Truth project, a national storytelling campaign that aims to build empathy for transgender people.
The National Center for Transgender Equality fights for civil rights and justice for transgender people. They have information on understanding transgender issues and advocacy, as well as sections on knowing your rights and how to change your ID.