The Trevor Helpline is the only national 24-hour, toll-free suicide prevention hot line aimed at gay and questioning youth. The Trevor Helpline is geared toward helping those in crisis, or those wanting information on how to help someone in crisis. Managed by partners at San Francisco Suicide Prevention, the Trevor Helpline calls are handled by highly trained counselors and are free and confidential.
Help Line: (866)-488-7386
The GLBT National Help Center is dedicated to meeting the needs of the GLBT community and those questioning their sexual orientation or gender identity. The Help center provides free and confidential telephone and e-mail peer counseling, information and local resources for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning callers throughout the United States
National Helpline: 1-888-843-4564
GLBT National Youth Talkline: 1-800-246-PRIDE (7743)
Advocates for Youth champions efforts to help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health. Advocates believes it can best serve the field by boldly advocating for a more positive and realistic approach to adolescent sexual health.
AC Online has created a guidebook to show LGBTQ students the various on-campus and online resources they can use to make their college experience more welcoming and supportive.
This guide includes:
- A list of the Most LGBTQ-Friendly Colleges for 2016
- Extensive tips for searching for a LGBTQ-friendly school
- Updated information about various LGBTQ student organizations that have a presence at most colleges and universities
- Additional online resources for LGBTQ students
The American Institute of Bisexuality encourages, supports and assists research and education about bisexuality, through programs likely to make a material difference and enhance public knowledge, awareness and understanding about bisexuality.
BiNET USA is an umbrella organization and voice for bisexual, pansexual, fluid, queer-identified and all other of us "somewhere in between" people. BiNet USA facilitates the development of a cohesive network of independent bisexual and bi-friendly communities; promotes bisexual, pansexual and bi-inclusive visibility; and collects and distributes educational information regarding sexual orientation and gender identity with an emphasis on the bisexual and pansexual and allied communities.
A resource guide created in collaboration with GLAAD for journalists to more accurately report on the Bisexual Community: View the Reporting Guide
Tel: (202) 986-7186
Campus Pride represents the only national organization for student leaders and campus groups working to create a safer college environment for LGBT students. The online site contains helpful articles on preparing for college, Gay Point Average rankings for campuses, an updated, exhaustive list of scholarship and financial assistance information and a dean’s list to meet other LGBT students across the country. In addition, the site also offers channels and resources for various LGBT and ally advocacy, support and leadership issues.
Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere (COLAGE) is a national movement of children, youth, and adults with one or more lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or queer (LGBTQ) parent/s. They build community and work toward social justice through youth empowerment, leadership development, education, and advocacy.
The Campus LGBTQ Centers Directory is a project to document staffed campus resources regarding sexual orientation and gender identity. The Directory purpose is to connect people with the offices and to further research on the state of the profession providing LGBTQ resources in higher education.
For clinical referrals contact the UCSF Transgender Care Navigator at 415-885-7770
The CoE is currently implementing four major programs for the transgender community with support from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the California Endowment, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). More program areas are under development and as those are implemented they will be added to their website.
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) ensures media images of LGBT people are fair, accurate, and inclusive. This includes news coverage, television series, and even portrayals of gay characters on the silver screen. GLAAD launches various public awareness campaigns in the media, such as the “Be an Ally & a Friend” series of television commercials for outreach to LGBT youth and straight allies.
A resource for journalists, reporters, and those interested in covering LGBTQ issues in the media: Media Resource Guide
A resource for journalists, reporters, and those interested in covering the Bisexual Community in the media created in collaboration with BiNet USA: Bisexual Reporting Guide
GLSEN is the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students. Established in 1990, GLSEN envisions a world in which every child learns to respect and accept all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. GLSEN seeks to develop school climates where difference is valued for the positive contribution it makes to creating a more vibrant and diverse community.
The Give a Damn Campaign is for everybody who cares about gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality. It is especially for straight people, whether you’re already an active supporter, want to show your support for the first time, or hadn’t given equality a lot of thought before and now want to learn more, the Give a Damn campaign is here to help you get informed about the issues and get involved, at a pace that works for you.
GLBT Near Me is a program of the GLBT National Help Center and consists of a national resource database of the largest collection of GLBT resources on the web. Enter your zip code and find the closest social and support resources, the closest community centers, the closest youth groups and much more!
This guide provides a comprehensive list of scholarships for LGBTQ students planning for their graduate education. The guide is broken down by subject, and includes pertinent information for applying for scholarships, and even tips for applying and securing financial aid.
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality. HRC seeks to improve the lives of LGBT Americans by advocating for equal rights and benefits in the workplace, ensuring families are treated equally under the law and increasing public support among all Americans through innovative advocacy, education and outreach programs.
Tel: (202) 628-4160
Immigration Equality is a national organization fighting for equality under U.S. immigration law for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and HIV-positive individuals. They have a booklet on Sexual Orientation and Immigration that was published by the Lesbian and Gay Immigration Rights Task Force to inform both immigrants and non-immigrant visa holders of their rights in the US.
The IGLHRC is an international human rights advocacy commission dedicated to developing human rights movements globally. Their website features information about issues in countries worldwide.
InterPride is an international association for organizations that produce Pride Events around the world. Member organizations are dedicated to producing Pride events for the global Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex (LGBTI) community.
Just Say Yes is a grassroots activist organization that creates positive talk about sex & coming out. Just Say Yes is about having a positive attitude towards sexuality—gay, straight, bisexual or whatever. It's about saying "yes" to sex you do want, and "no" to sex you don't.
Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund engages in impact litigation, education and public policy work to achieve full recognition of the civil rights of LGBT people and people with HIV or AIDS. Lambda Legal supports colleges and universities with legal issues and educational outreach efforts such as advocacy for campus policies inclusive of sexual orientation and gender identity/expression.
Tel: (212) 809-8585
The Lambda 10 Project provides LGBT and ally resources nationally to college fraternities and sororities in an effort to create visibility and education for LGBT issues. Online the Website shares valuable resources geared to LGBT students wanting to participate in Greek life—from rushing openly gay to coming out in the fraternity closet. The site also offers a list of current LGBT-sensitive fraternal organizations and a Who’s Out List to contact men and women who are openly LGBT in Greek Life.
LGBT-oriented rehabilitation centers offer help that is designed specifically for members of the LGBT community. These centers offer therapy and other treatments that are geared specifically toward resolving problems unique to this community in addition to general help with addictions. This service offers help finding a program that will work well for your particular circumstances.
The LGBTQ Architect is a grass-roots, open-content project designed to provide immediately useable information and resources for creating and improving programs which support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and ally (LGBTQA) people on college and university campuses.
The LGBT National Help Center is a 21 year-old non-profit organization, which operates among other programs, the LGBT National Youth Talkline (1-800-246-7743).
The LGBTQ Teens Online Talk Group is a weekly live, moderated chat room for youth up to the age of 19, operating each Tuesday from 4-6 pm, pacific. It is available at: www.LGBThotline.org/LGBTQteens.
This program is designed to be a safe place to allow LGBTQ youth to talk freely about concerns and issues with others their own age, provide support for each other, and to help each other know they are not alone.
The Matthew Shepard Foundation provides support for diversity programs in education and helps youth organizations establish environments where young people can feel safe and be themselves. Online resources include reading materials, videos, educational materials, and regional events. There are also links to LGBT-sensitive homeless shelters, drop-in centers, local PFLAG organizations, and LGBT counselors.
Mental illness covers a wide spectrum of conditions that affect children, teens, and adults. These are behavioral, emotional, or mental conditions that cause serious functional impairment, interfering with one or more major life activities.
The National Center for Lesbian Rights is a national legal organization committed to advancing the civil and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families through litigation, public policy advocacy, and public education.
Tel: (415) 392-6257
The National Center for Transgender Equality is a national social justice organization devoted to ending discrimination and violence against transgender people through education and advocacy on national issues of importance to transgender people. By empowering transgender people and our allies to educate and influence policymakers and others, NCTE facilitates a strong and clear voice for transgender equality in our nation's capital and around the country.
The National Coming Out Project is part of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. The project provides both printed and online resources and information to support gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people including a Resource Guide to Coming Out and an online resource for Coming Out in Communities of Color. The project is an extension of National Coming Out Day, which is celebrated every October 11. The National Coming Out Project helps to facilitate those events by offering information about how to put on an event and materials such as posters, stickers, and literature.
The National Consortium of LGBT Resources in Higher Education works to achieve higher education environments in which lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students, faculty, staff, administrators, and alumni have equity in every respect. The organization supports professional staff of LGBT office/centers and advocates for policy change, program development, and establishment of LGBT office/centers. There are valuable Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) as well as a listing of all the campuses with professionally staffed LGBT office/centers available online.
The National LGBTQ Task Force was the first national LGBT civil rights and advocacy organization in the country. The organization has tremendous grass-roots political resources and hosts the annual Creating Change Conference for LGBT and ally activists. In 2003, they published a national campus climate study, which documents experiences and perceptions of anti-LGBT bias and harassment, along with levels of institutional support for LGBT people.
Tel: (202) 332-6483
The National Organization for Women (NOW) is committed to fighting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in all areas, including employment, housing, public accommodations, health services, child custody and military policies. NOW is committed to educational efforts that combat the adverse effects of homophobia, promote positive images in the media and ultimately ensure civil rights protection for all. NOW asserts the right of lesbians to live their lives with dignity and security, and the rights of equal marriage for all.
The Point Foundation provides financial support, mentoring, and hope to meritorious students who are marginalized due to sexual orientation, gender expression, or gender identity. The application process is open to all LGBT students nationwide regardless of level of education. Students may apply online to a variety of scholarships. Application period traditionally starts January 1. All applications must be received by March 1. Decisions are made by May 1.
Trans Advisory Hotline of America provides peer support, information, direction, and referrals from 6:00am to 11:00pm CST, 7 days a week. Voice mail other hours—return calls are done the next morning.
Tel: (877) 427-3230
DrugRehab.com is a web resource provided and funded by Advanced Recovery Systems (ARS). ARS is an integrated behavioral health care management organization dedicated to the treatment of addiction, substance abuse, eating disorders and mental health issues. They provide well-researched, fact-based resources on this site.
The Transgender Law and Policy Institute engages in effective advocacy for transgender people and works on law and policy initiatives designed to advance transgender equality. The organization maintains a list of colleges and universities with “gender identity or expression” in their nondiscrimination policies online.
This safe sex guide is aimed at understanding the nuanced, complex, and diverse gender identities, sexual orientation, attractions, and experiences that exist in our world, which vary across cultures and communities.
Zippia is a career resource and technology company based in San Francisco. It helps job seekers empower their career aspirations with knowledgeable data. It's been featured in USA Today, Forbes, Fortune, CNBC and the NY Times, among other leading publications.
Zippia also has put together a comprehensive list of scholarships available for LGBTQ students:
Money Geek has put together a comprehensive guide for financial aid for homeless LGBTQ+ youth across the nation. It includes state specific links and initiatives that help homeless your. https://www.moneygeek.com/financial-planning/resources/lgbtq-homeless-youth/
For many LGBTQ+ students, discrimination and harassment is still a daily reality and school is one of the main places where they have these experiences. We believe the classroom should be a place of inclusion. However, understanding what initiatives to put in place to create an inclusive environment can be a challenge.
In an effort to assist Tucson educators in knowing how to support their students, our team has created an open-use guide that discusses how to be a better ally and the steps needed to create an inclusive classroom. It even includes a breakdown of terms within the LGBTQ+ community that you may be unfamiliar with.
You can take a look at our guide here:
Creating an Inclusive Classroom for LGBTQ+ students
Together, we must take a stand against the bullying, exclusion, and intolerance many LGBTQ+ youth face.