LGBTQ Resources

State by state LGBT Crisis Hot Lines and other Resources. Help us fill in the states information. E-mail us at accidentalbear@gmail.com if you have additional information.

 

National Resource| Suicide Hotline:

Trained counselors are available to support you 24/7. If you are a young person who is in crisis, feeling suicidal, or in need of a safe and judgment-free place to talk, call The Trevor Lifeline now at 866-488-7386. It’s free and confidential.   [U.S. CALLS ONLY]

More info and help at www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

The National Runaway Switchboard/ 1-800-RUNAWAY

The National Runaway Switchboard operates 1-800-RUNAWAY, a confidential and anonymous crisis hotline for runaway and homeless youth available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Services include crisis intervention, referrals to local resources (i.e. alternative housing, basic center/shelter services, counseling, alcohol/drug treatment, and child protective services), and education and prevention services to youth, families and community members. Through a partnership with Greyhound Lines, Inc., NRS runs the Home Free program, a youth-initiated program family reunification that provides a free bus ticket home. Call 1-800-RUNAWAY (1-800-786-2929) for help.

 

30 Best Colleges in the U.S. for LGBT Students

Academic institutions continue to take steps to create environments and policies that meet the needs of students with a wide range of gender and sexual identities. These populations have historically been underserved by hegemonic culture, so many college administrations are spearheading efforts to raise awareness of Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) identities. According to the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, about 20% of LGBT faculty members and students reported they feared for their physical safety on campus, while 43% consider their campus climate to be homophobic. These numbers demonstrate the need for colleges to take an active stance against LGBT harassment and discrimination ― a stance that, in part, will make it so that LGBT students feel safe and welcome to attend.

Read More at www.bestcolleges.com

State by State LGBTQ Resource and Crisis Hotlines:

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California: 

Los Angeles Lesbian & Gay Center
(Jeff Griffith Youth Center/Kruks Tilsner Transitional Living Program)
Phone: 323-993-7501

The LA Lesbian & Gay Center operates a youth center, specifically for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning young people (15-24), that offers hot meals, showers, clothes, counseling, and much more. We also operate a safe, clean and caring 24-bed residence with dorm-style rooms.

San Diego Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual Transgender Community Center
Youth Housing Project

Phone: 619-692-2077
Fax: 619-260-3092
Contact: Dana Toppel

The Youth Housing project provides 23 units of affordable, supportive housing for youth between 18-24 years of age, with a special focus on LGBTQ+ youth who are currently transitioning out of foster care and/or group homes, or living in the streets.

Larkin Street Youth Services (San Francisco)
Phone: 415-673-0911
Fax: 415-749-3838
Contact: Ed Melendez ext: 246

Larkin Street Youth Services is the only organization providing the full spectrum of services needed to help San Francisco’s most vulnerable youth move beyond life on the street. We offer a range of housing options – from emergency shelter to permanent supportive housing – in addition to essential wraparound services including education, technology and employment training; healthcare, including mental health, substance abuse and HIV services; and case management.

The Ark of Refuge (San Francisco) Email
Young Adult Homeless Programs
Phone: 415-861-6566
Fax: 415-861-6103
Contact: Eric Politzer

The goal of the Ark House it to assist homeless LGBTQQ young adults with stabilizing their lives and establishing greater health and independence through a clean, safe and supportive congregate living environment, on-site counseling, and referrals to a network of supportive services.

Colorado:

Rainbow Alley Email
303-831-0442
Contact: Catherine O’Boyle

Rainbow Alley is a drop-in center designed to support GLBT youth and their allies ages 12-21. Our facility is a warm and welcoming environment, complete with supportive adults and youth. The Alley provides health services, counseling and referral, youth-lead events and activities, and life resources in a safe and supportive space.

Urban Peaks (Colorado Springs)
Phone: 719-630-3223
Fax: 719-630-3250
Contact: Natalie Paynter

Urban Peaks helps young people overcome homelessness and other real life challenges by providing safety, respect, essential services and a supportive community, empowering them to become self-reliant adults.

Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia

Florida:

ALSO Out Youth (Sarasota)
941-951-2576 (Office)
941-252-2576 (Pager)
Contact: Becky McDonough

ALSO Out Youth provides peer support services, social activities, educational programs and workshops, advocacy, and referrals for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and questioning youth ages 13 to 21, their families and friends, and the community, thereby enhancing self-esteem, promoting healthy dialogue, and increasing awareness of sexual minority youth issues.

Georgia:

Chris Kids Rainbow Project (Atlanta)
Phone: 404-486-9034
Fax: 404-486-9053
Contact: Rico Amu

The CHRIS Kids Rainbow Program provides a safe and supportive residence for homeless and runaway gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth. Rainbow is a transitional living life skills program for homeless and runaway sexual minority youth that provides both services and referrals. Life and job skills training are provided as youth become connected with a variety of community resources such as counseling, medical and legal services and volunteer opportunities.

Center for Pan-Asian Community Services: HIV counseling and testing, prevention services, and services and assistance for people living with HIV.

Guam

Hawaii:

Bay Clinic: HIV treatment services on the Big Island
Kalihi-Palama Health Center: HIV testing & counseling
Ke Ola Mamo O`ahu: HIV/STD prevention program
Kokua Kalihi Valley Comprehensive Family Services: HIV/STD screenings and health education
Life Foundation: HIV prevention, testing and counseling, and comprehensive case management programs
Hawai`I Island HIV/AIDS Foundation: HIV/AIDS case management and care program, education, prevention and outreach services
Na Pu`uwai Native Hawaiian Health Care: HIV/AIDS education and prevention program
Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center: HIV counseling and testing
Maui AIDS Foundation: Comprehensive HIV/AIDS case management, testing and education

Idaho

Illinois:

Chicago: The National Runaway Switchboard/ 1-800-RUNAWAY

The National Runaway Switchboard operates 1-800-RUNAWAY, a confidential and anonymous crisis hotline for runaway and homeless youth available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Services include crisis intervention, referrals to local resources (i.e. alternative housing, basic center/shelter services, counseling, alcohol/drug treatment, and child protective services), and education and prevention services to youth, families and community members. Through a partnership with Greyhound Lines, Inc., NRS runs the Home Free program, a youth-initiated program family reunification that provides a free bus ticket home.Call 1-800-RUNAWAY (1-800-786-2929) for help.

Open Door Youth Center (Bloomington)
Phone: 309-827-2437
Cell: 309-760-1213
Contact: Berry T. Stevenson

The Open Door Youth Center is a safe place for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth age 13 – 19 and their supportive friends. We are open every Friday night from 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Teen Living Programs
Phone: 773-548-4443, ext. 28
Fax: 773-548-4697
Contact: Dr. Ozella R. Phillips

Teen Living Programs’ mission is to create hope and opportunity for youth who are homeless by assisting them to permanently leave the streets, secure stable housing, and build self-sufficient, satisfying lives. We offer housing, job training, educational support, mental health counseling, holistic health care, and life skills training to youth ages 12 to 24 within a community of professional and passionate support. About half of the youth we serve identify as LGBTQ.

Indiana:

Indiana Youth Group (Indianapolis)

Phone: 317-541-8726 ext. 224
Contact: Gary W. Nelson

IYG provides a safe place, a confidential environment, youth development programs and support services which foster personal strength and wellness among self-identified lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people. IYG advocates on their behalf in schools, on the streets, and in the community.

Iowa:

Iowa Homeless Youth Centers (Des Moines)
Phone: 515-883-2379
Emergency Contact: 515-249-1443

The Iowa Homeless Youth Centers works to eliminate homelessness among children, youth, and young mothers in Polk County. We believe, with support and assistance, homeless individuals and families can live independently and attain self-sufficiency.

United Action for Youth (GLBTQ&A Youth Group) (Iowa City)
Phone: 319-338-7518
Contact Name: Amy Louis

The GLBTQ&A Youth Group is a free, informal, drop-in social and support group for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, questioning and allied youth ages 12-18.

The mission of UAY is to assist youth and families in helping themselves to a healthy future. We do this by offering youth development, counseling and prevention programs that make use of young people’s talents, creativity and energies.

Kansas

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maine

Maryland

Massachusetts:

Home for Little Wanderers (Walthman House) (BOSTON)
Phone: 781-647-9976
Contact: K Voorhes

Waltham House is a group home program designed to provide a safe and supportive living environment for up to 12 gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) youth ages 14-18. The program also serves youth who may be questioning (Q) their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Many young people have previously experienced difficulty due to their gender or sexuality identities. Waltham House offers residents a safe place to live while they prepare for family reunification, independent living, and future self-sufficiency.

Massachusetts Asians & Pacific Islanders for Health (MAP for Health): HIV/AIDS education and outreach, trainings and technical assistance

Michigan:

Ruth Ellis Center (Highland Park)
313-252-1950
313-865-3372
Contact: Grace McClelland

The Ruth Ellis Center provides short-term and long-term residential safe space and support service for runaway, homeless, and at-risk gay, lesbian, bi-attractional, transgender and questioning youth in Detroit and Southeast Michigan.

Ozone House (Ann Arbor)
Phone: 734-662-2222
Fax: 734-662-9724

Ozone House is the only agency in Washtenaw County providing free, confidential and voluntary help for teens in crisis, and their families. Specifically, we offer shelter and an array of supportive services to runaway, homeless, and at risk youth. Since opening in 1969, we have helped thousands of young people build the confidence, skills, and emotional strength needed to make a safe and healthy transition to adulthood.

Minnesota:

YouthLink: Project Offstreets Drop In Center (Minneapolis)
Phone: 612-252-1241
Contact: Denise Williams

Project OffStreets offers support and services designed to stabilize and help youth leave street life. The Project OffStreets drop-in center is the hub of Project OffStreets programming. The drop in center offers a safe, non-exploitive environment where vulnerable and exploited youth can get a meal, take a shower, wash some clothes, and utilize onsite locker storage. Youth who visit the drop-in center can also sign up for case management services.

YouthLink: Youth Housing Minneapolis)
Phone: 612-252-1200
Contact: Sue Pohl

YouthLink provides transitional housing and housing placement services for youth ready and eligible for such living experiences. Transitional living programs are hosted at two facilities: Archdale Apartments and St. Barnabas Apartments. YouthLink also provides housing placement through scattered site apartments for youth who are diagnosed with HIV and/or serious mental health illness or chemical dependency problems.

YouthLink’s transitional housing programs are specifically designed to meet the needs of homeless or precariously housed youth. Programs provide safe, affordable housing linked with case management services and skills building opportunities for young people who don’t have the personal resources for independent living. To be eligible for the program youth must be age 16 – 21 at intake, with continued eligibility for services through age 24 while in residency.

District 202 (Minneapolis)
Phone: 612-871-5559
Contact: Shiney Shapiro

District 202 is a nonprofit youth community center committed to providing social, cultural and educational opportunities by and for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) youth and their friends.

Through a collaborative process with adult and youth staff, this strong community of queer and allied youth (21 and younger), determine the activities of District 202. In the process they define themselves, create community, expand their understanding of the world, learn they are empowered to speak to their own experience, and they have fun.

Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico

New York:

Ali Forney Center (Manhattan/Brooklyn)
Phone: 212-206-0574

The Ali Forney Center is the largest and most comprehensive organization in the nation dedicated to housing LGBT youth. AFC serves youth aged 16-24, and provides emergency and transitional housing, street outreach, a drop-in center, medical and mental health treatment, a vocational/educational program, and a counseling project for the families of LGBT youth.

Green Chimneys (Runaway & Homeless Youth Programs) (Manhattan)
Phone: 212-491-5911
Contact: Miguel Caraballo

The New York City branch of Green Chimneys Children’s Services operates a wide range of residential, social service and educational programs that specifically focus on responding to the unique needs of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning youth and their families. Green Chimneys was the first mainstream child welfare agency in the country to develop and operate residential, educational, and social services programs, which were designed specifically for LGBTQ children, youth, and families.

Health and Education Alternatives for Teens (Brooklyn)
Phone: 718-467-1718
Contact: Dr. Jeffrey Birnbaum

The Health and Education Alternatives for Teens (HEAT) Program provides comprehensive medical care program for HIV+ and at-risk youth aged 13 to 24. HEAT provides age-appropriate and culturally competent care for heterosexual, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender minority youth. These services are provided at the Center for Health Services at Bedford Stuyvesant, a satellite clinic of SUNY Downstate Medical Center. HEAT provides comprehensive medical, case management, HIV counseling and testing (C/T), mental health, treatment adherence, STD diagnosis and treatment, gynecological services, pregnancy testing and family planning, outreach, transition services, hormone and transgender youth services, support services and access to research to high-risk and HIV-infected youth. HEAT operates under a one-stop shopping philosophy where all services are provided in one youth friendly clinic setting. All services are free and confidential.

Pride for Youth
2050 Bellmore Avenue
Bellmore, NY 11710
Phone: 516-679-9000
Contact: Pete Carney (Executive Director)

Pride for Youth is a service and an advocate for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth. Our mission is to enhance the health, wellness and cultural competency of LGBT young people through supportive services, education and youth development. We believe that LGBT young people are courageous, bright, creative and exceptional youth that enhance our communities. Formidable barriers such as homophobia, stigma, lack of understanding and institutionalized bias prevent some of them from achieving their potential. Pride for Youth offers a matrix of opportunities and supports that assist LGBT youth with their healthy development, break through obstacles to their success, and create a more responsive community in which they can grow. We offer many services for LGBT youth ages 13-24 including both individual and family counseling, support groups, a Friday night drop-in center, HIV/STI testing and community education. All services are free, confidential and anonymous.

The Door (Manhattan)
Phone: 212-941-9090
Contact: Miriam Hernandez

The Door’s mission is to empower young people to reach their potential by providing comprehensive youth development services in a diverse and caring environment. Each year over 8,000 young people, most referred by their peers, come to The Door for primary health care, prenatal care and health education, mental health counseling, legal services, GED, ESL, tutoring and homework help, college preparation and computer classes, career development services and training, job placement, daily meals, arts, sports and recreational activities.

The only criterion for Door membership is age (12-21). Of the 8,000 current members, the majority are between 17 and 20 years of age, with the average being 18. Most are African-American or Hispanic; a growing number are immigrants from China. During the school year The Door is also open Saturdays from 12:00 – 4:00 pm.

North Carolina:

Wrenn House (Raleigh)
Phone: 919-832-7866
Contact: Family Counselor

Wrenn House is a crisis shelter that serves all youth ages 10-17. Wrenn House provides a safe environment for youth who run away from home, who are homeless, or are otherwise in a crisis situation. We offer a diverse range of services including: temporary shelter, counseling, case management, referrals, mentoring, and a variety of life skills, all within an environment that promotes individuality and empowers youth. Wrenn House is partnering with the LGBT Center of Raleigh to serve the LGBT youth in our community. The LGBT Center has a mission to strengthen individual and community development through social and educational activities; to facilitate the incubation of supportive services and groups; and to identify needs and advocate for resources benefiting the diverse population of lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual people, their friends and supporters within and beyond central North Carolina.

LGBT Center of Raleigh
Phone: 919-832-4484

North Dakota
Northern Marianas Islands

Ohio:

Asian Services in Action: HIV/AIDS education and outreach

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania:

AIDS Services in Asian Communities: HIV/AIDS prevention, education and outreach, HIV testing and counseling, integrated case management services
South Asian Mutual Assistant Associations Coalition: HIV/AIDS community education, outreach and prevention

Puerto Rico
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota

Tennessee:

OutCentral: OutCentral offers weekly workshops and community events, as well as information and resources for people in Nashville and Middle Tennessee

 

Tennessee
Texas

Utah:

Volunteers of America (Salt Lake City)
Phone: 801-364-0744
Contact: Theresa Stocks

HYRC runs a 3-part program for homeless youth, and about 30% of the youth it serves report being LGBTQ. Our programs include a drop-in center which provides basic needs, such as food, clothing, and showers, to youth ages 15-22 who don’t have a stable place to live. Another program is a street outreach program, which heavily targets reaching young male prostitutes, many of whom identify as gay or bisexual. The third component is a transitional living program. Many of the youth in this program are either aging out of foster care or have already aged out. The age range is 16-19.

Vermont:

SPECTRUM Youth & Family Services (Burlington)
Phone: 802-864-5396 ext 422
Contact: Patrick Deleon

Spectrum Youth and Family Services is a community-based social service agency committed to working with Vermont youth and families to improve their lives through advocacy, direct service, and a continuum of support in order to work toward a more just and compassionate community.

Virginia

Virgin Islands

Washington:

Lambert House (Seattle)
Phone: 206-322-2515
Contact Person: Ben @ ext 811

Lambert House is a safe place for queer youth ages 22 and under. Our calendar is packed with fun activities, support groups, planning meetings, dances, and other events. We are here to make life better for each other as GLBTQ youth. The drop-in center is open Mon-Sat 4-9:30.

YouthCare (Seattle)
Phone: 206.985.8343
CONTACT: Curtis Knopf, Casework Supervisor

YouthCare’s housing programs provide youth with stability, skills and ultimately, self-sufficiency. Staff are available 24-hours a day to provide youth with the hugs, instruction and the discipline they need to learn and grow. YouthCare’s housing programs are divided into Adolescent Living (ages 12-17) and Transitional Living (ages 18-21).

Giving kids life skills is the key to their success. Youth work with staff to develop plans for self-sufficiency, which may include goals around nutrition and hygiene, money management, education, employment, healthcare and permanent housing. Youth meet weekly with staff to discuss progress, challenges and changes.

West Virginia

Wisconsin:

Project Q (Milwaukee)
Phone: 414.223.3220
Fax: 414.271.2161
Contact: Kurt Dyer

Project Q a wide variety of youth drop-in activities are currently scheduled throughout the week. Activities include art, discussion groups, poetry readings, movie nights, dances & Drag Shows. Drop-In activities are designed to ensure safety, accessibility and comfort for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, questioning youth and their straight allies. We run Milwaukee’s First and Only LGBT Youth Drop-In Center. Project Q’s LGBT Youth Drop-In Center operates a coffee bar, youth library, four computer work stations, lounge area with TV, VCR, and cable, and plenty of peer/adult support.

Wyoming

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  1. Anonymous said:

    Phone: 270-703-1582

    The Kentucky Fairness Alliance is an education and advocacy network dedicated to advancing equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, Kentuckians.

    Founded in 1993 to battle legislation to criminalize sodomy, the Kentucky Fairness Alliance has been instrumental in defeating over 98% of all bills and amendments in Frankfort targeting LGBT people for discrimination. Our commitment to local organizing helped our chapters pass city- and county-wide Fairness ordinances in Lexington, Covington, and Henderson.

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