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LGBTQ Centers and Assistance Resources

Are you hoping to find an LGBTQ centers or local services such as financial assistance or food panties? One of the links below can help you connect with an organization in your area.

Centerlink – Find an LGBTQ Center near you

Center for Black Equity

Move For Hunger — Food Insecurity in the LGBTQ+ Community

SAGE USA — Resources for LGBTQ+ Seniors

FindHelp.org — search for financial assistance, food pantries, medical care, and other free or reduced-cost help

 

Support and Crisis Hotlines

Trevor Project

  • Reach a counselor at 1-866-488-7386. (Text and chat features are found at the link above.) You’ll be connected to a Trevor counselor who is understanding of LGBTQ issues and won’t judge you. Your conversation will be anonymous, and you can share as much or as little as you like.
  • If you end up waiting, try a calming exercise to help you breathe and focus. Or check out the LGBTQ Resource Center for helpful articles and information.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline —  1-800-273-8255

LGBT National Youth Hotline (ages 23 and under)

  • Free and Confidential peer support for the LGBTQ and questioning community ages 25 and younger.
  • Mondays to Fridays from 1 pm – 9 pm PST
  • Saturday from 9 am – 2 pm PST
  • Number: 800-246-7743

True Colors United(212)-461-4401 — True Colors focuses on supporting homeless youth. They have a hotline but you can also reach out to them for other resources.

Crisis Text Line —  Free, 24/7 support for those in crisis. Text from anywhere in the USA to text with a trained Crisis Counselor by sending START to 741-741

Trans Lifeline — (877) 565-8860 — Trans Lifeline is a trans-led organization that connects trans people to the community, support, and resources they need to survive and thrive.

 

Find telephone, online private one-to-one chat, and email peer-support, as well as factual information and local resources for cities and towns across the United States, at these two hotlines:

The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender National Hotline — (888) 843-4564

The GLBT National Youth Talkline (youth serving youth through age 25) — (800) 246-7743

 

If you’re experiencing homelessness, thinking of running away, or need help with a problem at home, please reach out.

The National Runway Safeline serves as the national communication system for runaway and homeless youth, and offers confidential and nonjudgemental support.

 

Legal Resources — Texas

Here you’ll find helpful intake lines, resources for attorneys that work with LGBTQ+ people or who identify as LGBTQ+, name and gender marker info, and more.

Free to Be Me: A Toolkit to Protect LGBTQIA+ Students’ Rights

Lambda Legal Help Desk

ACLU of Texas legal intake form

Trans Legal Aid Clinic Houston — Send an email to info@translegalaidtx.com

Trans Name and Gender Marker Project by University of Texas, a tudent-run project of the Mithoff Pro Bono Program at Texas Law — Send an email to genderintegrity@law.utexas.edu

LGBTQ Bar of Texas

 

Youth & Family Resources

Coming out can be difficult for LGBTQ+ folx and their families. Here are links to support organizations, tips on working with schools, dealing with bullying, and more. 

Youth First — one of the only LGBTQIA+-focused programs in North Texas that addresses the challenges LGBTQIA+ teens face at home, school and in the community. Youth First serves LGBTQIA+ and allied youth, ages 12-18 and equips them with the tools and resources they need to live an authentic life through year-round, free programming that decreases high-risk behaviors, reduces social isolation, and increases self-esteem.

Behavioral Health — available for teens in either individual, group or family settings. Resource Center’s Behavioral Health services offer a range of outpatient mental health and substance use services for youth, adults, seniors and families. Our staff offers in-person and virtual (telehealth) mental health services. Striving to ensure services are accessible to everyone, the program offers flexible appointments with LGBTQIA+ affirmative-trained staff.

PFLAG — Find a chapter near you

GLSEN — GLSEN believes that every student has the right to a safe, supportive, and LGBTQ-inclusive K-12 education. They are a national network of educators, students, and local GLSEN Chapters working to make this right a reality.

Texas Trans Kids

Texas GSA Network — a project of OutYouth

Understanding the Transgender Child and Family Experience — Society for Research on Adolescence

Trevor Project Help Line

Transgender Lifeline

 

Healthcare

Navigating healthcare for LGBTQ+ kids can be confusing. Here are helpful resources…

Tips for Parents of LGBTQ+ Youth from Johns Hopkins Medicine

Find a Clinical Care Program for Gender-Expansive Adolescents — Interactive Map

 

Additional Helpful Resources

GLAAD Media Reference Guide — 10th edition (for journalists)