Resources for LGBTQ teens
A list of helplines and resources as well as organizations that provide support to LGBTQ teens at school, with family members, for college, in court and also at church.
Health and mental health services
HIV/STD testing and counseling, crisis intervention, referrals, counseling, suicide prevention and transgender support services.
Pedro Zamora Youth HIV Clinic
Anonymous HIV/AIDS testing and counseling for youth; bilingual services.
Suicide Prevention Hotline
Anonymous 24-hour suicide hotline.
Anonymous hotline staffed by trained teens who will listen and make referrals for all issues. Open 6-10 p.m.
The Trevor Project
24-hour hotline for suicidal gay teens. Free, confidential and staffed by counselors.
Support at school
Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN/LA)
Offers speakers, conferences, LGBT friendly materials to use in schools and develops policies to end discrimination in schools.
Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) Network
Information on how to start a gay-straight alliance at your school, how to work with other gay-straight alliances in your area and how to fight discrimination and abuse in schools.
Provides educational support and advice to LGBT students on L.A. school campuses. Organizes annual Models of Pride conference.
Bienestar Youth Program
Community center for gay and lesbian Latino youth. Eleven locations in California in Los Angeles, San Bernandino, San Diego counties. Offers free and confidential HIV testing (call for hours at each location), counseling, activities, information sessions.
L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center (LAGLC)
Provides different services to youth including a transitional living program for homeless youth or youth turned out of their homes.
National Youth Advocacy Coalition
This national group fights to end discrimination against LGBT youth.
Rainbow Pride Youth Alliance (RPYA)
Provides support to LGBT teens in the Inland Empire. Weekly support meetings, entertainment and events.
Operates out of the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center, provides legal services and resources, and will conduct trainings.
Gay Youth Foster Care Helpline
(866) LGB-TEEN ext. 350 or (866) 542-8336 ext. 350
For youth in foster care who have questions about LGBT-related discrimination or abuse, a service of Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund in New York. The line is staffed Monday-Friday, 6 a.m.-2:30 p.m., but you can leave messages 24 hours a day and your call will be returned.
Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund
Provides assistance, advice and legal representation.
Support for family members
Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere (C.O.L.A.G.E.)
Support for children who have gay parents
PFLAG Los Angeles Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays
For parents, families and friends of LGBT youth. Offers help lines and speakers. Meetings held the third Tuesday of every month.
Gays and Lesbians/All Saints Church
Episcopal-Anglican gay and lesbian ministry includes potlucks, special events, conferences.
Metropolitan Community Church Los Angeles (MCC)
e-mail for young adult ministry: firstname.lastname@example.org
Christian outreach to LGBT individuals, young adult ministry that meets once a week.
Ministry with Gay and Lesbian Catholics
The Los Angeles Archdiocese has a special ministry for gay and lesbian Catholics with meetings, support groups and special events.
The Point Foundation
(866) 33-POINT or (866) 337-6468
Nationwide LGBT scholarship organization gives scholarships to college students who demonstrate leadership, are involved in the LGBT community, and show financial or emotional need. Applications for 2005 will be available in January 2005 online; deadline is March 1, 2005.
For more scholarship opportunities, check out http://www.finaid.org/otheraid/gay.phtml