Finding LGBTQIA+ Support

Finding LGBTQIA+ Support

Finding LGBTQ+ Support

Written by Jen Bell

  |  Reviewed by Mason Dunn

Talking with someone who cares and understands what you’re going through can make a huge difference. Here are some people who might be able to help.

Find a trusted and supportive adult

Are there any adults you know who are LGBTQIA+ friendly? This could be a family member, doctor, teacher, school counselor or nurse, coach, therapist, neighbor, religious or spiritual mentor, or one of your friend’s parents.

LGBTQ+ online and telephone counselors

These hotlines offer a safe space where you can speak anonymously with someone caring and respectful. You can talk about anything, including coming out issues, gender and/or sexuality identities, relationship concerns, bullying, workplace issues, HIV/AIDS anxiety, safer sex information, suicide, and much more.

Crisis Hotlines

Find Community

Meeting other LGBTQIA+ people can be life-changing, validating, and fun! It can be easier to express yourself or “try on” different identities in a supportive group of like-minded people, and you might even make some new friends. You can find local LGBTQ+ youth groups by checking The GSA Network, PFLAG, and GLSEN. If you want to chat with LGBTQ+ teens online, try Q Chat Space, TrevorSpace, or the LGBT National Help Center Youth Chatrooms. For older LGBTQIA+ people, local LGBTQ+ centers can be a great place to get information and resources, meet people, and find a community, including older people who have already experienced what you’re going through. Visit CenterLink or GLBT near me to see if there’s one near you.

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