There are queer and trans teens across the country—we just need to find each other!
It’s important to find peers and adults who can understand and relate, especially if you feel confused, depressed or angry about being different and the negative ways other people often respond to difference.
Some schools have gay/straight alliances and promote a Day of Silence to bring attention to anti-LGBTQ name-calling, bullying and harassment. Check out the videos at the It Gets Better Project.
Many cities have an LGBTQ center that offers free or sliding-scale counseling, support groups, and social services. Some larger cities have centers specifically for queer or trans youth. Here are some additional resources:
- Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network offers support for GLBT teachers and gay/ straight alliances in schools.
- GLBT Youth Talkline (1-800-246-7743) is a free and confidential hotline offering peer counseling, information, and local resources. The hotline is open Monday– Friday, 5–9 p.m. PST
- Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays is a resource for youth as well as for families. PFLAG has been working hard to become trans-educated and ready to provide support around issues.
- Trevor Project (1-866-488-7386) is a 24/7 suicide hotline for gay and questioning youth.
- Trans Youth Family Allies partners with educators, service providers and communities, to develop supportive environments in which gender may be expressed and respected. The For Youth section include a FAQ, recommended reading, and list of online resources.
- Bisexual Resource Center offers resources on health, under identity and coming out for bisexual and questioning people. See also a 2014 report by Human Rights Campaign, Supporting and Caring for our Bisexual Youth.