Local Support Groups

  • Pacific Center – Mental Health and Support Services for LGBTQ community. In particular, youth services at the Pacific Center focus on the empowerment, mental health and safety of LGBTQ youth (ages 12-17) . The LOUD After-school Youth Program:  LOUD stands for Loving Ourselves and Uniting Diversity and is an after-school program that meets weekly from 4pm-6pm on Tuesday and Friday. LOUD provides a safe space and peer support for LGBTQ youth and their allies. Each week 5-20 youth gather, share stories, meet new friends, support each other, laugh, eat, play games, or embark on field trips. Mental health therapists lead the group and are available for one-on-one counseling for any youth and/or members of their families.
  • Rainbow Families – Rainbow Families is a parent-run group, working to create a community to support our transgender and gender diverse kids. We help families connect with one another to support each other and give kids a place to be themselves.
  • PFLAG: The nation’s largest organization for parents, families, friends, and allies united with LGBTQ people to move forward through support, education, and advocacy.
  • Dimensions Clinic is a welcoming, safe and open space for queer and trans youth to get comprehensive medical and mental health services.We offer free or low-cost healthcare for youth, ages 12 to 25, with services tailored specifically to serve transgender and gender non-binary young people.
  • Gender Spectrum is a National organization based in the Bay Area. Gender Spectrum helps to create gender sensitive and inclusive environments for all children and teens.
    • Gender Spectrum Lounge – a growing on line community
    • Gender Spectrum Conference – this is a wonderful conference, with one day for professionals, and two days of family-oriented programming.  They provide childcare and programming for kids while parents go to sessions!
  • inMind is a collaborative practice with gender specialists.Therapy

Hotlines, Support & Acceptance

  • Trevor Project
    A national 24-hour, toll free confidential suicide hotline for LGBTQ youth.  Trevor Project’s Trevor Lifeline at 866-488-7386 (24 hours a day, seven days a week)
  •  LGBT National Youth Talkline – The LGBT National Youth Talkline provides 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.
  • TransLife Line – Trans Lifeline provides trans peer support for our community that’s been divested from police since day one. We’re run by and for trans people.
    Trans Lifeline at US: (877) 565-8860 or Canada: (877) 330-6366 or visit their website for more information
  • Family Acceptance Project @ SFSU The Family Acceptance Project® is a research, intervention, education and policy initiative to prevent health and mental health risks for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer-identified (LGBTQ) children and youth, including suicide, homelessness, drug use and HIV — in the context of their families, cultures and faith communities. We use a research-based, culturally grounded approach to help ethnically, racially and religiously diverse families learn to support their LGBTQ children.
  • National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) promotes acceptance of LGBT people, and our rights and dignity, amongst Asian Americans, South Asians, Southeast Asians, and Pacific Islanders (AAPI).

Other National Organizations

  • GLAAD National organization that works on the representation of LGBTQ people in the media.
  • Gender Odyssey Interested in the thoughtful exploration of gender and provides an environment where people of all genders can share their experiences and learn from the experiences of others.
  • Children’s National Medical Center’s Gender and Sexuality Psychosocial Programs D.C. based organizations that offers online parent guide, an outreach program, a local support group, a national Listserv, a summer camp and an outpatient clinical program.
  • TransYouth Family Allies A national organization empowers children and families by partnering with educators, service providers and communities, to develop supportive environments in which gender may be expressed and respected.

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