LGBTQIA+ Resources

QUICK NOTE: This resource page was recently removed from the State of Texas website by Gov. Gregg Abbott. If they won’t leave up the resource information, we sure will!

New resources will be added as we are made aware of them. Have a resource that you would like to submit for consideration? Send us a contact message. Please note that we reserve the right to accept or decline the listing of suggested resource links. 

 

OVERVIEW

There are many terms and denitions relating to gender identity, expression, and orientation. The educational and support resources on this page are dedicated to helping empower and celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, ally, and non-heterosexual (LGBTQIA+) youth, their peers, and family. Some youth and young adults who are uncertain or identify as part of the LGBTQIA+ community are more likely to have negative experiences or outcomes than their heterosexual peers.  Having support and resources is critical in addressing the needs of youth and young adults.

RESOURCES

Please browse thru our resources further down the page.

TALK TO SOMEONE

Want to talk to someone about sexual orientation or gender identity?

Call the LGBTQIA+ National Youth Talk Line at 1-800-246-7743. This hotline is free and condential. You can discuss gender or sexuality identity, relationship concerns, bullying, isolation, anxiety at school, family issues, HIV and AIDS concerns, safer sex information, coming out, and more. Whether you just want to talk or are in crisis, the the national Trans Lifeline Hotline is another resource available at 1-877-565-8860. The hotline oers full anonymity and operators for both English or Spanish speakers.

Want information about community meetings?

PFLAG, originally called “Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays” supports the whole LGBTQIA+ community, including family and friends of LGBTQIA+ people. There are a number of PFLAG chapters in Texas that hold meetings, where you can attend in-person meetings.

If you are in crisis, call the LGBTQIA+  TrevorLifeline for youth.

If you are in crisis or feeling suicidal and need of a safe place to talk about LGBTQIA+ concerns, you can call, text, or chat 24/7 with someone at the Trevor Project.

ARE YOU BEING TREATED UNFAIRLY?

If you think you are being treated unfairly because of what others think of your gender identity or sexual orientation – such as when applying for a job, school, or apartment – you may want to reach out for legal help. For concerns like these, learn about your rights and consider calling the Lambda Legal help desk.

HEALTH SERVICES

For health services, check out the learn about your rights and health resources page (don’t bother clicking here as the State of Texas has taken it down!). You can also reach out to Star Health, who provides health services to Texas youth in foster care.

Additional LGBTQIA+ Resources

Substance Abuse & Resources

How to Choose a Queer-Friendly Addiction Treatment Center

LGBTQ+ people often face discrimination and stigma due to their sexuality and/or gender identity that can become a barrier to treatment. Discover what factors…

How Addiction Affects The Transgender Community

Transgender people may be at a higher risk of substance abuse and dependence than cisgender people. Yet there are resources available to help people…

Support for overcoming substance misuse

We work with leading experts in effectively treating substance use issues to offer people a single source of relatable, reliable information at any stage…

9 Best LGBT-Friendly Drug Rehab Centers In The U.S.

LGBTQ-friendly drug and alcohol rehab facilities are designed to help LGBTQ-identifying people by addressing their unique needs during addiction recovery treatment. People with substance…

QTBIPOC Addiction & Mental Health Support

The QTBIPOC community encompasses Queer and Trans Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. When discussing this community, we must acknowledge intersectionality. Defined as a…

AAPI LGBTQ+ Substance Abuse and Mental Illness Support

Members of the LGBTQ+ community have historically suffered from substance use disorders and mental health conditions that are often left untreated due to a…

Black LGBTQ+ Addiction and Mental Health Support

People in the LGBTQ+ community are more likely to struggle with substance abuse and mental illness, and that number increases when those individuals are…

LGBTQ+ Addiction Resource Guide from Rehab.com

Addiction can be caused by a variety of factors, including genetics and environmental influences. A person’s experiences can play an important role in the…

Drug Watch

DrugWatch.com – A free web resource that provides health information guides and research on various medical conditions and unsafe drugs. Members of the LGBTQ+…

List of Substance Abuse and Recovery Centers

There are many LGBT-friendly Substance Abuse and Recovery centers around the country. Check out the list of centers that have submitted their information link…

Students

Creating LGBTQIA+ Friendly Schools and Campus Communities

Creating LGBTQIA+-friendly schools and universities promotes a safe and inclusive learning environment for all students, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender…

Ultimate Guide to Resources for LGBTQ+ Students

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, asexual, pansexual, aromantic, genderqueer, nonbinary, and intersex students may have varied experiences in college depending on the community they…

LGBTQ+ & College Student Guide

LGBTQ students have a significant presence on college campuses. In 2018, an Association of American Universities survey of over 180,000 university students found that 16.9%…

Bullying

Understanding the Connection Between Cyberbullying and Social Media: A Comprehensive Guide

In years past, school bullies carried out their hazing on the playground. As many other activities have modernized and made their way online, bullies…

Most LGBTQ are Cyberbullied. Here’s How to Stay Safe Online

vpnMentor.com conducted a survey in which we asked 695 LGBTQ+ people worldwide about their experiences online as they relate to their sexual orientation and gender identity. The…

Spiritual

kin·dom community

kin·dom community is a queer-led spiritual community. Inspired by the concept first named by theologian Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz, kin•dom is the full inclusion and…

Mental Health

The Loneliness Epidemic is Fueling Mental Illness & Substance Abuse

This comprehensive guide breaks the silence on the loneliness epidemic. Take a closer look as we explore the disconnect, the causes, and how to…

Mental Health Resources for Veterans

After dedicating themselves to serving their country, many veterans face mental health issues upon discharge. Fortunately, there are many mental health resources available, both…

QTBIPOC Addiction & Mental Health Support

The QTBIPOC community encompasses Queer and Trans Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. When discussing this community, we must acknowledge intersectionality. Defined as a…

AAPI LGBTQ+ Substance Abuse and Mental Illness Support

Members of the LGBTQ+ community have historically suffered from substance use disorders and mental health conditions that are often left untreated due to a…

Black LGBTQ+ Addiction and Mental Health Support

People in the LGBTQ+ community are more likely to struggle with substance abuse and mental illness, and that number increases when those individuals are…

Body Positivity for the LGBTQIA+ Community

A person’s body image is a lot less about how their body looks than how they feel and think about it. The culture of…

Gender & Gender Identity

kin·dom community

kin·dom community is a queer-led spiritual community. Inspired by the concept first named by theologian Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz, kin•dom is the full inclusion and…

Understanding the Connection Between Cyberbullying and Social Media: A Comprehensive Guide

In years past, school bullies carried out their hazing on the playground. As many other activities have modernized and made their way online, bullies…

What is Intersectionality?

Defining Intersectionality & Intersectional Feminist Theory Intersectionality was first coined and defined by Kimberlé Crenshaw in 1989 as “the various way[s] in which race…

Most LGBTQ are Cyberbullied. Here’s How to Stay Safe Online

vpnMentor.com conducted a survey in which we asked 695 LGBTQ+ people worldwide about their experiences online as they relate to their sexual orientation and gender identity. The…

Educational Guide Covering Autism and Gender Identity

Gender identity is a personal concept that describes one’s internal experience of gender. This is influenced by the individual’s external experience of gender or…

Seniors

Elderly Slips and Falls Guide

In 2019, more than 3 million elderly Americans visited the emergency room because of fall-related injuries. That breaks down to five or six falls…

LGBTQIA+ Senior Housing Options

For many seniors, keeping up with  a home takes tremendous effort and financial investment. That’s why many older adults decide to sell their homes…

A Guide to LGBTQIA+ Senior Housing Options from MemoryCare.com

Seniors face various challenges as they age. Finding senior housing that provides safety, as well as assistance or medical services as needed, is a…

Top 15 LGBT-Friendly Senior Living Communities in the U.S.

As attitudes and awareness about the LGBT community come full circle around the country, many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender seniors are finding they…

LGBT Assisted Living Communities – Finding A Gay-Friendly Facility

According to a 2017 Gallup poll, the percentage of American adults identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) increased to 4.5% from the…

Senior Living Options for LGBTQIA+ Adults

Access to safe, clean housing and adequate care is vital for older adults, but for those who identify as a member of the LGBTQIA+…

LGBTQ+ Elder Health Care Guide

Growing older presents challenges for millions of Americans, but members of the LGBTQ+ community are particularly hard-hit. According to the UCLA Williams Institute, LGBTQ+…

Health

Resources for LGBTQ parents of children with special needs

As an LGBTQ parent raising a child with special needs, you may face unique challenges. However, by accessing the various forms of help that…

LGBTQ+ guide to health and wellness

LGBTQ+ stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer or questioning. It may also describe other non-straight, non-cisgender people. This community of individuals shares…

Understand your lab tests, understand your health

At Testing.com, we help consumers advocate for their health by providing them with learning guides and products that make lab testing accessible, convenient and…

Online Scams

LGBTQ+ Online Scams: How to Spot Them and Stay Safe from Harm

The internet is a wonderful but sometimes scary place to be. Many of us are at greater risk online than we truly realize. Scammers,…