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.
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.
If you think you are being treated unfairly, learn your rights and get help.
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.
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.
A free web resource that provides health information guides and research on various medical conditions and unsafe drugs.
Members of the LGBTQ+ community have unique and complex health needs that heterosexuals don’t face. Health disparities and barriers to care can make staying healthy challenging, but knowing LGBTQ+ health risks can ensure you stay on top of your health. Local and national resources can help you prevent or treat these health conditions with the right medical testing, care and support.
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 how the rest of the world treats them based on the gender they were assigned at birth.
Gender dysphoria is the experience of being assigned a different gender at birth than the gender one actually is internally. People on the autism spectrum seem to experience more gender dysphoria than neurotypical individuals.
Scientific research on this is just beginning, but small-scale studies suggest that social and communication differences between autistic brains and neurotypical brains can increase the experience of gender dysphoria in people with autism, leading to greater differences in gender self-expression.