Resources for LGBTQ Youth

Suicide, Violence and Hope Helplines

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National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255) is a free and confidential, suicide hotline and 24/7 nationwide network of crisis centers.

National Hopeline Network 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433) and Youthline 1-877-YOUTHLINE

IMAlive Online Crisis Center is powered by the Hopeline Network, the first online network with 100% of its volunteers trained in crisis intervention. Our goal is to use the power of the Internet to provide crisis intervention resources 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The Trevor Project - 1-866-4-U-TREVOR has trained counselors here to support you 24/7. If you are a young person who is in crisis, feeling suicidal, or in need of a safe and judgment-free place to talk, call The Trevor Lifeline now. It's free and confidential. In addition to the Lifeline, The Trevor Project has numerous resources for LGBT youth including online discussions and a database of community organizations that can provide local support.

The It Gets Better Project was created to show young LGBT people the levels of happiness, potential, and positivity their lives will reach – if they can just get through their teen years. The It Gets Better Project wants to remind teenagers in the LGBT community that they are not alone — and it WILL get better.

The GLBT National Help Center and Hotline - 1-888-THE-GLNH is a non-profit, organization that is dedicated to meeting the needs of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community and those questioning their sexual orientation and gender identity. They offer two national hotlines and help end the isolation that many people feel, by providing a safe environment on the phone or via the internet to discuss issues that people can’t talk about anywhere else. The GLBT National Help Center also helps other organizations provide strong support to our community at the local level. offers information and resources and ideas about how to respond to bullying.

Education and Advocacy

The following resources are available on the web and may provide useful information to teens who are coming to terms with their sexual orientation or genderidentity, their family members and the professionals who provide services to them.

Definitions and Explanations by

Be Yourself by PFLAG

Resource Guide to Coming Out by Human Rights Campaign

Our Sons and Daughters by PFLAG

Beyond the Binary: A Toolkit for Gender Identity Activism in Schools by The Transgender Law Center

Our Trans Children by PFLAG

Working with Transgender Youth by Lambda Legal

Tools and Tips for Gay Straight Alliances in Schools by GLSEN

Reliable Sources of Information

Human Rights Campaign (HRC)- "As the largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans, the Human Rights Campaign represents a force of more than one million members and supporters nationwide — all committed to making HRC's vision a reality. Founded in 1980, HRC advocates on behalf of LGBT Americans, mobilizes grassroots actions in diverse communities, invests strategically to elect fair-minded individuals to office and educates the public about LGBT issues."

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) - "The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) amplifies the voice of the LGBT community by empowering real people to share their stories, holding the media accountable for the words and images they present, and helping grassroots organizations communicate effectively. By ensuring that the stories of LGBT people are heard through the media, GLAAD promotes understanding, increases acceptance, and advances equality."

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force - "The mission of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is to build the political power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community from the ground up. We do this by training activists, organizing broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation, and by building the organizational capacity of our movement. Our Policy Institute, the movement’s premier think tank, provides research and policy analysis to support the struggle for complete equality. As part of a broader social justice movement, we work to create a nation that respects the diversity of human expression and identity and creates opportunity for all."

Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians & Gays (PFLAG) - "Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians & Gays (PFLAG) is a national non-profit organization with over 80,000 members and supporters and more than 460 affiliates in the United States. PFLAG is a group for the parents, families and friends of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered persons, to celebrate diversity and envision a society that embraces everyone, including those of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities. Only with respect, dignity and equality for all will we reach our full potential as human beings, individually and collectively."

The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) - "GLSEN is the leading national organization fighting to end anti-gay bias in K-12 schools. GLSEN combats the harassment and discrimination leveled against students and school personnel. GLSEN creates learning environments that affirm the inherent dignity of all students, and, in so doing, teaches them to respect and accept all of their classmates-- regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity/expression. GLSEN believes that the key to ending anti-gay prejudice and hate-motivated violence is education. And it’s for this reason that GLSEN brings together students, educators, families and other community members--of any sexual orientation or gender identity/expression--to reform America’s educational system."

National Center for Lesbian Rights - "The National Center for Lesbian Rights is a national legal organization committed to advancing the civil and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their families through litigation, public policy advocacy, and public education."

Oasis Magazine: A Writing Community for Queer and Questioning Youth - "Oasis Magazine began in December 1995 to provide online content written specifically for queer and questioning youth. The site has published continuously since that time to become the longest-running magazine, online or offline, written by and for queer and questioning youth."

The Pride Center of New Jersey - "The Pride Center of New Jersey, Inc. has been fulfilling the support and social needs of thousands of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered people since first opening its doors in 1994. Located in Highland Park, The Pride Center provides "safe space" for the g/l/b/t community: a place to learn about our community from a vast array of resources, a place to socialize and meet new friends, a place to gain acceptance and understanding of your gender and sexual identity in an comfortable setting. The Pride Center offers a warm and welcoming atmosphere and a knowledgeable and helpful volunteer staff."

HiTOPS - "HiTOPS is a nonprofit organization located in Mercer County, New Jersey with a mission to promote adolescent health and well-being. To realize its mission, HiTOPS provides expert and peer-led educational programs in schools, communities of faith, juvenile justice facilities and community forums throughout the state for youth, parents, educators and health professionals; wellness and prevention healthcare services for youth aged 13-26 in the only health center in New Jersey focused exclusively on adolescents; emotional and psychological support services to fragile adolescent populations, including survivors of sexual assault and gay and lesbian youth; training, consultation and educational products to local, regional, state and national organizations serving the holistic health needs of adolescents."

Scarleteen: Sex Education for the Real World - "Scarleteen is an independent, grassroots sexuality education and support organization and website. Founded in 1998, is visited by around three-quarters of a million diverse people each month worldwide, most between the ages of 15 and 25. It is the highest ranked website for sex education and sexuality advice online."

Family Equality Council - "Family Equality Council works to ensure equality for LGBT families by building community, changing hearts and minds, and advancing social justice for all families."

COLAGE (aka Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere) - "COLAGE is a national movement of children, youth, and adults with one or more lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or queer (LGBTQ) parent/s. We build community and work toward social justice through youth empowerment, leadership development, education, and advocacy."

Amplify - "Amplify is a project of Advocates for Youth. Established in 1980 as the Center for Population Options, Advocates for Youth champions efforts to help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health. Advocates believes it can best serve the field by boldly advocating for a more positive and realistic approach to adolescent sexual health."

National Center for Transgender Equality - "NCTE is social justice organization dedicated to advancing the equality of transgender people through advocacy, collaboration and empowerment."

Transgender Law Center - "The Transgender Law Center (TLC) is a civil rights organization advocating for transgender communities. Every day we connect transgender people and their families to technically sound and culturally competent legal services, increase acceptance and enforcement of laws and policies that support California's transgender communities, and work to change laws and systems that fail to incorporate the needs and experiences of transgender people. TLC utilizes direct legal services, public policy advocacy, and educational opportunities to advance the rights and safety of diverse transgender communities."

Professional Resources

  • The World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) has established the only internationally accepted Standards of Care (Version 7) for the treatment of gender identity disorders. These internationally accepted guidelines are designed to promote the health and welfare of persons with various gender identity experiences. The Standards of Care are updated and revised as new scientific information becomes available.
  • The Institute for Personal Growth is a NJ group psychotherapy practice, and a recognized leader in providing sensitive, quality mental health care in New Jersey since 1983, with specific expertise in working with LGBTQ individuals and others who gender and sexual diversity (GSD)

Resources for Transgender Youth in NJ

Manda Gatto 2015