- Gender Spectrum offers a variety of national, online support groups in monthly meetings for preteens and teens (even separate groups for parents and grandparents). Join a supportive community, be as quiet or as verbal as you'd like, all from the comfort of your own home!
- A GLBT Help Center program for gay/lesbian, bisexual, transgender, questioning and gender-variant youth, ages 12-19. Every Tuesdays, from 7-9 pm, this weekly moderated group is an opportunity for youth to talk safely and comfortably about LGBTQ+ concerns, issues, and personal triumphs.
- Of The Trevor Project, this comprehensive support site will answer FAQs about all things LGBTQ+ from bisexual, trans, gender, homelessness, HIV/AIDS, coming out topics and many more.
- Queer friendly, is a program of the GLBT Help Center, this online, weekly moderated group is held on Wednesday nights, between 7-9 pm (Eastern), and is a safe, supportive place for trans and gender-expansive people to speak about their concerns and/or triumphs.
The Trevor Lifeline: Call 1-866-488-7386, available 24/7.
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ+ young people, ages 13-24.
- TrevorText: Text ‘Trevor’ to 1-202-304-1200 (standard text messaging rates apply). Available only Thursdays and Fridays between 4:00-8:00 pm only (EST).
- Trevor Chat: Online instant messaging with a Trevor Chat counselor, 7 days a week, 3:00-9:00p EST.
- LGBT Helpline: 1-888-340-4528 or 1-617-267-9001, available Mon-Sat, 6:00pm-11:00pm. Anonymous and confidential phone lines that offer LGBTQ+ adults and youth a “safe place” to call for any kind of LGBTQ+ information, i.e. safe sex, coming out, depression, HIV/Aids, referrals, and support.
- Peer Listening Youth Line: 1-800-399-PEER (7337) or 617-267-2535, available Mon-Sat, 5:00pm-10:00pm. For LGBTQ+ youth under 25 years of age, Fenway Health volunteers who identify as LGBTQ+ and are between 16-25 years of age are trained to offer support and active listening for LGBTQ+ peers.
National LGBT Help Center 1-888-843-4564
- An expansive LGBTQ+ source providing a wide range of free and confidential helplines for LGBTQ+ people of all ages, with dedicated lines for youth, peer-to-peer support, and resources.
Trans Lifeline: 1-877-565-8860
- Available 7 days/week from 11:00 am-5:00 am, this lifeline is a non-profit dedicated to the immediate safety of transgender people. Staffed “by trans people for trans people”, it provides support for transgender people in crisis and/or those who may be questioning their gender identity.
Boston Suicide Samaritans: Call or text 1-877-870-HOPE (4673)
- Provides compassionate, confidential and non-judgmental services, including 24/7 crisis helplines, grief support/counseling, and community outreach and education.
2-1-1 Crisis and Emergency: Call 211
- A queer-friendly, free service that helps people all over the country find knowledgeable and helpful resources for any issue, including crises, housing/homelessness, domestic violence, health/medical, etc. Call 211 if you are experiencing any issue.
Our Trans Loved Ones
by PFLAG Year Published:
PFLAG publication, this booklet has questions and answers for parents, families, and friends of people who are transgender and gender-expansive
by PFLAG Year Published:
A publication of PFLAG, this booklet is for anyone looking to learn more about how to support their "out" LGBTQ+ loved ones. It contains a range of helpful resources and information, expert knowledge, and tells stories of personal experiences.
Is It a Choice?
by Eric Marcus Year Published:
By Eric Marcus, a book with 300 of the most frequently asked questions about LGBTQ+ people and their lives and honest answers. From what to do if you think your child may be LGBTQ+, is homosexuality a sin, how to tell your child a family member is gay, etc. Described as a must-read book for LGBTQ+ people and their loved ones.
Helpful Links & Resources
- NEA’s Read Across America A list of elementary school-aged, LGBTQ friendly and developmentally appropriate books, complete with discussion guides.
- Resources in Massachusetts for LGBTQI and GNC Youth and Families
- PFLAG: Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays
- BAGLY: Boston Alliance of Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer Youth
- Trans Lifeline: 877-565-8860
- Sidney Borum Health Center: 617-457-8141
For purposes of this resource, the term LGBTQ+ will be used, however, we recognize that there are members of this community who may identity outside of these terms. All providers, websites and resources referenced here are for informational purposes only and do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of PPS and should not replace professional, medical or legal advice. Readers should be aware that websites, sources, and terms are constantly evolving and may change before being updated on this site. This site is by no means exhaustive. In addition to the sources researched and documented here, there are many, many more LGBTQ+ sites and organizations that may provide different, valuable and useful information for your needs.