LGBTQ Youth Resources
Resources for the Community
LGBTQ Resources for Adults
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The LGBTQ Resources listed here are provided for informational purposes only. They do not reflect recommendations or endorsements by Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) or The FCPS Family Resource Center. Please contact the locations directly for fees, availability, and whether they meet your needs.
Health and Wellness
Youth Tech Health: LGBTQ Youth Health
- These resources offer training and webinars on how to provide optimal health services and health programs for LGBTQ youth, information on the health disparities experienced by LGBTQ youth, and resources regarding social support and advocacy relevant to LGBTQ youth.
US Department of Health and Human Resources: Protecting the Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex (LGBTQI+) People
- OCR is the law enforcement agency within HHS that is responsible for guaranteeing that people are free from discrimination based on race, color, national origin (including primary language), disability, age, religion, and sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity) by certain health care and human services. OCR also enforces a range of civil rights and health information privacy laws.
Children’s National Hospital: Youth Pride Clinic
- The Youth Pride Clinic provides primary and specialty care services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning/queer (LGBTQ) patients throughout the greater Washington, D.C., region.
The National LGBT Cancer Network
- The National LGBT Cancer Network works to improve the lives of LGBT cancer survivors and those at risk through education and the importance of screening and early detection. They also train healthcare providers to offer more culturally-competent, safe and welcoming care.
- The clinic provides the full range of preventive care, health screenings, and chronic disease management. Their primary care doctors and team members are experienced in all LGBTQ+-specific healthcare needs.
- National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
- The Trevor Project Lifeline: 1-866-488-7386 The leading national organization focused on crisis and suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. The nation’s only 24/7 crisis intervention and suicide prevention lifeline for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning young people ages 13 to 24.
- Stomp Out Bullying Helpchat Line: 1-877-NOBULLY (877-602-8559)
- The GLBT National Help Center Hotline: 1-888-THE-GLNH (888-843-4564)
- The GLBT National Help Center Youth Talkline: 1-800-246-PRIDE (800-246-7743)
- SAMHSA’s National Helpline: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
- Trans Lifeline — 1-877-565-8860 Trans Lifeline provides a hotline — staffed by transgender people, for transgender people — to provide individual support for the needs of members of the community.
Mental Health and Substance Abuse
Addictions.com: 25 LGBTQ Addiction and Mental Health Support Resources
- Provides information for the unique challenged for LGBTQ+ community members.
Mental Health America: LGBTQ+ Communities and Mental Health
- Discusses mental health issues that LGBTQ+ people may experience and provides resources.
- The Trevor Project is the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning) young people.
Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists
- This organization is a community of psychiatrists that advocates and educates on LGBTQ+ mental health concerns. The site includes a page of resources specifically for the LGBTQ+ community.
Children’s Health: Mental Health in LGBTQ Youth
- Ways you can support mental health in LGBTQ children and teens.
- They provide a resource page to educate families, schools, and communities on mental health issues they’re faced with and ways in which they can support them.
NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Health
- Resources for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex (LGBTQI*) community.
Legal Services and Supports
- Advocates for Youth champions efforts that help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health.
American Civil Liberties Union
- Summary of ACLU publications and cases related to LGBTQ issues.
The National Center for Transgender Equality
- 202- 642-4542
- The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) is a 501(c)3 social justice organization dedicated to advancing the equality of transgender people through advocacy, collaboration, and empowerment.
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF)
- NGLTF was the first national lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights and advocacy organization. It remains a leading voice for freedom, justice, and equality.
- Works to guarantee that all people are free to self-determine gender identity and expression, regardless of income or race, and without facing harassment, discrimination, or violence.
Transgender Law and Policy Institute
- A non-profit organization dedicated to engaging in effective advocacy for transgender people in society.
Legal Services of Northern Virginia
- LSNV is the largest legal aid organization in Virginia, helping thousands of clients each year in civil legal matters. We partner closely with other legal aid organizations, state, and local bar associations, as well as the courts to serve the region’s low-income and neediest populations.
Intersex Campaign for Equality
- Advocates equality and human rights for intersex people, particularly the rights to physical integrity, self-determination, legal recognition and de-pathologization.
- Hamkae Center organizes Asian Americans in Virginia for social, racial, and economic justice.
Trans Legal Advocates of Washington
- TransLAW aims to meet these needs by serving trans clients for free in a clinic setting with our partnership with Whitman-Walker Health, by providing financial assistance to clients who might otherwise be unable to afford to change their name and gender markers on identity documents, and by training legal services organizations and legal professionals.
DASH District Alliance for Safe Housing
- Provides housing resources for LGBTQI Domestic and Sexual Violence survivors.
Housing Discrimination and Persons Identifying a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, transgender, and/or queer/questioning)
- Resources for people identifying as LGBTQ and believe they have experienced housing discrimination because of their actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.
MAGIC (Metro Area Gender Identity Connection)
- A peer-facilitated transgender support group. Meets on the 3rd Friday of each month at 8 pm.
- Falls Church Presbyterian Church
- 225 E. Broad St., Falls Church, VA
- 2nd Tuesday, 7:30-9:00 pm,
- Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington,
- 4444 Arlington Boulevard (intersection of South George Mason Drive and Route 50),
- Arlington, VA
- 1st Tuesday, 7:30-9:00 pm,
- Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax,
- Program Building,
- 2709 Hunter Mill Rd, Oakton, VA
Fairfax Trans Families (PFLAG)
- 3rd Sunday, 3:00-5:00 pm,
- Metropolitan Community Church,
- 10383 Democracy Lane,
- Fairfax, VA
- 4th Sunday, 4:00-6:00 pm,
- Unitarian Universalist Church of Loudoun,
- 20460 Gleedsville Road,
- Leesburg, VA
Transgender Education Association (TGEA)
- TGEA offers Second Friday for transgender community connection and support. Transgender, Gender Non-Binary, and Gender Queer individuals, as well as Significant Others, Friends, Family, and Allies are welcome. TGEA offers separate breakout sessions for Parents of Transgender, Gender Non-Binary, and Gender Queer children, regardless of the age of the children. TGEA also offers separate sessions for teens and tweens, children, and transmasculine individuals. Please view the site for information on individual breakout sessions.
The DC Center for the LGBT Community
- 202- 682-2245
- The Center’s mission is to celebrate, strengthen, and support the community among the LGBT residents and organizations of Metropolitan Washington, DC.
- 2000 14th St NW, Suite 105
- Washington, DC 20009
Family and Parenting Resources
Johns Hopkins Health: Tips for Parents of LGBTQ Youth
- Johns Hopkins pediatricians and adolescent medicine specialists share steps you can take to keep your kid happy and healthy.
American Academy of Pediatrics: Coming Out: Information for Parents of LGBTQ Teens
- Resources for families to support their children as they begin to discuss their sexuality.
American Academy of Pediatrics: Gender-Diverse and Transgender Children
- Resources for families to support their children with gender-diverse identities.
Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)
- PFLAG's support and coming out pages provide support to help both family and friends of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) people, and GLBT people themselves.
- An all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping parents and their gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (lgbtq) children understand each other.
Movement Advancement Project: Family Support: Resources for Families of Transgender and Gender-Diverse Children
- Explains the importance of family acceptance in supporting transgender youth’s mental health. This page also provides research and practical tips for supporting gender-diverse children and youth.
- The Family Acceptance Project® is a research, intervention, education, and policy initiative to prevent health and mental health risks and to promote well-being 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.
Healthychildren.org: Gender-Diverse and Transgender Children
- Defines terms and provides recommendations for parenting gender-diverse children and youth, including how to respond to identity disclosures and recognizing signs of mental health challenges.
Kidshealth.org: Sexual Attraction and Orientation
- Information for parents on how youth experience sexual attraction and orientation, as well as how you as a parent or guardian may feel about and deal with youth on this topic.
- TransParent is a volunteer-led national not-for-profit based out of St. Louis providing connection, (for parents of transgender kids).
- Learn how to discuss sexual orientations and gender identities with children, and how to support them if they are LGBTQ.
AGLA – Serving NoVA LGBTQ and Allies
- Founded in 1981, AGLA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that serves Northern Virginia’s LGBTQ and Allies. It’s a nonpartisan organization open to all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning (LGBTQ) people and allies. AGLA provides socials, fosters civic awareness, and engages in community service. Regardless of where you reside, AGLA welcomes you.
- Equality Loudoun is a non-profit organization that advocates, educates, defends, and builds a community to support LGBTQ+ equality in Loudoun County.
Equality Prince William County
- Equality Prince William is committed to recognizing the diversity of the Greater Prince William community.
- Equality Stafford is a community of parents, students, and allies in VA seeking inclusive policies for all.
- Northern VA Pride (NOVA Pride) - LGBTQ+ Pride for the Greater Northern Virginia area Facebook
- Safe Place is a national youth outreach and prevention program for young people in need of immediate help and safety. As a community-based program, Safe Place designates businesses and organizations as Safe Place locations, making help readily available to youth in communities across the country. Locations include libraries, YMCA’s fire stations, public buses, various businesses, and social service facilities.
Asian and Pacific Islander Queers United for Action (AQUA) DC
- The primary mission of the DC Anti-Violence Project (DCAVP) is to work to reduce violence against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals (and those perceived as LGBT) through community outreach, education, and monitoring cases to ensure that the rights and dignity of LGBT victims are respected and protected. DCAVP also seeks to assist victims of anti-LGBT violence by advocating on their behalf, encouraging reporting, and providing a community of support.
- Safe Space NOVA is dedicated to providing a safe, accepting, and supportive environment to combat social stigmas, bullying, and other challenges faced by LGBTQ+ youth.
Resources for LGBTQI+ Students us Department of Education
- The mission of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is to ensure equal access to education and to promote educational excellence through vigorous enforcement of civil rights in our nation's schools. To serve this mission, OCR enforces civil rights laws to protect all students from unlawful discrimination and harassment based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, and age.
Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network
- GLSEN is a national education organization ensuring safe schools for all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students.
- Campus PrideNet is a national online community and resource network committed to student leaders and campus organizations who work to create a safer campus environment free of homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, heterosexism and genderism at colleges and universities.
Human Rights Campaign: LGBTQ+ Inclusive Schools
- Resources to help make schools more inclusive.
Human Rights Campaign: LGBTQ+ Welcoming Schools Signs
- Posters for schools to promote inclusivity.
Healthy Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Students Project
- The Safe and Supportive Schools Project promotes safe and supportive environments to prevent HIV and other sexually transmitted infections among adolescents.
Just the Facts: A Primer for Principals, Educators, and School Personnel
- Just the Facts provides information and resources for principals, educators and school personnel who confront sensitive issues involving gay, lesbian and bisexual students.
- LGBTQIA - Young Adult Books with LGBTQIA Parents.
- This ranking, in partnership with Campus Pride, looks at the top 25 LGBTQ+-friendly colleges. These institutions rank among the best in their efforts to support and provide academic, financial, and social resources for LGBTQ+ students.
NASP: National Association of School Psychologists
- A Guide for educators and parents/guardians on supporting LGBTQ students with an IEP or 504 plan.
University of Illinois Chicago’s Division of Specialized Care for Children (DSCC)
- Resources for LGBTQ+ Youth with Disabilities and Their Families
- A social enterprise that provides education, support, and jobs for trans people facing high levels of discrimination.
- Center Works helps LGBTQ+ young adults ages 18+ to confidently enter the job market, advance their careers, and become financially stable, all while building community with their peers.
- LGBTQ+ professional recruitment events.
- LGBTQ Career Planning Resources: In this section, you will find resources and organizations that support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) individuals with their job. (pdf)
Finding LGBTQ Career Resources: Out and Equal Workplace Advocates: www.outandequal.org. National organization devoted to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community in the workforce. (pdf