Resources for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer & Questioning Youth
- For General LGBTQQ Issues & Support
- For Queer Parents & Parents of Queer Children
- For Parents with Gender Variant Children
For General LGBTQQ Issues & Support
The Outlet Program, ACS, Palo Alto
Outlet , a program of Adolescent Counseling Services (ACS), supports and empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning youth ages 13 to 25 living on the Peninsula. Through a range of support services, leadership training, community education, and advocacy in English and Spanish, Outlet successfully increases youth confidence, builds personal assets, and creates healthier communities.
The LGBTQ Youth Space, San Jose
The LGBTQ Youth Space is a program of Family & Children Services that provides a community drop-in center and mental health program for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and ally youth and young adults ages 13-25 who live in Santa Clara County. The Youth Space offers a safe and confidential space for youth to access support groups, leadership opportunities, online chat forums, referrals, and social activities. Free mental health care – including psychiatric services – is available and provided in English, Spanish, and American Sign Language.
LYRIC, San Francisco
Lavender Youth Recreation and Information Center (LYRIC) is a community center for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning youth age 23 and younger. LYRIC's mission is to build community and inspire positive social change through education enhancement, career training, health promotion, and leadership development with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning youth, their families, and allies of all races, classes, genders, and abilities.
The Pacific Center, Berkeley
The Pacific Center is a lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community center serving the East Bay and Greater Bay Area that offers a broad array of human and health services for LGBT people of all ages and backgrounds.
The Lambda Youth Project, Hayward
The Lambda Project serves the needs of LGBTQQ youth as well as their friends and families. It provides a safe place for young people to explore feelings and connect with other young people, and creates drug/alcohol-free activities and events.
The Diversity Center, Santa Cruz
The Diversity Center is a community center dedicated to advancing the causes and priorities of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and questioning (LGBTIQ) individuals and their allies in Santa Cruz County.
Positive Images, Sonoma County
Positive Images provides a safe space for teens and young adults and provides community educational services for high schools, businesses, community-based organizations, colleges, hospitals, social service departments, and other organizations interested in learning more about the issues facing GLBTQQI youth and young adults.
Spectrum, Marin County
Spectrum hosts and collaborates with a variety of programs, groups, and activities for the LGBT community, including Rainbow's End, a facilitated social and support group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth ages 14 to 19 that meets weekly for fun, discussion, and support.
Gay-Straight Alliance Network
The Gay-Straight Alliance Network (GSA), based in San Francisco and serving all of California, is a youth-led organization that connects school-based Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) to each other and community resources. Through peer support, leadership development, and training, GSA Network supports young people in starting, strengthening, and sustaining GSAs and builds the capacity of GSAs to:
- Create safe environments in schools for students to support each other and learn about homophobia and other oppressions.
- Educate the school community about homophobia, gender identity, and sexual orientation issues.
- Fight discrimination, harassment, and violence in schools
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For Queer Parents & Parents of Queer Children
(Adult & Teen Children)
Transgender Specific Organizations, local and National
The word " transgender" is an umbrella term that includes female and male cross dressers, transvestites, drag queens and kings, female and male impersonators, intersexed individuals, pre-operative, post-operative and non-operative transsexuals, masculine females, feminine males, all persons whose perceived gender or anatomical sex may be incongruent with their gender expression, and all persons exhibiting gender characteristics and identities which are perceived to be androgynous.
Colage exists to engage, connect, and empower people to make the world a better place for children of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender parents and families.
PFLAG San Jose Chapter
Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) promotes the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered persons, their families and friends through: support, to cope with an adverse society; education, to enlighten an ill-informed public; and advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights. PFLAG provides opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity, and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity.
Transgender Law Center
The Transgender Law Center (TLC) is a civil rights organization advocating for transgender communities. They 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.
TransGender San Francisco
TransGender San Francisco (TGSF) is a non-profit corporation dedicated to serving the educational, social, and recreational needs of the transgendered community. TGSF is also dedicated to educating the general public about transgenderism and promoting a positive image of transgendered persons among the general public. The transgendered community includes all transgendered persons, their family, friends, and anyone with a sincere interest in the transgendered.
Gender Educations and Advocacy
Gender Education and Advocacy (GEA) is a national organization focused on the needs, issues, and concerns of gender variant people in human society. They seek to educate and advocate for all human beings who suffer from gender-based oppression in all of its many forms.
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For Parents with Gender Variant Children
Children's National Health System
The Gender and Sexuality Psychosocial Programs offered by the Children's National Health System provide outpatient psychosocial evaluations and therapeutic services for children, adolescents, and their families. The program focuses on gender variant behaviors and gender or sexual identity development. It also assists children with these issues and co-occurring mental health disorders, as well as provides psychosocial consultation for children with medical genital conditions.
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Written By: Anthony Ross, Outlet Director - Outlet Program, ACS, Palo Alto
Reviewed By: Nancy Brown, Ph.D.
Last Reviewed: August 2015
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