LGBTQIA stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Intersex, and Asexual.
The HRC know that LGBTQ youth too often face abuse and neglect around their sexual orientation, gender identity and expression (SOGIE), and that this rejection increases their risk for HIV infection, suicide, and homelessness. An agency’s safety plan should include considerations of the unique risk factors for LGBTQ youth at all points in the placement process (e.g. finding affirming families, supporting and training resource parents, etc.); especially for LGBTQ young people who come out to a family that is not affirming.
Watch an endless stream of inspiring stories shared by people just like you. Visit the Get Help page to find LGBTQ+ youth support services in your community. Or, sign the pledge to commit to a world where all LGBTQ+ young people are free to live equally and know their worthiness and power as individuals!
LGBT HealthLink, formerly The Network for LGBT Health Equity, is a community-driven network of experts and professionals looking to enhance LGBT health by reducing tobacco-, cancer-, and other health-disparities within our communities. We are one of eight CDC-funded tobacco and cancer disparity networks. We advance these issues primarily by linking people and information to educate on best practices.
OutCare Health is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization with the purpose of providing extensive information and education on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) healthcare. OutCare recognizes the unique health needs of LGBTQ individuals and connects them with the most appropriate healthcare providers, resources, and events. Likewise, OutCare strives to better educate medical students, supplement healthcare providers, and energize communities to deliver high-quality, culturally competent, unbiased healthcare.
Our LGBT communities face a number of health disparities, including a greater risk for alcohol and substance use. To combat this, The Center offers assistance for people struggling with substance use. This site provides additional resources and people to talk to who are interested in recovery specific for LGBTQIA community members.
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning youth. There is also information about the TrevorLifeLine 1-866-488-7386.
“This Free Life” aims to reach LGBT young adults by appealing to their shared values, similar life experiences and common interests. The campaign reflects LGBT young adults’ desire to be “free” as it relates to their lives and experiences, and connects this desire to the importance of being free from tobacco. The essence of the campaign is expressed through its tagline: “Freedom to Be, Tobacco-Free.”
The Center of Excellence on Racial and Ethnic Minority Young Men Who Have Sex with Men and Other Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Populations (YMSM+LGBT CoE) was established to help providers develop skills to deliver culturally-responsive and evidence based prevention and treatment services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender populations dealing with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders. Additionally, the CoE will provide a variety of innovative training and technical assistance resources, including training curricula, webinars, and a website clearinghouse to help providers working with LGBT populations and racial/ethnic minority young men who have sex with men (ages 18-26).