LGBTQ Support and Advocacy Organizations

• The Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network mission is “Every student deserves a safe space” (
• Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) is a long-standing support and advocacy organization (
• The National Youth Advocacy Coalition (NYAC) is a social justice organization that advocates for and with young people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning in an effort to end discrimination against these youth and to ensure their physical and emotional well-being (
• The Trevor Project ( operates the only nationwide, around-the-clock crisis and suicide prevention hotline for sexual minority youth (866-4-U-TREVOR).
• Youth Resource is a Web site created by and for LGBTQ young people. Sponsored by Advocates for Youth, Youth Resource takes a holistic approach to sexual health and exploring issues of concern to LGBTQ youth, by providing information and offering support on sexual and reproductive health issues through education and advocacy (
• For patients, communities, and health care professionals, the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association ( has referral and information resources.
• TransKids Purple Rainbow is a foundation that advocates and organizes events on behalf of transgender children (
• The World Professional Association for Transgender Health, Inc (WPATH). Formerly known as the Harry Benjamin International Gender Dysphoria Association, Inc, WPATH is a professional organization devoted to the understanding and treatment of gender identity disorders (
• Transfamily provides support and education for transgender people, their families, friends, and significant others. The group is associated with PFLAG to bring awareness to school systems, through their principals and counselors, by offering literature, speakers, consultation, and support (
• Family Acceptance Project (Marian Wright Education Institute–Resource for LGBTQ youth and families) (
• Other resources are available on the Adolescent Reproductive and Sexual Health Education Project Web site at the end of the presentations, “Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Youth” and “Caring for Transgender Adolescent Patients” found at These presentations are also outstanding for both self-education and for use in training current and future medical professionals.