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HOTLINES:
Transgender Suicide Hotline: Trans Lifeline:
US:
(877) 565-8860    Canada: (877) 330-6366

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender National Hotline

888-843-4564

 

Gay and Lesbian National Hotline 

1-888-843-4564 

 

Gay and Transgender Hate Crime Hotline

1-800-616-HATE

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Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth Support Line

1-800-850-8078

 

The Trevor Helpline 

866-4-U-TREVOR

Suicide counseling and outreach for LGBTQQI teens. You will not be

charged for the phone call and your name will not show up on a phone bill.

 

National Gay and Lesbian Youth Hotline

800-347-8336

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"The human mind invents such categories as hetero- homo- and tries to force facts into separated pigeonholes. The living world is a continuum in all its aspects. The sooner we learn that this applies to human sexual behavior, the sooner we shall reach a sound understanding of the realities of sex." - Alfred P. Kinsey  

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GBTQGQI
is an acronym for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, genderqueer, questioning, and intersex. These terms are descriptive of some of the normal, varied expressions of human sexual desire and identity. Heterosexual is another term describing desire and identity. Most people feel more than one of these sexual variations at some point in their lives, whether or not they act on their feelings.

Don't want to pin yourself into a category? Queer encompasses the whole non-hetero spectrum. Or don't use any label at all.
What do the different terms mean? There's some debate about this in the Queer community, but here's a facsimile of guidelines:
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LESBIAN

A lesbian is a woman who is emotionally, romantically, spiritually and sexually attracted to other women. The word Lesbian comes from the Island of Lesbos, where the matchless lyric poet Sappho lived and wrote what many consider the worlds greatest love poetry while surrounded by a private community of women whose lifestyle was free of the sexist social restrictions of Greek society. Sappho wrote exquisite verses about love and eroticism between women (and as it happens, men too. She was a robustly bisexual woman). Most of her magnificent poetry was burned, forever eradicated by the censorious Christian Church in a direct edict of Pope Gregory VII during the middle ages because of its joyous sensual nature and lesbian content.

My muse, what ails this ardor?
Mine eyes be dim, my limbs shake,
My voice is hoarse, my throat scorcht,
My tong to this roof cleaves,
My fancy amazed, my thoughts dulled,
My head doth ache, my life faints
My soul begins to take leave,
So great a passion all feel,
To think a soar so deadly
I should so rashly rip up.

... For no sooner,
Lesbia, do I catch sight of you than
[my voice dies inside my mouth].

My tongue is paralyzed,

a subtle fire runs
through my limbs,

my ears are ringing
with some sound their own
 … ~ Sappho 


            

Some Special Pleasures of Lesbian Sex
Making love with your own gender means being with another person who knows what it's like to have the same erogenous zones. Fabulous! A few enjoyable perks and plays for lesbians are:

Using a double vibrating rabbit dildo so you can both enjoy vaginal envelopment/penetration, G-spot and clitoral stimulation at the  same time (the pleasure potential is astronomical!)

Direct breast to breast stimulation, delicately stimulating nipple tissue with erect nipple tissue (shudders of deliciousness).

The capacity to engage in sexual play and have multiple orgasms until you're both unconscious.


Are You Butch Or Fem?

"Why would I want to classify my identity in terms of a gender binary I reject? I'm not butch or fem or any other label. I'm just me". ~ Karin

For a long time lesbian culture was stereotyped by mass culture to such an extent that an element of lesbian culture even bought into it. Lesbians were cast as sinister and deviant, a perversion of a "normal" woman who wanted a man. Like penny-dreadful characters, lesbians were supposed to fit a flat stereotype either as a "masculine bull dyke" or an "fluffy effeminate fem". Now that we begin to understand that gender is a fluid spectrum and a strictly enforced gender binary harms individual growth and expression, we can finally let go of these one - dimensional stereotypes and let each individual realize their own unique identity as a full human being - whatever that may be.


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GAY
A gay man is emotionally, romantically, spiritually and sexually attracted to other men. ‘Gay’ was once a furtive, hidden code-word for same-sex love. Now it's claimed with open pride by the gay community.

 
Photo: English: Nude on the beach./photos/kargaltsev Wikipedia Commons


Some Special Pleasures of Gay Sex

As with lesbian sex, making love with your own gender means being with another person who knows what it's like to have the same erogenous zones. The same prostate sweet spot, the same touch hungry places on the penile shaft and head, the same balls wanting to be sucked, palpitated and fondled.

Uh, no. True you have similar bodies, true sexual experience brings smoother technique, but every one is different and each lover an unraveling of their secret pleasures. Yes your body is a good starting place for guidelines with a same-sex lover but read our partnering and Sex For One pages for tips on how to explore tangoing together.

 Photo: Sasha Kargaltsev Licensed by Wikipedia Commons

Some Special Cares
If you like anal sex, take special care to be gentle and avoid putting any friction or excess pressure on the delicate rectal tissues, okay?  The rectum is just not that elastic, and its' tissue tears easily. Use lots of good, water-based anal lube - and a thin,  reliable condom to be safe.


Above: A loving family! by Kurt Löwenstein
BISEXUAL

Bisexual people are attracted emotionally, romantically, spiritually and sexually to both women and men. Erotically, they enjoy the best of both worlds. Pretty cool.

More and more people are openly acknowledging how great it is to be a bisexual person, able to share sexual love with multiple genders. Angelina Jolie, Joan Jet, Lady Gaga and Drew Barrymore are a few of the people who have come out as bi.


 
Top: The Bisexual Pride Flag    Above: Self Portrait by bisexual Artist Frida Kahlo

TRANSGENDER
 
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Transgender refers to a person who feels that they were born the wrong anatomical sex: a woman born in a man’s body, or a man born in a woman’s body.  
 

Some transgender people adjust their gender expression to match their gender identity through changing their name, the way they dress, speak, cut their hair, or move, and use (or don’t use) make-up. Others undergo a partial or total physical gender change through hormonal treatments and/or gender reassignment surgery (GRS, or SRS - Sexual Reassignment Surgery). 

Still others transgender people see their transgender identity as an acceptance of the integration of "male" and "female" traits, and embrace their body. 

Sexual Partnering Before Transitioning
Being in a body that is anatomically out of whack with your feelings, needs and self-concept is confusing and painful.  It’s important to recognize and accept your feelings, whatever they are, and communicate them honestly when sharing your body with a sexual partner. If having female breasts feel wrong you may not want your partner touching or sucking on them. Tell them and patiently explain why. If having a penis feels wrong and you don’t want your penis engaged in penetration, tell your partner, and explain why. Likewise if you don’t want anybody or anything inside your vagina, tell them – and that’s that. Never be guilted, manipulated or coerced into having “normal” sex; that’s bullshit. The only thing that defines "normal" sex is what makes you feel happy, comfortable, and satisfied. Define and respect your sexuality.

Partnering After GRS

Sex in your changed body can be glorious and transformative -at last! - but it may also take some adjustment. Please see our Transgender Page for information on the issues that may arise as you acclimate to being You.

Suicide Hotline: Trans Lifeline: US: (877) 565-8860    Canada: (877) 330-6366

LINK: TRANSGENDER

QUEER
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Queer was once a derogatory slur used to demean LGBTQQI people. Now many people use it in a very positive way to inclusively describe the diverse LGBTQQI community, or to refer to themselves as part of its rainbow spectrum without using a more specific label.

Photo: wikipedia commons
GENDERQUEER


 Photo: Fredrik Alpstedt
Genderqueer people do not associate themselves with a specific gender. They prefer to be called gender neutral, or gender all- inclusive. Genderqueer people may identify with gender traits culturally assigned to the “opposite” sex as well as traits assigned to "their" sex. They are comfortable with their physical gender and simply wish to be accepted as they truly are, human beings free of the prejudices imposed by our society's gender role stereotypes.

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QUESTIONING



Questioning people are uncertain or questioning about their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Which is just fine. Listen to your heart patiently and don't get hung-up on labels.

"I'm not gay. I'm not straight. I'm just slutty. Where's my parade?" - Margaret Cho

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INTERSEX

Hermaphroditus, 2nd century Roman copy of a beautiful Greek sculpture.

The medical definition of intersex is a Hermaphrodite; a person with a full set of both male and female sex organs and hormones.  

However, many people do not fit the strict physical sex binary presented by the medical model of male and female. A lot of us have some degree of anatomical or physiological intersex traits.

Some intersex people enjoy their physicality and sexuality just as it is, taking pride in their unique identity. Others feel identified with a specific sex and want to become more physically a female or a male. They may undertake sexual reassignment surgery and/or hormonal therapy to change.

If gender assignment surgery without consent was performed during infancy, intersex people should always grow up with full knowledge of their surgery. Lack of awareness may cause extremely painful emotional conflicts and sexual confusion. To blossom sexually, intersex people need to know their unique anatomy and joyfully accept who they are.

  Photo of intersex movie-star and author Jamie Lee Curtis By Gage Skidmore

LINK: INTERSEX

Some More Terms In The Rainbow Diaspora

TRANSVESTITE

A transvestite is a dated  term for a person who feels natural in the clothing, accoutrements, and physical behaviors that are culturally assigned to the “opposite sex”.  In societies without rigid gender roles, the term transvestite is obviated.
 

Photo: Hijra" by Mgarten at en.wikipedia. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

CROSS-DRESSER

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A person who cross-dresses enjoys wearing the clothing and accessories that their society assigns to “the opposite sex”. This changes from culture to culture because what is assigned as “male” and “female” gender dress varies greatly in different cultures. 

Cross-dressing is not an indicator of sexual preference. For example, a man who likes to wear clothing that his culture identifies as female-gender may be heterosexual, or any other sexual variation.  

TWO SPIRITS

Two-Spirits is a Native American term for a person who either identifies with gender traits socially assigned to their "opposite" sex, or who  integrates a balance of both male and female characteristics and gender expressions. Two Spirit people traditionally occupy a revered position in Native culture. Because of the wholeness of their nature and perspective, Two Spirit people are often looked to to settle disputes, give names, and raise orphan children. Many Two-Spirit people have been healers, shamans, leaders and visionaries.  

Through the aggressive invasion and forced assimilation of European culture, the way of Two Spirits was lost to the Native Nations for generations. In recent decades, it has begun the joyous path to reclamation and honor

LINK: Two - Spirits

ANDROGENOUS

Photo: David Bowie as Tilda Swinton with Tilda Swinton as David Bowie

An androgynous person blends binary female and male sex traits without being dominated by either.

“We are learning to fit spontaneously into situations with people without worrying about what our “label” should be. The new androgyny means more than coming out of the closet and into the street; it also means coming out of our antiquated attic fantasies and into the world of real people and their sexuality.”- The Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality 

CIGENDER
A cigender person identifies with their physical sex.

ASEXUAL
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Asexual people aren't interested in or drawn to sexual activity or interaction. They enjoy other aspects of life.

PANSEXUAL
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The prefix pan- comes from an Ancient Greek term meaning "all" or "every".  Omni- comes from a Latin term meaning "all". Pansexual is derived from the word pansexualism, dated back to 1917, which is the view "that the sex instinct plays the primary part in all human activity, mental and physical" - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pansexuality

Pansexual people see sexuality as a pervasive element in all life and reject social limitations imposed on their interpretation of sexual expression.

GENDER BINARY

A social classification system that divides gender identity into male or female, with rigid expectations assigned to gender roles, gender expressions, gender behaviors and gender qualities.
 

COMING OUT OF THE CLOSET
Photo: Joxemai
Coming out of the closet is publicly owning your LGBTQQI identity. It is an issue because discrimination against LGBTQQI people is widespread and coming out may entail negative consequences in your workplace, neighborhood, family, place of worship, and relationships. LGBTQQI people who come out risk losing employment, housing, custody of their children, the right to designate the terms of their will, and health insurance. Out people may encounter ignorance, bigotry and violence.
 

The up side of coming out is that is that it is gloriously liberating and affirming to proudly and openly accept yourself as you are, and empowering to join a community of people in standing up for the basic human right to be treated as an equal.  

Because potential difficulties can arise, it may be wise to prepare yourself and think coming out through before doing it. Fortunately, the LGBTQQI community has lots of resources to help people who come out cope with the issues and concerns facing them. You can also form your own support group at school or through supportive community organizations, and connect with other LGBTQQI people and groups via the internet and local LGBT community centers. 

Coming Out if Your Life is in Danger
If coming out endangers your life, consider cherishing your identity privately until you can relocate to a safe environment. If you are too young to relocate yet, or you’re dependent on endangering family or caretakers by disability or illness, try to privately reach out on the internet or phone. If your family or caretakers are a danger to you, be extremely careful when reaching out to guard your privacy. The Trevor Hotline (see Resources below) will not charge you for a phone call nor will the call show up on a phone bill.

Don’t hesitate to call the police if you’re threatened or afraid.
If you're afraid of the police, call an LGBTQQIG advocacy organization for help.

If you have already come out and you’re unsafe, seek protection and advice right away. Reach out to the following resources for support and legal advice:

The Human Rights Campaign          GLBT National Hotline                 

www.hrc.orgwww.hrc.org                  888-843-4564 -

202-462-66100

 

Lambda Legal                               

www.lambdalegal.orgwww.lambdalegal.org                                                                                            

212-809-85855

 

See Resources for more options.

 

From the IT GETS BETTER PROJECT: Margaret Cho  

 

Discrimination, Harassment, Bullying, and Assault

These are very real concerns faced by many people perceived as different in repressive, misinformed social environments, LGBTQQI or otherwise. If you are known or perceived to be LGBTQQI, your school, workplace, family, neighborhood, church, playground, home or community may become a place of torment, fear, and prejudice. The bigotry you experience may be subtle or overt. It’s useful to learn to assess situations as they arise and have coping strategies prepared.

Physical safety is the first priority. What level of threat are you dealing with? Is the person (or persons) just being ignorant, or do they pose a real danger? Are they threatening you verbally or with body posture or gestures, are they moving closer to you? 

If you are in danger, are you alone? Do you know exactly where you are, and where your closest exit is? Can you reach a public phone or your cell phone to dial 911? What is the nearest populated area where you can call to bystanders?  

How can you best verbally diffuse the situation? Think of your protection first and foremost. 

If you are not facing a physical threat, but a threat to an essential aspect of your survival such as your job or your housing, contact an activist organization such as the Human Rights Campaign, Lambalegal, or the American Civil Liberties Union, to get help and assess your legal options.  

If you are the recipient of discrimination, bullying or harassment in a work or school situation, always report this dangerous behavior to the Human Resources department at your job, or to the administrative authorities at your school. They should take immediate measures to protect you and prevent further incidents. If they do not, contact an experienced LGBTQQI activist organization for help and support (see Resources). 

What if the discrimination you encounter is primarily verbal or behavioral, such as a coworker, teacher, member of your church, or a fellow student calling you a “faggot”, “sissy” or “dyke”, or otherwise isolating or ostracizing you?  

First of all, take a deep breath and remember that they are embarrassing themselves with their ignorant behavior. Feel your positive self-esteem down to the bottom of your toes. Shield your heart with the knowledge of your inner beauty, and resolve not to let a misguided fool victimize you. Then decide how you want to respond. 

Depending on the situation, you may choose to ignore them, engage them through thoughtful dialogue, or illuminate the ignorance of their position with an educated statement.  

If you do speak with them, don’t be provoked into matching insult with insult. Instead, match misinformation with accurate information, lies with truth. Let your responses to their comments or actions express how you feel, rather than being directed against them. Design your response to make them think about what they said or did in a different light.  

Resource:

Cultivating Respect: Safe Schools for All
PFLAG

www.pflag.org

This program of Parents and Families of Lesbians and Gays trains and empowers PFLAG members and school officials to address bullying in schools. 

Hate Crimes

Hate crimes, acts of violence, terror and intimidation based on prejudice, are felony offenses in most countries. In the USA, report such crimes to the police or the FBI immediately, along with any documentation and witnesses you can supply. If you lack documentation and witnesses, report them anyway.

Resources:

Gay and Transgender Hate Crime Hotline                        Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project

1-800-616-HATE                                                                      212-807-0197

Photo: Wikipedia Commons

THE MOVEMENT FOR EQUALITY
Prejudice against LGBTQQI people exists in varying degrees in many nations around the world. In the United States, the LGBTQQI community began to openly rebel against institutionalized legal and civil discrimination and police harassment in the 1960’s. Decades of injustice and abuse culminated in the Greenwich Village Stonewall Riots, which began in the late hours of June 28, 1969 when the police raided a peaceful bar to intimidate and arrest gay men. LGBTQQI people fought back against this persecution with several days of resistance and activism, sparking the Gay Liberation Movement.
 

The Movement has since achieved many stunning victories, advancing the human rights of LGBTQQI people in the United States and globally. Numerous countries now recognize that LGBTQQI people and same-sex couples deserve the same legal and civil rights and protections accorded to all citizens. Yet despite their long and courageous struggle for justice, LGBTQQI people are still discriminated against in many nations, on many levels. It’s up to us to change this. Speak out for human dignity and equality: challenge dogma, stereotypes and misinformation; listen, and educate. 

PRIDE

In honor of the Stonewall Riots and their milestone contribution to the LGBTQQI Liberation Movement, the New York LGBTQQI community established an annaul tradition of holding a commemorative Gay Pride parade. This tradition rapidly went global, and PRIDE is now an internationally observed annual festival celebrating LGBTQQI people, their magnificent cultural achievements, and their fight for equality the world over. 

 

Photographs from Pride: Wikipedia Commons

RELIGION
Many conservative religious fundamentalists assert that it is against religious doctrine to be LGBTQQI. But is this really true, or is this an interpretation of religion based on their personal values and beliefs??

For every religious scholar who can quote a selection of scripture that justifies discrimination against LGBTQQI people, there is a religious scholar who can rebut their quote with another selection of scripture and add a quote illuminating God’s love and acceptance of all people and all expressions of love. 

There are many religious organizations that welcome LGBTQQI people without qualification or reserve. See Resources below.  

 

REPARATIVE THERAPY AND TRANSFORMATIONAL MINISTRIES 

“You can’t pray away the gay, but you can torture a conflicted closet case to death (with these techniques)" - Dan Savage

 

“Reparative therapy” or “conversion therapy”, and “transformational ministries” or “ex-gay ministries”, are unauthorized groups that utilize behavioral conditioning techniques aimed at "eliminating" LGBTQQI feelings. Their premise is that LGBTQQI feelings are unnatural and sinful aberrations which the emotional manipulation, indoctrination techniques, and /or the power of religious dogma and prayer employed by their approaches can "cure".  

People experiencing conflict over their sexual identity may well benefit from discussing their issues with a supportive, unbiased counselor, but it is vitally important for LGBTQQI people to know that they do not have to be “cured” because nothing is wrong with them! Being LGBTQQI is a perfectly normal, healthy human state. The American Psychological Association and The American Psychiatric Association have both issues statements attesting to the prejudiced, misinformed and harmful nature of the premises and techniques of “reparative therapy” and “transformational ministries”.  

Contact the Human Rights Campaign (202-628-4160) for information and materials on reparative therapy and transformational ministries.  

                                                                 Video: Michele Bachman - Praying Away the Gay

 

Q & A with Shain: Reparative Therapy

Q. My niece confided in me that she’s a lesbian when she was twelve, and came out to her family when she turned fifteen, about five months ago. They are conservative people who believe that it is “against the ways of God” to be gay, and did not receive the news well.

She always seemed pretty strong to me, but when I saw her last this week she told me her family has been pushing her to have “Reparative Therapy”, and that she has just agreed to try it.

I was surprised and concerned. She’s always been a vibrant, confident girl who knew her mind. The girl I saw last week seemed frightened, self-doubting, and confused about her feelings.

I don’t know much about “Reparative Therapy”.  My understanding is that it’s supposed to turn gays straight. Can you tell me about it, and if it’s safe?

A. The first thing I can tell you is that “Reparative Therapy” is not a genuine or legitimate form of therapy. Therapy is employed to treat an illness: being LGBTQQI is not an illness, it’s a normal state.  Treating an illness that doesn’t exist is called fraud.

“Reparative Therapy” was created by conflicted, repressed people who believe that it is sinful and in violation of religious scriptures to be gay. It has no basis in recognized psychology: The American Psychological Association acknowledged forty years ago that homosexuality is not a mental illness but a normal human sexual state. “Reparative Therapy” is essentially an attempt to legitimize ignorance and bigotry.

Unfortunately, “Reparative Therapists” prey on people who are vulnerable, through negative social conditioning, to its homophobic message. It has caused great harm to people struggling with their identity’s, leading some to a lifetime of closeted misery and others to suicide. Both the American Psychological Association and the American Psychiatric Association have issued statements condemning its dangerous techniques and misguided agenda.

I am urgently concerned about your niece. As a minor living with a family who are acting against her best interests she is in risk of real psychological damage. From what you describe, her own sense of identity has already been seriously affected.

PLEASE: affirm and love her for herself and support her right and vital need to make her own decisions about her sexual identity. Call the Human Rights Campaign (202-628-4100) for information about Reparative Therapy, call LAMBDAlegal (212-809-8585) for information about her civil rights, and help her get in touch with people who will support her, LGBTQQI and allies. Go to the IT GES BETTER Project site with her and read some of the beautiful testimonials from other people who’ve gone through similar experiences and come out on the other side.

She needs your support NOW. There’s no time to loose in this situation.

Shain

LINK: GENDER Under My Skin

 

RESOURCES: ( Have a resource to share? home@sexeducationstation.com)

General

GLBT National Help Center

www.glbtnationalhelpcenter.org

 

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender National Hotline

888-843-4564

 

Gay and Lesbian National Hotline

www.glnh.org

1-888-843-4564 

 

Gay and Transgender Hate Crime Hotline

1-800-616-HATE

 

GLBT Near Me

www.glbtnearme.org

                                                                                                                                              

Human Rights Campaign

www.hrc.org

202-462-6610

 

We Give a Damn

www.wegiveadamn.org

 

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

www.thetaskforce.org

202-393-5177

 

Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project

212-807-0197  

 

Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays

www.pflag.org

202-467-8180

 

Family Pride Coalition

www.familypride.org

 

Marriage Equality USA

www.marriageequality.org

 

Freedom to Marry Collaborative

www.freedomtomarry.org

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Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere

www.colage.org

  

Federation of Statewide LGBT Advocacy Organizations

www.federationlgbt.org

 

Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund

www.victoryfund.org

 

Federation of Statewide LGBT Advocacy Organizations

www.federationlgbt.org

 

Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders

www.glad.org

 

Gay and Lesbian Alliance against Defamation

www.glaad.org

 

Equality North Carolina

www.equalitync.org

 

Zuna Institute

www.zunainstitute.org

916-419-5075

 

NativeOUT

www.nativeout.com

Native American LGBTQQI Two Spirits website

 

Bay Area American Indian Two Spirits BAAITS

www.baaits.org

 

For other Two Spirits Society’s, do an online search for Two Spirits. Several will come up. 

Gay Asian Pacific Support Network

www.gapsn.org

213-368-6488

 

LLEGO-National Latina/o Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Organization

www.llego.org

888-633-8320

 

Trikone

www.trikone.org

for LGBTQQI people of South Asian descent

 

Blackstripe

www.blackstripe.com

a website for LGBTQQI people of African descent

 

National Black Justice Coalition

www.nbjcoalition.org

202-349-3756 

 

Legal

LAMBDA Legal

www.lambdalegal.org

212-809-8585

 

American Civil Liberties Union

www.aclu.org

 

National Center for Lesbian Rights

www.nclr.org

415-392-6257 

 

Transgender Law Center

www.transgenderlawcenter.org

 

Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network

www.glsen.org

212-727-0135

glsen@glsen.org 

Help dealing with harassment in schools

 

 

Transgender:  

 

Suicide Hotline: Trans Lifeline: US: (877) 565-8860    Canada: (877) 330-6366

Project Unbreakable

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Human Rights Campaign
www.hrc.org 

202-628-4160

 

National Transgender Advocacy Coalition

www.ntac.org

978-373-8898

info@ntac.org

 

Gender Education and Advocacy

www.gender.org

 

TransFamily

www.transfamily.org

 

TransProud

www.transproud.org

For trans youth

 

We Happy Trans

www.wehappytrans.com

For Trans youth

 

Transsexual.org

www.transsexual.org           

Information and support for the transsexual community   

 

Human Rights Campaign

www.hrc.org/issues

Transgender identity documents

 

Transsexual.org

www.transsexual.org

Information and support for the transsexual community  

 

Transgender Law Center

www.transgenderlawcenter.org

 

Intersex Society of North America

www.isna.org

206-633-6077

Dedicated to supporting and affirming the life journey of intersex people 

 

Smitten Kitten

www.smittenkittenonline.com

Smittenkittenonline carries a selection of transitioning products

 

Youth and Students:

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Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender youth Support Line

1-800-850-8078

  

National Youth Advocacy Coalition www.nyacyouth.org

800-541-6922

 

OutProud

www.outproud.org

info@outproud.org

 

The Trevor Helpline

www.thetrevorproject.org

866-4-U-TREVOR

Suicide counseling and outreach for LGBTQQI teens. You will not be

charged for the phone call and your name will not show up on a

phone bill.

 

National Gay and Lesbian Youth Hotline

800-347-8336

 

Youth Resource

www.youthresource.com

202-419-3420

 

It Gets Better

www.itgetsbetter.org

 

Be True To You

www.betruetoyou.org

 

You Are Not Alone: National Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Youth Organization

212-674-2400

 

Gay Teen Resources (GTR)

www.gayteenresources.org  

 

Young Gay America

www.younggayamerica.com

 

Hetrick Martin Institute

www.hmi.org

212-674-2400

Info@hmi.org

 

TransProud

www.transproud.org

 

Oasis Magazine

www.oasismag.com

 

Fierce NYC

www.fiercenyc.org

 

Building the leadership and power of LGBT youth of color

 

Ambiente Joven

www.ambientejoven.org

A site for Latino LGBTQQI youth and teens  

 

Scouting for All

www.scoutingforall.org

Dedicated to making scouting an experience available to all youth without sexual orientation prejudice.

 

Campus Pride

www.campuspride.org

704-227-6710

 

NCRHLBTRHI

www.lgbtcampus.org

A listing of schools with LGBT resource and community centers                      

 

Delta Lambda Phi

www.dlp.org

1-800-587-FRAT

A fraternity for gay, bisexual and progressive men

 

The Gay Student Center

www.gaystudentcenter.studentcenter.org

An online LGBTQQI youth and student center   

 

Forty to None Project

www.fortytonone.org

Putting an end to LGBTQQI youth homelessness

 

 Bisexual:

 

Bisexual Resource Center

www.biresource.org

617-424-9595

 

Lesbian

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Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice

www.Astraea.org

212-529-8021

 

Technodyke

www.technodyke.com

 

Health:

 

Gay and Lesbian Medical Association

www.glma.org

415-255-4547

 

Gay Health

www.gayhealth.com

 

Fenway Community Health

www.fenwayhealth.org

 

Nick Gordon Guide for Health Care Providers

www.nickgordon.org

 

National Association of Lesbian and Gay Addiction Professionals

www.nalgap.org

703-465-0539

  

Education:

 

Gender Talk

www.gendertalk.com

 

International Foundation for Gender Education

www.Ifge.org

718-899-2212

 

Gender Education and Advocacy

www.gender.org

301-949-3822 (#8)

 

Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network

www.glsen.org

212-727-0135

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Military

 

American Veterans for Equal Rights

www.aver.us

 

Servicemembers Legal Defense Network

www.sldn.org

202-328-3244 

 

Historical:

 GLBT Historical Society

www.glbthistory.org

 

Religious:

 

Al-Fatiha (Muslim)

www.al-fatiha.org

 

Gay Buddhist Fellowship

www.gaybuddhist.org

415-974-9878

 

Buddha Buddies

www.buddhabuddies.org

 

The Institute for Judaism and Sexual Orientation

www.huc.edu/ijso

800-899-0925, ext.4240

 

World Congress of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Jews

www.glbtjews.org

202-452-7424

 

Torah Queeries (Jewish)

www.jewishmosaic.org/torah

 

Gay Jews (Orthodox Jewish)

www.gayjews.org

 

JQ Youth (A variety of Jewish traditions)

www.jayouth.com

 

The Gay and Lesbian Vaishnava Association (Hindu)

www.galva108.org

 

Made in God’s Image

www.madeinimage.org

 

Soulforce (Interfaith)

www.soulforce.org

 

Affirmation (Mormon)

www.Affirmation.org

661-367-2421

 

Brethren Mennonite Council for LGBT Interests

www.bmclgbt.org

612-343-2060

 

Interfaith Alliance

www.interfaithalliance.org

 

Universal Fellowship of Metroploitan Community Churches

www.ufmcc.org

 

Dignity USA (Catholic)

www.dignityusa.org

800-877-8797

 

 

Integrity (Episcopalian)

www.integrityusa.org

800-462-9498

 

Reconciling Ministries Network

www.rmnetwork.org

773-736-5526

 

Unitarian Universalist Association’s Office of LGBT Concerns

www.uua.org/obgltc

 

New Ways Ministries

www.newwaysministries.org

 

Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists

www.wabaptists.org

608-255-2155

 

Unity Fellowship of Christ Churches

www.ufc-usa.org

23-938-8322

 

Room for All (Reformed Church in America)

www.roomforall.com

 

Reconciling Pentacostals International

www.rpifellowship.com

480-595-5517

 

Seventh-Day Adventist Kinship International

www.sdahinship.org

 

PFLAG Arizona chapter

www.pflag-pheonix.org/resource1.html

A good list of religious and spiritual organizations supportive of the LGBTQQI community

 

Additional Resources for Families, Community Centers, Churches and Educational Institutions: 

Films to rent as a basis for education and topical discussions on LGBTQQI issues:

Milk

Normal

Boys Don’t Cry

Philadelphia

Fire

The Celluloid Closet

The Naked Civil Servant

Two Spirits

Bent

Victim (Dirk Bogard version)

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In Requiem

A black and white photograph of Harvey Milk sitting at the mayor's desk

Harvey Milk (May 22, 1930 – November 27, 1978) was an American politician who became the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California when he won a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. He was a strong and loving advocate for LGBT rights and encouraged members of the LGBT community to come out publicly as a political stategy. Assassinated in 1978, Harvey Milk was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009 by President Barack Obama.

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David Kato Kisule (1964 – 26 January 2011) was a Ugandan teacher and LGBT rights activist, considered a father of Uganda's gay rights movement and described as "Uganda's first openly gay man". He served as advocacy officer for Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG). Kato was murdered in 2011, shortly after winning a lawsuit against a magazine which had published his name and photograph identifying him as gay and calling for him to be executed.

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