Resources

After watching “The Year We Thought About Love,” you may feel like connecting to others who want to seek or give support for LGBTQ youth. Check out the following topics:

Helplines for LGBTQ Folks, Mostly for Youth

LGBTQ Youth- friendly Organizations
Gay Straight Alliance (or Gender and Sexuality Alliance) Information
Community-based LGBTQ Support Groups
LGBTQ Youth Theater Groups
Resources for Parents
Resources for Allies
Transgender Resources for Educators
LGBT Resources for Various Faith Communities
Boston Resources
Terms and Definitions

“The Year We Thought About Love” Free Discussion Guide

We created this free 59-page discussion guide for you to use in school & university settings, with community groups, or even with your own friends and family. The PDF is chock-full of discussion questions about the film, step-by-step activities, and beautiful images from the film. View or download it here and please share it with others who could use a great resource for discussing LGBTQ topics.


Helplines for LGBTQ Folks, Mostly for Youth

Gay & Lesbian National Hotline

1-888-THE-GLNH

Dedicated to meeting the needs of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community and those questioning their sexual orientation and gender identity.

National Hotline for LGBT Youth

1-800-246-PRIDE

The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) Youth Talkline provides telephone, online private one-to-one chat and email peer-support, as well as factual information and local resources for cities and towns across the United States.

Trevor Crisis and Suicide Prevention Helpline for LGBTQ Youth

1-866-488-7386

The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth. 

GLAD Answers

1-800-455-GLAD

GLAD Answers is the New England LGBTQ and HIV legal rights resource.  Contact them for legal information, assistance and referrals. Highly trained volunteers are available to chat live or take your call M-F 1:30-4:30 p.m. Or, email them from their webpage www.gladanswers.org anytime and they’ll get back to you no later than the next business day. Always free & confidential. Language translation is available.

Peer Listening Line

1-800-399-PEER

You can receive help, information, referrals, and support for a range of issues without being judged or rushed into any decision you are not prepared to make. Across the country, Fenway Community Health Center’s HelpLines are a source of support. Talk to trained volunteers about safer sex, coming out, where to find gay-friendly establishments, HIV and AIDS, depression, suicide, and anti-gay/lesbian harassment and violence. No matter what is on your mind, they are there to encourage and ensure you that you are not alone.

LGBTQ Youth- friendly Resources Organizations

Accord Alliance

Accord Alliance promotes comprehensive and integrated approaches to care that enhance the health and well-being of people and families affected by disorders of sex development (DSD) [also referred to as intersex conditions].

Advocates for Youth

Queer-friendly organization that helps young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health. Maintain Youth Resource written by and for LGBTQ youth. Also check out ambientejoven Advocates for Youth’s site for Latina/o youth on various physical, emotional and mental health (including sexual orientation and gender) issues. This site also has a listing of centers nationwide that offer services to Latinas/o’s. 

Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice

Provides critically needed financial and technical support to lesbian-led, LGBTQI and progressive organizations. 

Audre Lorde Project

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Trans and Gender Non Conforming People of Color center for community organizing, focusing on the New York City area.

Bisexual Resource Center

As the oldest nationally-focused bisexual organization in the U.S., the BRC continues to raise awareness and build bridges within the LGBT and ally communities, and fosters bi-supportive social and political space wherever it can. If you are a young person who identifies as bisexual, or who uses some other word to describe your non-binary sexual orientation, these pages are for you.

Blacklight Online

An online reprint service of the first magazine for LGBT people of color.

Black Girl Dangerous

Black Girl Dangerous is an online forum that seeks to amplify the voices, experiences and expressions of queer and trans* people of color.

Brown Boi Project

Launched in 2010, the Brown Boi Project works to build leadership, economic self sufficiency, and health of young masculine of center womyn, trans* men, and queer/straight men of color–pipelining them into the social justice movement.

Campus Pride

Campus Pride develops necessary resources, programs and services to support LGBT and ally students on college campuses across the United States. Maintains the LGBT-Friendly Campus Climate Index which provides online access to search colleges and universities based on their LGBT-Friendly campus life.

COLAGE

Originally founded as Children of Lesbians And Gays Everywhere, COLAGE  unites people with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer parents into a network of peers and supports them as they nurture and empower each other to be skilled, self-confident, and just leaders in our collective communities.

Deaf Queer Resource Center

Information center for, by, and about the Deaf Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Intersex and Questioning communities.

Familia es Familia

Familia es Familia provides training and technical assistance along with printed and online materials to help partner organizations begin conversations about LGBT issues with their constituencies. This includes conversations about the freedom to marry within the broader context of core Hispanic cultural values.

Family Equality Council

Family Equality Council connects, supports, and represents the three million parents who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer and their six million children in the U.S. today. We promote both their lived and legal equality by fostering supportive communities, educating the public, and pursuing policy change. 

Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)

Through its network of 85 chapters in 35 states, works with school officials and parents to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. 

Gay-Straight Alliance Network

Youth leadership organization that connects school-based Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) to each other and to community resources through peer support, leadership development and training.

Gender Spectrum

Gender Spectrum provides an array of services designed to help families, schools, professionals, and organizations understand and address concepts of gender identity and gender expression, including how society’s current definitions of gender can be detrimental to any young person that does not fit neatly into these categories.

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders

New England’s foremost legal organization working on matters of LGBT civil rights and the rights of people with HIV. Maintains an extensive youth website at glad.org/youth with information, videos, and quizzes.

GLAAD

GLAAD is a media  advocacy organization that works with print, broadcast and online news sources to bring people powerful stories from the LGBT community that build support for equality. GLAAD brings LGBT characters and plotlines to movie theaters, television sets and even comic books — working with writers, producers and studios to ensure accurate and diverse representations of LGBT people on the big and small screens.

Human Rights Campaign

The HRC is a Washington, D.C.-based, national civil rights organization working for LGBTQ equality. Many of its programs focus on young people, including Welcoming Schools (K-5), publication of survey results about LGBTQ youth, and resources.

International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission

Dedicated to human rights advocacy on behalf of people who experience discrimination or abuse on the basis of their actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.

The National Center for Lesbian Rights

National legal rights and education organization staffs a toll-free youth legal information line and provides resources on building safe school environments, with a special focus on LGBT youth in sports.

The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE)

A social justice organization dedicated to advancing the equality of transgender people through advocacy, collaboration and empowerment.

National Transgender Advocacy Coalition

Provides information on the transgender community, find resources for coming out, connect with others in the community and get involved & join the cause. 

Parents, Friends, and Families of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)

Founded in 1972 with the simple act of a mother publicly supporting her gay son, PFLAG is the original family and ally organization. Uniting people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) with families, friends, and allies, PFLAG is committed to advancing equality through its mission of support, education, and advocacy. PFLAG has more than 350 chapters and 200,000 supporters crossing multiple generations of American families in major urban centers, small cities, and rural areas across the United States.
People with a HistoryThis is a web-based history of LGBT people. It includes hundreds of original texts, discussions, and [soon] images, and addresses LGBT history in all periods, and in all regions of the world.

Point Foundation

Point Foundation offers college scholarships and mentoring to LGBTQ youth. It empowers promising LGBTQ students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential – despite the obstacles often put before them – to make a significant impact on society.

Q&A Space

Q&A Space is the first website of its kind, playing on the “Question and Answer” phrase with information about being Queer and Asian. Q&A Space offers in-language fact sheets for parents, community resources for youth, multi-media advice and stories from the Asian and Pacific Islander (API)  LGBT community, and more.

Sylvia Rivera Law Project

NYC-based law project that provides free legal services to low-income and homeless transgender, gender variant, and intersex people facing gender identity discrimination.

 Transgender Law Center

 Transgender Law Center works to change law, policy, and attitudes so that all people can live safely, authentically, and free from discrimination regardless of their gender identity or expression.

Transgender Legal and Defense Education Fund

TLDEF brings test-case litigation with wide impact in all areas of transgender civil rights from employment discrimination, equal access to health care, to name change.

Trans Student Educational Resources

Trans Student Educational Resources is a youth-led organization dedicated to transforming the educational environment for trans and gender nonconforming students through advocacy and empowerment. Lists trans resources, conferences, and camps for youth and adults.

Trans Youth Family Allies

Empowers children and families by partnering with educators, service providers and communities, to develop supportive environments in which gender may be expressed and respected.

Trikone

Non-profit organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people of South Asian descent based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Publishes Trikone magazine.

Two Spirit Resources

Native Peoples’ LGBT groups, or Two Spirit Societies, exist across the country, and the Northeast group publishes a comprehensive Resource Directory.

Gay Straight Alliance (or Gender and Sexuality Alliance) Information

Connect to a GSA near you

Start your own GSA

http://www.gsanetwork.org/resources/building-your-gsa

http://glsen.org/jumpstart

https://www.aclu.org/files/assets/tips_on_starting_a_gsa_nov_2011.pdf

Community-based LGBTQ Support Groups

Most U.S. major cities and many other areas now have some form of organized support for LGBTQ youth. You can do a web search for your area. Often such groups are connected to an LGBTQ community center, a community health center, or a state- or private-run youth-serving agency. You can check out the list below or call one of the helplines to find resources in your area.

Community-based LGBT Support Group List

Some states maintain connections among different community-based groups. Massachusetts through the Boston Alliance of  Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender  Youth (BAGLY) is one example.

LGBTQ Youth Theater Groups

True Colors: OUT Youth Theater

True Colors: Out Youth Theater Troupe is featured in “The Year We Thought About Love.” It is the longest running program at The Theater Offensive and it serves LGBTQ youth and their allies ages 14-22. The troupe engages youth of all experience levels in year-round theater training to create, produce and tour original shows to schools, community groups and social service agencies.  To learn about all of True Colors programming visit www.thetheateroffensive.org.

Pride Youth Theater Alliance

Looking to join or start a group similar to True Colors: OUT Youth Theater? The Pride Youth Theater Alliance is a growing network of arts and community based organizations from across the United States and Canada with programs focused on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer youth theater. Check to see if there is one in your area you can invite to your school or perhaps support in some other way. 

The Theater Offensive

The Theater Offensive’s mission is to present the diversity of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender lives in art so bold it breaks through personal isolation, challenges the status quo, and builds thriving communities. The Theater Offensive serves its mission through the development and performance of original, groundbreaking and interactive works by, for, and about the LGBT community. The programmatic approach to its work is called OUT In Your Neighborhood (OUT’hood). Celebrating 25 years of queer theater, OUT’hood reflects the diversity of the city of Boston, gives voice to underserved LGBT community members, creates avenues for cross-cultural dialogue, and breaks down the barriers of homophobia, bigotry and hate. The heart of OUT’hood is True Colors: Out Youth Theater – that uses a proven community-based theater approach to train and activate LGBTQ and allied youth leaders. Throughout the program, youth will receive high quality theater training, leadership development and performance opportunities across the greater Boston area. www.TheTheaterOffensive.org .

 

Resources for Parents

PFLAG National

Founded in 1972 with the simple act of a mother publicly supporting her gay son, PFLAG is the original family and ally organization. Uniting people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) with families, friends, and allies, PFLAG is committed to advancing equality through its mission of support, education, and advocacy. PFLAG has more than 350 chapters and 200,000 supporters crossing multiple generations of American families in major urban centers, small cities, and rural areas across the United States.

Some of their publications:

All Children-All Families 

Resource for those caring for LGBTQ youth in the child welfare system, including foster parents. All Children – All Families, a project of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, provides a framework for agencies to achieve safety, permanency and well-being by improving their practice with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth and families.

A La Familia

A La Familia is a bilingual project that promotes inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people within communidades Latinas. 

Keshet Parent and Family Connection

Formed by parents and family members of LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer) Jews who are coming together to transform the Jewish community through peer support, public events, and advocating for institutional change. Members come from all streams of the Jewish world, have children of all genders and sexual orientations, and are driven by personal journeys of struggle and celebration.

The Family Acceptance Project

The Family Acceptance Project™ is a research, intervention, education and policy initiative that works to prevent health and mental health risks for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) children and youth, including suicide, homelessness and HIV – in the context of their families. Publishes Supportive Families, Healthy Children and other family education information.

Somos Familia

Somos Familia supports Latino families with children who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer (LGBTQ*) and conducts education to create family and community acceptance. The group was started by two mothers to support other families with similar experiences.

Orthodox Jews Parent Support Group

Eshel online.org runs a monthly, confidential conference call for Orthodox parents of LGBTQ children. Eshel’s mission is to create community and acceptance for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Jews and their families in Orthodox communities.

The Parents Project

A first-of-its-kind digital presence, inclusive of videos, advice, and resources, dedicated exclusively toward helping parents understand their LGBTQ kids.

Resources for Allies


Straight for Equality

The Straight for Equality Project  provides information and resources that will help straight allies understand their role in supporting and advocating for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. It includes a great list of resource organizations, written materials, books and gear for purchase. 

#allynetwork

GLAAD’s series of topics on being an ally, including online resources and what to do if your parent is gay.

Ally Week

GLSEN provides materials and resources for running a week of ally activities every October. Over 20 national organizations endorse thgis action, and schools can access a toolkit of activities.

Transgender Resources for Educators

Schools in Transition: A Guide for Supporting Transgender Students in K-12 Schools

Schools are increasingly being called upon to include and support transgender students. Recognizing that this can seem daunting or overwhelming, Schools In Transition: A Guide for Supporting Transgender in K-12 Schools offers practical guidance and field-tested tips to parents, educators, administrators, and community members on planning and supporting a transgender student through a transition at school.

LGBT Resources for Various Faith Communities

Organizations

Jewish

Keshet

Keshet is a national grassroots organization that works for the full equality and inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Jews in Jewish life.

JQY

Supporting LGBT Jews and their families in the Orthodox community

Christian

Believe Out Loud

The online leader in disseminating LGBT-inclusive Christian voices through its pledge project and coalition of denominational groups.

 Roman Catholic

DignityUSA

http://www.newwaysministry.org/gfp.html  gay friendly Catholic parishes

Episcopal

Integrity USA

United Church Christ

http://openandaffirming.org 

Unitarian Universalist

Welcoming Congregations

LDS (Morman)

Affirmation 

Lutherans

ReconcilingWorks: Lutherans for Full Participation

An organization advocating for the full inclusion of LGBT Lutherans in

all aspects of the life of their Church and congregations.

United Methodist

Affirmation

Presbyterian Church USA

More Light Presbyterians

The mission of More Light Presbyterians is to work for the full participation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people in the life, ministry and witness of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and in society. 

American Baptist

Rainbow Baptists

A website listing of American Baptist Welcoming and Affirming churches affiliated with AWAB, the Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists.

Mennonite

The Brethren Mennonite Council for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Interest

The Brethren Mennonite Council for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Interest

cultivates an inclusive church and caring for the Mennonite and Brethren LGBT/allied community.

Many Voices: A Black Church Movement for Gay & Transgender Justice

Many Voices offers resources and training to open respectful dialogue within Black religious contexts and lifts the voices of LGBT Christians as well as non-LGBT religious leaders in support of justice for all.

Seventh Day Adventist

An organization providing a safe spiritual and social community for LGBTI current and former Seventh- day Adventists around the world.

LGBT Faith Leaders of African Descent

This group of clergy and others, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT), and same gender loving people of African Descent and their allies, serve as ambassadors and educators to oppose discrimination, exclusion or intimidation of LGBT persons in our society and particularly in our church communities. 

Soulforce

Soulforce is a national non-profit that works nonviolently to end the religious and political oppression of LGBTQ people. While they are not a faith-based organization, they are driven by “our assessment of the gravity, structure, and oppressive agenda of the Religious Right. Within that framework, we understand that our work is necessarily a feminist and anti-racist project.” Soulforce works in schools, faith communities, parachurch organizations, media organizations, and a variety of creative social settings. Sponsors the Equality Ride Houses, community-based sites working for LGBTQ equality.

Islam 

Muslims for Progressive Values

MPV advocates for egalitarian expressions of Islam, for women, and for LGBTQI rights. MPV does this by creating inclusive spaces for religious discourse, the arts and social activism.

Online and hardcopy material to support LGBTQ people within faith traditions

Coming Home: To Faith, To Spirit, To Self

A resource pamphlet by the Human Rights Campaign that supports LGBTQ people of faith on their spiritual journey. Includes a good directory of LGBTQ-friendly national organizations. 

Friends and Family Plan

A very helpful interactive website maintained by Auburn Seminary to prepare you to talk with conflicted Christians about LGBTQ issues. Here you can develop a plan, research ways to present your point of view, and practice tailoring your conversations to various family members.

This list of resources is not intended to be exhaustive. Please email the resources manager if you come across faulty or outdated links, or if you know of any other helpful links that may be included here.

 

Boston Area Sponsors

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders

New England’s foremost legal organization working on matters of LGBT civil rights and the rights of people with HIV. Maintains an extensive youth website at glad.org/youth with information, videos, and quizzes.

 

Greater Boston PFLAG

Greater Boston PFLAG works to foster LGBTQ+ inclusive families, schools, and communities.  GBPFLAG provides support, education, and advocacy to help create environments of understanding for our LGBTQ+ friends and families so they may live in a safe and inclusive world.  GBPFLAG offers a variety of services: monthly support group meetings for parents and family members of LGBTQ+ people, a confidential helpline (866-427-3524), 1-to-1 parent support, Safe Schools and Communities workshops and trainings, and our Elsie Frank Scholarship.  GBPFLAG thrives due to our large network of volunteers, consisting of LGBTQ+ people and their families and friends who work to share their stories and offer support and information to others.

Boston Resources

Terms and Definitions

Trans* and Queer/LGBTQPIA Terminology