Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender

“I’m really confused about my sexual feelings because even though I date the opposite sex, I am more attracted to people of my own sex.” -18 year old

If you or someone you know is Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender or Questioning (GLBTQ) or thinks he or she might be, it is important to find a support group or someone sympathetic to talk to.

GLBTQ teens are at higher risk for suicide, substance abuse, and physical attack than other young people because of the widespread prejudice against homosexuality in our culture. Because of this prejudice, GLBTQ youth feel forced to keep their sexual orientation or gender identity secret. This often results in self-hatred that can lead a person to abuse drugs, practice unsafe sex, or engage in other kinds of self-destructive behavior, including suicide. Fortunately, the agencies, organizations and support groups listed below are there to help.

RESOURCES

310-574-2813Antioch University Counseling Center

M,W,Th 8am-5pm
Website: www.antiochla.edu/aucc

Sliding scale available. Languages include English, Farsi, Hebrew, Greek, Russian, Polish and others.

323-727-7896Bienestar – La Casa LGBT Youth Center

M-F 10am-7pm
Website: www.bienestar.org

Hollywood Center 323-660-9680
Van Nuys Center 818-908-3820
Long Beach 562-628-9687
Pomona Center 909-397-7660
Groups on weekends and evenings. Community center for Latino youth. FREE support groups, one-on-one counseling, weekly gatherings and social events, 10 minute rapid HIV testing.

562-434-4455The Center of Greater Long Beach

M-F 11am-9pm; Sat 12pm-3pm
Website: www.centerlb.org

Free HIV/STD testing by appointment.
Youth drop-in center M-F 3pm – 7pm. Young adult support groups W 8pm-9pm. Coming out Support Group on Fri 7pm-9pm. Counseling, health education, free HIV/STD testing by appointment.

323-993-7400Gay and Lesbian Youth Services

M-F 8:30am-5:30pm; Sat, Sun 8:30am-4:30pm
Website: www.lagaycenter.org

Transitional living program for youth ages 18-24,  HIV education, job center, some mentoring, emergency beds.

800-246-7743GLBT National Youth Talkline

M-F 1pm-9pm; Sat 9am-2pm
Website: www.glbtnationalhelpcenter.org

Offer online peer-support chat.  Offer info on LGBT issues.  Provide free and confidential telephone and internet peer counseling.

213-482-4021Gay Straight Alliance Network

M-F 10am-6pm
Website: www.gsanetwork.org

Resources, peer support, networking, leadership development, and student activism training for GSA members, leaders, and advisors.

562-594-4555Interval House

24 hour hotline
M-F 9am-5pm
Website: www.intervalhouse.org
Group and individual counseling, youth shelter, GLBT support services, leadership training, and teen dating violence prevention.

323-860-2280Jeffrey D. Griffith Youth Center

M-F 8am-5:30pm; Sat/Sun 8:30am-4:30pm
Website: www.laglc.org

Drop in center for homeless youths. Showers, meals, educational service and GED program, counseling, laundry, employment training, and HIV testing and counseling.

310-472-8952Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays – PFLAG

M-Sun 9am-9pm
Website: www.pflagla.org

Additional phone: Los Angeles 888-735-2488; Long Beach 562-773-9801
Support for families and friends of gays and lesbians. Meetings third Tuesday of each month.

626-577-4553Project 10

M-F 8am-5pm
Website: www.project10.org

Educational support and outreach to GLBT and questioning youth. Referrals. Provides funding for GLBTQ support programs.

323-361-2153Teenage Health Center – Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles

M-F 9am-5pm
by appointment
Website: www.childrenshospitalla.org

Serves youth aged 12 to 24. Provides medical care, STD/HIV testing and treatment, birth control, pregnancy testing, emergency contraception, transgender services, immunizations, urgent care, physical exams, and care for chronic conditions. Bilingual.

866-488-7386Trevor Lifeline

24 hours
Website: www.thetrevorproject.org

Crisis line for LGBT youth younger than 25 years old. National line with referrals in all areas.

714-953-5428Youth Drop-In Center of The Center, Orange County

M-F 9am-6pm
Website: www.thecenteroc.org

Short-term counseling. Support and social groups for all youth. HIV education prevention and testing. Emergency showers, food, clothing. Safer sex materials.