Gender & Sexuality

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.

LISTINGS

PHONE

Bienestar La Casa LGBT Youth Center

http://bienestar.org/
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. Hollywood Center 323-660-9680 Van Nuys Center 818-908-3820 Long Beach 562-628-9687 Pomona Center 909-397-7660
323-727-7896

Gay and Lesbian Youth Services

http://lagaycenter.org
Transitional living program for youth ages 18-24,  HIV education, job center, some mentoring, emergency beds.
323-993-7400

Gay Straight Alliance Network

http://gsanetwork.org/
Resources, peer support, networking, leadership development, and student activism training for GSA members, leaders, and advisors.
213-482-4021

GLBT National Youth Talkline

http://glbtnationalhelpcenter.org
Offer online peer-support chat.  Offer info on LGBT issues. Provide free and confidential telephone and internet peer counseling.
800-246-7743

Interval House

http://intervalhouse.org/
Group and individual counseling, youth shelter, GLBT support services, leadership training, and teen dating violence prevention.
562-594-9492

Jeffery D. Griffith Youth Center

http://laglc.org
Drop in center for homeless youths. Showers, meals, educational service and GED program, counseling, laundry, employment training, and HIV testing and counseling.
323-860-2280

Lifeworks

http://www.lifeworksla.org
LifeWorks is the youth development and mentoring program of the LA LGBT Center. They offer one-on-one, peer, and group mentoring opportunities for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning youth ages 12-24. Lifeworks' goal is to help LGBTQ youth to realize their goals and dreams with a safe space, positive and affirming role models, and workshops & activities that are fun and educational. Check out their website to see all of the programs they offer!
323-860-7373

Parents and Friend of Lesbians and Gays – PFLAG

http://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.
310-472-8952

Project 10

http://project10.org
Educational support and outreach to GLBT and questioning youth. Referrals. Provides funding for GLBTQ support programs.
626-577-4553

Teenage Health Center – Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles

http://chla.org/
Serves youth aged 12-24. 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. 
310-664-7908

The Center of Greater Long Beach

http://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.
562-434-4455

The Trevor Project

http://thetrevorproject.org
Crisis line for LGBT youth younger than 25 years old. National line with referrals in all areas. 
866-488-7386

Youth Drop-In Center of the Center, Orange County

http://thecenteroc.org
Short-term counseling. Support and social groups for all youth. HIV education prevention and testing. Emergency showers, food, clothing. Safer sex materials.
714-953-5428

Youth Law Project of the Gay and Lesbian Services Center 

http://lalgbtcenter.org/
Legal consultations. $10 processing fee is requested, but no one is denied due to lack of funds. Call for an appointment. 
323-993-7670

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