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.


Bienestar La Casa LGBT Youth Center

5326 E Beverly Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90022

M-F 10am-7pm


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

Gay and Lesbian Youth Services

1625 Schrader Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

M-F 8:30am-5:30pm & Sat-Sun 8:30am-4:30pm


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

Gay Straight Alliance Network

1550 Bryant St,
SF, CA 94103

M-F 10am-6pm


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

GLBT National Youth Talkline

2261 Market St #PMB #296,
SF, CA 94114

M-F 1pm-9pm & Sat 9am-2pm


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

Interval House

6615 Pacific Coast Hwy,
Long Beach, CA 90803

M-F 9am-5pm



Group and individual counseling, youth shelter, GLBT support services, leadership training, and teen dating violence prevention.

Jeffery D. Griffith Youth Center

1625 Schrader Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

M-F 8am-5:30pm & Sat/Sun 8:30am-4:30pm


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


1125 N McCadden Pl,
Los Angeles, CA 90038


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!

Parents and Friend of Lesbians and Gays – PFLAG

Los Angeles, CA 90024

M-Sun 9am-9pm


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.

Project 10

115 W California Blvd,
Pasadena, CA 91105

M-F 8am-5pm


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

Teenage Health Center – Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles

4650 Sunset Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90027

M-F 9am-4:30pm



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. 

The Center of Greater Long Beach

2017 E 4th St,
Long Beach, CA 90814

M-F 11am-9pm & Sat 12pm-3pm


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.

The Trevor Project

West Hollywood, CA 90069



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

Youth Drop-In Center of the Center, Orange County

1605 N Spurgeon St,
Santa Ana, CA 92701

M-F 9am-6pm


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

Youth Law Project of the Gay and Lesbian Services Center 

1625 Schrader Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

M-F 9am-9pm & Sat 9am-1pm



Legal consultations. $10 processing fee is requested, but no one is denied due to lack of funds. Call for an appointment. 

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