SUPPORT GROUPS AND ORGANIZATIONS
*FOR GAYS, LESBIANS, BISEXUALS, OR TRANSGENDERED PEOPLE
Being gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered is perfectly normal and healthy. Your sexual orientation and gender identity make up?your personal composition. Sometimes, it takes time to figure out all of these sexual and gender feelings. It is okay to be unsure whether you are gay or straight or to be uncertain about whether you should come out. Remember that you are not alone. There are people out there with the same questions and concerns that you have. The following is a list of internet resources that provide valuable information to gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgendered people about lifestyles, where to find support groups in your area, and various issues faced by GLBT people everyday.
*PFLAG is a home for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people. PFLAG has chapters in over 460 communities across the nation along with help-lines you can call. They can help find a chapter near you, as well as answer important questions about pertinent issues in the homosexual community. PFLAG also supports, educates and advocates for equal civil rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual and trangendered people.
The task force for same sex marriage has created a website devoted to defeating anti-same sex marriage proposals. It provides a means to contact government officials, view recent news articles, and read real-life stories pertaining to gay and lesbian marriages.
The International Lesbian and Gay Association is a world-wide federation of national and local groups dedicated to achieving equal rights for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgendered people everywhere. It provides information pertaining to how to get involved in the liberation of GLBT's across the globe and information on government and public events, recent activities, and an email directory of members.
This is a guide to social and support organizations for gay lifestyles that help people match their needs or interest with those of other gays.
This is a project developed by advocates for GLBT youths. It includes sites pertaining to youth health issues, lives, stories, advocacy, sexual health and well-being, information on how and why to have safer sex, community, youth HIV, school life for high school and college students, youth group listings, facts and stories about coming out, resources, and support for young gay men, bi-youths, youths of color, transgendered youths, lesbian youths, deaf GLBT youths, and more.
*FOR FRIENDS AND FAMILY OF GLBT'S
Finding out that a loved one is gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgendered often triggers a difficult series of transitions away from past thought processes into new and more refined ones. Most people aren't prepared to hear, "I'm gay," from their loved ones. It is important to realize that many people have initial feelings of confusion when they are first introduced to this concept. Many may find themselves going through something similar to a grieving process with all the shock, denial, anger, guilt and sense of loss that accompanied the news. So if those are the feelings with which you're dealing, they're understandable. Statistics show that one in every ten people in this country and around the world is gay. Therefore, approximately one in four families has an immediate family member who is gay, lesbian or bisexual, and most people have at least one gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered member in their extended circle of friends and family.
Although, at times, it may feel as though you have lost someone close to you, you haven't. It is your perception of them that has changed. Your loved one is the same person he or she was before you heard the news; the only difference now is that they now have a different image in your eyes. That loss can be very difficult, but that image can, happily, be replaced with a new and clearer understanding of your loved one.
An excellent resource for friends and family.
COLAGE (Children of Lesbians and Gays everywhere) is the only national and international organization in the world specifically supporting young people with gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender parents. Their mission is to "foster the growth of daughters and sons of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender parents of all racial, ethnic, and class backgrounds by providing education, support and community on local and international levels, to advocate for our rights and those of our families, and to promote acceptance and awareness that love makes a family."
QueerAmerica is a database published by OutProud, The National Coalition for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth It is the largest collection of lesbian and gay resources in the nation, and includes information on community centers, support organizations, queer youth groups, and more. These can be great places to meet friends, get questions answered, or find support.
This site was created by the Partners Task Force for Gay & Lesbian Couples. It is a national resource for same-sex couples, supporting the diverse community of committed gay and lesbian partners through a variety of media, including more than 200 essays, surveys, legal articles and resources on legal marriage, ceremonies, domestic partner benefits, relationship tips, parenting, and immigration.