Boston Public Library

Rainbow Resources

At the Central Library, Copley Square

The Teen Room is a safe space for teens who consider themselves to be: Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Transgender, Transsexual, Questioning, Androgynous, Gender Neutral, or however you define yourself. We have a section of Fiction and Nonfiction dedicated to LGBTQ.

The following are two lists that are from a selection of books that may be checked out:  LGBTQ fiction and  LGBTQ Nonfiction.


Online and Local Resources

The Advocate – The oldest continuing LGBT newspaper in the US.

Boston Alliance for Gay and Lesbian Youth (BAGLY) – BAGLY provides weekly and monthly social activities and special events for people ages 22 and under. (617-227-4313)

Boston Gay & Lesbian Adolescent Social Services (GLASS)Boston Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Adolescent Social Services (GLASS)- The Mission of Boston GLASS is to improve the well-being of LGBTQQ youth of color and their allies by providing a continuum of services including mentoring, behavioral health, HIV/STI Testing and Counseling, housing support, peer leadership opportunities, support groups and a drop-in center where you can hang out, make new friends and ‘Be here, be you!” GLASS serves young people ages 13-25 from Boston and the surrounding metro areas. 617.266.3349 75 Amory Street Jamaica Plain, MA, 02119.

Colin Higgins Youth Courage Award – Colin Higgins Youth Courage Award recipients have endured overwhelming hardships due to their sexual orientation and/or gender identity, yet have handled themselves with the utmost grace. Check the website to nominate someone for this yearly award.

Compete Network Magazine – Covering gay sports.

Fenway Community Health Center – In addition to our primary care role, Fenway Health is internationally known for its work on HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, and research and is a leader in LGBT health advocacy and research. Their goal is to provide the same high quality care to each client, regardless of gender or sexual identity, racial background, age, or financial status.

FinAid! – Financial aid specifically for LGBT students.

GALA Magazine – Giving voice to unseen, unheard & undiscovered LGBT Artists; inspiring, educating & motivating others to follow their dreams.

GLBT Helpline (617-267-9001; toll-free: 1-888-340-4528) – A service of Fenway Health. 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.  The Helpline is staffed by people aged over 25.

GLBT National Help Center – Online peer support chat through instant messaging. You can also call:
GLBT hotline for callers of all ages – 1-888-843-4564
National Youth Talkline – Youth serving youth through age 25 – 1-800-246-7743

Lambda Legal: Know Your Rights - If you’re young and LGBTQ, you have the right to feel safe and respected, and to express yourself without fear. Here’s what you and your allies need to know about your legal rights—and what to do if anyone tries to violate them.

Human Rights Campaign Scholarship Database – Scholarships for LGBT and Allied students at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

National Safe Place for Teens – Text “SAFE” to 69866 for an immediate listing of the closest safe place to go in your area. If you’re having trouble at home or at school, Safe Place is a way to get help. Look for fast food restaurants, convenience stores, fire stations, libraries and even buses that display the Safe Place sign for the support you need.

Oasis Magazine – Oasis publishes news, reviews for books, music, and movies, interviews with out and allied entertainers, and original work by LGBTQ youth.

OUT Magazine – Covers everything from gossip, to travel, news, and fashion.

Peer Listening Line (617-267-2535; toll-free: 1-800-399-PEER) – A service of Fenway Health. 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. The Listening Line is staffed by people under the age of 25.

Samariteens (617-247-0220; 1-800-252-8336) – This teen helpline provides confidential peer support and understanding to teens who are struggling with feelings of depression, loneliness and stress. From 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays, and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekends, this service is staffed by volunteers between the ages of 15 and 18; outside those hours, calls are answered by adult volunteers.

The Trevor Project (1-800-850-8078) – Helpline Crisis Intervention for LGBT Youth 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Youth Resource – A web site created by and for GLBTQ young people. Youth Resource takes a holistic approach to sexual health and exploring issues of concern to GLBTQ youth, through monthly features, message boards, and online peer education.