Gender and Sexual Orientation Resources

Gender and Sexual Orientation Resources

Emergency Help

  1. The Trevor Project
    Call: 1-866-488-7386
    Text: 678-678
    The Trevor Project is a national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.
  2. LGBT National Youth Talkline
    Call: 1-800-246-7743
    The LGBT National Help Center operates the Youth Talkline, a crisis prevention line that provides peer support, resources, affirmation, and acceptance. All calls are confidential and will not be reported to any outside organization or authority.
  3. Trans Lifeline
    Call: 1-877-565-8860
    Trans Lifeline is a hotline staffed by trans people, for trans people, which provides anonymous and confidential support, resources, and emergency help. Trans Lifeline is divested from police and will not provide nonconsensual active rescue (such as calling 911, emergency services, or law enforcement).

Community Organizations

  1. Boston Alliance for LGBTQ+ Youth (BAGLY) – BAGLY provides support, social events and programs, and medical care for LGBTQ+ youth ages 22 and under. BAGLY also collaborates with the AGLY Network of LGBTQ+ youth groups across the state of Massachusetts.
  2. GLASS (GLBTQ+ Adolescent Social Services) – GLASS provides a continuum of services to LGBTQ+ youth of color and their allies in the Greater Boston and Greater Framingham areas, including mentoring, drop-in sessions, social programs, therapy, and HIV testing, treatment, and prevention. Youth ages 13-29 are served (some services cap at age 25).
  3. Greater Boston Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) – PFLAG offers services for LGBTQ+ youth and their families, including connections to resources, support groups, and education for parents, family members, and allies.
  4. Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition – MTPC is an advocacy, education, and community-building organization that works to end discrimination on the basis of gender identity and expression. MTPC helps with legal name and gender marker changes, provides gender-affirming clothing, and offers educational resources.

Book Lists

  1. Boston Public Library: We Are Pride – Every June, the Boston Public Library recommends 75 books about LGBTQ experiences published in the previous year. This page, under “Lists Shared,” shows our “We Are Pride” book lists from 2017 to present. All teen/young adult books are labeled with “Teen” in their descriptions.
  2. Stonewall Book Awards – The Stonewall Book Awards, sponsored by the American Library Association, have recognized exceptional LGBTQ+ books since 1971, with a specific category for young adult literature going back to 2010.

General Information

  1. Planned Parenthood: LGBTQ – Planned Parenthood delivers vital reproductive health care, sex education, and information to millions of women, men, and young people worldwide. This page is their portal for teens to learn more about the LGBTQ community and identities.
  2. ACLU: Know Your Rights - LGBTQ Rights – The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) fights for the rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in the United States by law. This page explains how the law protects LGBTQ rights and what you can do if you’ve experienced discrimination.
  3. SGR: The Sex, Gender, and Relationships Hotline
    Call: 415-989-7374
    SGR, pronounced “sugar,” is a hotline of expert volunteers providing accurate, non-judgmental, confidential information about sexuality, gender, and relationships. SGR welcomes calls from people of all ages with all types of questions around sex, sexual health, gender expression, identity, and relationships.
  4. Human Rights Campaign Scholarship Database – The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) advocates for LGBTQ rights. Their database lists scholarships for LGBTQ and allied students at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
  5. It Gets Better – The It Gets Better Project shares inspirational stories and provides support to show young LGBT people the levels of happiness, potential, and positivity their lives will reach.

Health Care

  1. Sidney Borum Jr. Health Center
    Call: 617-457-8140
    Visit: 142 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA 02116
    The Sidney Borum Jr. Health Center, known as the Borum, is a program of Fenway Health that provides safe, non-judgmental care for young people ages 12–29 who may not feel comfortable going anywhere else. No one is turned away – they'll do whatever it takes to help you. The Borum is affiliated with Beth Israel Lahey Health and with Boston Children’s Hospital. It is licensed as a health center, mental health clinic, and substance abuse center by the Department of Public Health.
  2. Planned Parenthood: Greater Boston Health Center
    Call: 617-295-7235
    Visit: 1055 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215
    Planned Parenthood’s Greater Boston Health Center provides a full spectrum of health care services to patients with or without insurance.
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