LGBTQ+ National Resources

The Trevor Project 

The Trevor Project has trained counselors 24/7 for youth in crisis, feeling suicidal, or simply in need of someone to talk to. It also provides free “Lifeguard” workshop, a free online learning module with a video, curriculum and teacher resources for middle and high school youth.  It also provides trainings for professional to help suicide prevention. The Trevor Project hosts a large collection of resources for youth and allies as well.

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It Gets Better Project 

The It Gets Better Project has the mission to empower, uplift, and connect LGBTQ+ youth around the world. It is a collection of stories and videos encouraging youth and reassuring them that it does get better and they are not alone.

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Stopbullying 

Stopbullying.gov offers information, advice, and resources to raise awareness and support for LGBTQ youth.

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Planned Parenthood 

Planned Parenthood has a clearinghouse of resources for LGBTQ+ teens and allies in addition to advice for friends and allies to best support LGBTQ+ individuals.

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The National Afterschool Association 

The National Afterschool Association offers four tips to support LGBTQ+ youth.

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GSA Network 

GSA Network supports youth through training in leadership, organizing and advocacy for racial and gender justice. Trainings include summits teaching the basics of community organizing, camps providing deeper training on racial and gender justice, legal rights, gender identity activism, and more, and workshops focused on local organizing. There is one GSA network in Salt Lake City, hosted by the Utah Pride Center.

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GLSEN

GLSEN is an organization offering resources to students and educators to support LGBTQ+ youth. It provides educator guides for GLSEN’s “Days of Action,” in addition to other resources, including lessons, resources, and activities that can be used at any time of year. GLSEN also provides a chapter-based Professional Development program to build educators' skills and knowledge for working with LGBTQ+ youth.  GLSEN helps support GSAs (Gender and Sexuality Alliances)  and LGBTQ clubs in schools, and provides a Jump-Start guide and other tools. There is one GLSEN chapter in Northern Utah, but all resources listed above are available online.

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Lead with Love 

Lead with Love is a site created to help families with the coming-out process. There is a short documentary as well as a quick guide with reminders for parents as they support their youth.

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Gender Spectrum 

Gender Spectrum supports families and educators to create gender sensitive and inclusive environments for all children and teens.  It has a number of resources available. It has weekly and bi-weekly online events as well as a blog full of information and resources.  Gender Spectrum has a bi-weekly storytime for educators to learn how classrooms can use children’s books to support gender.  It offers several professional development opportunities to programs around the country.  There are several online support groups that serve youth, parents, grandparents, and a group for Asian-Pacific Islander Parents, Relatives and Caregivers, and facilitators.

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 Centerlink: LGBT Community Center 

CenterLink is a program serving over 250 LGBT community centers worldwide. While memberships are required for many of the resources, they are not required for all. CenterLink has several free resources available. Their site includes HealthLink, which provides health information, one pagers, blogs, and best practicies. The site hosts a job board for LGBTQ+ community centers as well as other organizations whose work is closely related to the needs of LGBTQ+ communities.

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