• Hannah Hall

Creating Connection - Resources for LGBTQ+ Teens, Caregivers, and Allies

If you’re exploring your own identity or supporting someone else who is, it can feel very lonely and isolating sometimes! Here are a few resources - to check out if you want to hear others’ stories, want to share your own, or want to just feel connected and seen!


Local Resources


Shenandoah LGBTQ Center

13 W. Beverley St., 5th Floor, Staunton, VA 24401

(540) 466-3320


“Since its founding, the Shenandoah LGBTQ Center has prioritized community collaboration to listen to and address the issues that LGBTQ valley residents find most pressing. That community input has led us to create peer-to-peer support groups and a series of life skills classes to address the mental and physical health, job readiness, and resiliency of LGBTQ people of all ages.”


Offer groups, connections, resources, and support


Especially check out:


- Friendly City Safe Space

Daniel Bellerose, Site Director

217 South Liberty Street, Suite 203, Harrisonburg, VA 22801

friendlycitysafespace@gmail.com

The Friendly City Safe Space is a program of the Shenandoah LGBTQ Center, serving Harrisonburg and Rockingham County. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram to learn more about programs and volunteer opportunities!


- Q Chat Space 4 Teens

Online discussion groups creating a dedicated space to come together with other youth and discuss topics relevant to their identities and experiences



PFLAG Charlottesville/Harrisonburg

“We are parents, families, friends, and allies uniting with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender loved ones to promote support, education, and advocacy.”


Offer monthly groups for support and education and many other things!

Contact: pflagbr@gmail.com


Get information on or connected to the larger PFLAG network here: https://pflag.org


Shenandoah Valley Pride Alliance

A 501c3 nonprofit organization. Celebrating the LGBTQ community and allies in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia


Check out their Facebook page and group!


Transgender Health Alliance of Central Virginia

"Transgender Health Alliance of Central Virginia is healthcare providers, community advocates, and transgender individuals and their loved ones working together to improve the level of care for the transgender community in our region."


UVA Gender Health Services

Hormone replacement information and services for teens


Finding an Inclusive Therapist

We are on the list!


 

National Resources


PFLAG Resource Guide/Questions and Answers for LGBTQ+ Youth

https://pflag.org/sites/default/files/BeYourself_2019_FINAL.pdf


The Trevor Project

“The Trevor Project is an American nonprofit organization founded in 1998 focused on suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning youth. Through a toll-free telephone number, it operates The Trevor Lifeline, a confidential service that offers trained counselors.”


Offers 24/7 text, call, or chat for crisis counselor support.


Queer Kid Stuff Youtube Channel

https://www.youtube.com/c/QueerKidStuff


Great accessible information for kids (or kids at heart) of all ages!



The Gender Unicorn (created by TSER)

https://transstudent.org/gender/



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