There are a number of organizations that offer gay teens support. Some are created specifically for gay teens. Others serve all teens, with special projects geared towards GLBT youth.
But in order to access their services, you have to know that they exist. Below are six of the most important organizations.
Organizations Specifically Serving GLBT Teens
The GLBT National Help Center provides help and resources for GLBT and questioning individuals in times of need. The main way it does this is through it's youth talkline. Call the line at 1-800-246-PRIDE to talk to a trained volunteer.
Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) is an organization with a mission to "celebrate diversity and envision a society that embraces everyone, including those of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities." They have over 500 chapters across the United States and is a great place to send your folks!
The Trevor Project is a suicide helpline geared towards gay teens. This is important because GLBT adolescents may be even more likely to commit or attempt suicide than are non-gay teens. Get help 24 hours a day through their website or by calling, 1-866-4-U-Trevor.
Organizations Serving Youth Which Run Programs for GLBT Teens
Advocates for Youth fights for reproductive and sexual health through education and advocacy. They also run websites specifically designed for GLBT teens and Latino GLBT youth.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) works to protect your right to free speech, due process and privacy. They run many different programs including something called the LGBT Project's Youth & Schools Program. This works to make public schools safe for gay teens.
Rape Assault & Incest National Network (RAINN) is dedicated to providing sexual assault support, resources and education. You can call the Rape Abuse Incest National Network hotline at 1.800.656.HOPE of check out their website for more information.