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Whether you're just coming out or a child of gay and lesbian parents, these resources are for you!

Crisis Lines

The Trevor Project
1-866-488-7386
24-hour crisis and suicide prevention helpline for LGBTQ youth.

Teen Link
1-866-TEENLINK (866-833-6546)
1-877-968-8454 (if calling outside Washington State)
Do you need help and want to talk about something, but you’re really not sure who to call?  Teen Link is a confidential, anonymous, and non-judgmental help line answered by teens from 6-10 PM 365 days a year.  Teen volunteers are trained to listen to a caller's concerns and talk to them about whatever is on their mind.  No issue is too big or too small.

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning Youth Information Line
(206) 547-7900

Online Resources

Amplify - Youth Resource page
A webpage by and for LGBTQ young people. Full of resources and information from peer educators. 

Gender Spectrum
Gender Spectrum helps to create gender sensitive and inclusive environments for all children and teens.
 
Scarleteen
An LGBTQ inclusive sex and sexuality education website for teens and twenty-somethings. It includes everything from blogs to question and answer pages to message boards.

Sex, Etc.
Sex education for teens, by teens! Lots of teens are trying to figure out their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Whether you’re lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning, here’s some info to help you get clear about who you are.

stopbullying.gov
Resource for addressing bullying, including links to cyberbullying information.

LGBT Youth Centers

Stonewall Youth Center, in Olympia, WA
Stonewall Youth is an organization of youth, activists, and allies that empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, questioning, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQQIA) youth to speak for themselves, educate their communities, and support each other. We offer a confidential safe space for queer and questioning youth by hosting regular support group meetings and a place to find supportive friends. 

Quest Youth Center - Kennewick, WA
Formerly Vista Youth Center, Quest is the new LGBTQ youth center in Kennewick, the only center open and serving youth from the Mid-Columbia and surrounding areas.Quest seeks to educate, empower, advocate for, and build community for LGBTQ youth and young adults in the Mid-Columbia Basin of Washington state. They provide peer support, tutoring, and family-themed activities for those aged 14-30. 

Lambert House in Seattle, WA
(206) 322-2515
A resource and activity center for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth ages 14-22.

Oasis Youth Center in Tacoma, WA
(253) 671-2838
Oasis strives to enhance and sustain the health and well-being of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning (GLBTQ) youth by providing activities, programs and services that support and empower youth, create healthy community, provide essential resources, promote cultural diversity and advocate for civil rights.

LGBT Youth Groups

Youth Eastside Services (BGLAD) in Bellevue, WA
(425) 747-4937
B-GLAD is a drop-in support group open to kids ages 13 to 19 who may identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender or who may be questioning their sexuality. Co-facilitated by trained professionals, the B-GLAD group enables youth to meet their peers, share common concerns, ask questions in a safe environment, and receive information and support in a professional setting that encourages responsible decision-making.

SnoGLOBE Equality Alliancein Snohomish County, WA (425) 280-6508
A Snohomish group working to promote equality, acceptance, support, and resources for GLBTQ youth, adults and allies.

P.O.W.! (Proud, Out and Wonderful!) in Burien, WA
Call or Text (206)326-9103
POW! is a weekly confidential group which provides safe space for LGBTQ and allied youth and young adults ages 13-21 to build community and promote social justice through empowerment, leadership and advocacy in South King County. Join us for our weekly group and community events. POW! is a community wellness service of Navos Mental Health Solutions.

Globe Youth in Everett, WA
globeleaders@hotmail.com
425.263.2908
GLBTQ Loving Ourselves, Becoming Empowered - an Everett GLBTQ youth group that meets every Wednesday from 6pm-8pm.

Lambert House's Transgender Group in Seattle
Mondays 7-8:30pm
(206) 322-2515
The Transgender Group is a weekly discussion and support group that gathers in the library. See the calendar page for the current day and time. Facilitated by transgendered adults, this group provides a chance for youth who have questions or are exploring their gender identity, or who identify as transgendered, to get to talk with adults and other youth about their experiences, feelings, and issues. This long-standing group is one of the very few transgender youth discussion groups anywhere in the world and is one example of how Lambert House is an international leader in LGBTQ youth support.

Lambert House's Queer Young Females Group in Seattle
Tuesdays 6:30-7:30pm
(206) 322-2515
A discussion/support group that meets weekly in the library. Topics range from family issues to school happenings to like/lust/love relationships. All queer females welcome. Respect for others' personal experiences and ideas is required, as well as respect for their privacy. Come discuss how smart, strong queer women live their lives.

Lambert House's Boys Group in Seattle
Thursdays 7-8:30pm

(206) 322-2515
This group meets in the library each week; a volunteer conducts the meeting and youth take the opportunity to talk about issues that relate to their everyday lives.

Support for homeless youth

Young Adult Emergency Shelter (YAES)
206.374.0866.
2711 3rd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121 (above Street Bean Espresso) Shelter for 18 young adults, 18-23 years old, who are in good standing with New Horizons Sunday-Thursday nights, 9:30pm-7:30am  (Breakfast at 8am) YYA can put their name on the list before 8pm on the day they need shelter.  They can do this during drop-in or by calling the main NH line: 206.374.0866.  If they're calling on Sunday or after business hours, they can leave a message on the shelter line--extension 209 (the voicemail will prompt this option).  In the case of more names than beds, we will do a lottery at 8pm.  YYA can call after 8pm to see if they have a spot.  First-time guests are encouraged to come during drop-in (7-9p, Sun-Thurs) to do an intake for shelter.

Friends of Youth
(425) 869-6490
Friends of Youth provides a wide range of services for youth and young adults ages 6-24 and their families in Washington's King and Snohomish Counties.

Peace for the Streets by Kids from the Streets
(206) 726-8500
Provides support and services to Seattle area homeless youth and young adults. Their committed efforts are targeted at providing stepping stones to transition youths from the streets to self-sufficiency and productive roles in community. They offer employment, case management, education, and advocacy services to youth and young adults 26 and under. Open hours are Monday 11am-4pm and Fridays 1-6pm, or by appointment. On Fridays from 4-7pm a case manager from PSKS goes to Lambert House to provide case management to GLBTQ homeless youth.

ROOTS
ROOTS provides shelter and other essential services to homeless young adults. They build community, advocate for social justice, and foster dignity among low-income people. They also provide a free all-ages meal every Friday from 5:30-7pm

Teen Feed
(206) 522-4366
Teen Feed works with the community to offer support to meet basic needs, build strong relationships, and ally with homeless youth as they meet their future off the streets.

YouthCare
(206) 694-4500
YouthCare's services range from street outreach and residential housing to employment training for young people.

LGBT Youth Activism and Project Groups

Voices in Power (VIP) Project- NW Network
This project offers a wide array of support to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans youth (14-23) around issues of violence and crime, such as dating violence, bullying, hate violence, assault, exploitation, theft, police harassment and youth in the sex trades. Centering youth empowerment and self-determination, the VIP project works with queer and trans youth to develop healthy relationship skills and stronger support networks. The VIP program supports youth to increase their confidence and abilities to address and prevent future incidents of violence and crime.

Reel Queer Youth
Reel Queer Youth is a video production and media literacy training for LGBTQ youth and their allies ages 13-20. Use professional camera and editing equipment to express yourself in a safe, open, and fun environment with a team of professional filmmakesr and mentors. Working in small groups, you will complete a short film.

OutSpoken LGBT Youth Speakers Bureau – NW Network
OutSpoken is a diverse group of LGBT and allied youth, adults and providers dedicated to challenging bullying, oppression and anti-LGBT violence in our schools. By training youth to be educators, the OutSpoken Speakers’ Bureau empowers youth to directly address and challenge the systems that impact their lives.

Project Q – API Chaya
Project Q is an arts-based youth group for Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer Intersex and Asexual (LGBTQIA) people of color and allies. Come share and learn about the issues that impact our queer communities of color via the arts and media making. The project includes: connecting with other LGBTQIA and allied youths, sharing your experience and stories through the arts, digital storytelling and other forms of media, developing and practicing skills for building health relationships and boundary setting, and learning about LGBTQIA representations in our cultures of origin and in contemporary communities of color.

Queer Youth Rights at the Seattle Young People's Project
(206) 860-9606
Teens of all persuasions working to promote the health, welfare, and civil rights of young queers.

Bastyr's Queer Health Club
(206) 778-2775
A natural queer health club at Bastyr University, dedicated to the health and well-being of Bastyr's and Greater Seattle's LGBT youth.

HEYO - Lifelong's Youth Program
(206) 957-1702
The Youth Program of Lifelong AIDS Alliance, supports the Seattle young queer community by promoting responsibility and self-esteem.

Emotional Support for LGBT Youth and Families

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound
LGBTQ Mentoring Initiative

BBBSPS proudly welcome members of LGBTQ communities to become volunteer mentors, sharing their time and experiences with children and youth in our community. BBBSPS also reaches out to LGBTQ families and LGBTQ children and youth to let them know that caring adult mentors are available for any child who needs or wants one.

Center for Human Service
(206) 362-7282 V/TDD
The mission of Center for Human Services is to strengthen the community through counseling, education and support to children, youth, adults, and families.

Communi-T 
Tuesdays 7-8:30pm
(206) 323-1768
Located at Seattle Counseling Service on Capitol Hill. A drop-in support and resource group for Trans, Non-Binary and Gender Non-Conforming Young Adults ages 18-26. This group seeks to provide support and resources to young people as they navigate both their gender transitions and their transition from teenage to adulthood. The group will focus on such topics as: gender dysphoria, managing mental health symptoms, accessing trans-affirming healthcare, how to get gender markers and names changed, housing access and housing discrimination, coming out in school or at work, finding community, and more.

Gender Diversity's Family Support Groups in Seattle, Tacoma, and Bellingham
Monthly meeting times vary based on location and group

If you are a family member who needs information and support regarding your child’s gender expression or identity, Gender Diversity can help. Our monthly support groups for parents and guardians began in 2008, making it the longest running and largest network of support groups in the country. Our groups meet at Seattle Children’s Hospital, the Polyclinic Madison Center, and a number of other locations throughout the greater Puget Sound area.  Local group participants meet in person while other families participate from across the nation via our video support program.

Gender Diversity's Trans Kids and Teens Support Groups in Seattle
Meetings monthly on Sundays
Gender Diversity has monthly groups for trans and gender non-conforming children and adolescents at Seattle Children's Hospital. The groups meet based on age, with a play group for kids under 9 years old, a group for tweens, and a group for teens. 

Gender Diversity Dad's Group in Seattle
Meetings every other Monday 7:30-9:30pm
Gender Diversity Dads is a supportive group for fathers, grandfathers, and other male role models of transgender and gender-nonconforming children.  This group is open to anyone who identifies as male and plays a major supporting role in the life of a transgender or gender-fluid child. A brief intake appointment is required. Location provided upon intake

Inspire Youth Project
(206) 628-8949
Formerly Rise n’ Shine – the mission of Inspire Youth Project is to provide the missing social and emotional links for at-risk children. Our goal is to create an emotionally and socially healthy child, a child who will grow and contribute to our society rather than be dependent. We inspire them to dream and give them a springboard to attain those dreams. They are inspired to have hope.

Kent Youth and Family Services, in Kent, WA
(253) 859-0300
Provides professional counseling, education and support services to children, youth and their families in our community, developing innovative programs that meet the evolving challenges of our diverse community in culturally sensitive ways.

Navos Children Youth and Family Resources
206-248-8226
By helping children, teens and their families discover their resilience and capacity for recovery, we foster healing and hope. In schools, in homes, and in children’s care centers, we help young people and their families overcome the effects of poverty, violence, mental illness, and substance abuse. Our counselors provide a range of culturally appropriate therapies, including family therapy, play therapy for younger children, and both individual and group therapy for older children and teens.

Seattle Counseling Service
(206) 323-1768
SCS provides an array of mental health services for members of the LGBTQ community and their significant others. We help individuals and families with everything from single episode to mild to severe persistent mental illness. We provide crisis intervention, case management, individual and family therapy for LGBTQ youth and the children of LGBTQ parents.

Sound OUT - Sound Mental Health’s LGBT*Q Youth Support Group in Bellevue
1st  and 3rd  (and 5th) Fridays of the month from 11:30am-1:00pm
425-653-4900
For self-identifying Queer youth 13-18 yrs old and their allies/friends.  It’s a safe space for you to come and talk about what you know, learn what you don’t know & build a q-munity!  Food, fun, resources and support will be provided. BRING YOUR OPEN MIND AND OPEN HEART

Support Group for Families of Trans Individuals - in Bellevue
425-205-1484
Meets the 2nd Sunday of the month from 4-5:30pm in a private office setting in Bellevue, WA. The group is facilitated by Patrica Peterson, MA, LMHCA. Contact Patricia at forestwindsandwaters@gmail.com. A brief intake appointment is required.

Youth Eastside Services (YES) 
425.747.4937
YES offers one-to-one counseling for youth who want to discuss their sexual and/or gender identity. Youth may self-refer and will be helped regardless of their or their family’s ability to pay. We accept Medicaid/Medical Coupons, most insurance plans and we offer a sliding fee scale based on family income. For a confidential inquiry, call our intake office at 425.747.4937.  

Non-Profit Organizations

GLSEN - Washington
GLSEN is an education organization creating safe schools for all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. GLSEN is the only national organization that brings together a wide variety of people who actively care about ending homophobia in the schools. Everyone (regardless of occupation or sexual orientation) is welcome to get involved with GLSEN.

GSA Network
Gay-Straight Alliance Network is a national youth leadership organization that connects GSAs to each other and community resources through peer-support, leadership development, and training. 

PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center actively leads social change so that bullying is no longer considered an accepted childhood rite of passage.  They provide innovative resources for students, parents, educators and recognizes bullying as a serious community issue that impacts education, physical and emotional health, and the safety and well-being of students.

Safe Schools Coalition
Safe Schools Coalition is an international public-private partnership based in Seattle, WA in support of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth, that is working to help schools - at home and all over the world - become safe places where every family can belong, where every educator can teach, and where every child can learn, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation.

STOMP Out BullyingGuidance and resources relating to anti-gay bullying.

Camps and Conferences

Camp Ten Trees
(206) 288-9568
A nonprofit organization offering residential summer camp sessions in the Pacific Northwest, featuring one week for LGBTQA youth (ages 13-17) and one week for children/youth (ages 8-17) of LGBTQ or non-traditional families.

Gender Odyssey Family Conference
An annual conference in Seattle for transgendered and gender-nonconforming children, teens and their families. 

OUT There Adventures
OUT There Adventures (OTA) is a 501(c)(3) adventure education organization committed to fostering positive identity development, individual empowerment and improved quality of life for queer youth/young adults and their peer allies through professionally facilitated experiential education activities.

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