Things are hard right now for everyone. If you’re a kid in the LGBTQ+ community, this time can feel especially lonely. Here in Charlottesville, cancelling Unprom and our monthly youth events has just made us plain sad.
But you don’t have to be sad – or scared – or bored! – alone. Check out these safe ways to talk to either a trained counselor or another youth like yourself. And share these with people you know. There’s people who care – always.
Side by Side has opened virtual support groups to any LGBTQ+ youth 11-20 in Virginia.
- The Trevor Project has several direct online resources specifically for LGBTQ youth:
- Trevor Lifeline is a crisis intervention and suicide prevention phone service available 24/7 at 1-866-488-7386.
- TrevorChat is a confidential online instant messaging with a Trevor Counselor, available 24/7, at trevorproject.org/get-help-now/.
- TrevorText is a confidential text messaging with a Trevor Counselor, available 24/7/365, by texting START to 678678.
- TrevorSpace is an affirming international community for LGBTQ young people ages 13-24 available at trevorspace.org
- Q Chat Space is a bully-free online community of LGBTQ teens that can chat with other LGBTQ teens and trained staff from LGBTQ centers around the country.
- Gender Spectrum Lounge is a global online community for gender-expansive teens, their families and support professionals to connect, collaborate and find resources.
- You can access the Gender Spectrum Lounge at genderspectrum.org/lounge
- Many PFLAG chapters are meeting virtually or providing 1:1 virtual support as requested for parents/guardians or LGBTQ youth. Go to pflag.org/find to look up the PFLAG chapter in your area and reach out by phone, email or on social media to learn more about their virtual support options.
Thank you to the Human Rights Campaign for sharing this list.