LGBTQ+ Resources

Tip Sheet: ABC’s of Sex, Gender, & Gender Identity

Tip Sheet: Guidance for Parents of Transgender and Nonbinary Kids

Eating Disorder Treatment for LGBTQ+ Community

Resources related to raising LGBTQ+ youth:

For Youth

Wayside Youth & Family Support NetworkSupport and therapeutic groups for LGBTQ+ identifying youth ages 8-22.Email to inquire about group openings
BATS (Boston Area Trans Support) in CambridgeA support group for trans and non-binary people who are 18+ and living in and around the Boston areaWebsite
Gender SpectrumHosts online support groups for pre-teens, parents, caregivers, and family members.Website
OUT MetroWestOffers multiple programs each week for LGBTQ+ middle and high school youth and programs for families and educational offerings for the community.Website
Fenway Health Therapy & Support GroupsGroup psychotherapy programs and support groups.See groups offered
LexPrideActivities for youth and families and weekly newsletterSee Programs

For Parents

First Church Belmont Trans/Non-Binary Parenting Support GroupThis group offers a safe space to share experiences and provides non-judgmental support to parents of transgender and non-binary young people. This group meets on the second Wednesday of the monthContact:
Jeff PerrottiFounding Director of the DESE Safe Schools and ConsultantWebsite
Greater Boston PFLAGFind a community-focused or caregiver support group near youWebsite
Fenway Health LGBTQ Family & Parenting ServicesResources and support for LGBTQ-headed households including LGBTQ parents, single parents, trans-parenting.Website


BAGLY: The Boston Alliance of LGBTQ+ YouthYouth-led, adult-supported social support organization committed to social justice, and creating, sustaining and advocating for programs, policies and services for the LGBTQ+ youth communityWebsite
Belmont LGBTQ+ AllianceAdvocate for the safety and equality of LGBTQ+ community members and provide resources and support.Website
Belmont Human Rights CommissionAdvancing equity and inclusion in our communityWebsite 

Mass. Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA) Leadership Council
Creates and informs policy, promotes inclusive learning environments for all students, supports the development of leadership skills, and fosters statewide collaboration among LGBTQ students and allies.Website
Mystic LGBTQ+ Youth Support NetworkWorks to ensure a safe and supportive environment for LGBTQ+ youth by providing programming, coordinating with community agencies and advocating in schools.Website

National Resources

GLSENGLSEN works to ensure that LGBTQ students are able to learn and grow in a school environment free from bullying and harassment.Website
The Trevor Project and TrevorLifelineThe Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.

Trained counselors available 24/7 by phone or chat for young people in crisis, feeling suicidal, or in need of a safe and judgment-free place to talk.
TrevorLifeline 1-866-488-7386
Trans StudentTrans Student Educational Resources is a national organization that seeks to promote the wellbeing of transgender youth.Website
Family Acceptance ProjectThe Family Acceptance Project® is a research, intervention, education and policy initiative to prevent health and mental health risks for LGBTQ children and youth.Website
Gay Straight Alliance NetworkGSA Network is a next-generation LGBTQ racial and gender justice organization that empowers and trains queer, trans and allied youth leaders to advocate, organize, and mobilize an intersectional movement for safer schools and healthier communities. Use the website to find local GSAs.Website
GLBT National Help CenterServes the LGBTQ community by providing free and confidential peer-support and local resources through hotlines and chat rooms.Website
Human Rights CampaignThe Human Rights Campaign is a national advocacy organization that envisions a world where every member of the LGBTQ family has the freedom to live their truth without fear, and with equality under the law.Website
It Gets Better ProjectThe It Gets Better Project’s mission is to uplift, empower, and connect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) youth around the globe through stories and education.Website
National Center for Transgender EqualityThe National Center for Transgender Equality advocates to change policies and society to increase understanding and acceptance of transgender people. They provide education on the Transgender identity, legal and health information, and information on the issues.Website
National Gay and Lesbian Task ForceThe National LGBTQ Task Force advances full freedom, justice and equality for LGBTQ people by mobilizing activists to fight for queer issues.Website
National Coalition for LGBT HealthThe Coalition is committed to improving the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals through federal and local advocacy, education, and research.Website
National LGBTIA+ Health Education CenterProvides educational programs, resources, and consultation to health care organizations to optimize quality, cost-effective health care for LGBTQIA+ people.Website
PFLAGFind national or local assistance for parents and youth through peer-to-peer support meetings, hotlines, and online outreach.Website