St. Louis Queer+ Support Helpline
The St. Louis Queer+ Support Helpline is a volunteer-run peer support resource that provides free, confidential and identity-affirming emotional support, resources and referrals for the
St. Louis LGBTQIA+ community, by the community. Call between 1-7 p.m., Friday through Monday, to talk with a peer support volunteer. Callers anywhere on the spectrum of gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation are welcome!
314-380-7774 or 844-785-7774 (toll-free) | www.thesqsh.org
LGBTQ+ Student Resource
Online resource guide for LGBTQ+ students, including scholarship information and links to other helpful resources
Metro Trans Umbrella Group (MTUG)
Advocacy group for transgender community that seeks to build support and link individuals with resources including therapy, doctors, support groups, legal help and STI testing
LGBTQ+ community members experience bullying at a higher rate than straight and cisgender people. Here are resources to help stop bullying and harassment.
In 2011, the U.S. Department of Education mandated that all schools must allow students to form GSA clubs (originally called Gay-Straight Alliance clubs).
Stopbullying.gov published this breakdown of federal laws, including civil rights laws, that protect LGBTQ+ community members.
The Trevor Project provides 24-hour phone, text and online chat services to anyone experiencing a mental crisis.
LGBTQ+ people share their stories to empower and uplift youth who’ve experienced discrimination based on their gender or sexual identity with the It Gets Better Project.
Sexual Assault/Discrimination in the LGBTQ+ Community
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission website explains what sex discrimination is and how to prevent it.
This page gives voice to LGBTQ+ sexual assault survivors and provides resources for LGBTQ+ community members who have been assaulted.
This article provides information and statistics about the prevalence of sexual assault against LGBTQ+ people.
LGBTQ+-Supportive Health Care Providers
The Gay and Lesbian Medical Association’s Provider Directory can help find inclusive providers across the U.S.
The Healthcare Equality Index offers an up-to-date list of LGBTQ+-supportive health care policies and organizations.
Americanprogress.org published this article outlining the challenges facing LGBTQ+ people when looking for health care and offers suggestions and solutions.
What Is an Ally and How Can Allies Help?
An ally is anyone who actively supports and stands up for LGBTQ+ community members’ rights. This could mean not tolerating bullying or prejudice when confronted with it, attending activism events, speaking out in support of LGBTQ+ people, or any other action that creates a safe space. Here are a few specific ways to help people in the LGBTQ+ community:
- The Human Rights Campaign Foundation published this informative guide to help support LGBTQ+ individuals.
- This glossary provides terms and definitions that reflect proper respectful usage of LGBTQ+-related terminology.
- The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) offers a kit of safe space materials especially made for schools to let LGBTQ+ students know they’re supported.
- This article explains what to say and not to say when an LGBTQ+ person comes out to you.
- Join or start a group or GSA club, allowing members and visitors to support LGBTQ+ community members through activities, discussions and self-expression.
Creating Safe Schools and Campuses
This Higher Education Today page offers resources for professors and other educators who want to make safe spaces for LGBTQ+ students.
Stomp Out Bullying lists information and resources to help high school administrators recognize and prevent bullying and harassment.
Stop the Hate is a Campus Pride project that supports colleges and universities in preventing discrimination and bullying.
More Impactful Resources
The National LGBTQ Task Force mobilizes activists to promote inclusion and acceptance of LGBTQ+ community members.
Services and Advocacy for LGBT Elders (SAGE).
Transgender Law Center is the largest national trans-led organization advocating self-determination for all people.
PFLAG unites people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) with families, friends and allies.
Educational and Informative Videos
Step In Speak Up
A Year of Inspiring LGBTQ+ Youth