Resources for LGBTQ+
The Trevor Project estimates that more than 1.8 million LGBTQ+ young people ages 13-24 consider suicide each year. This is not due to their sexual identity or gender identity, but rather due to how they are treated by our society. The likely have encountered bullying and sexual or physical violence. Individuals and families can benefit from services that are affirming and non-judgmental.
The Trevor Project at https://www.thetrevorproject.org/ provides a safe space for LGBTQ+ youth. The website provides resources and counseling services via text, phone, or on-line chat. They can also be reached at 866-488-7386 for crisis intervention and suicide prevention counseling.
The Transgender Suicide Prevention Lifeline is (877) 565-8860.
PFLAG (parents, family and friends of lesbians and gays), an organization for families and allies of the LGBTQ+ youth, provides a variety of hotlines and resources at https://pflag.org/hotlines .The Center for Disease Control provides additional resources for families and educators at https://www.cdc.gov/lgbthealth/youth.htm.
Regional LGBTQ+ resources for people of all ages can be found at this Broome County link: https://www.gobroomecounty.com/sites/default/files/dept/senior/5-2020%20LGBTQ%20Resources.pdf The Identity Youth Center in Binghamton lists additional resources and has a chat feature at https://www.idyouth.org/resources.
Transgender Services are provided by the Gender Wellness Center in Oneonta, NY. This link contains a list of services as well as a glossary and resources: https://www.genderwellnesscenter.com/.