LGBTQI Community, Regional and National Resources
- PFLAG PFLAG’s Mission is to support families, educate the public, and advocate for equality:
- Houston Chapter (www.pflaghouston.org) Meets 1st Sun 2 pm at St Paul’s United Methodist, 5501 Main Houston Helpline: 713- 467-3524
- Montgomery Chapter ([email protected]) Meets 3rd Sunday at 3pm (adults over 18 only, please). Location: First Christian Church (choir room), 3500 North Loop 336 West, Conroe, TX 77304. 936-582-2717
- National Organization (www.pflag.org) The PFLAG National website contains many educational resources, advocacy programs, national support organizations, and a local chapter finder.
- Houston Gay and Lesbian Parents (www.hglp.org) A social and support group for GLBT parents, their partners and kids, and parents to be.
- Family Equality Council (www.familyequality.org) Family Equality Council connects, supports, and represents the three million parents who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender in this country and their six million children. We are changing attitudes and policies to ensure that all families are respected, loved, and celebrated—including families with parents who are LGBT.
- COLAGE: Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere (www.colage.org) COLAGE unites people with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer parents into a network of peers and supports them as they nurture and empower each other to be skilled, self-confident, and just leaders in our collective communities.
- HATCH YOUTH (www.hatchyouth.org) HATCH youth is dedicated to empowering GLBTQ adolescents, ages 13-20, to become responsible citizens and positive contributors to society. The website is an outstanding resource of information! HATCH Helpline: 713-529-3590
- Montgomery County Youth Services (www.youthmc.org) MCYS offers services and activities that benefit youth, up to age 18, who struggle with the challenges and complexities of life. Issues addressed include, but are not limited to: Conflict in the home, peer pressure, school issues, grief & divorce, runaways, self esteem, and behavior. 281-292-6471
- AFCI: Association for Family and Community Integrity, Inc. (www.glbthomeless.org) The AFCI is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to serving homeless gay youth or those at risk of family separation due to rejection. We seek to find comprehensive solutions to the numerous problems they face and advocate within the greater community on their behalf.
Counseling and Support Services
- The Montrose Center (www.montrosecounselingcenter.org) The Montrose Center provides culturally affirming, quality and affordable prevention and behavioral health services primarily for and about Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) individuals, persons living with HIV/AIDS, and their significant others. 713-529-0037.
- Gay and Lesbian Switchboard Houston 713-529-3211 http://www.gayswitchboardhouston.org Support, crisis intervention & referrals
- Bisexual Resource Center (www.biresource.net) Because bisexuals today are still marginalized, misunderstood & discriminated against, the BRC is committed to providing support to the bisexual community and raising public awareness about bisexuality and bisexual people.
Transgender and Intersex Resources
- TFA: Transgender Foundation of America, the Transgender Center (www.tgctr.org) TFA is a Houston-based organization that provides homeless services & mental health support through free group therapy, counseling & referrals; provides free meeting space to groups & hosts events that strengthen ties within the GLBT community; engages in advocacy, education, outreach.
- Houston Transgender Unity Committee (www.htuc.org) The Houston Transgender Unity Committee was formed in 1998 to bridge the gap between the various groups and organizations representing transgender persons in the Houston area, to promote unity among the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered community, and to educate and advocate with open and honest advocacy. The Committee has representation from the 6 transgender Houston area organizations.
- ISNA: Intersex Society of North America (www.isna.org) The ISNA is devoted to systemic change to end shame, secrecy, and unwanted genital surgeries for people born with an anatomy that someone decided is not standard for male or female.
Welcoming Churches and Schools
- The Institute for Welcoming Resources (www.welcomingresources.org) The IWR acts to expand networks and create coalitions within and beyond the Welcoming Church. The IWR website contains a variety of resources, including a worldwide directory of Welcoming Congregations of all denominations.
- Welcoming Congregations in Texas A scalable map and full listing of all welcoming churches in Texas.
- College Guide for LGBTQ Students As a student who identifies as LGBTQ, finding a supportive and inclusive college can be daunting. This guide is a good place to start when considering all the options.
Equality and Legal Resources
- Gay and Lesbian Political Caucus (www.thecaucus.org) Bringing the voice of the GLBT community of the Houston area to the polling booth. 713-521-1000
- ET: Equality Texas (www.equalitytexas.org) ET advocates and lobbies for the elimination of discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity/expression. The Equality Texas Foundation educates and engages the public about policies and their effect on Texans of all sexual orientations and gender identities/expressions.
- GLSEN: Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (www.glsen.org) GLSEN strives to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. GLSEN seeks to develop school climates where difference is valued for the positive contribution it makes in creating a more vibrant and diverse community. We welcome any and all individuals as members, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity/expression or occupation, who are committed to seeing this philosophy realized in K-12 schools.
- GLAAD: Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (www.glaad.org) GLAAD is leading the conversation for LGBT equality & changing the culture. As the LGBT movement’s communications epicenter, GLAAD is the principal organization that works directly with news media, entertainment media, cultural institutions and social media.
- SoulForce (www.soulforce.org) Soulforce is a national advocacy organization, committed to relentless nonviolent resistance to bring freedom to lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender, and queer people from religious & political oppression.
- The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas (www.aclutx.org) The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas is the state’s preeminent civil rights organization. The ACLU of Texas works in the courts, the legislature and through public education to protect civil rights and individual liberty. They have begun specific campaigns meant to restore lost liberties in our schools, in our communities and along our borders.
- Gay and Lesbian Yellow Pages Houston (hwww.glyp.com) The Gay and Lesbian Yellow Pages – Houston lists churches, businesses, and professionals who serve equally all people in the community. The listing includes professionals who specialize in orientation or identity-related concerns.
- Welcoming Colleges A list of the thirty most welcoming colleges for LGBT students