LGBTQ+ Resources

Below are lists of resources that have been aggregated from various sources. They are organized into two primary categories: GENDER IDENTITY and SEXUAL ORIENTATION. Scroll down to access resources on LGB topics. Their inclusion here does not necessarily provide an endorsement. We welcome your feedback and invite you to share other resources you believe would be important to include.

GENDER IDENTITY

ONLINE RESOURCES

American Academy of Pediatrics: Supporting & Caring for Transgender Children
This guide is designed for anyone who knows a transgender or gender-expansive child, plans to write about children who transition, or simply wants to learn more. It reviews what medical and education experts know about transgender children, explores some myths about gender transition in childhood, and offers suggestions for adults with a transgender child in their life.
https://www.aap.org/en-us/Documents/solgbt_resource_transgenderchildren.pdf

WPATH: World Professional Association for Transgender Health
Is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, interdisciplinary professional and educational organization devoted to transgender health. WPATH publishes the Standards of Care and Ethical Guidelines, which articulate a professional consensus about the psychiatric, psychological, medical, and surgical management of gender dysphoria and help professionals understand the parameters within which they may offer assistance to those with these conditions. The overall goal of the SOC is to provide clinical guidance for health professionals to assist transsexual, transgender, and gender nonconforming people with safe and effective pathways to achieving lasting personal comfort with their gendered selves, in order to maximize their overall health, psychological well-being, and self-fulfillment. This assistance may include primary care, gynecologic and urologic care, reproductive options, voice and communication therapy, mental health services (e.g., assessment, counseling, psychotherapy), and hormonal and surgical treatments. While this is primarily a document for health professionals, the SOC may also be used by individuals, their families, and social institutions to understand how they can assist with promoting optimal health for members of this diverse population.
https://www.wpath.org/publications/soc

Gender Spectrum
Gender Spectrum helps to create gender sensitive and inclusive environments for all children and teens. Their website provides resources, on-line groups, and information about their family and professional conference.
https://www.genderspectrum.org

 Family Acceptance Project
The Family Acceptance Project® is a research, intervention, education and policy initiative that works to prevent health and mental health risks for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) children and youth, including suicide, homelessness and HIV – in the context of their families, cultures and faith communities.
https://familyproject.sfsu.edu

Gender Odyssey
Gender Odyssey is an international conference focused on the needs and interests of transgender and gender diverse children of all ages, their families and supporters, and the professionals who serve them.
http://www.genderodyssey.org

The Trevor Project
Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The 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.
https://www.thetrevorproject.org

Human Rights Campaign 
The Human Rights Campaign represents a force of more than 3 million members and supporters nationwide. As the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization, HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are ensured of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community. Below is a link to their Resources page for Children and Youth.
https://www.hrc.org/resources/topic/children-youth

GLSEN
Resources to create safe and affirming schools for all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.
https://www.glsen.org

National Center for Transgender Equality
The National Center for Transgender Equality advocates to change policies and society to increase understanding and acceptance of transgender people. In the nation’s capital and throughout the country, NCTE works to replace disrespect, discrimination, and violence with empathy, opportunity, and justice. https://transequality.org

Families for Transgender Equality
(FTE) is a network of families with trans youth, and groups that support these families, who all want to change policies and society to improve trans people’s lives.
https://transequality.org/families

Services & Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Elders (SAGE USA)
SAGE is the country’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBT older people. Founded in 1978 and headquartered in New York City, SAGE is a national organization that offers supportive services and consumer resources to LGBT older people and their caregivers.
https://www.sageusa.org

Modern Military Association of America
Formed through the merger of the American Military Partner Association and OutServe-SLDN, the Modern Military Association of America is the nation’s largest non-profit organization for the LGBTQ military and veteran community. We are committed to education, advocacy and support for LGBTQ service members, veterans, military spouses, family members and allies.
https://modernmilitary.org


MEDICAL RESOURCES: LOS ANGELES AREA

Center for Transyouth Health and Development
The Center for Transyouth Health and Development at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is dedicated to providing affirming care for transgender and gender diverse children, adolescents, young adults and their families. As one of the oldest and largest transyouth programs, the Center partners with youth and their families to advance the field through innovative practice, training and research
LOCATION: Children's Hospital Los Angeles
5000 Sunset Blvd., 4th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90027
CONTACT: Jamie Julian, LCSW
Ph: 323-361-5372 | Fax: 323-913-3614 | Email: jjulian@chla.usc.edu | Web: https://www.chla.org/the-center-transyouth-health-and-development
Services Provided:

  • Family support services and linkage to outside resources

  • Case management services, including assistance with legal name and gender marker changes

  • Peer Support groups

  • Sexual health education including groups, one-on-one navigation services and HIV/STD (Sexually Transmitted Disease) screening and treatment.

  • Access to PEP (Post Exposure Prophylaxis) and PrEP (Pre Exposure Prophylaxis) for HIV prevention.

  • Voluntary participation in ground breaking research

UCLA Gender Health Program
The UCLA Gender Health Program strives to offer comprehensive medical and surgical care to the transgender and gender diverse community in Los Angeles and across the country. We bring together experts from medical and surgical disciplines to deliver a broad array of services to our patients. Recognized by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation as a “Leader in LGBTQ Health Equality,” UCLA Health specializes in providing sensitive, safe, compassionate care to all patients who come through our doors.
CONTACT: ph: (310) 267-4334 | email genderhealth@mednet.ucla.edu | web: https://www.uclahealth.org/gender-health/

The UCLA Gender Health Program offers:

  • Primary Care Services

  • Hormone Therapy

  • Facial Reconstruction and Body Modification

  • Chest/Top Surgery

  • Genital Reconstructive Services/Bottom Surgery

  • Obstetrics

  • Reproductive Health and Fertility Services

  • Behavioral Health Services

  • Vocal Surgery

  • Case Management and Care Coordination

St. John’s Well Child & Family Center  (Warner Traynham Clinic) 
Offers transgender medical services, and is a valuable resource for lower-income and non-insured families.
LOCATION: 326 West 23rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90007
CONTACT: Diana Feliz Olivia, MSW, Program Coordinator (for New Patient Appointments)
Ph: (323) 541-1600 ext. 1068 | Web: http://www.wellchild.org/transgender-health-program/

Services Provided:

  • Hormone replacement therapy

  • Comprehensive healthcare, dental and mental health services

  • Assistance with name/gender change

  • HIV testing, counseling and treatment

  • Health insurance enrollment

  • Case management/referral services

Los Angeles LGBT Center
Provides services for more LGBT people than any other organization in the world, offering programs, services, and global advocacy that span four broad categories: Health, Social Services and Housing, Culture and Education, Leadership and Advocacy.
LOCATION: 1625 N. Schrader Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028-6213
CONTACT: 323-993-7400 | Web: https://lalgbtcenter.org
Services Provided:

  • HIV and AIDS Specialty Care

  • Primary Medical Care

  • HIV and STD Testing and Prevention

  • Mental Health Services

  • Violence Prevention & Survivor Support

  • Addiction Recovery Services

  • Research

  • Pharmacy



UCI Health Pediatric Gender Diversity Program
The UCI Health Pediatric Gender Diversity Program offers Orange County's only interdisciplinary program dedicated to caring for transgender and gender-expansive children, teens and young adults.
LOCATION: 101 The City Drive South, Pavilion 3, Building 29, Orange, CA 92868
CONTACT: Brit Cervantes, Program Coordinator
Ph: 714-456-6025 | Fax: 714-456-8808 | Email: Britc@uci.edu | Web: http://www.ucihealth.org/medical-services/pediatric-gender-diversity
Services for children, adolescents and young adults include:

  • Patient and family counseling

  • Puberty suppression

  • Gender-affirming hormone therapy

  • Community connections and support

Southern California Reproductive Center
LOCATION: 23365 Hawthorne Blvd, Ste 102B, Torrance, CA 90505 
CONTACT: 424-299-4551 | Web: https://www.scrcivf.com/ 
$8,000 for Egg harvesting
$500 for sperm collection 
$700 a year for storage 

Cedars Sinai
LOCATION: 444 S San Vincent Blvd Ste 1002, Los Angeles, CA 90048 
CONTACT: Dr. Erica Wang | Ph: (310) 423-9964 | Web: https://www.cedars-sinai.org/programs/gynecology/clinical-programs/fertility-reproductive/treatments.html
Oocyte cryopreservation 

MEDICAL INSURANCE HELP
The Health Coverage Guide is an interactive tool for transgender people, our families, and caregivers seeking coverage for transition-related care, offering step-by-step instructions for learning what your plan covers and to get pre-authorizations for transition-related care. It’s designed especially for people with private insurance and Medicaid, and there are resources for those with Medicare too.
https://transequality.org/health-coverage-guide


LEGAL HELP

Trans Legal Services Network (TLSN)
NCTE is a project of the National Center for Transgender Equality [ web: https://transequality.org ]. It helps ensure every transgender person can navigate the complicated name and gender change process and confidently address other legal issues they may face. NCTE created the Trans Legal Services Network to increase support for organizations across the country who are serving or aiming to serve the legal needs of our communities. Comprised of over 50 organizations, the Network shares advice, provides technical support and legal resources to support their work and expand their services. https://transequality.org/about-transgender-people/transgender-legal-services-network

St. John's Transgender Clinic

Offers support for name and gender change
Click HERE for a brochure on the program

Lambda Legal
Is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and everyone living with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.
https://www.lambdalegal.org

BINDERS & OTHER GENDER AFFIRMING RESOURCES (FTM)

Hudson’s FTM Resource Guide
http://www.ftmguide.org

Trans Guys
https://transguys.com

Gc2B
https://gc2b.zendesk.com/hc/en-us

Underworks
https://www.underworks.com

GENDER AFFIRMING RESOURCES (MTF)

Laser Clinics

New Look Skin Center

LA Beauty Skin Center

Pure Touch Skin Center

ProLase Clinic

Lasky Aesthetics

Fix Laser & Skin Center

Electrolysis

Beverly Hills Hair Free

Layla's Electrolysis and Skin Care

Mandala Electrolysis Hair Removal

Lisa Rulli, L.E. - Electrologist

Sabrena Smith Electrology

Zap Electrolysis

Dana Elise Solutions

Mary's Body AEsthetica Med Spa

ABOUTFACE2

Arlene's Skin Care and Electrolysis Spa

Marlyn Palmquist, C.P.E

S.B. Aesthetics & Electrolysis

OC Electrolysis


Voice Therapy

Christie Block at New York Speech & Voice Lab

Kathe Perez

Say It Proud Speech Therapy

Michelle Gordon Speech Pathology

LA Speech Therapy Solutions

PRYDE Voice and Speech Therapy

Anna Lantry BM, GCPH

SUPPORT GROUPS

Transforming Family
A Los Angeles based family support group creating a positive environment for children, adolescents and their families to explore issues of gender identity. To ensure the privacy of the families attending Transforming Family, we do not publish the time, date, or location of our meetings. If you'd like to attend a Transforming Family meeting, please contact us and we will respond as quickly as possible. Once we've spoken, we will share the details of the meeting with you. Please visit our contact page for information.
https://www.transformingfamily.org/

South Bay LGBT Center
The Lesbian, Gay, Bi & Transgender Community Organization's mission is to provide a focal point for the members of our community in the South Bay for education, social interaction, personal growth, and political power, and to foster public understanding of our community. The Center offers groups, activities, resources and support for local area LGBTQ individuals and families.
LOCATION: 16610 Crenshaw Blvd. Torrance, CA 90504
CONTACT: 310-328-6550
Web: http://southbaycenter.wixsite.com/southbaylgbtcenter

The LGBTQ Center Long Beach
The LGBTQ Center Long Beach advances equity for LGBTQ people through culturally responsive advocacy, education, programs, and services. The Center provides Mental Health Counseling, Legal Services, Social Services, Education & Resources, Cultural Programs and Events.
LOCATION: 2017 East 4th Street, Long Beach, CA 90814
CONTACT: (562) 434-4455
Web: http://www.centerlb.org

BOOKS

Books For Parents & Families:

Raising My Rainbow
by Lori Duron

The Gender Creative Child: Pathways for Nurturing and Supporting Children Who Live Outside Gender Boxes
by Diane Ehrensaft Ph.D.

The Transgender Child: A handbook for families and professionals
by Stephaie Brill and Rachel Pepper

The Transgender Teen
by Stephanie Brill and Lisa Kenney

Gender born, gender made: Raising Healthy Gender Nonconforming Children
by Diane Ehrensaft Ph.D. 

Trans-Kin: A guide for family and friends of transgender people
by Eleanor A. Hubbard, Cameron T. Whitley

Transgender Children and Youth: Cultivating Pride and Joy with Families in Transition 
by Elijah Neely

Transitions of the Heart: Stories of Love, Struggle and Acceptance by Mothers of Transgender and Gender Variant Children
by Rachel Pepper


Books For Children:

Annie’s Plaid Shirt (pre-K-2)
by Stacy B. Davids 

The Boy & the Bindi (Pre-K-2)
by Vivek Shraya

Bunnybear (Pre-K-1)
by Andrea J. Loney

I Am Jazz (K-5)
by Jessica Hershel and Jazz Jennings

Introducing Teddy: A gentle story about gender and friendship (Pre-K-K)
by Jess Walton

It Feels Good to Be Yourself (Pre-K-3)
by Theresa Thorn

Jacob’s New Dress (Pre-K-2)
by Sarah and Ian Hoffman

Julian is a Mermaid (Pre-K-2)
by Jessica Love

The Pants Project (3-6)
by Cat Clarke

Red: A Crayon’s Story (Pre-K-1)
by Michael Hall

They, She, He easy as ABC (Pre-K-1)
by Maya and Matthew Smith-Gonzalez

When Aidan Became a Big Brother (Pre-K-2)
by Kyle Lukoff and Kaylani Juanita

Zenobia July (5-6)
by Lisa Bunker

For Colored Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Not Enough
by Keith Boykin

George (K-5)
by Alex Gino

Transgender Topics:

Transgender 101: A Simple Guide to a Complex Issue
by Nicholas M. Teich

Trans Forming Families: Real Stories about Transgendered Loved Ones
by Jessica Xavier, Mary Boenke and Arlene Istar Lev

Tomorrow will be Different 
by Sarah McBride 

Becoming A Visible Man
by Jamison Green

She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders
by Jennifer Finney Boylan

Through the door of a life: A Jewish journey between genders
by Joy Ladin 

Gender outlaw: On men, women and the rest of us
by Kate Bornstein 

Stuck in the middle with you: A memoir of parenting in three genders
by Jennifer Finney Boylan 

Making Mr. Wright: Memoirs of a Black Female-to-Male Transsexual
by Reno Prestige Wright 

Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More
by Janet Mock

Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family
by Amy Ellis Nutt

RELIGIOUS RESOURCES
https://www.hrc.org/resources/faith-resources

http://religiousinstitute.org/resources/religious-ed-transjustice/

SEXUAL ORIENTATION

ONLINE RESOURCES

Family Acceptance Project
The Family Acceptance Project® is a research, intervention, education and policy initiative that works to prevent health and mental health risks for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) children and youth, including suicide, homelessness and HIV – in the context of their families, cultures and faith communities.
https://familyproject.sfsu.edu

Human Rights Campaign 
The Human Rights Campaign represents a force of more than 3 million members and supporters nationwide. As the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization, HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are ensured of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community. Below is a link to their Resources page for Children and Youth.
https://www.hrc.org/resources/topic/children-youth

GLSEN
Resources to create safe and affirming schools for all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.
https://www.glsen.org

The Trevor Project
Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The 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.
https://www.thetrevorproject.org

Bisexual Resource Center
The Bisexual Resource Center envisions a world where love is celebrated, regardless of sexual orientation or gender expression. Because bisexuals today are still misunderstood, marginalized and discriminated against, the BRC is committed to providing support to the bisexual community and raising public awareness about bisexuality and bisexual people.
http://biresource.org

Bi.org
Bi.org is a project of The American Institute of Bisexuality (AIB) and the Bisexual Foundation. We are a 501(c)(3) public charity that supports and sponsors projects likely to promote understanding and visibility about bisexuality through education, research, training, and media outreach.
https://bi.org/en

Services & Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Elders (SAGE USA)
SAGE is the country’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBT older people. Founded in 1978 and headquartered in New York City, SAGE is a national organization that offers supportive services and consumer resources to LGBT older people and their caregivers.
https://www.sageusa.org

Modern Military Association of America
Formed through the merger of the American Military Partner Association and OutServe-SLDN, the Modern Military Association of America is the nation’s largest non-profit organization for the LGBTQ military and veteran community. We are committed to education, advocacy and support for LGBTQ service members, veterans, military spouses, family members and allies.
https://modernmilitary.org

LEGAL RESOURCES

Lambda Legal
Is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and everyone living with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.
https://www.lambdalegal.org

National Center for Lesbian Rights
NCLR is a non-profit, public interest law firm that litigates precedent-setting cases at the trial and appellate court levels; advocates for equitable public policies affecting the LGBT community; provides free legal assistance to LGBT people and their legal advocates; and conducts community education on LGBT issues.
http://www.nclrights.org

SUPPORT GROUPS, MENTAL HEALTH, MEDICAL SERVICES

South Bay LGBT Center
The Lesbian, Gay, Bi & Transgender Community Organization's mission is to provide a focal point for the members of our community in the South Bay for education, social interaction, personal growth, and political power, and to foster public understanding of our community. The Center offers groups, activities, resources and support for local area LGBTQ individuals and families.
LOCATION: 16610 Crenshaw Blvd. Torrance, CA 90504
CONTACT: 310-328-6550
Web: http://southbaycenter.wixsite.com/southbaylgbtcenter

The LGBTQ Center Long Beach
The LGBTQ Center Long Beach advances equity for LGBTQ people through culturally responsive advocacy, education, programs, and services. The Center provides Mental Health Counseling, Legal Services, Social Services, Education & Resources, Cultural Programs and Events.
LOCATION: 2017 East 4th Street, Long Beach, CA 90814
CONTACT: (562) 434-4455
Web: http://www.centerlb.org

Los Angeles LGBT Center
Provides services for more LGBT people than any other organization in the world, offering programs, services, and global advocacy that span four broad categories: Health, Social Services and Housing, Culture and Education, Leadership and Advocacy.
LOCATION: 1625 N. Schrader Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028-6213
CONTACT: 323-993-7400 | Web: https://lalgbtcenter.org
Services Provided:

  • HIV and AIDS Specialty Care

  • Primary Medical Care

  • HIV and STD Testing and Prevention

  • Mental Health Services

  • Violence Prevention & Survivor Support

  • Addiction Recovery Services

  • Research

  • Pharmacy

BOOKS:
Books for Parents

This is a Book for Parents of Gay Kids: A Question & Answer Guide to Everyday Life
by Danielle Owens-Reid and Kristin Russo

How Homophobia Hurts Children: Nurturing Diversity at Home, at School and in the Community
by Jean M. Baker, Ph.D.

Is It a Choice: Answers to 300 of the Most Frequently Asked Questions About Gay and Lesbian People
by Eric Marcus

Always My Child: A Parent’s Guide to Understanding Your Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered, or Questioning Son or Daughter
by Kevin Jennings

Out of the Closet, Into Our Hearts
by Laura Siegel and Nancy Lamkin Olson, ed.


Books for Children

Hurricane Child (ages 8-12)
by Kheryn Callender

Drum Roll, Please (ages 9-13)
by Lisa Jenn Bigelow

Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World (ages 8-12)
by Ashley Herring Blake

Alan Cole is Not A Coward (ages 8-12)
by Eric Bell


Educational Books for Teens

What if Someone I Know is Gay? : Answers to Questions About What it Means to be Gay and Lesbian
by Eric Marcus

Free Your Mind: The Book for Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Youth and Their Allies
by Ellen Bass and Kate Kaufman

GLBTQ: The Survival Guide for Queer and Questioning Teens
by Kelly Hegel

Educational Books for Young Adults+

The Velvet Rage: Overcoming the Pain of Growing up Gay in a Straight Man’s World
by Alan Downs

The Way Out: The Gay Man’s Guide to Freedom
by Chris Nutter


Fiction for Teens

What if it’s us
by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

Juliet Takes a Breath
by Gabby Rivera

Dress Codes for Small Towns
by Courtney C. Stevens

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Star-Crossed (Middle School)
by Barbara Dee

The House You Pass on the Way (ages 12+)
by Jacqueline Woodson

So Hard to Say (Ages 12+)
by Alex Sánchez

For Children of Same-Sex Parents

How It Feels to Have a Gay or Lesbian Parent: A Book by Kids for Kids of All Ages
by Judith E. Snow

Daddy, Papa and Me
by Lesléa Newman

Mommy, Moma and Me
by Lesléa Newman

Baby’s First Words
by Stella Blackstone & Sunny Scribens

A Tale of Two Daddies
by Vanita Oelshlager

A Tale of Two Mommies
by Vanita Oelshlager

The Best Man (ages 9-12)
by Richard Peck

Heather Has Two Mommies
by Lesley Newman and Diana Souza

How Would You Feel if Your Dad Was Gay?
by Meredith Maran

And Tango Makes Three
by Peter Parnell

Who’s in a Family?
by Robert Skutch

Families Like Mine: Children of Gay Parents Tell It Like It Is
by Abigail Garner Martin


For Same Sex Parents & Families

Love Makes Family: Portraits of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Parents and Their Families
by Gigi Kaeser, Peggy Gillespie, Kath Weston and April

Journey to Same-Sex Parenthood: Firsthand Advice, Tips, and Stories from Lesbian and Gay Couples
by Eric Rosswood

Families of Value: Intimate Profiles of Pioneering Lesbian and Gay Parents
by Robert Bernstein

The Complete Lesbian and Gay Parenting Guide
by Arlene Istar Lev


RELIGIOUS RESOURCES

God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships 
by Matthew Vines

Judaism and Homosexuality: An Authentic Orthodox View
by Rabbi Chaim Rapoport

What the Bible Really Says About Homosexuality
by Daniel A. Helminiak, Ph.D.

Do’s & Don’ts of Dealing with the Religious Right
by Marc Adams and Todd Tuttle

Stranger at the Gate: To be Gay and Christian in America
by Mel White

Undivided: Coming Out, Becoming Whole, and Living Free From Shame
by Vicky Beeching

Mama’s Boy, Preacher’s Son: A Memoir
by Kevin Jennings

P.S. I Miss You (ages 9-12)
by Jen Petro-Roy

HRC Religious Resources
https://www.hrc.org/resources/faith-resources