• LGBTQ Resources for Students

    Sexual & Gender Minority Youth Resource Center (SMYRC)  
    SMYRC offers a variety of support groups, services, and referrals, including a support group for trans-identified youth ages 14-23. SMYRC is a safe, sober space for LGBTQ and questioning folks between the ages of 12 and 23. They have open drop in hours on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 4pm-9pm. During drop in, folks have the opportunity to cook meals in their kitchen, work on art projects in their art studio, use their computer lab, play games, check out their drag closet and clothing “free pile” and meet and connect with other LGBTQ and questioning youth. They also offer haircuts, a library and much more. Some of their monthly special events include Drag Night on the second

    Friday of every month and Open Mic Night on the last Friday of every month.

    Q Center 
    The Q Center located in North Portland provides a safe space to support and celebrate LGBTQ diversity, visibility, and community building. Their website also hosts a wealth of resources for the LGBTQ community including LGBTQ-friendly doctors, mental health providers, etc.

    TransActive provides necessary support to improve the quality of life of transgender and gender non-conforming children, youth and their families through education, services, advocacy and research. They offer support groups for kids, teens and parents and host family events.

    No Name Calling Week No Name-Calling Week is an annual week of educational activities aimed at ending name-calling of all kinds and providing schools with the tools and inspiration to launch an on-going dialogue about ways to eliminate bullying in their communities. 

    Day of Silence 
    The Day of Silence is a student-led day of action in April when concerned students, from middle school through college, take a vow of silence to address the problem of anti-LGBTQ bullying and harassment.

    Trevor Hotline: LGBTQ Youth Helpline: 800-850-8078 (866-4-U-TREVOR) 
    The Trevor Project is the leading national organization focused on crisis and suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. The Trevor Project operates the only accredited, nationwide, around-the-clock crisis and suicide prevention helpline for LGBTQ youth. If you or a friend are feeling lost or alone, call The Trevor Helpline. There is hope, there is help. 

    GLBT National Help Center  
    The Center provides free and confidential telephone and internet peer-counseling, information and local resources for LGBTQ callers of all ages. 1-888-843-4564. They also maintain the largest database of its kind in the world, with information of social and support groups, gay-friendly religious organizations, sports leagues, student groups, counseling professionals, and businesses.

    See also:
    Support & Counseling Services
    Elementary Curriculum & Lesson Plans
    Middle & High School Curriculum & Lesson Plans
    Research & Reports On LGBTQ Students And School Climate
    Conferences, Camps & Other Events
    LGBTQ Scholarship Databases & College Resources