• LGBTQ Support and Counseling Services

    SMYRC support groups
    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.


    Transactive Gender Project at Lewis and Clark College
    Transactive Gender Project offers support Family and Youth Support Groups that offer "a safe space to share your hopes (and fears), be your true self, ask questions, and to take the steps towards a more fulfilling, connected life." The also offer information for parents and caregivers, professional development for youth serving professionals and others, as well as advocacy services.


    Brave Space, LLC
    Brave Space creates community and facilitates access to expert and knowledgeable providers for transgender and non-binary children, youth, adults, and their families. They also maintain a list of mental health, medical and other resource providers in the community.

    Umbrella Community Counseling Project
    Umbrella is committed to providing quality and affordable mental health services in the Portland Metro LGBTQ community. All services are offered with an understanding of and sensitivity to issues specific to LGBTQ communities. Umbrella strives to empower LGBTQ individuals to take action toward building and sustaining health, wholeness, and well-being. Umbrella provides affordable, sliding-scale counseling to LGBTQ people of all ages, and FREE counseling to LGBTQ youth 17 and younger. OHP payments are also accepted. For an appointment or to speak with a counselor, please call (503) 473-2244 (non-emergency calls only.)

    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. 

    Youth Guardian Services  
    Youth Guardian Services is a youth-run, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides support services on the Internet to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, questioning, and straight supportive youth. 

    GLBT National Help Center  
    The GLBT center provides free and confidential telephone and internet peer-counseling, information and local resources for LGBTQ callers of all ages. 1-888-843-4564. Also maintains 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.

    PFLAG: Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays  
    This group supports Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender persons, their families, and friends in the Portland Metropolitan Region through love and understanding, education and advocacy. 

    PFLAG Portland Black Chapter
    This group supports Black/African-American LGBTQ persons, their family and friends through love and understanding, education and advocacy.

    Parent Access to Gender Expression Support (PAGES) Group 
    Monthly support group for parents, caregivers and families of gender non-conforming children. For more information, visit the website or call 503-252-3000.

    See Also:

    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