LGBTQ Community Resources
If you're thinking of hurting or killing yourself, please just stop. You are OK just the way you are.
Pick up the phone and call 1-866-488-7386 toll-free to talk with someone at the Trevor Project's suicide prevention hotline at any time of the night or day.
Visit the It Gets Better Project to see how others deal with what you're going through.
But if you're thinking of harming yourself, please just stop. There are alternatives. You may feel alone, but you're not. Even though it may be hard to imagine right now, you can have a great life and there are people who care very much about you — including people you don't even know yet.
Other OutCasting links:
The Trevor Project — toll-free 24 hour suicide hotline 1-866-488-7386
Athlete Ally — working to end homophobia and transphobia in sports by educating allies in the athletic community and empowering them to take a stand (discussion with Brian Healey, Programming and Social Media Coordinator, featured in OutCasting 21)
Advocating for a more inclusive Boy Scouts of America:
The Center — Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center of NYC
Center Lane — Westchester LGBTQ youth center, with information about programs, groups, activities, and testing geared to LGBTQ youth
CHAPS (Community Health and Prevention Services) of ARCS (Westchester-based AIDS-Related Community Services) — basic information about services that CHAPS provides and how to contact them through various forms of social media and telephone numbers (interview with Santo Barbagiovanni featured in OutCasting 5)
Debunking ex-gay/reparative therapy (interview with Dr. Jallen Rix featured in OutCasting 6)
Gay Pride Rockland (Rockland County, NY)
GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Activists Against Defamation) — media watchdog
GLAD (Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders)
GLSEN (Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network) — improving education, creating a better world (interview with Mary Jane Karger (GLSEN Hudson Valley) featured in OutCasting 1; interview with Brad Palmertree and Callie Wise of GLSEN Middle Tennessee featured in OutCasting 10)
Hetrick-Martin Institute — empowerment, education, and advocacy for LGBTQ youth (NYC)
Jim Collins Foundation — a nonprofit founded to help people of trans experience gain access to life-saving and life-affirming medical procedures
Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund — legal strategies, litigation, education
The LOFT — LGBT community center in White Plains, NY, with information about programs, groups, activities, outings, events, and testing geared to LGBTQ people who are 18 and older
My Sister's Place — comprehensive shelter, advocacy, legal services, and supportive services for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual abuse, stalking, and human trafficking in Westchester County, New York (interview with Kristine Poplawski, Rebecca Drago, and Honor Adams featured in OutCasting 9)
New York State Department of Health — providing county DOH locations and contact information
Westchester County, NY — government link to LGBT groups and services
Your True Gender — dedicated to educating those in our community in an effort to make the world a more welcoming place for trans* individuals, as well as anyone who has ever felt out of place (founder Jessica Lynn will be featured in an upcoming episode of OutCasting)