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Listed below are a variety of websites, organizations and other resources that provide information about and for LGBTQ-identified people and those who love them. Their inclusion here does not necessarily imply an endorsement.


It Gets Better Project

Helping LGBTQ+ people embrace their authentic selves with empowering stories of others who share similar experiences. Providing inspiration, help, and community. 


PFLAG is the first and largest organization dedicated to supporting, educating, and advocating for LGBTQ+ people and their families. PFLAG’s network of hundreds of chapters and more than 325,000 members and supporters works to create a caring, just, and affirming world for LGBTQ+ people and those who love them.

World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH)

WPATH promotes the highest standards of health care for individuals through the articulation of Standards of Care (SOC) for the Health of Transsexual, Transgender, and Gender Nonconforming People. The SOC are based on the best available science and expert professional consensus.

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.

TransFamilies runs parent support groups (including a group for Spanish-speaking families), a trans youth leadership program, special topics groups, and youth support groups, with more programs in development. 

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.

The Trevor Project

The leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.

Human Rights Campaign 

The largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization.


Resources to create safe and affirming schools for all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

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.

Services & Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Elders (SAGE USA)

The country’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBT older people.

Modern Military Association of America

Committed to education, advocacy and support for LGBTQ service members, veterans, military spouses, family members and allies.

TransYouth Family Allies

TYFA empowers children and families by partnering with educators, service providers and communities, to develop supportive environments in which gender may be expressed and respected.


Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund

TLDEF does not provide medical referrals, and a listing here does not imply endorsement. They encourage you to conduct your own investigation. This list is limited to gender clinics associated with research institutions and teaching hospitals.


Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund

TLDEF does not provide medical referrals, and a listing here does not imply endorsement. They encourage you to conduct your own investigation. These are some resources to find trans-competent health care providers.


National Center for Transgender Equality

Getting your insurance to cover the health care you need can be difficult. The good news is that it should be getting easier. Many insurance plans have gotten rid of exclusions that single out transgender people, and trans people are protected from public and private insurance discrimination under federal law and state laws, including in Medicaid and Medicare. But some insurance plans still make it hard to get coverage for transition-related health care, especially surgical care. The most important thing to remember is that your insurance should cover transition-related care. However, you may need to show your insurance company why the treatment you need is medically necessary for you, with letters from your health care providers. If you are denied coverage or if your plan has an exclusion, you may also need to explain to your insurance company or employer why it is illegal discrimination to exclude medically necessary transition-related care.

Use this Health Coverage Guide to help you navigate the coverage process. The Health Coverage Guide is an interactive tool for transgender people, 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.

Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund

Virtually all major insurance companies recognize that transgender-related medical care is medically necessary and have a written policy describing their criteria for when plans they administer will cover it. Review this list of such policies.


Trans Legal Services Network (TLSN)

A project of the National Center for Transgender Equality, TLSN works to 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.

The Harvard Law School LGBTQ+ Advocacy Clinic (HLAC)

HLAC is part of the Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School (LSC), a community law office and clinical teaching site of the law school. The Trans Youth Handbook is a legal resource guide that covers the rights of trans youth across such a wide spectrum of situations, including identity documents, school, health care, non-affirming care environments, and work.

National Center for Transgender Equality

Offers resources and up-to-date explanations on transgender people’s rights and how to file complaints of discrimination or mistreatment and how to find legal help.

Lambda Legal

A national non-profit 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.

GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD)

Know your Trans rights. Offers free and confidential legal information.


Camp Brave Trails

Camp Brave Trails is a leadership focused, overnight summer camp for LGBTQ+ youth, ages 12-18 with camps in California and Maryland. LGBTQ+ youth, ages 12-18 can also participate in year-round meet up groups and fun activities.

Camp Lightbulb

Camp Lightbulb celebrates LGBTQ+ youth, aged 14 to 18, with magical summer camp experiences filled with fun, pride, community, friends, support, self-discovery, and memories to last a lifetime. Camps in Provincetown, New York City, and Los Angeles, offer  vibrant and inclusive communities to create happy and safe spaces where campers are connected, inspired, and celebrated.

The Institute for Girl's Development in Pasadena offer two super fun, informative, and affirming summer day camp programs for trans and gender nonconforming kids.

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Linda K. Reeves is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT) in the state of California, license #100195. Linda is also a World Professional Association of Transgender Health (WPATH) Certified Gender Specialist (GEI). Copyright © 2023 Linda K. Reeves Privacy Policy

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