FOR LGBTQ+ ISSUES
The Los Angeles LGBT Center: Since 1969, the Los Angeles LGBT Center has cared for, championed, and celebrated LGBT individuals and families in Los Angeles and beyond. Their mission is to build a world where LGBT people thrive as healthy, equal, and complete members of society.
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center (NYC): Your one-stop shop for all things LGBT. Whether you’re a New Yorker looking for additional services and support, a visitor to our great city searching for LGBT-friendly businesses, or a professional seeking opportunities or training, The Center is here for you.
The Trevor Project: Founded in 1998, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25. — Need help? They are here for you 24/7: 1-866-488-7386.
The 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.
Transforming Family: A project of Community Partners, Transforming Family is a Los Angeles-based family support group creating a positive environment for children, adolescents and their families to explore issues of gender identity. Their vision is to create a society in which ALL children are respected and celebrated.
Los Angeles Gender Center: LAGC is a collaborative of mental health professionals all over Los Angeles that provide affordable, accessible, and affirming mental health support for gender non-conforming, non-binary, and transgender children, adolescents, adults, and their families.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24/7. — For support, call us now: 1-800-273-8255, or CLICK HERE to chat with us.
The Derm Review: The LGBTQ+ community faces significant disparities in healthcare access and dispensation at practically every level and in every area of specialization. The expert team at Derm Review have researched and created an information guide to help you or a loved one better understand and manage common skin issues heart disease, different types of cancer, obesity weight and fitness issues, sexually transmitted diseases, skin scars from self-harm, and more. Read more here.
List of Organizations Helpful to LGBTQ College Students: LGBTQ youth contemplating college have a lot of questions to ask about their recognition on campus, their opportunities to shine, and, unfortunately, even their safety. For gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, asexual, non-binary, and every other queer youth, College Consensus has put together a comprehensive guide to determining what colleges are LGBTQ-friendly, and how to take measures to make your own college more tolerant and affirming. Read more HERE.
Financial Aid Resources for LGBTQ Students: Paying for college is complex and confusing for many students, however, this is especially true for LGBTQ students who often lack parental guidance and support throughout the application process. Check out this helpful guide from Bankrate that features scholarships that reduce loan burdens, and discover alternative methods of funding your education. Click here to read.
The LGBTQ+ Entrepreneur Toolkit: These free resources from Berkeley Extension help LGBTQ+ business owners grow and thrive their businesses. Resources include directories, LGBT+ business associations, education and training, financing programs, funding resources and more. Click here to read.
Staying Safe Online: The LGBTQ+ community faces unique challenges online. As experts in the field of cybersecurity, it is vpnMentor's mission to provide practical strategies for coping with adversity, bigotry, and abuse on the web. Check out their helpful guide on how to stay safe online. Read more here.
Addressing LGBTQ+ Alcohol Rehab: Rehab Spot's free web guide is a resource for individuals and families who are looking to take the next step and learn more about recovery. Their objective is to ensure health and wellness within the LGBTQ+ community. Read more here.
LGBTQ+ Alcohol Rehab Guide: Discrimination and other factors have made alcohol use 20-30% more prevalent among LGBTQ+ people than the general population. Here are a few resources from Alcohol Rehab Guide for those in the community that may be suffering from alcoholism.
LGBTQ+ and Addiction Study: Due to the prejudice in everyday society, the LGBTQ+ community is prone to substance abuse at a higher rate than that of the general population, which is why AddictionCenter.com has created a web guide that analysis LGBTQ+ issues and their relationship to drug and alcohol abuse. Read more here.
LGBTQ+ Nursing Home Abuse Awareness: The LGBTQ+ community faces abuse at every stage of life, and this abuse doesn’t simply stop once they reach the age of 65. This includes LGBTQ+ adults that are living within nursing homes. Learn more via Nursing Home Abuse Center.
Autism & Gender Identity Educational Guide: Elemy, an innovative, tech-forward provider of in-home and online applied behavior analysis to help children on the autism spectrum meet their unique needs, recently created an educational guide covering Autism and Gender Identity. This free resource highlights research about gender identity, dysphoria & diversity in neurodivergent individuals as well as information on support groups for those with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Gender Identity Diversity. Take a look here.
LGBTQ+ Young Adults and Teen Mental Health Guide: Coming of age is hard under practically all circumstances; coming of age and identifying as LGBTQ+ can be even more difficult, especially if the very people who are supposed to protect and love you judge you and treat you differently because of your orientation. Check out this guide from Legacy Healing Center for venues and resources to which you can turn for help, support, and allyship.
LGBTQ+ Housing Discrimination Resources: The Members of the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) community often have trouble finding the right rental unit. Even with the federal Fair Housing Act in place, LGBTQ individuals still experience housing discrimination. Check out this overview from iPropertyManagement to learn more.
FOR FAMILIES WITH RARE GENETIC DISEASES
Undiagnosed Diseases Network: Every year hundreds of patients face uncertainty when healthcare providers are unable to discover the cause for their symptoms. UND is a research study backed by the National Institutes of Health Common Fund that seeks to provide answers for patients and families affected by mysterious conditions.
National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD): Along with over 300 organization members, NORD is a patient advocacy organization committed to the identification, treatment, and cure of rare disorders through programs of education, advocacy, research, and patient services of individuals with rare diseases.
Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center (GARD): GARD maintains a list of rare diseases and related terms to help people find reliable information. (Inclusion in GARD's list does not serve as official recognition by the National Institutes of Health as a rare disease and shouldn't be used to assume that a disease is rare.)
RARE Compassion Project — from Global Genes: Although more than 7,000 rare diseases have been identified, medical professionals do not often recognize or encounter rare disease patients. The RARE Compassion Project strives to foster an understanding of and compassion for rare patients.
Orphanet: Orphanet is a unique resource, gathering and improving knowledge on rare diseases so as to improve the diagnosis, care and treatment of patients with rare diseases. Orphanet aims to provide high-quality information on rare diseases, and ensure equal access to knowledge for all stakeholders.
Cerebral Palsy Guide: A national support organization dedicated to educating individuals and families about cerebral palsy. They strive to provide answers and guidance to ensure that families receive the assistance that they need to help improve their overall quality of life. Learn more here.
Cerebral Palsy Guidance: If your child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, you need to know what to expect. Cerebral Palsy Guidance is here to help. Doctor reviewed and HON-code certified, their material extends deep into CP, with topics ranging from medicine and treatment to counseling/therapy, mental health, culture, inclusion, assistance, education, and more. Learn more here.
FOR THE DEAF & HEARING-IMPAIRED
The Deaf Access Program (DAP): DAP was created in 1980 to ensure that California’s public programs are adapted to meet the communication needs of deaf and hard-of-hearing children, adults, and families — so they may receive the public benefits and services to which they are entitled to fully participate in society.
Statewide Services for Individuals Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing: This compiled list identifies two different types of statewide services: (1) commissions or state offices mandated to serve people who are deaf and hard of hearing, and (2) state offices of rehabilitation services for people who are deaf.
Moving Tips for People With Hearing Loss: Moving to a new home comes with its share of excitement and stress. But for the 37.5 million American adults who report trouble with hearing, the process poses a number of different challenges. Many moving companies simply don’t have much experience working with people with hearing loss, and communication can be a struggle. Here are a few tools and resources available that can help make the moving process go more smoothly.
Educating parents on different types of hearing loss.
FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
Disability in Action: Disability in Action employees are people with disabilities helping other people with disabilities. Shared experience and support are important tools that lead to success. The Center provides group sessions that take place on a monthly basis. They also offer information and referral services, individual advocacy, living skills training (money management, sign language and braille classes, computer classes), and more.
The Center for Independent Living (TheCIL): Provides advocacy and services that increase awareness, collaboration, and opportunity among people with disabilities and the community at large. The CIL's programs provide people with the skills, knowledge, and resources that employer them to eliminate damaging and stereotypical notions of disability so that they are able to strive toward realizing their full human potential.