Resources for LGBTQ+

LGBTQ+ youth are at risk. Help is available.

A recently released CDC report shows that LGBTQ+ youth are at extremely high risk for violence, depression and suicide. There is help, support, and self-defense training available. Here are a few options.

Traction Project is located in the Bay Area. They provide free LGBTQIA self-defense and martial arts classes that puts the needs of trans gender people at the center of their curriculum.

New Avenues for Youth provides harassment free space for queer and trans youth in a variety of locations in the Portland area. They offer counseling, school support, as well as training and technical assistance for community organizations, schools and businesses.

Oregon LGBTQ Youth and Family Resources provides services and family support for LGBTQ+ youth to reduce mental health risk and promote well-being for LGBTQ youth. They provide a variety of resources including phone numbers for 24-hour crisis and support lines.

The Q Center in Portland is the largest LGBTQ+ community center in the Pacific NW. They provide a variety of affinity and support groups for LGBTQ people of all ages, and a monthly Trans/GNC/NB self-defense and personal safety class.

Call to Safety provides 24-hour resources and support for anyone experiencing sexual violence in the Portland area.

Call, text, or chat with a trained counselor at The Trevor Project 24-hours a day. They are an international organization that provides support, information and referrals to LGBTQ+ youth.

The phone number for the National Domestic Violence Hotline is: 800-799-7233.

Reach out. Tell your story. Find support. You are not alone. Together we can create a more welcoming and inclusive world.

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