LGBTQ Supporting and Affirming Organizations: States O–W
This list includes associations, programs, and organizations throughout the United States that work to support and affirm lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) children, youth, and families through a variety of peer-, community-, and culture-based social support; education and outreach; and legal support.
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Asian Services in Action, Inc.
Provides HIV/AIDS education and outreach services.
LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland
Offers counseling support, youth programming, and HIV testing for LGBTQ youth, ages 14–24. The Trans-Formers program is a support group for trans young adults, ages 18–30, facilitated by a licensed counselor.
Kaleidoscope Youth Center
Provides a drop-in center, counseling, homework help, and various recreational and educational opportunities to LGBTQ youth and their allies.
Central Ohio’s LGBT youth center.
Works to eliminate discrimination in northwest Ohio on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression, through education, activism, and other antidefamation efforts.
Greater Dayton LGBT Center
The mission of the Greater Dayton LGBT Center is “to help create programs that enhance the lives of sexual minorities in Dayton and the Miami Valley.”
Heartland Trans Wellness Group
Heartland Trans Wellness Group is a Cincinnati-based project dedicated to creating accessible, affirming community resources for midwestern trans, queer, and LGBTQPIA people.
Love on a Mission
Provides a safe place for LGBTQ+ youth in central Ohio. Strives to create an accepting and welcoming community where youth are free to express themselves and be loved for who they are; a place where youth can create authentic friendships and thrive as the people they were born to be.
Youth Services of Tulsa – LGBTQ Support Group
Provides emergency shelter, street outreach services, transition programs, crisis intervention services, counseling, health, LGBTQ support and education, and juvenile justice services to adolescents.
Sexual and Gender Minority Youth Resource Center
Provides a safe, supervised, harassment-free, and alcohol- and drug-free space for sexual minority youth, ages 23 and younger.
A national leader in serving LGBTQ youth, Outside In provides housing, education, employment, counseling, medical care, food, recreation, and a safe space.
TransActive is a monthly social and support group for trans youth, ages 12–21.
Sexuality and Gender Alliance (SAGA) – Lotus Rising
SAGA is a support group for queer youth (age 24 and younger) that provides a safe space and offers free sessions with a licensed therapist.
Salem Rainbow Youth
Salem Rainbow Youth is an LGBTQ youth weekly support group.
Southeast Asian Mutual Assistance Associations Coalition, Inc.
Provides HIV/AIDS community education, outreach, and prevention services.
Lutheran Children and Family Service of Southeastern Pennsylvania
Bethel House is a group home for dependent LGBT youth, ages 15–18, in Philadelphia, PA.
The Attic Youth Center
Creates opportunities for LGBTQ youth to develop into healthy, independent, civic-minded adults within a safe and supportive community, and promotes the acceptance of LGBTQ youth in society.
Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center
Provides arts, cultural, education, and health promotion programs and direct services to strengthen and support the LGBT community across the greater Lehigh Valley.
LGBT Center of Central PA
Creates common ground for the LGBT community and allies in central Pennsylvania by providing services through educational, cultural, and community activities that foster wholeness.
Upper Delaware GLBT Center, Inc.
The mission of the Upper Delaware GLBT Center, Inc., is to provide a space and programs that welcome, support, and empower the GLBT community living in and visiting the upper Delaware region.
LGBT Qmunity Center of Montgomery County
Serves the LGBTQ population of Montgomery County, PA. Upcoming programs include a trans support group, youth programs, and LGBT family events.
William Way LGBT Community Center
From social groups, networking events, and counseling and support services to art exhibitions and cultural experiences, the Center consistently strives to provide new and innovative programs for the LGBT communities of Philadelphia.
PERSAD CENTER is a human service organization with the mission of improving the well-being of the LGBTQ communities and the HIV/AIDS communities. PERSAD CENTER fulfills its mission through outreach, prevention, counseling, training, and advocacy services.
Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Pittsburgh
Provides LGBT individuals, their families, and supporters in western Pennsylvania with resources and services, including education, social support, networking, and advocacy.
Dreams of Hope
Through the power of the arts, Dreams of Hope provides a welcoming environment for the region’s LGBTQ and allied youth to grow in confidence, express themselves, and develop as leaders. Their creative contributions educate audiences, build awareness, and increase acceptance.
Shepherd Wellness Community
Offers supportive services for people infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.
Northeastern Pennsylvania (NEPA) Rainbow Alliance, Inc.
Provides education, support, and advocacy for LGBTQIA individuals and families while working to advance fairness and equality.
Youth Pride Inc. (YPI)
YPI’s programming is dedicated to meeting the social, emotional, and educational needs of LGBTQ youth.
The Rhode Island Alliance
Empowers young families and provides informational resources for LGBTQ teens.
We Are Family
SafeSpace is a youth-led, adult-supported weekly gathering of LGBTQ and allied youth, ages 16–23, who get together to share their experiences, express their feelings, and find encouragement among their peers.
Black Hills Center for Equality, Inc.
PRISM is a gay-straight alliance for youth, ages 15–25, that provides support to young people in the process of coming out, as well as their allies.
The Center for Equality
The Drop-In Center is open regularly for youth and the general community.
Offers weekly workshops and community events, as well as information and resources, for LGBT people in Nashville and middle Tennessee.
One-In-Teen Youth Services, Inc.
The Mission of One-In-Teen Youth Services, Inc., is to provide a continuum of support and services to benefit LGBTQ youth and youth-serving agencies throughout middle Tennessee.
OUTMemphis: The LGBTQ Center for the Mid-South
GenQ is a safe place for LGBTQ young adults, ages 18–25, to meet friends in their community. PRYSM is a safe, welcoming place for LGBTQ youth, ages 13–17, to meet and hang out with other youth while learning and expressing their creativity in a safe space.
Out Youth’s mission is to promote the well-being of sexual minority youth so that they can openly and safely explore and affirm their identities.
Resource Center – Youth First Texas
Provides numerous resources for LGBTQ and allied youth, including counseling services, support groups, educational programming, recreational activities, and leadership development.
Utah Pride Center
The Center’s Youth Activity Center provides a safe place for LGBTQ people, ages 14–20, to find resources and make friends. The Youth Leadership Council is open to youth, ages 14–20, who want to gain experience in advocacy, community education, and event planning. This group plans all youth events hosted by Utah Pride
Volunteers of America, Utah’s Homeless Youth Resource Center (HYRC)
HYRC runs a three-part program for homeless youth, including a drop-in center which provides basic needs, such as food, clothing, and showers, to youth, ages 15–22, who do not have a stable place to live. HYRC also runs a street outreach program which heavily targets reaching out to young male prostitutes, many of whom identify as gay or bisexual.
The mission of Outright is to build safe, healthy, and supportive environments for LGBTQ youth.
Youth of Color Support Group – Casey Family Services
This group is open to all teens of color, ages 13–17, in Vermont’s upper valley. It meets on the first Sunday of the month.
Spectrum Youth and Family Services (Burlington)
Spectrum Youth and Family Services is a community-based social service agency committed to working with Vermont youth and families to improve their lives through advocacy, direct service, and a continuum of support in order to work toward a more just and compassionate community.
Pride Center of Vermont
For families with and without children, the Pride Center’s LGBTQA Family Program hosts regular social and educational events to support and connect LGBT families.
Richmond Organization for Sexual Minority Youth (ROSMY)
ROSMY was created for all youth, aged 14–20, who are LGBTQ. ROSMY offers a drop-in center, support groups, a youth support line, and a leadership program.
Shenandoah Valley YES! Alliance
The Shenandoah Valley YES! Alliance is a group for LGBTQ youth that provides a safe, youth-centered, confidential space with access to support, resources, and social opportunities within the Harrisonburg and Shenandoah Valley communities.
PFLAG Blue Ridge
Offers monthly community groups for LGBT individuals, families, and allies that provide support and education, a lending library, and opportunities for members to volunteer in the community in advocacy and outreach efforts.
PFLAG of Richmond
PFLAG’s mission is to support LGBT individuals, along with their families and allies, through support, education, and advocacy.
LaBaTeYah Youth Home – United Indians of All Tribes Foundation
LaBaTeYah is an independent living program for homeless youth, urban Native Americans, and youth of color. There is case management onsite, and it includes a Two-Spirit Program.
YouthCare’s housing programs provide youth with stability, skills, and ultimately, self-sufficiency. Staff are available 24 hours a day to provide youth with the care, instruction, and discipline they need to learn and grow. YouthCare offers transitional living for homeless youth, ages 18–21, and an emergency shelter for teenagers, ages 12–17.
Seattle Counseling Service
Specializes in providing mental health services to the LGBTQI community. Offers counseling and support groups for youth.
Lambert House is a center for LGBTQ and allied youth, ages 14?23, that encourages empowerment through the development of leadership, social, and life skills.
Oasis Youth Center
Oasis is the only drop-in and support center dedicated to the needs of LGBTQ youth, ages 14–24, in Pierce County and is a program of the Pierce County AIDS Foundation.
Safe Schools Coalition
Works to help schools become safe places for LGBTQ children, youth, families, and educators
Advocates for Youth
Champions efforts to help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health. Offers resources specifically for LGBTQ youth and their families.
Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders (SMYAL)
SMYAL is a center for LGBTQI youth that has a comprehensive list of housing options for youth and can refer youth to LGBT-friendly housing.
Transgender Education Association, Inc.
Offers a wealth of resources to the transgender community in Maryland, northern Virginia, and Washington, DC.
The DC Center for the LGBT Community
Educates, empowers, celebrates, and connects the LGBT communities. Provides resources, including a speakers’ bureau, lending library, professional service directory, and directory of LGBT groups in Washington, DC.
Supports, educates, and advocates for trans individuals and their significant others, friends, family, and allies.
Project Q – Milwaukee LGBT Community Center
The Milwaukee LGBT Community Center offers programs specifically geared toward youth, ages 13–24, through Project Q. The Center runs Milwaukee’s first and only LGBT Youth Drop-In Center. The Drop-In Center operates a coffee bar, youth library, four computer work stations, a lounge area, and plenty of peer/adult support. A variety of youth drop-in activities are scheduled throughout the week, including art, discussion groups, poetry readings, movie nights, dances, and drag shows. Drop-in activities are designed to ensure safety, accessibility, and comfort for LGBTQ youth and their straight allies.
PFLAG – Casper
Promotes the health and well-being of LGBT persons, their families, and friends through support, education, and advocacy.
Promotes the health and well-being of LGBT persons, their families, and friends through support, education, and advocacy.