LGBTQ individuals and/or their families can benefit from professional counseling and support but it’s important to find providers who both validate the LGBTQ community and understand our particular issues. As a start, you might check these local counseling services, help lines, and nationally-based resources.
- If you or someone you know is at risk for self harm or suicide immediately contact a 24-Hour Crisis helpline.
- For emergency housing and shelter, dial 211 to connect with Washington’s centralized resource for health and human services information and referrals. This is not 24-hour help line and hold times can be long. See Win211.org for details.
- For non-emergency support over the telephone, consult Non-Urgent Help Lines.
- For information on preventing youth suicide and finding help, consult Youth Suicide Prevention Program, which works to reduce youth suicide in Washington and has resources for LGBTQ youth and their parents.
Local Therapist and Support Groups
- Asian Counseling and Referral Service is a Seattle-based support service for Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI), where clients are served by professional staff who speak the same language and come from the same culture.
- Gender Diversity is Seattle-based and offers a range services for gender-diverse people and their families, including their annual Gender Odyssey conference. They also provide monthly support groups for youth, parents, and guardians, which meet at Seattle Children’s Hospital, the Polyclinic Madison Center, and a number of other locations throughout the greater Puget Sound area. In some cases, childcare is available.
- GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality is world’s largest and oldest association of LGBTQ healthcare professionals and offers an extensive Provider Directory for finding suitable therapists.
- The Ingersoll Gender Center is a Seattle-based organization providing support and education for transgender, trans*, gender variant and genderqueer people, and the people who support them. Ingersoll. They provide a weekly support group as well as a database of medical providers.
- Lambert House is an LGBTQ youth center located in Seattle but also open to Eastside youth. It offers several support groups led by trained volunteers.
- Youthside Services (YES) in Bellevue is a lifeline for Eastside youth and families facing challenges. They offer a range of services for LGBTQ youth, including one-one-one counseling with a sliding scale) and BGLAD, a free weekly drop-in support for LGBTQ youth between ages 12-19 run by trained facilitators on Thursday evenings from 7:00-900.
LGBTQ Support Organizations
These national organizations contain resources and support for LGBTQ people and their loves ones.
- COLAGE unites children, youth, and adults with one or more LGBTQ parents into a network of peers and supports them as they nurture and empower each other.
- Gender Equity Resource Center is a community center located at the University of California at Berkeley that is committed to fostering a safe, equitable and inclusive experience for all. Its website provides an extensive glossary as well as FAQs and Brochures.
- Our Family Coalition advances equality and inclusion for LGBTQ families with children through support, education, and advocacy.
- Straight Spouse Network provides personal, confidential support and information to heterosexual spouses/partners, current or former, of gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender mates and mixed-orientation or transgender/non-transgender couples for constructively resolving coming-out problems.
For a more complete list of LGBTQ organizations, consult LGBTQ Resources.