Resources for Youth
Thurston County Resources
Stonewall Youth – An organization of youth, activists, and allies that empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, questioning, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQQIA) youth to speak for themselves, educate their communities, and support each other.
Partners in Prevention Education (PiPE) – Works to engage homeless and at risk youth and adult allies in the elimination of sexual violence, bias & hate crimes as they contribute to homelessness and as they exist in street culture. “We achieve this though social change work, violence prevention education, and survivor support services including advocacy, therapy and support groups.”
Planned Parenthood – Planned Parenthood believes in the fundamental right of each individual, throughout the world, to manage his or her fertility, regardless of the individual’s income, marital status, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, national origin, or residence. We believe that respect and value for diversity in all aspects of our organization are essential to our well-being. We believe that reproductive self-determination must be voluntary and preserve the individual’s right to privacy. We further believe that such self-determination will contribute to an enhancement of the quality of life and strong family relationships.
Capital City Pride – Capital City Pride was founded with the sole purpose of hosting the annual Pride events.
South Sound Q Calendar – Happenings for queer folk in Tacoma and the South Sound.
SafePlace – Support and freedom from violence • Office: (360)786-8754 • Crisis Line: (360)754-6300
Resources OUTSIDE of Thurston County
Trevor Project – a national organization that providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth. Trevor Lifeline: 866-488-7386[U.S. CALLS ONLY] – the only nationwide, around-the-clock suicide prevention and crisis intervention lifeline for LGBTQ youth. The Trevor Lifeline is a free and confidential service that offers hope and someone to talk to, 24/7.
Youth Guardian Services (YGS) – runs email discussion and support lists for glbtq youth which are run by peers — all youth the same ages as the members on the lists. The lists are YOUTH13-17, YOUTH17-21, YOUTH21-25, the STR8 list (for straight ally and questioning youth), and the LivingColor List (for LGBTQ youth 13-25 who are affected by eating disorders and/or eating issues). They are a wonderful way to have a safe community online.
Website: www.lamberthouse.orgQueer Youth Space – Seattle
Website: http://sypp.org/Oasis (drop in center for GLBTQ youth ages 14-24 in Pierce County)
Website: www.oasisyouthcenter.orgTriple Point, Vancouver (support for GLBT youth in Vancouver, WA)
Website: Triple Point
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgTriple Point, Walla Walla (support for GLBT youth in Walla Walla, WA)
Phone: 509-529-2130 ext 118
Website: Triple PointVista Youth Center (support for GLBT youth in the Tri Cities, WA)
Website: http://www.vistayouthcenter.org/Odyssey Youth Center (support for GLBT youth in Spokane, WA)
Phone: (360) 325-3637
Transgender and Gender Resources, Clinics, and Support Groups
Gender Alliance of the South Sound (trans support information, aid, and resources)
Support group meetings held every Wednesday: 8-10 pm
408 7th Ave SE, Olympia, WA 98501
New Boyz Club (support and discussion group for trans men, trans masculine and genderqueer folx)
Meets every other Friday from 7-9 pm, 18+ (contact for location)
Gender Spectrum (information resource page)
TransYouth-TransFamilies (psychotherapy for gender variant youth and their families)
Keylee Marineau, MA
Phone: (360) 464-7636
Talcott Broadhead, M.S.W. (Specializing in serving transgender, genderqueer, gendernonconforming folks)
Outside In – Portland
Help homeless youth and other marginalized people move towards improved health and self-sufficiency. Leaders in GLBTQ youth.
Ingersoll Gender Center – Seattle
Tom Waddell Clinic – San Francisco
The Brown Boi Project– Located in Oakland, California
A community of masculine of center womxn, men, two-spirit people, trans men, and our allies committed to transforming our privilege of masculinity, gender, and race into tools for achieving Racial and Gender Justice.
Trans Lifeline is a grassroots hotline and microgrants organization offering direct emotional and financial support to trans people in crisis – for the trans community, by the trans community.
The Hotline: US: 877-565-8860 / Canada: 877-330-6366
Crisis Clinic (serves Thurston and Mason Counties)
Youth Line: 360-586-2777
Foster Care Helpline (for GLBT youth specifically)
Gay and Lesbian Victim’s Assistance 24 Hour Hotline
Trevor Helpline (24 hour suicide hotline for GLBT youth)
Dispute Resolution Center of Thurston County
Christian-specific resources for LGBTQ+ folx of faith and their families
From their website: “How do you reconcile Christianity with an LGBTQ identity? Queer Theology provides a supportive community and in-depth resources for queer Christians and straight supporters.”
Reconciling Ministries Network
From their website: “Reconciling Ministries Network equips and mobilizes United Methodists to resist evil, injustice, and oppression as we seek justice for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities.”
United Church of Christ
Information on LGBT ministries and SGL (Same Gender Loving) ministries within United Church of Christ
Metropolitan Community Churches – Transgender Ministries
From their website: “MCC Transgender Ministries seeks to cultivate and nourish relationships with local communities and congregations, offering education and community-building skills to better enhance their ministry to/with transgender people. We also build relationships with transgender individuals to better connect them to MCC ministry families worldwide.”
More Online Resources
We Need Queer Youth Space Seattle
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/qysseattle
A tribute to Queer Youth Space, this fan page is a platform to advance trans, queer, and gnc folks of color and progressive movements.
Community United Against Violence
Their mission is to prevent and respond to violence against and within our diverse LGBTQQ communities. They accomplish this through peer-based counseling, direct assistance, education and outreach, grassroots organizing, and policy advocacy.
The Daily Queer News
Daily headlines from the nation’s leading lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender newspapers, mags and blogs.
FORGE is a Milwaukee-based, progressive organization whose mission is to support, educate and advocate for the rights and lives of transgender individuals and SOFFAs (Significant Others, Friends, Family, and Allies).
Intersex Initiative – Portland
Portland, Oregon based national activist and advocacy organization for people born with intersex conditions.
Intersex Society of North America
The Intersex Society of North America (ISNA) is devoted to systemic change to end shame, secrecy, and unwanted genital surgeries for people born with an anatomy that someone decided is not standard for male or female.
The Network la Red
The Network la Red is a survivor-led, social justice organization that works to end partner abuse in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, BDSM, polyamorous, and queer communities.
The Northwest Network
Offers free and confidential support for LGBT survivors of abuse and their friends and families.
The Rainbow Center – Olympia
A virtual community center for Olympia and surrounding communities, serving gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and allied people.
Safe Schools Coalition
The Safe Schools Coalition is an international public-private partnership in support of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth, that is working to help schools – at home and all over the world – become safe places where every family can belong, where every educator can teach, and where every child can learn, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation.
The Survivor Project
Dedicated to addressing the needs of intersex and trans survivors of domestic and sexual violence through caring action, education and expanding access to resources and to opportunities for action.
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.
Youth Guardian Services
Youth Guardian Services is a youth-run organization that provides support services on the Internet to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, questioning, and straight supportive youth.
Know Your Rights
Washington State Public Schools
These are guidelines constitute OSPI’s interpretation of Washington State anti-descrimination law and are provided to support school districts’ understanding of their obligations under these laws. These issues still come up all the time for youth in our community: importantly, pages 28-30 apply specifically to trans youth and schools.
- Kate Bornstein: Hello Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Suicide for Teens, Freaks and Other Outlaws
- Archie Bongiovanni: A Quick & Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns
- Laura Erickson-Schroth: Trans Bodies, Trans Selves: A Resource for the Transgender Community
- Owl and Fox Fisher: Trans Teen Survival Guide
- Susan Kuklin: Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out
- Audre Lorde: Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches
- Mel Reiff Hill, Jay Mays: the GENDER book
- Kelly Huegel Madrone: LGBTQ: The Survival Guide for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Teens
- Anneliese A. Singh: The Queer and Transgender Resilience Workbook: Skills for Navigating Sexual Orientation and Gender Expression
Content Warning: The following list of classic LGBTQ+ literature features lived experiences that are an important part of queer and trans history that we highly recommend, but we also need to include a content warning for readers that these materials may contain some outdated and offensive language that was considered common in the LGBTQ+ community at the time of their writing. You can check our LGBTQ+ Glossary for more info on outdated terms.
- Kate Bornstein: My Gender Workbook and Gender Outlaw
- Patrick Califia-Rice: Sex Changes: The Politics of Transgenderism
- Leslie Feinberg: Trans Liberation, Transgender Warriors, Stone Butch Blues
- Suzanne J. Kessler: Lessons From The Intersexed
- Daphne Scholinski with Jane Meredith Adams: The Last Time I Wore A Dress
- Riki Anne Wilchins: Read My Lips: Sexual Subversion and the End of Gender
- Jamison Green: Becoming a Visible Man
- Julia Serano: Whipping Girl
- List of Queer Books: http://www.queerbychoice.com/choicebooks.html
- List of Transgender Books: http://www.myhusbandbetty.com/transgender-books/
Queer/Trans Friendly Movie and Book Stores
Powells Book Store (Portland, Oregon)
Half Price Books (Seattle, WA)
Orca Books! (Olympia, Washington)
Last Word Books (Olympia, Washington)
Rainy Day Records (Olympia, Washington)