Thurston County Resources for Youth
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
Lambert House (activities and support for LGBTQ+ youth in Seattle)
Queer Youth Space – Seattle
Oasis (drop in center for LGBTQ+ youth ages 14-24 in Pierce County)
Triple Point, Walla Walla (support for LGBTQ+ youth in Walla Walla, WA)
Phone: 509-529-2130 ext 118
Website: Triple Point
Vista Youth Center (support for LGBTQ+ youth in the Tri Cities, WA)
Odyssey Youth Center (support for LGBTQ+ youth in Spokane, WA)
Phone: (360) 325-3637
Crisis Clinic (serves Thurston and Mason Counties)
Youth Line: 360-586-2777
Foster Care Helpline (for LGBTQ+ youth specifically)
Gay and Lesbian Victim’s Assistance 24 Hour Hotline
Trevor Helpline (24 hour suicide hotline for LGBTQ+ youth)
Dispute Resolution Center of Thurston County
Safe Place (Resources for Sexual Abuse)
Child Protective Services (Investigates allegations of abuse)
National Teen Dating Abuse Helping 24/7
National Runaway Switchboard 24/7
Phone: 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929)
Crisis Text Line – Crisis Text Line serves anyone, in any type of crisis, providing access to free, 24/7 support and information via the medium people already use and trust: text.
Text START to 741-741
National Resources – Suicide Prevention
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.
TrevorChat – For those needing a safe, non-judgmental place to talk. Available Thursdays and Friday (4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. ET / 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. PT). Text the word “Trevor” to 1-202-304-1200. Standard text messaging rates apply.
Youth Guardian Services (YGS) – runs email discussion and support lists for LGBTQ+ 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.
Now Means Now: DBT (Dialectical behavioral therapy) for Suicide Awareness and Prevention. Free training, information on DBT.
Transgender and Gender Resources, Clinics, and Support Groups
New BoyZ Club – Olympia (support group for trans men, trans masculine and genderqueer folx)
Gender Alliance of South Sound
Rainbow Health Center (Olympia)
Rainbow Health Center is a collaboration of independent professional businesses. The building’s mission is to provide a healing space for professionals with marginalized identities and their guests. The professionals provide high-quality, informed care for transgender, cisgender, gender nonconforming, and non-binary individuals regardless of gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, race/ethnicity, immigration status, religion, or socio-economic status.
Ingersoll Gender Center – Seattle
Phone: (206) 329-6651
TransYouth-TransFamilies (psychotherapy for gender variant youth and their families)
Keylee Marineau, MA
Phone: (360) 464-7636
Tom Waddell Clinic – San Francisco
Outside In – Portland
Help homeless youth and other marginalized people move towards improved health and self-sufficiency. Leaders in GLBTQ youth.
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 Youth Equality Foundation (Education/Advocacy for trans youth and families)
Gender Spectrum Lounge
“The Gender Spectrum Lounge is a global online community for gender-expansive teens, their families, and support professionals to connect, collaborate, and find resources.”
Black Transmen Inc
Black Transwomen Inc
TrevorSpace – Sign up and join tens of thousands of LGBTQ+ young people (ages 13-24) and their friends from around the world on Trevor’s secure social networking site
Point of Pride
Point of Pride works to benefit trans people in need through gender-affirming support programs that empower them to live more authentically. Point of Pride offers an Annual Transgender Surgery Fund, a Free Chest Binder Donation Program, a Free Trans Femme Shapewear Program, an Electrolysis Financial Support Program, and other community-building support initiatives for trans youth and adults. We also advocate for health care reform and the national adoption of inclusive health care policies that protect and serve our community.
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
Gender Transition Cost
Information compiled by FiscalTiger. Includes information for FTM, MTF and others choosing aspects of medical and legal identity transition. Website: www.fiscaltiger.com/the-cost-of-gender-transition
Scholarships and Higher Education
OnlineColleges.net Guide for Choosing LGBTQ+ Friendly Colleges – With a focus on emerging trends and developments in online education, OnlineColleges.net has been informing prospective students since 2009. OnlineColleges.net provides free student guides and college search information, along with expert advice from Melissa Venable, PhD, an experienced online instructor and thought leader.
The Best Colleges for LGBTQ Students, put out by The Best Colleges this guide offers strategies for determining colleges that are most likely to be supportive, including information on scholarships for LGBTQ+ students, what questions to ask about campus culture and services, and national organizations that can be of assistance.
Another list of Higher Education resources for LGBTQ+ students.
Community for Accredited Online Schools guide for Transgender College Students.
College Scholarships for LGBTQ Students, from Affordable Colleges Online.
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.”
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.
Health Related Resources
QuitDay – “At QuitDay, our mission is to help people add 10 healthy years to their lives. Smoking and tobacco addiction reduces quality of life for millions of people each year. Our team strives to inspire people to quit smoking, and have a positive impact on the lives of their loved ones and their children.”
Addiction Resource has a page of resources related to addiction and the LGBTQ+ community: “… substance abuse is a huge problem within the LGBTQ+ community and is much more common than in any other demographic. In fact, it is thought that around 20-30 percent of the LGBTQ+ demographic abuse substances, in comparison to about 9 percent in the non-LGBTQ+ demographic.”
Alcohol Rehab Guide has a page of LGBTQ Alcohol Abuse information that includes intersectionality based on race/ethnicity and gender that can be factors for increased chances of alcoholism in our community.
A list of Legal Resources for the LGBTQ+ community, through The Columbus DUI defenders:
- 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
Orca Books (Olympia, Washington)
Browsers Books (Olympia, Washington)
Last Word Books (Olympia, Washington)
Rainy Day Records (Olympia, Washington)
Powells Book Store (Portland, Oregon)
Half Price Books (Seattle, WA)