Feeling like a burden?
Perhaps you or a loved one is lonely and disconnected from the LGBTQ+ community .
It’s tough to know how to get out there after you’ve just come out, moved to a city, or experienced a shift or change.
Many different types of communities and families exist around your city. The people whom we surround ourselves with have a huge impact on our well being. We are humans after all. Whether it be your biological or chosen family they are out there — in person, online, or sitting right next to you. Community and being connected to one another does wonders for our mental health.
There’s no doubt there are wonderful LGBTQ+ resources out there, but the connection doesn’t always happen. It can be scary to make the call, show up, and engage with new people. Working with a professional therapist can give you that extra push and ultimately support you to increase a sense of belonging.
I have created a running list of LGBTQ+ resources both in Sacramento and around the globe. Feel free to contact me if you know of other resources or would like to be placed on the list below
Hotlines and Self-Help
Crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth.
24hr Suicide Prevention Crisis Line
~or~ text the word HOPE to 916-668-iCAN
Local LGBTQ Community Centers:
Sacramento LGBT Community Center
1927 L Street
Sacramento, CA 95811
916-442-0185 xt 100
Trained peers facilitate support groups for LGBT your/adults, coming out groups and a transgender support group. Assistance in finding LGBT affirming counseling referrals.
PFLAG is a grassroots network of parents, families, friends and allies.
Local LGBTQ Health Center:
Gender Health Center
2020 29th St. Ste 21
Sacramento, CA 95817
Individual and couples counseling, hormone clinic for people who are transgender, legal clinics and name and gender change assistance.
Sacramento LGBTQ Resource Centers/Organizations:
Trans Resource Center through UCDavis
Provides referrals to trans-friendly doctors in the Sacramento region.
A support network for student-run clubs that bring together LGBTQ and straight students to support each other, provide a safe place to socialize, and create a platform for activism to fight homophobia and transphobia.
*College students* Campus Pride
A national organization for student leaders and campus groups working to create a safer college environment for LGBT students.
Golden Rule Services
From their website: "Golden Rule Services offers a variety of free and confidential HIV, STD and Hepatitis C education and prevention services that are accessible, affordable and culturally and linguistically appropriate." This organization serves anyone in need of services, however, the founding ideology was based on the need to provide services for minorities within the community. In addition to testing and crises intervention, they also offer support groups for latina/latino and African American members of the community.
The Lavender Library
From their website: "We loan books, periodicals, and DVD videos of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender interest to members, collect items that preserve the LGBT experience in the Sacramento area and sponsor lectures, exhibits and cultural events for the community.”
There are also many online communities for LGBTQ+ individuals. Used safely, the internet can provide a sense of community for many folks who may prefer to talk online.