Looking for Help? Here Are LGBTQ+ Resources

NOWCastSA created this resource page after a state agency removed a webpage of resources for LGBTQ youth. Check this list of LGBTQ+ resources to find the support and help you need to navigate life's challenges.

HOTLINES

Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention

The Trevor Project: (866) 488-7386

The Trevor Project is an American nonprofit organization that focuses on suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning youth. They offer a confidential telephone service with trained counselors.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800) 273-8255 (online chat available as well)

Crisis Text Line: Text START to 741-741 

The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender National Hotline: (888) 843-4564

Trans LifeLine: (877) 565-8860

San Antonio Crisis Center: (210)223-7233

Others

The National Runaway Safeline: 800- RUNAWAY

National AIDS Hotline: (800) 342-AIDS / (800) 344-7432 (Spanish) / (800) 243-7889 (TDD)

National Domestic Violence Hotline: (800) 799-7233 (English and Spanish) (800) 787-3224 (TTY)

Bexar County / San Antonio Resources: 

Financial Resources + Housing

Provides social and financial services to low-income students in Bexar County pursuing vocational and technical degrees.

Knee socks in the colors of the pride flag. Photo by Antonia Padilla

Made to unite LGBT business owners, allies and professionals with consumers for mutual economic benefit.

Nonprofit organization that supports San Antonio foster youth as they age out of the foster care system.

LGBTQ youth homeless housing 

San Antonio AIDS Foundation provides HIV testing, education, prevention, nursing, hospice, hot meals, and housing.

Social Services + Counseling

non-profit organization with free monthly support groups and a help line

HELPLINE: 210-655-2383 (Se habla español). 

Fiesta Youth is South Texas premier LGBTQ non-profit youth organization for youth and their allies. They offer support, educational and enrichment programming/activities designed to help youth build a sense of community 

Social organization that provides older gay & bisexual men and younger men who admire them, the opportunity to enrich their lives.

Free counseling services to the community for individuals, couples, and families.

Association that explores issues and public policy involving gender identity as well as advocates for fair public policy for the LGBTQ+ community.

Butterly flag in the colors of transgender pride

Methodist Healthcare Ministries Wesley Counseling Center has sessions based on the ability to pay with the first session being free. No one is denied service.

The UTSA Sarabia Family Counseling Center provides free counseling services to the community.
 

Health Services

Helps individuals who are homeless, disabled or facing life challenging illnesses. 210-625-7200

Provides low-cost comprehensive, reproductive health services; physical exams; birth control; counseling; education; and HIV testing.

The Alamo Area Resource Center (AARC) was founded in 1990 to assist in meeting the needs of individuals who are homeless, disabled or facing life challenging illnesses, including but not limited to HIV/AIDS in Bexar County and surrounding areas.

Provides HIV/AIDS prevention, education, and services to the community.

Provides education and support services to communities faced with HIV/AIDS and other health concerns in a bilingual/bicultural familial environment.

The Center for Health Care Services improves the lives of people with mental illness, substance abuse challenges, and developmental disabilities.

Pride bracelets from the San Antonio Pride Parade

Project H.O.T provides HIV prevention education and free HIV testing.

San Antonio AIDS Foundation provides HIV testing, education, prevention, nursing, hospice, hot meals, and housing.

San Antonio Metropolitan Health provides public health services and programs.

Other Resources

SA meet up to help connect SA LGBTQ

PDF with more resources from the COSA 

Political SA Facebook group

People holding a huge pride flag banner in a march in San Antonio

National Resources

Financial Resources + Housing

Provides financial and campaign support to gay and lesbian political candidates

National youth outreach and prevention program for young people under the age of 18 (up to 21 years of age in some communities) in need of immediate help and safety. 

Keeps America’s runaway, homeless and at-risk youth safe and off the streets.

Social Services + Counseling

Legal organization that works to secure civil rights for gays, lesbians and people with HIV via education, public policy work and litigation.

organization of parents, teachers, students working to end homophobia in schools, and ensure all students are valued and respected, regardless of sexual orientation.

Free family, individual, and group counseling (available in Spanish).

Health Services

ORC holds many resources for people overcoming addiction, including a variety of treatment options for addiction, and even a list of relevant terminology and LGBTQ+ definitions for health care providers to provide the best care possible.

A comprehensive guide about substance abuse in the LGBTQ+ community from BOCA Recovery Center. Includes information on drug trends in the LGBTQ+ community, gender-affirming treatment guidelines, how to help an LGBTQ+ person cope with addiction, and more.

National initiative that connects communities with the new health insurance coverage options available under the Affordable Care Act.

Reproductive justice organization focused on health and justice for Latinas, including those in the LGBTQ community.

Foundation fighting for health, economic justice, and representation for the LGBTQ community. 

Speech Pathology Master’s Program provides a guide on gender affirming voice training and what to expect for the first voice therapy visit.

Organization that assists people with terminal and chronic illnesses. 


Even More Resources

Learn about some of the challenges facing LGBTQ youth, how to stay safe online, ways parents and loved ones can help, and more. This educational guide also contains additional online resources for LGBTQ+ youth. 

Here you will find information on why disabled veterans experience a lack of resources, learn about discrimination against disabled veterans, important rights for disabled veterans, and National Resources to help bridge the gap. 

Guide for finding LGBTQ-friendly treatment and navigating life in addiction recovery.

Guide discussing the connection between trucking and human trafficking. Learn how at-risk people can end up in these situations, how to spot signs of human trafficking, how to help, how to report human trafficking etc. 

Guide for planning an LGBTQ+ wedding. Includes resources that helps couples navigate gay marriage and how to plan for their wedding. 

Guide that offers an important overview of the types of discrimination LGBTQ individuals face in the United States and their legal protections. (includes what to do if you have experienced discrimination).

Resources for LGBTQ Professionals in Tech. Participating in resource groups can help LGBTQ workers find colleagues who are allies in their workplace, and maintain those supportive relationships even when they change companies.

The Trevor Project is the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning) young people.

Poster for the Pride Bigger than Texas celebration

Transgender Education Network of Texas is an organization dedicated to furthering gender-diverse equality in Texas. 

Campus Pride is a nonprofit organization for student leaders and campus groups working to create a safer college environment for LGBTQ students.

Austin-based Out Youth offers youth of all sexual orientations and gender identities a place where they are loved, acknowledged, and accepted for exactly who they are.

GLAAD rewrites the script for LGBTQ acceptance. As a dynamic media force, GLAAD tackles tough issues to shape the narrative and provoke dialogue that leads to cultural change.

The National LGBTQ Task Force advocates for  full freedom, justice and equality for LGBTQ people.

The National Center for Lesbian Rights NCLR is a national legal organization committed to advancing the civil and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families through litigation, legislation, policy, and public education.

Freedom for All Americans is the bipartisan campaign to secure full nondiscrimination
protections for LGBTQ people nationwide.

Pride At Work represents LGBTQ+ union members and their allies. We organize mutual support between the organized Labor Movement and the LGBTQ+ Community to further social and economic justice.