Glossary of Terms and Coming Out
Human Rights Campaign Glossary of LGBTQIA+ Terms
Transgender and Non-Binary People Frequently Asked Questions
Coming Out; A Handbook for LGBTQ Young People provided Trevor Project
Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth; A Guide for Foster Parents provided by childwelfare.gov
Local LGBTQIA+ Resources
Central Valley Pride Center Modesto: Building a safe space in the Central Valley by providing resources, support, and community events for LGBTQ+ individuals, families, and allies.
San Joaquin Pride Center Stockton: The mission of the San Joaquin Pride Center is to serve the diverse LGBTQQIA community in San Joaquin County and the surrounding areas by creating a safe and welcoming space, by providing resources that enrich body, mind and spirit, and by educating the public in tolerance and respect for all people within the LGBTQQIA community.
Stanislaus LGBTQ+ Collaborative: The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Allies, Two-Spirited and other identity persons (LGBTQIA+/2S) Collaborative is an association dedicated to Education, Advocacy and Training for inclusion of ALL in the community at large.
Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) United States’ first and largest organization uniting parents, families, and allies with people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer.
Trans Student Educational Resources (TSER) Trans Student Educational Resources is a youth-led organization dedicated to transforming the educational environment for trans and gender non-conforming students through advocacy and empowerment. Founded in 2011, it is the only national organization led by trans youth.
National Center for Transgender Equality The National Center for Transgender Equality advocates to change policies and society to increase understanding and acceptance of transgender people. In the nation’s capital and throughout the country, NCTE works to replace disrespect, discrimination, and violence with empathy, opportunity, and justice.
Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Our goal is to ensure that all LGBTQ people, and particularly those who are trans, people of color and HIV+, are treated as full and equal citizens in our movement, across our country and the world. The Human Rights Campaign envisions a world where every member of the LGBTQ family has the freedom to live their truth without fear, and with equality under the law.
The Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN) Every day GLSEN works to ensure that LGBTQ students are able to learn and grow in a school environment free from bullying and harassment. Together, we can transform our nation’s K-12 schools into the safe and affirming environment all youth deserve.
Flux Flux aims to raise the profile of the trans* and non-gender confirming community by leveraging social events, creating safe spaces, and innovative advocacy initiatives. Flux is a national division of AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF).
The Family Acceptance Project (FAP) The Family Acceptance Project® is a research, intervention, education and policy initiative to prevent health and mental health risks for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer-identified (LGBTQ) children and youth, including suicide, homelessness, drug use and HIV — in the context of their families, cultures and faith communities. They use a research-based, culturally grounded approach to help ethnically, racially and religiously diverse families learn to support their LGBTQ children.
LGBT Near Me – The LGBT National Resource Database LGBT Near Me is the largest collection of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender resources on the web. Find the closest social and support resources, the closest community centers, the closest youth groups and much, much more!
The Trevor Project Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award-winning winning short-film Trevor, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services 24/7 to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning young people under 25. Click here to watch the short film Trevor.
Matthew Shephard Foundation The Matthew Shepard Foundation’s mission is to amplify the story of Matthew Shepard to inspire individuals, organizations, and communities to embrace the dignity and equality of all people. Through local, regional, and national outreach, we empower individuals to find their voice to create change and challenge communities to identify and address hate that lives within our schools, neighborhoods, and homes. Our work is an extension of Matt’s passion to foster a more caring and just world. We share his story and embody his vigor for civil rights to change the hearts and minds of others to accept everyone as they are. For more information on Matthew’s story click here or watch the documentary Matt Shephard is a Friend of Mine.
Trans Lifeline Trans Lifeline is a grassroots hotline and microgrants non-profit organization offering direct emotional and financial support to trans people in crisis – for the trans community, by the trans community. Trans Lifeline connects trans people to the community support and resources we need to survive and thrive.
Transgender Law Center Transgender Law Center is the largest national trans-led organization advocating self-determination for all people. Grounded in legal expertise and committed to racial justice, we employ a variety of community-driven strategies to keep transgender and gender nonconforming people alive, thriving, and fighting for liberation.
It Gets Better Project The It Gets Better Project’s mission is to uplift, empower, and connect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) youth around the globe. The It Gets Better Project is a global non-profit that reaches millions of young people each year through inspiring media programming, educational resources, international affiliates in 20 countries plus the United States, and access to an arsenal of community-based service providers.