HOTLINES

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 1-800-273-TALK (8255) – The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. By dialing 1-800-273-TALK (8255), the call is routed to the nearest crisis center in our national network of more than 150 crisis centers. The Lifeline’s national network of local crisis centers provide crisis counseling and mental health referrals day and night.
    suicidepreventionlifeline.org
  • The Trevor Project – 1-866-488-7386 – Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.
    thetrevorproject.org
  • The Trans Lifeline
    US: (877) 565-8860/Canada: (877) 330-6366
    – Trans Lifeline works to end transgender suicide and improve overall mental health of transgender people through education, advocacy, and direct service. We empower trans people to help one another, and to shape our collective efforts by drawing upon our wealth of individual experiences.
    translifeline.org

    WEBSITES

    • Affirmation – Affirmation does charter itself for the purpose and position herein stated, as a charitable, service, educational and religious oriented association:

      As members and friends of the gay and lesbian community, it is our intention to work for the understanding and acceptance of gays and lesbians as full, equal and worthy persons within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and society, and to help them realize and affirm self-worth.

      Affirmation: Gay and Lesbian Mormons is a welcoming community and welcomes all persons regardless of sex, race, color, age, national origin, religion, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

      Affirmation supports and encourages its members by assisting them in dealing with the Church, their families, employers, work associates and social contacts. The association offers its members strength and support in solving personal problems through mutual acceptance and fellowship.
      affirmation.org

    • Family Acceptance Project – The Family Acceptance Project™ is a research, intervention, education and policy initiative that works to prevent health and mental health risks for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) children and youth, including suicide, homelessness and HIV – in the context of their families, cultures and faith communities. We use a research-based, culturally grounded approach to help ethnically, socially and religiously diverse families to support their LGBT children.

      Our team has been putting research into practice by developing an evidence-based family model of wellness, prevention and care to strengthen families and promote positive development and healthy futures for LGBT children and youth. We provide training and consultation on our family-based prevention and intervention approach across the United States and in other countries.
      familyproject.sfsu.edu

    • Equality Utah – To secure equal rights and protections for LGBTQ Utahns and their families.
      equalityutah.org
    • Family Acceptance Project- Family Education Materials to Help Mormon Families Support Their LGBT Children – Written by FAP Director Dr. Caitlin Ryan, a clinical social worker with nearly 40 years of research and practice experience on LGBT health and mental health, and Dr. Bob Rees, a former Mormon Bishop who teaches Mormon Studies at Graduate Theological Union, this is the first research-based educational resource to help Mormon families support their LGBT children. As with other family education booklets from the Family Acceptance Project, Supportive Families, Healthy Children has been designated as the 1st “Best Practice” resource for suicide prevention for LGBT people by the national Best Practices Registry for Suicide Prevention and is the only such resource for Latter-day Saint (Mormon) families.
      familyproject.sfsu.edu
    • Far Between – The purpose of this site is simple — to better understand what it means to be homosexual and Mormon. Please know that this site is neither “anti-Mormon” nor “anti-homosexual”. It’s just a place to listen and consider, for a moment, what it’s like to be someone else. We hope the experience will move you to engage in constructive conversations about reconciling your empathic responses to the videos, with the doctrines and policies of the Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints.

      Our intent is to provide, through Far Between and its sponsor, Empathy First Initiative, a space for people to share their story, holding equal space for people of all stripes to share their lived experience, no matter the differences, without judgement. We hope to show that, no matter how they may choose to react to their experience, the people featured on this site have conscientiously engaged in their own journey of moral reasoning and are worthy of love and understanding.
      farbetweenmovie.com

    • I’ll Walk with You – These videos were created for Latter-day Saint parents and allies to voice their love for their LGBT brothers and sisters, sons and daughters. They want to give a message of comfort and support to other parents who are navigating the difficult conflicts that can arise in families around this issue.
      ldswalkwithyou.org
    • It Get’s Better Project – The It Gets Better Project’s mission is to communicate to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth around the world that it gets better, and to create and inspire the changes needed to make it better for them.
      itgetsbetter.org
    • LDS Family Fellowship – Supporting Families with LGBTQ Members and Friends
      ldsfamilyfellowship.org
    • LGBTQ Affirmative Psychotherapist Guild of Utah – The Guild is a Utah-based, grassroots organization of licensed mental-health professionals and students-in-training. Members meet monthly for consultation and education regarding mental-health concerns of sexual and gender minorities. We welcome members of any sexual orientation.

      The Guild website offers support and resources for Utah Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Same-Sex attracted individuals and their allies. The Guild provides networking opportunities, CEU credit classes, outreach, shares valuable resources among members, maintains a calendar of events, and provides an online directory of LGBTQ Affirmative therapists for the general public to find help for their unique issues.
      lgbtqtherapists.com

    • LGBTQ Youth – LGBTQ youth are resilient, talented, strong, smart, beautiful – and more. Everything you might imagine a fabulous youth to be. LGBTQ youth may – often, even – face unique and difficult challenges just because of who they are. That’s where we come in (and hope that you will join us).

      The Continuum of Care is all about empowering youth and those that love them to make things better, now – to address school safety, and bullying by students, teachers and staff.

      To prevent youth from becoming homeless, and to provide immediate and appropriate help for youth experiencing homelessness.

      To work to prevent LGBTQ youth suicide, depression and other mental and physical health issues that so often are the result of macro and micro aggressions that happen day after day after day.
      lgbtqyouth.org

    • The Mormon Mental Health Association – The Mormon Mental Health Association (MMHA) is a professional association for mental health providers, clinicians, educators and advocates who are interested in or are working with the Mormon population. By Mormon population we refer to the membership of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as well as members of any church tracing back to the restoration movement of Joseph Smith.

      MMHA is interested in increasing training, research, strategy, collaboration and education in the mental health treatment of Mormons, helping ensure that this population’s needs are being met by trained professionals who adhere to professional ethics codes. This would include the ability to respectfully and adequately treat and educate Mormons self-identifying in any manner of religious belief or non-belief, sexual orientation or preference, gender identity, or any other area they may find themselves in, through an evidence-based, best-practice approach consistent with professional ethics first and foremost.
      mormonmentalhealthassoc.org

    • Mormons Building Bridges – In accordance with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Mormons Building Bridges community is made up of faithful Latter-day Saints who are dedicated to conveying love and acceptance to all who identify as LGBTQI and those who experience same-sex attraction. We assert that all our sisters, brothers, and families are inherently worthy of love and belonging in our homes, congregations, and communities – no matter where their life path may take them.

      The Mormons Building Bridges community supports specific initiatives that promote this vision and encourage individuals to flourish. We base our efforts on the testimonies of gay, transgender, and straight Latter-day Saints who all seek a Christ-centered life as their authentic selves. The Mormons Building Bridges community is less a movement built around a visible leader and more a way of creating a standard of thoughtful dialogue and innovation that is available to all LDS people as they approach the question of how to best help LGBTQ/SSA people to thrive.
      mormonsbuildingbridges.org

    • Mormons For Marriage – This site has its roots in the community-forming that sprung up as a result of the LDS Church’s involvement in California’s Proposition 8 during the summer of 2008. It continues today as the question of the constitutionally protected right to marriage makes it way through the courts toward a final decision from the Supreme Court. Though previous Supreme Court decisions in highly contentious issues have settled the constitutionality of those matters, many of the moral questions have been left unsettled and remain a flash point of contention in American civic and religious dialogue to this day. So too, the question of the constitutionally protected right to marriage may be settled soon with a Supreme Court decision, the moral questions around same sex marriage will remain unsettled and a cause of deep contention in American civic and religious dialogue for years to come.
      mormonsformarriage.com
    • Mormon and Gay – Official church website launched 10/25/2016.
      mormonandgay.lds.org
    • OUTreach Resource Centers – Utah – OUTreach Resource Centers is a non-profit collection of youth resource centers dedicated to transforming communities and saving lives through comprehensive programming, community advocacy, and training designed to promote positive outcomes for underserved populations.
      outreachresourcecenters.org
    • PFLAG – Founded in 1972 with the simple act of a mother publicly supporting her gay son, PFLAG is the nation’s largest family and ally organization. Uniting people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) with families, friends, and allies, PFLAG is committed to advancing equality and full societal affirmation of LGBTQ people through its threefold mission of support, education, and advocacy.

      PFLAG has over 350 chapters and 200,000 members and supporters crossing multiple generations of American families in major urban centers, small cities, and rural areas in all 50 states.
      community.pflag.org

    • The Trevor Project – Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.
      thetrevorproject.org
    • USGA at BYU – USGA is an unofficial group of Brigham Young University students, faculty and guests who wish to strengthen families and the BYU community by providing a place for open, respectful discussions on the topic of same-gender attraction.
      byuusga.wordpress.com
    • Utah Pride Center – Utah Pride is a catalyst for building and celebrating the strength, equality, dignity and self-determination of the LGBTQ community throughout Utah. We are committed to excellence in execution and the continuing improvement of all programs, services, education and advocacy. We value and support individuals, families, and allies and building partnerships across communities.
      utahpridecenter.org
    • Voices of Love – Voices of Love believes stories of God’s children who find love in harmony with their sexual orientation is necessary to fully represent the happiness gay youth from Mormon heritages can find someday. The current proscriptions of celibacy or a mixed orientation temple marriage (echoed in the project Voices of Hope by North Star and its acquisition, Evergreen International) simply do not work for too many. Mixed orientation marriages have a 70% -75% divorce rate as reported in the psychological research literature.

      All youth deserve the right to still belong to their community, family, and religious group (if they so desire) no matter who they choose to love. Rejection can lead to depression, sexual promiscuity, and suicidal thoughts/actions. Acceptance leads to greater mental health outcomes, decreased risk of STD’s, and it saves lives.
      voicesoflove.org

    • WeExist.LGBT – A non-profit organization whose mission is “to make schools safe for LGBTQ+ students and end the practice of conversion therapy.” They provide links to multiple resources and a blog.
      weexist.lgbt
    • Youth Futures Utah – Located in the heart of downtown Ogden. This facility provides 14 beds in a home-like environment to shelter youth, 17 and under, who have no other place to go. Our shelter provides these youth with assessment and evaluation, followed by guidance toward mediation and reunification or placement in a variety of programs available in the community, including emancipation plans.
      yfut.org

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