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Resources I am personally connected with and also local/Washington state ones are listed first, then national, international and internet-only ones.

The Trevor Helpline -a national 24-hour toll-free suicide prevention hotline aimed at gay or questioning youth . The Trevor Helpline is geared toward helping those in crisis, or anyone wanting information on how to help someone in crisis. All calls are handled by trained counselors, and are free and confidential. It can be reached by calling  1-866-4-U-TREVOR (1-866-488-7386).


Gabrielle N. Clayton, MA - Olympia, WA - I am a licensed mental health counselor in Olympia, Washington. (360) 888-5291. I have links to resources related to mental health below and more on that page.

And see Cradled Heart: Regarding Burnout, Compassion Fatigue and Wellness - A facilitated support group for activists, social service folks, educators, etc.


  Illumassage - Catherine Dawdy, LMP - Olympia, WA - Catherine is my massage therapist and great friend. Safe, gentle, restorative bodywork - in practice since 1998 - office hours by appointment. On-site massage for worksites. Hospice Comfort Care Therapist. Gentle, on-site massage for persons non-ambulatory, including seniors. Graduate with honors (1998) from the Seattle Massage School. Continuing education in the following: ethics, oncology massage, craniosacral and energetics skills, massage for seniors, myofascial and positional release techniques, and other areas of interest.  Phone: (360) 943-2590

Two handouts from Families United Against Hate (FUAH):


Listen to: When You Care (4:09) and When You Care 2 (5:27)
Sung by the original New York City cast of the musical, The Last Session: Bob Stillman, Grace Garland, Amy Coleman & Stephen Bienskie.
on The Last Session - Original Cast Recording
(1997 - EMG Productions)

Lyrics by John Bettis ~ Music by Steve Schalchlin (see below)


and listen to a third version

When You Care (4:12)
Sung by Steve Schalchlin with Ginger Freers, Chip Esten, and Alan Satchwell.

on The Bonus Round Sessions - 15 Songs Recorded Live in the Studio (2000)
Lyrics by John Bettis ~ Music by Steve Schalchlin.


Read the lyrics and the story behind the song on Steve's website here:


Shawn and Gwenn :: A Boy. A Girl. A Virus - I first met Shawn online through Steve Schalchlin (below).

Shawn met Gwenn. They fell in love. Shawn has HIV. Gwenn doesn't. They keep it that way. When Shawn and Gwenn met, they never thought their relationship would be an open book. But that's exactly what happened when friends encouraged the couple to go public with their healthy attitude towards sexual responsibility. Since 2000 they have spoken on hundreds of campuses, bringing humor and honesty to the sensitive subject of sexual health. Shawn discuses his many years of living with HIV, having been infected as a child, and the two explain how Gwenn remains HIV negative in their relationship. Through honesty and a life-affirming sense of humor, their message of personal responsibility has inspired to students to take their health seriously. Because if Gwenn can remain HIV negative, then anyone should be able to. Theirs is a timely, educational love story on the timeless topic of sex.

Shawn Decker was diagnosed with HIV at age 11 and given two years to live. When he outlived that prognosis, he entered the world of dating, with his "pet virus" tagging along as a third wheel. For the first decade of his diagnosis, he rarely mentioned "HIV", trying to ignore it in the hopes it would just go away.

When Gwenn Barringer was eighteen, a young woman with HIV spoke at her college. Gwenn wondered why she'd never talked about the topic with her friends, and soon afterward she enrolled in an HIV specific course to learn more. From there, she volunteered at an AIDS Service Organization and took any opportunity to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS.

After high school, Shawn opened up about his status by launching a website called MY PET VIRUS. Soon thereafter, he began writing a column for the national HIV/AIDS editorial, POZ Magazine, where he poked fun at himself as well as his virus. In 1997, he was invited to the White House on World AIDS Day, where he met the Vice President. ("Al Gore was really funny," Shawn says. "Seriously!")

Shawn really met his match at twenty-three when, by chance, he met Gwenn at a talk given by Ryan White's mother. The two (Shawn and Gwenn) hit it off, and after dating for a year and a half, they started educating together about being a couple with HIV in the mix.



Steve Schalchlin - Living in the Bonus Round - composer/lyricist/singer/pianist, internet diarist and my dear friend.

Steve writes, "I talk about health stuff because I was and still am a patient dealing with AIDS, diabetes, Graves' Disease, etc. ...
> I talk about Religion because I was Baptist (and I was gay - (*SCREECH*) ... I'm Just A Guy - I also talk about politics a little, but that's not what the site is about. It's just about one man's life (me). I'm still alive and still pounding out tunes. (My last name is pronounced SHACK-lin.)" 

Steve is also listed on my media resource page.

CHOICE Regional Health Network
- a non-profit coalition of rural and urban hospitals, practitioners, public health, clinics, community health centers, behavioral health providers and other partners dedicated to improving the health of the residents of Mason, Grays Harbor, Pacific, Lewis and Thurston counties - Central Western Washington. CHOICE Health Resources Coordinators can help clients enroll in health services and other programs, including Medicaid/Healthy Options, Apple Health for Kids, food assistance and prescription assistance. HRCs can also help connect clients with a doctor, dentist, midwife, nurse or mental health counselor.

The Mental Health Access Program (MHAP) - part of CHRN, above - is a community-based program developed to improve access to basic mental health services in Thurston County. Volunteer therapists provide counseling (up to 12 visits), targeting clients who are troubled by anxiety or depressed mood and who might be successful with a brief intervention model. MHAP provides mental health services to uninsured and underserved individuals of Thurston County while building community among mental health professionals and providers.

The Washington State Licensed Mental Health Counselor Program - information regarding health care providers, regulations for professional practice and contact information to put you in touch with people who can help answer your questions.

What You Can Expect From Your Licensed Counselor - a two page brochure to provide you with some general information regarding what you might expect from Licensed Counselors in Washington State and to assist you to have a more positive counseling experience based on your ability to determine the type of services and the best provider to meet your needs.
(pdf format)

Listen to "Louise and Roger"
(5:01) by The Righteous Mothers

Louise and Roger was originally written about someone with AIDS.

It's on two Righteous Mothers CD's: A Million Things (2002)
and: Best of the Righteous Mothers - The First 25 Years

The Professionals - from Psychology Today magazine - The mental health world is populated with many types of professionals, each with different training, different qualifications, and a different approach. Licenses may be important if you're looking for a therapist who can prescribe medication or who is expert in a particular problem such as drug addiction. But in general, good therapy is most often the result of a great client-therapist connection. Because most of us aren't quite clear on the differences between psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors, and coaches, here's a rough field guide:

More about therapy from Psychology Today: What Is Therapy? / Is Therapy Right for Me? / How Do I Choose? / Insurance / Treatment Methods / Credentials

Counseling - a description of what a counselor does and how the field developed, from Wikipedia.

Counseling topics - Wikipedia's alphabetical list contains some approaches that may not call themselves counseling such as creative problem solving but have similar aims.

Psychotherapy - a description of what psychotherapy is and how it developed, from Wikipedia.

Psychotherapies - Wikipedia's alphabetical list contains some approaches that may not call themselves a psychotherapy but have a similar aim, of improving mental health and well being through talk and other means of communication.

5 Ways to Prevent Activist Burnout - Two essays by Nina Jacinto about the importance of self-care for activists who often feel that there is always more work to be done, and prioritize struggles for justice over their physical and emotional health. Published in Wiretap Magazine in September 2009. Part I: and Part II:

Accord Alliance - In 2006, a consensus for a new paradigm of care for people diagnosed with "intersex" conditions was developed by 50 international experts and patient advocates. Accompanied by a change in nomenclature referring collectively to these conditions as disorders of sex development, or DSD. Accord Alliance's mission is to promote comprehensive and integrated approaches to care that enhance the health and well-being of people and families affected by DSD.

Note: Intersex Society of North America (ISNA) was devoted to systemic change to end shame, secrecy and unwanted genital surgeries for people born with anomaly of the reproductive system. They worked to end the idea that intersexuality is shameful or freakish. Because Accord Alliance (above) opened its doors in March, 2008 and will continue to lead national efforts to improve DSD-related health care and outcomes, ISNA closed its doors with the comfort and knowledge that its work will continue to have an impact. Archives of ISNA's historical documents and accomplishments will be preserved at the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University and the ISNA website will remain up as a historical artifact.

The Bad Fruit Foundation - supports Seattle-area creative types (including artists, dancers, film-makers, musicians, painters, photographers, poets, sculptors, singers and writers) who are facing life-altering illnesses and are under-insured. Assistance comes through advocacy, special events and benefit shows and cash grants. "Basically, we're a group of artists using art to help other artists."  

The Center for Traditional Medicine - promotes the cross-cultural healing arts and sciences and advances social change to benefit individual and community health through activist scholarship, research and practice. The Center for Traditional Medicine (CTM) is an agency of the Center for World Indigenous Studies (CWIS) a non-profit research and education organization. CTM conducts research, education and clinical treatment that integrates traditional systems of indigenous healing with complementary and integrative medicine. The center promotes social change through its activities by and for Native and Non Native peoples worldwide. - this website was created by Floyd Else, a retired mental health counselor in Bellevue, Washington as a starting point for consumers of mental health and chemical dependency counseling services and for the professionals in those fields. It serves mental health, marriage and family and addiction counseling needs throughout Washington State, and includes a comprehensive list of acronyms used by counselors (with notes by Floyd Else), a list of professional mental health associations organizations coalitions and academies, and more.

Crisis Clinic Resource Network - serving Thurston and Mason Counties, WA. 24 hour a day, 7 days a week telephone crisis intervention and information referral services.  Crisis & Information Line: (360) 586-2800 , Business Line: (360) 586-2888

Youth Help Line of South Sound - trained teen volunteers staff phone line for area teens - crisis intervention - information and referral to community resources - community outreach. Crisis & Information Line: (360) 586-2800

Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Health Pages - Public Health, Seattle & King County , WA - Lots of great information here.

Culturally Competent Care for GLBT People: Recommendations for Health Care Providers - part of the pages from Public Health - Seattle & King County . - based in Olympia, WA - helping people find therapists & advocating for ethical and healthy therapy & marriage vcounseling practices, this international association of counselors, therapists, and psychologists believe people are equipped to transform the obstacles to optimum health and happiness. As a leading advocate for healthy psychotherapy, educates the public about the differences between healthy and unhealthy psychotherapy and promotes non-pathologically based approaches within the professional community. Ranked as one of the leading mental health organizations and therapist referral sources on the web, maintains the highest standards for membership, allowing only those therapists who meet all the membership requirements and who believe people are basically proficient at their core and have the capacity to access their own wisdom and internal resources to overcome the obstacles to health & happiness.

- a collection of health information resources funded by license fees from selected health care providers in Washington State. Information for & about: Acupuncturists - Chiropractors - Massage Practitioners - Mental Health Counselors, Psychologists, Licensed Social Workers - Naturopaths - Optometrists - Physicians, PAs, ARNPs - Podiatrists - Registered Nurses. The mission of HEAL-WA is to provide evidence-based information to support patient care.

Hearing Voices - Portland, OR - a network of individuals who seek alternatives to medications and share ideas/tactics for the voices they hear and other concerns. Public education, discussion groups, training, and community support related to hearing voices, seeing visions, and having unusual beliefs and sensory experiences often labeled as psychosis, bipolar, mania, paranoia, schizophrenia, and other mental disorders. They aim to reduce fear and misunderstanding, question stereotypes, promote holistic health options, overcome isolation, and create a more inclusive community. 

A Hike For Hope - Lewis County, WA - part of The Sonny Project, dedicated to Sonny Petra and his commitment to help people living with HIV/AIDS in Lewis County, WA.

The HIV/AIDS Program was established in 1983 within Public Health--Seattle & King County.  We work with the community to develop a model network of HIV/AIDS services. The mission of this homepage is to promote health and prevent disease by providing accurate, easily accessible information.

The International Planned Parenthood Federation, Western Hemisphere Region (IPPF/WHR) - is committed to promoting the right of women and men to decide freely the number and spacing of their children and the right to the highest possible level of sexual and reproductive health. They believe that the balance between the world's population and its natural resources and productivity is a necessary condition for improving the quality of life on the planet. IPPF/WHR is a regional office of the International Planned Parenthood Federation  - the world's largest voluntary organization in sexual and reproductive health and rights.

freechoicesaveslives - a global voice for women's rights, IPPF/WHR opposes the Global Gag Rule and its dangerous impact on the women, men and children of the developing world. Overturning the Gag Rule is one of IPPF/WHR's priorities and the impetus for the campaign and web site.

The International Trauma Treatment Program (ITTP) - Olympia, WA - a community-supported non-profit organization that trains practitioners to treat complex trauma inflicted by torture, war, and natural disasters. ITTP seeks to break these cycles and restore victims' physical and psychological health through treatment and education. Their goal is to undermine the use of torture through establishing an international network of practitioners who fight torture by transforming torture victims into survivors. Practitioners from war zones who participate in our program become prepared to treat, and to train other practitioners to treat, trauma survivors in their home countries. They seek to leverage resources by creating a snowball effect that greatly increases the number of practitioners worldwide that fight torture.

Lesbian & Gay Youth: Care and Counseling - by Caitlin Ryan, M.S.W., and Donna Futterman, M.D. -  I highly recommend this excellent book.  

Assessing Community Referral Resources for Sensitivity to Lesbian and Gay Adolescents - reprinted with permission from Lesbian & Gay Youth: Care and Counseling (above). (pdf format)

LGBT Alzheimer's Caregiver Support - Seattle - Caring for someone with memory loss? Alzheimer's Association caregiver support groups provide a consistent and caring place for people to learn, share and gain emotional support from others who are also on a unique journey of providing care to a person with memory loss. A free information and support group for unpaid care partners, family members and friends is held the second Tuesday of each month from 6:30 "€ś 8:00 pm at Elderhealth NW, 6555 Ravenna Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115.  This group is for LGBT caregivers only. For more information, contact group facilitator Caila Nickerson at 781-248-3524 (cell) or; or contact Linda Whiteside at 1-800-848-7097 ext. 237.

Lifelong AIDS Alliance - Seattle, WA - (a merger of  the Northwest AIDS Foundation and Chicken Soup Brigade) is committed to preventing the spread of HIV, and to providing practical support services and advocating for those whose lives are affected by HIV and AIDS.

Multifaith Works - Seattle, WA - a non-denominational compassionate community providing critical services for people affected by life-threatening or chronic illnesses, assisting them to live with personal dignity and integrity, and doing community education on issues of human diversity.

Olympia Men's Project - a group of young gay, bi, trans and queer men ages 18-29 working to build a healthy and strong community in Olympia and the surrounding area. They meet every Thursday at United Communities AIDS Network and also hold events & workshops as well as perform outreach projects to help educate people on how to have safer sex practices. and

People of Color Against AIDS Network ( POCAAN) - Seattle, Tacoma & Yakima in Washington State - a multi-cultural AIDS prevention organization created in response to the devastating impact that HIV/AIDS has on communities of color. POCAAN brings people of color together across differences of race, gender, class and sexual orientation to develop, implement and promote comprehensive multicultural HIV/AIDS prevention models that are effective and responsive to the evolving needs of communities of color. POCAAN seeks to remove the barriers created by sexism, racism and homophobia, which limit our abilities to access health care services and educational risk reduction messages concerning AIDS.

Planned Parenthood of Western Washington (PPWW) - this local affiliate of the national Planned Parenthood Federation of America works to ensure that all people can make informed choices about reproductive and sexual health. PPWW advocates to preserve the fundamental right to reproductive self determination; offers high quality, cost effective clinical services, and provide educational services to foster understanding of human sexuality and promotes responsible behavior.

Pos or Not - People from across the country - some of whom are living with HIV, some who are not "€ś put their personal lives forward to challenge the stereotypes about who is affected by this disease. Based only on their photographs and personal information, players are asked if the individual is "Pos or Not."ť mtvU, MTV Networks' Peabody and Emmy Award-winning 24-hour college network, and the Kaiser Family Foundation, in partnership with POZ Magazine, developed Pos or Not, a viral online game that confronts the stigma still surrounding HIV/AIDS more than 25 years after the first case of the disease was reported. Can you tell? Play the game here and find out: 

seasonal cornucopia - a tool from Becky Selengut, chef and instructor at Seattle-based Cornucopia,  that chefs, restaurateurs, home cooks and gardeners in the greater Puget Sound Region of the Pacific Northwest can use to easily identify when local foods are in season.

Seattle Counseling Services (SCS) - began in 1969 as the very first community center in the country specifically designed to meet the mental health needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning people.
It is a community resource that advocates, educates and serves to advance the social well being and mental health of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender communities
; and it offers a broad range of mental health and harm reduction services to the LGBTQ/Q community including therapy and case management for individuals, couples/non-traditional families and groups, in-house psychiatric referral, evaluation and medication management services, and a recovery program specializing in providing addiction treatment and support for adults and for young people who are struggling with the use of alcohol and other drugs. SCS offers groups on various mental health topics for both clients and the general public, community referrals, training, consultation services and more. Phone: 206-323-1768

Talcott Broadhead, M.S.W., LSWAA - Olympia, WA - Gender justice and anti-bias advocacy, education, and trainings. Anti-racism and allyship trainings, agency assesments, traiing and consultations on creating inclusive environments for all genders. Transgender affirmative individual, family, couple and group therapy.

Shunning Medical Hoops, Transgender Patients Turn to ‘Informed Consent’ Model - by Shay O'Reilly, Campus Progress, February 27, 2012. Talcott Broadhead (above) conributed to this article and works under an umbrella called Informed Consent for Access to Transgender Health. "Patients frequently report that hormone therapy makes their body feel more comfortable or more like home—more importantly to many, hormones masculinize or feminize the body, helping trans people be read correctly as their gender. But accessing these hormones can be very difficult, even for patients who are assertive and aware of what they want. Doctors often follow outdated standards, requiring a pathological diagnosis, extended counseling, or even a dangerous “real life experience” period in which non-passing individuals must live in their preferred gender role. Rather than jump through these seemingly endless and expensive hoops, trans people sometimes turn to dangerous black-market alternatives. Fortunately, there’s an increasingly popular alternative: clinics like Howard Brown, which offer transgender patients hormone prescriptions using an “informed consent” model that centers a patient’s autonomous choice."  Read the whole article:

United Community AIDS Network (UCAN) - Olympia, WA - dedicated to providing a broad range of support services to people living with and at-risk for and HIV/AIDS, as well as education and prevention services.

Washington State's Death with Dignity Act - Information from the WA Department of Health Center for Health Statistics about this act which allows terminally ill adults seeking to end their life to request lethal doses of medication from medical and osteopathic physicians. These terminally ill patients must be Washington residents who have less than six months to live. The Washington Death with Dignity Act, Initiative 1000, codified as RCW 70.245, passed on November 4, 2008.

Working with Gay Male Survivors - an interview with Talcott Broadhead, MSW, Office of Sexual Assault Prevention at The Evergreen State College. What, if anything, is particular to working with survivors of sexual assault who are gay or bi men? (starting on page 14 of this pdf document)

Activist Trauma Support:

I'm very proud to be listed in The Activist Trauma Database which is based in Oxford, UK:
which lists folks (mostly in the UK) who work with people overcoming traumatic experiences mostly (but not exclusively) caused by political violence. It is an excellent resource for political activists who may be injured during or by their political activities or may be struggling with mental health issues related to activism. This resource is created by anti-capitalist activists who have either experienced or been close to people who have been effected by PTSD or other mental health issues. The Database aims to facilitate contact between people who need help and people who offer different healing skills: activists who are specially trained to do trauma support, therapists, psychologists, counselors and other sympathetic professionals, and professional institutions and centers working on trauma. The database is here.

"Trauma work is part of resistance. ... Supporting people who have been traumatized should be a central part of our activism, for without support and solidarity we can be easily picked off. This is not exciting or glamorous, it's hard work. However it can be rewarding, interesting and have very positive results. We may sometimes feel powerless in the face of all their power but we CAN help each other."

See more information and handouts from Activist Trauma Support (in English and some are also in other languages) at: including in part:

Why We Think This Is Important ...

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and activists.

How to cope with being attacked by the police and other assailants
and in PDF format (2 large pages)

Activist trauma and recovery (pdf format - 2 large pages)

Sustainable Activism & Avoiding Burnout (pdf format - 2 large pages)

Advocates for Youth - dedicated to creating programs and promoting policies which help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual and reproductive health. They provide information, training, and advocacy to youth-serving organizations, policy makers, and the media in the U.S. and internationally.

The Media Project - This program of Advocates for Youth, offers entertainment professionals the latest facts, research assistance, script consultation, and story ideas on today's sexual and reproductive health issues, including condoms, pregnancy, HIV/AIDS, abstinence, and abortion.  

Young Women Who Have Sex With Women: Falling Through the Cracks of Sexual Health Care - report from Advocates for Youth. and  (pdf format)

AEGIS - pronounced EE-jis. "The 'magic bullet' to cure or prevent HIV infection has not been found, and too many people with or affected by HIV/AIDS are isolated by cultural, geographic, and economic barriers. In these times, how must we fight AIDS and relieve the human suffering it causes? We believe the answer will be found in the transformation of information into knowledge. For that to happen, information must be easily accessible and widely disseminated. It must be used." The largest HIV/AIDS website in the world, updated hourly.

AFFIRM: Psychologists Affirming their Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Family - "The AFFIRM network not only provides open support for our own family members, but also supports clinical and research work on GLB issues within psychology and encourages sensitivity to the role of sexual orientation in all clinical and research work." - information about personal healthcare and some mental health issues (such as depression and ADHD/ADD) many of which tend to cause discomfort in our society. Detailed guides, photographs and illustrations that allow you to privately and accurately get questions answered. Board-certified physicians supervise all guide content and development.  

The AIDS Memorial Quilt - a poignant memorial, a powerful tool for use in preventing new HIV infections, and the largest ongoing community arts project in the world.

AIDS United - Born out of the merger of the National AIDS Fund and AIDS Action in 2010, AIDS United’s mission is to end the AIDS epidemic within the United States.  We seek to fulfill our mission through strategic grantmaking, capacity building, and advocacy.

Alzheimer's Society (UK) > Caring for a person with dementia Relationships > LGBT support and advice -

Alzheimer's Society (UK) Forum: Lesbian & gay people with dementia and their carers -

AmFAR (The American Foundation for AIDS Research) - dedicated to the support of AIDS research, education for AIDS prevention, and sound AIDS-related public policy development.

From The American Psychological Association:

Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center - sexual health and HIV/AIDS education, support, and more for A&PI communities including immigrants and refugees; incarcerated and runaway youth; lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, and questioning youth; gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men; transgender persons; and women working in massage parlors around.  

The Association for Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Issues in Counseling - AGLBIC (a division of the American Counseling Association) works to educate mental health service providers about issues confronting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) individuals.

Competencies for Counseling Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered (GLBT) Clients - As more and more sexual minorities seek counseling services for assistance with their life challenges, all counselors need to be well versed in understanding the unique needs of this diverse population. The Association for Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Issues in Counseling developed the competencies that follow in order to promote the development of sound and professional counseling practice.  

Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists (AGLP) - educates and advocates on lesbian gay bisexual and transgender mental health issues; works to research and advocate for the best mental health care for the LGBT community; to develop resources to promote LGBT mental health; and more.  

AWARE Talk Radio - weekly radio and internet broadcast news-magazine providing information on health, HIV/AIDS, gay/lesbian issues and personal well-being.

Basic Tips for Healthcare and Social Service Providers Working With Transgendered People - Recommendations from GEA for the proper treatment of transgendered patients and clients.  (pdf format)

Bienestar Human Services - Southern California - a grass-roots community service organization that originated as a direct result of neglect and non-existent HIV/AIDS services for the Latino community. Bienestar is committed to enhancing the health and well-being of the Latino community and other underserved communities through community education, prevention, mobilization, advocacy, and the provision of direct social support services.

Big News: Dr. Robert Spitzer Renounces Infamous ‘Ex-Gay’ Study -  Truth Wins Out - In a move that serves as a significant blow to “ex-gay” programs and anti-gay organizations, Dr. Robert Spitzer repudiated his much-criticized 2001 study that claimed some “highly motivated” homosexuals could go from gay to straight.

Bisexual health: An introduction and model prctices for HIV/STI prevention programming - by Marshall Miller, Amy Andre, Julie Ebin and Leona Bessonova. From The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Policy Institute , The Fenway Institute , and BiNet USA . The report includes: Timeline: The Bisexual Health Movement in the US ~ What is bisexuality? ~ Who is a bisexual person? ~ What does it mean to have, or be open to having, sex with partners of a same or different gender? ~ Theories describing bisexuality ~ Gender, sex and bisexuality ~ Race, ethnicity and bisexuality ~ Biphobia, bi-invisibility and health ~ Bisexual youth ~ Why focus on bisexual health? ~ Sexual prejudice: A case study on the erasure of bisexuals in academia and the media ~ What are bisexual health issues within the context of HIV and STI prevention? ~ Tips for health care providers when working with bisexual clients ~ and more. (143 pages ~ pdf format)

Beyond the Binary: A Tool Kit for Gender Identity Activism in Schools - written by Stephanie Cho, Carolyn Laub, and Sean Saifa M. Wall of GSA Network , Chris Daley of Transgender Law Center , and Courtney Joslin of the National Center for Lesbian Rights . Information designed to assist in creating a safe space at school for transgender and gender nonconforming students. (Some of the information is for California schools and may not apply in other places.)  (pdf format)

Bodies Like Ours -  helping to eliminate shame, secrecy, and isolation for people born with genital anomalies. Peer support, education and resources for people born with atypical genitalia. Information about medical, psychological and legal research , a message board, an email newsletter, resources and more.

The Body - works to use the Web to lower barriers between patients and clinicians; to demystify HIV/AIDS and its treatment; to improve patients' quality of life; and to foster community through human connection. HIV/AIDS information in over 500 topic areas.  

The Body has a comprehensive list of hotlines and service organizations.

The Body Pro - dedicated to the needs of HIV/AIDS healthcare professionals.

The BrainTalk Communities - online patient support for people living with neurological conditions and anyone touched by these illnesses, such as loved ones, friends, and family. The Braintalk Communities are provided as a free public service by the Department of Neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital and are open to everyone.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Information Hotline (CDC-INFO) -1-800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636) ~ English and Spanish. And also TTY: 1-888-232-6348. Services, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Email address: ; web:

The Campaign to End AIDS  (C2EA) - a coalition of people living with HIV/AIDS, their advocates and their loved ones demanding that our leaders exert the political will to stop the epidemic, in the U.S. and abroad, once and for all. In small towns and big cities across America, we're mobilizing to ensure the best treatment and care for all HIV-positive people...and HIV prevention methods backed by good science.  

Creating GLBTQIA-Inclusive Forms Suggestions For Policy And Implementation - by Nathan Miller and Lori Weingarten. Too often, gay, genderqueer, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, questioning, queer, intersex, asexual, and ally (GLBTQIA) identified people are forced to make difficult choices on the forms they fill out - choices that put them in boxes, make them uncomfortable, and don't accurately describe their lives. (pdf format)

Creating safe clinical environments - suggestions for assessing GLBTI access to clinics - from The Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA).   (pdf format)

Community Standards of Practice for the Provision of Quality Health Care Services to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Clients - from the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Health Access Project, a collaborative community-based program funded by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. The project's mission is to foster the development and implementation of comprehensive, culturally appropriate, quality health promotion policies and health care services for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered (GLBT) people and their families.

Counseling the Gay and Lesbian Client: Treatment Issues and Conversion Therapy - by Christopher L. Heffner, Psy.D.; originally written for Diversity Education at the Lakeview Center, Pensacola, FL and republished on AllPsych (a comprehensive psychology website) on August 12, 2003

Crossing to Safety: Transgender Health & Homelessness - Persons who identify with a gender that differs from the sex assigned to them at birth are at high risk for social isolation, physical and emotional trauma, chemical dependency, infectious disease, and discrimination limiting their access to employment, housing, and health care. Homelessness compounds the risks. These articles, published in the June 2002 Healing Hands, a publication of Health Care for the Homeless Clinicians' Network, were written to enhance understanding of gender variance and to illustrate ways in which clinicians can provide a safe and comfortable "medical home" for transgender clients who are otherwise homeless.   (pdf format)

The Death with Dignity National Center (DDNC) - formed out of a profound commitment to the idea that personal end-of-life decisions should be made solely between a patient and a physician. The most common desire among those with a terminal illness is to die with some measure of dignity. From advance directives to physician-assisted dying, death with dignity is a movement to provide options for the dying to control their own end-of-life care. DDNC is the leader in this movement, successfully establishing, advancing and defending the landmark Oregon Death with Dignity Act -- a national catalyst for openly discussing and actively reforming end-of-life care for those who are terminally ill.

Depression Forums  - web-based forums on depression and treatment options, with a forum specifically for GLBT issues. "A safe place for LGBT people and allies to talk about how our sexual orientation and gender identity relate to depression."

Division 44: The Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Issues - a division of the American Psychological Association that represents sexual orientation issues, works to promote the education of psychologists and the general public, and acts to inform psychologists, and the general public, about relevant research, educational, and service activities.

Doctors Without Borders / Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) - an independent international medical humanitarian organization that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural or man-made disasters, or exclusion from health care in more than 70 countries. - excellent animations and information about abuse, alcoholism, anorexia, bulimia, depression, drug abuse, and self esteem. There is also a discussion board for sharing stories of recovery. - operated by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), a national medical organizations representing more than 93,700 family physicians, family practice residents and medical students.

The Four Faces of Anger - an excellent article by Mark Gorkin, the " Stress Doc " which begins with: " What's the first thought that comes to mind when you hear the word ANGER? Frustration? Yelling? Loss of Control? Violence? Maybe fear, silence or avoidance? All reasonable responses...Or are they? A bit one-sided, for my taste, that is, the "anger glass" appears "half empty." How about a "half full" perspective: confrontation, energy, power and tenacity? Or honesty and being real?"

Gateway to PTSD Information - information and resources on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  

Gathering Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Data in Health IT - Better Information Can Help Close Disparities Gap. By Kellan Baker, February 9, 2012.

Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Issues - from the American Psychiatric Association: What is Sexual Orientation? Is Homosexuality A Mental Disorder? What causes Homosexuality/Heterosexuality/Bisexuality? What is "Coming Out"? Does Stigma Still Exist About Homosexuality? What Position Has the American Psychiatric Association Taken Regarding This Stigma? Is It Possible To Change One's Sexual Orientation ("Reparative Therapy")? What Do the Parents of Gay Men/Lesbian/Bisexuals experience? How Do the Children of Gay/Lesbians Parents Fare?  

Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Issues - from the American Psychiatric Association   (pdf format)

The Gay and Lesbian Helpline - 1-888-340-4528 - provides free confidential information, referrals, crisis intervention, and support to callers seven evenings a week.

The Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA) exists to make the health care environment a place of empathy, justice, and equity . GLMA's membership of 2,000+ medical professionals represents the interests of thousands of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) physicians and medical students, as well as millions of LGBT patients throughout North America who seek equality in healthcare access and delivery. Referrals, resources and more.

See GLMA's Clinical Information for working with LGBT populations for: "Creating a Safe Clinical Environment for Men Who Have Sex With Men" and "MSM: Clinician's Guide to Incorporating Sexual Risk Assessment in Routine Visits" and "Creating a safe clinical environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (glbti) patients"

GLBT National Help Center - dedicated to meeting the needs of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community and those questioning their sexual orientation and gender identity by offering several different programs including two national hotlines (below) that help members of our community talk about the important issues that they are facing in their lives.  The Center helps end the isolation that many people feel, by providing a safe environment on the phone or via the internet to discuss issues that people can't talk about anywhere else.

The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender National Hotline - a program of the GLBT National Help Center (above).
Toll-free 1-888-THE-GLNH (1-888-843-4564). Email: HOURS - Pacific time: Monday thru Friday from 1pm to 9pm, Saturday from 9am to 2pm; Eastern time: Monday thru Friday from 4pm to midnight, Saturday from Noon to 5pm.
The hotline provides free and confidential telephone and email peer-counseling, as well as factual information and local resources for cities and towns across the United States. They speak with callers of all ages about coming-out issues, relationship concerns, HIV/AIDS anxiety and safer-sex information, and lots more. They also maintain a large resource database which contains information on social and support groups, gay-friendly religious organizations, sports leagues, student groups, information on GLBT-friendly businesses including lawyers, doctors and various counseling professionals.

Gay, Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender National Youth Talkline - a program of the GLBT National Help Center (above).
Toll-free hotline: 1-800-246-PRIDE (1-800-246-7743). Email: HOURS - Pacific Time: Monday thru Friday from 1pm to 9pm, Saturday from 9am to 2pm, Eastern time: Monday thru Friday from 4pm to midnight, Saturday from Noon to 5pm.
Telephone and email counseling run by peer volunteers for young adults up to age 25. Coming-out issues, relationship concerns, parent issues, school problems, HIV/AIDS anxiety and safer-sex information, and more.

GLBT Near Me - a program of the GLBT National Help Center (above). Use this website to find all 15,000+ local and national resources in the GLBT National Help Center's database.

The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Health Access Project - Standards of Practice, an Agency Quick Checklist and more by this collaborative, community-based program funded by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.  

Gender Dysphoria - a list of disorders (Gender Dysphoria in Children, Gender Dysphoria in Adolescents or Adults, and Unspecified Gender Dysphoria) that are currently proposed for the diagnostic category, Gender Dysphoria in DSM-5, due to be published in May 2013. This category contains diagnoses that were listed in DSM-IV under the chapter of Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders. The Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders Work Group has been responsible for addressing these revisions. - Psychology of Gender Identity & Transgenderism - The personal experiences of a transsexual psychologist, and a scientific critique of the psychopathology of gender identity disorder. This website includes historical & general resources, "Questions to Help Thinking about Your Gender Identity" ~ "Psychology & Psychopathology of Transgenderism" ~ Letter to parents addressing their question, "Am I Happy" ~ Suicidal Feelings ~ Scared to Cross-Dress or Do Cross-Gender Things? ~ Cultures & Sub-Cultures (e.g., Transgender, GLBTA, Feminist) ~ Why are Transsexuals so Mean to Each Other? ~ and much more.

The Gesundheit! Institute was founded in 1972 by Patch Adams, MD as a creative response to the health care crisis in America: spiraling costs, dispirited care givers and alienated patients. The mission of the institute is to bring fun, friendship, and the joy of service back into health care. It is dedicated to upholding a radical socio-political vision replacing greed and competition with generosity, compassion and interdependence.  

GLBT Alliance in Social and Personality Psychology (GASP) - provides social support and professional information to Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender students and faculty in social and personality psychology and their heterosexual allies.

Go Ask Alice! provides factual, in-depth, straight-forward, and nonjudgmental information to assist readers' decision-making about their physical, sexual, emotional, and spiritual health. Supported by a team of Columbia University health educators and health care providers, along with information and research specialists from health-related organizations worldwide, "Alice" answers questions about relationships; sexuality; sexual health; emotional health; fitness; nutrition; alcohol, nicotine, and other drugs; and, general health.

Graying of AIDS - Black or white, gay or straight, the face that most Americans imagine when they think about HIV/AIDS isn’t particularly wrinkled. Yet approximately one quarter of the people living with HIV in 2005 were 50 or older, and studies project that by 2015 more than half of all people living with HIV in the US will be over 50. The Graying of AIDS was initially produced by Katja Heinemann for Time Magazine in 2006, as both a photo and multimedia essay to draw attention to the aging demographics of people living with the virus in the United States. Now the website, a magazine and companion DVD aim to educate health care and social service professionals about this aging epidemic while connecting people over 50 and those who care about them with basic information, terminology, and resources. "As the epidemic enters its fourth decade, we must refocus some of our resources and efforts to address shifting demographics, rethink our prevention education strategies to avoid new infections, and revise approaches to service provision to ensure early diagnosis and consistent access to comprehensive, sensitive, and coordinated health care and social services."

Guidelines for Psychotherapy with Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Clients - from the American Psychological Association (APA) - The goal of these sixteen guidelines is to provide practitioners with a frame of reference for the treatment of lesbian, gay, and bisexual clients, with basic information and further references for assessment, intervention, identity, relationships, and the education and training of psychologists. Information in the guidelines is on attitudes toward homosexuality and bisexuality, relationships and families, issues of diversity, and education. - a federal government website managed by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Information for families & children, individuals, people with disabilities, seniors, young adults, and employers - to find insurance options, get prevention tips, compare care quality, understand the law, and more. - a medical and health consumer information resource written, edited, researched, and reviewed by experienced expert healthcare professionals. It contains comprehensive information in patient-friendly language on over 1,500 health topics including nformation on diseases and conditions, medical symptoms, pictures & images, and more than 11,000 drugs and medications.

The Healthy Aboriginal Network - creates comics on health and social issues for youth. Topics covered are: Youth health issues, Standing Together, Suicide prevention, Darkness Calls, Gambling addiction, On the Turn, Diabetes prevention, An Invited Threat, Staying in school, and Level Up.

Healthy Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Students Project -  a project of the American Psychological Association's (APA) that is working to strengthen the capacity of the nation's schools to prevent risky behaviors and improve health outcomes of lesbian, gay, bisexual and questioning youth through knowledge development, dissemination, and application, working with and through national organizations of school stakeholders. Funded since 1998, the Project initially conducted a comprehensive needs assessment of school counseling, health and mental health professionals regarding knowledge and provision of services to LGB adolescents in school-based setting, and based on that needs assessment, the Project designed a training curriculum.

HIV + Me - artist/author Chris Companik writes, "An illustrated (OK, it's a comic-strip) guide to living with HIV and AIDS. When I first got the diagnosis, I remember complaining to a fellow friends (also HIV+) "Why don't they hand you something when you get news like this?" A subsequent therapy session, general b.s..-ing with friends, and soon, "HIV + Me" was evolved."

HIV Stops With Me - a campaign about the powerful role that people who are positive can have in ending the epidemic, with 43 spokesmodels from Boston, Buffalo, Los Angeles, Long Beach, New York City, Oregon, San Francisco, San Diego, and Seattle. This campaign deals directly with sex and condom use, while it also raises important themes like responsibility, communication, and disclosure of status. Each spokesmodel has a personalized message to deliver to other people who are positive. The messages are hopeful and supportive, and they also make people think about what they are doing to stop this disease.  

Homosexuality and Science: Biology and the Social Sciences - by Jeramy Townsley - February 2001 - Theories of Etiology, Professional Opinion on our Mental Health, Myths about Homosexual Behaviors, and more. (Jeramy's  Homosexuality and Christianity is linked on my Spirit resources page)

Hospital Visitation - A Right for All Families - an Equality in Action Kit from Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund. " Take control of your personal affairs and take action in your community to assure that same-gender partners are respected as family during medical care. " Information on working to change local hospital and domestic partnership policies to include visitation rights, and what you can do if your family faces discrimination during medical care.

The Alexander John Goodrum Transgender Mental Health Advocacy Project - part of the Southern Arizona Gender Alliance (SAGA) in Tucson, AZ - offers individual support, general guidance, and peer-based advocacy for any gender-variant person involved with the public mental health system as a consumer--either on an outpatient or inpatient basis. The project also provides transgender awareness education to staff and service providers, especially those front-line staff who work directly with consumers on a daily basis.

If You Are A Provider Working With A Transgender Person - from the Alexander John Goodrum Transgender Mental Health Advocacy Project

Issues Facing Trans People - from the Alexander John Goodrum Transgender Mental Health Advocacy Project

Alexander John Goodrum - a disabled African-American bisexual FTM transsexual activist, born in 1960 who committed suicide in 2002. He said "Diversity is not for the squeamish. It means making (and taking) a space at the table that includes people you don't like, don't agree with, or who you think are just plain wrong."

The Impact of Gay Related Stress: Can Gay and Bisexual Men be Traumatised by Living in a Prejudiced Society? - Anthony C. Theuninck's excellent paper from a community study conducted in 1999 among gay and bisexual men across South Africa.

International Network on Personal Meaning - supporting people to work together for a more positive, nurturing and spiritual future in an increasingly digital, technological and materialistic world.

In the Closet: Psychological Issues of Being In and Coming Out - by Jack Drescher, M.D.; Psychiatric Times, October 2004. This is an article  for therapists about some of the developmental processes lesbian and gay people experience and a therapist's role when working with them. provides a safe, educational and fun place for teenagers to learn about sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and their sexual health.

Jack Drescher, MD - a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst in New York City is an educator and expert spokesperson on issues related to gender and sexuality. He is the author of Psychoanalytic Therapy and the Gay Man (The Analytic Press.- ISBN: 0881632082 ).   He presented on " Reparative Therapy" at PFLAG's 2004 national conference in Salt Lake City.  With his permission, the PowerPoint slides from that  presentation are on the PFLAG website at   (pdf format)

The Kinsey Institute at Indiana University at Bloomington, IN - promotes interdisciplinary research and scholarship in the fields of human sexuality, gender, and reproduction.  

Lakeview Health Systems Gay-Friendly Rehab - an award-winning LGBT program located in Jacksonville, Florida that offers expert drug and alcohol treatment for the LGBT community with medical and clinical staff trained to treat the specific issues of addiction in the LGBT community. Lakeview specializes in helping LGBT addicts resolve underlying issues that contribute to addiction, decreasing the need to self-medicate.

Freedom Rings: The LGBT Addiction Recovery Blog - from Lakeview Health Systems.

Lesbian Health in Primary Care, Part One: Opening Your Practice to the Sexual Minority Patient - by H. Joan Waitkevicz, Women's Health in Primary Care, Vol 7, No. 3, April 2004. Discusses the medical and mental health needs of women who have sexual relations with women, as well as techniques to foster communication between clinicians and patients.

Lesbian Information Service - Todmorden, Lancashire, Great Britain - they have a training program which looks at Homophobia Awareness from a Multi-Oppression Perspective; develop publications; have a research library on lesbian and gay health and social issues (especially lesbian and gay youth, alcohol, mental health); have conducted research around young lesbians and gays, alcohol, lesbians and housing; and more.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Health - from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "People who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) are members of every community. They are diverse, come from all walks of life, and include people of all races and ethnicities, all ages, all socioeconomic statuses, and from all parts of the country. The perspectives and needs of LGBT people should be routinely considered in public health efforts to improve the overall health of every person and eliminate health disparities." 

Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Issues : What You Need to Know - news, information and resources from the the APA (The American Psychological Association).

LGBTQ Issues & Child Welfare - from The National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections (NRCPFC) at the Hunter College School of Social Work - including resources on LGBTQ Children and Youth, resources on LGBTQ Parents, resources from the States, Legislation, NRCPFC T&TA, NRCPFC information packets, PowerPoint presentations, bibliographies, and websites.

LGBT Resource Clearinghouse - articles by Rachel Miller and lots of resources. Links to non-commercial resources and organizations that provides information or support for the LGBT community and those who care about them. "There are several distinct series of articles that address various aspects of discrimination, injustice, unthinking dogmatic religious positions, and LGBTQ issues. All of the articles endorse emotional health and wholeness through self-acceptance. All promote unity through the improved understanding that results from dialog. All encourage us to work together to end discrimination and injustice by demonstrating love and respect for all people. Hopefully they will provide you with valuable insights."

Lists of philosophy topics - from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Includes: Areas of philosophy, Timelines of philosophical progression, Glossary of philosophical isms, List of philosophical theories, List of basic philosophy topics, Lists of philosophers, List of philosophical questions, List of ethics topics, List of topics in metaphysics, List of topics in epistemology, List of topics in logic, List of topics in aesthetics, List of topics in philosophy of mind, List of topics in Ancient philosophy, List of philosophy journals, and List of belief systems.

livingwithHIV - An email list forum for people to discuss issues regarding HIV & AIDS. Treatment, healthcare, emotional impact., long-term survival.

Measuring Your Character Strengths - by Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S.

Medical Schools Neglect Gay and Gender Issues - by Pauline W. Chen, M.D. - New York TImes - November 10, 2011.

Mental Help Net - promotes mental health and wellness education and advocacy. Mental Help Net is dedicated to educating the public about mental health, wellness, and family and relationship issues and concerns. Mental Help Net's topic centers.include mental disorders, medical disorders, wellness, life issues, healthcare, treatments & interventions, and  lifespan development. The website provides news, articles, an independent editorial stance, reviewed links, interactive tests, book reviews, self-help resources, therapist and job listings and videos.  

Mothers' Voices is the only national organization mobilizing mothers as educators and advocates for improved HIV prevention, expanded research, and better medical treatments -- is intent on harnessing the power of mothers to stop the epidemic.  


MySistahs - created by and for young women of color  to provide information and offer support on sexual and reproductive health issues through education and advocacy. This project of Advocates for Youth has monthly features, message boards, and online peer education young women receive information on activism, culture, sexual health, and other issues that are important to them. 

The MySistahs peer educators - from Advocates for Youth - peer educators answer your questions about sex, your body, and your health! 

The Sexual Health of Latina Adolescents - Focus on Assets - from Advocates for Youth - briefly highlights sexual health data on young Latinas and then summarizes the findings of asset-focused research, aiming to assist youth-serving professionals to identify and incorporate youth development strategies into their programming; and to encourage policy makers, at all levels, to make fiscal and policy investments that will promote the sexual health of young Latinas. and in pdf format at (pdf format)

Young African American Women and HIV - from research to practice - from Advocates for Youth - "The HIV and AIDS epidemic has disproportionately affected the African American community across time, although rates of HIV infection and AIDS were relatively rare among black women in the early years of the epidemic." and in pdf format at   (pdf format)

Moving the Margins - Curriculum for Child Welfare services with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Youth in Out-of-Home Care - developed 2009 for the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund.  (pdf format)

National AIDS Fund - philanthropic organization dedicated to eliminating HIV/AIDS as a major health and social problem.   

The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) - grassroots support, education, advocacy and research for and by  consumers, families, and friends of people with severe mental illnesses. Stigma Alert Listings, "What is Mental Illness?" and more.

National Association of People with AIDS - advocates on behalf of all people living with HIV and AIDS in order to end the pandemic and the human suffering caused by HIV/AIDS.  

The Denver Principles (1983) - A statement from the Advisory Committee of People with AIDS at the second AIDS Forum held in Denver an amazing and diverse group of PWAs and PWArcs from around the country gathered and produced the following principles.  

National Coalition for LGBT Health (NCLGBTH) - improving the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and communities through public education, coalition building and advocacy that focuses on research, policy, education and training. Dedicated to the concept that the ability to effect change will be determined by bringing together the rich diversity of the LGBT community at a national level - across gender/gender identity, race/ethnicity, disability, education, income, age and geography. Workgroups -- "Cultural Competency and Education " - " Eliminating Health Disparities " and others -- an announcement/alert email list and more.  

National HIV Testing Resources - a service of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Resources on HIV testing including a national database of HIV testing sites and answers to many questions about HIV/AIDS and testing.  

National Organizations Responding to AIDS (NORA) - a diverse coalition of national organizations responding to the AIDS epidemic co-founded by AIDS Action . In order to more effectively respond to the multitude of legislative and public policy issues that have been generated by the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the coalition has grown to include over 175 health, labor, religious, professional and advocacy groups that represent a broad consensus on HIV and AIDS related policy, legislation, and funding. - a wonderful website started by Kathleen Seidel, the mother of a child diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome. There is lots of information, articles and resources including "Gender & Sexual Orientation Pathologized"  

Not Round Here: Affirming Diversity, Challenging Homophobia - Rural Service Providers Training Manual - by Kenton Penley Miller & Mahamati. This manual is designed for use in anti-homophobia training for service providers and it has an extensive menu of practical and theoretical training exercises for small and large groups. It was produced under the auspices of Outlink, a project of the Australian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission and the Australian Youth Foundation. With a specific rural perspective, this is relevant to a wide range of organizations whose clients and contacts include people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered. (150 page PDF format)

The ONE Campaign - working to help Americans raise their voice as ONE against the emergency of AIDS and extreme poverty, so that decision makers will do more to save millions of lives in the poorest countries. ONE is students and ministers, punk rockers and NASCAR moms, Americans of all beliefs and every walk of life, united to help make poverty history. ONE believes that allocating an additional ONE percent of the U.S. budget toward providing basic needs like health, education, clean water and food would transform the futures and hopes of an entire generation in the world's poorest countries. ONE also calls for debt cancellation, trade reform and anti-corruption measures in a comprehensive package to help Africa and the poorest nations beat AIDS and extreme poverty.

Organisation Intersex International (OII) - the world’s largest organisation of intersex people with members representing almost all known intersex variations. OII has affiliates in twenty countries, on six continents, speaking ten languages including Mandarin Chinese and Arabic.

The Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA) - national coalition of pharmaceutical companies, doctors and other health care providers, pharmacists, patient advocates and community groups which offers a single point of access to more than 275 public and private patient assistance programs for qualifying patients who do not have prescription coverage to get the medicines they need. Toll free number - 1-888-4PPA-NOW (1-888-477-2669).  

The Pandemic: Facing AIDS - aims to aid the fight against the epidemic by putting a human face on the overwhelming statistics surrounding the disease and opening channels for people all over the world to become involved in stopping its further spread. This project includes a film, book, exhibit, website and educational curriculum.

The Philosophers' Magazine:  TPM Online - essays, interviews, quotes, games ("Battleground God" " Morality Play", "So you think you're logical?" and more) on science, ethics and religion.

Physicians for a National Health Program - a non-profit research and education organization of 15,000 physicians, medical students and health professionals who support single-payer national health insurance.

'Pink' and different: sexuality and addiction - by Joseph Amico, MDiv, CAS, CSAC - from the May/April 2003 volume of Addiction Today. Are you comfortable working with gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender or questioning clients? Practical guidelines in this short article. (pdf format)

PFLAG's Straight for Equality in Healthcare - Whether you want to find out more about what it means to be an ally in healthcare, you want to learn more about the specific healthcare concerns/needs of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) community, or you're looking for everyday actions you can take to support GLBT people at your practice, there's something here for you. Straight for Equality in Healthcare is a part of PFLAG National's Straight for Equality program, which seeks to invite, educate, and engage allies in the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender movement. 

Straight for Equality in Healthcare aims to:

  • Invite straight healthcare providers to become allies to GLBT people.

  • Educate healthcare providers about the unique healthcare concerns of the GLBT community and how healthcare professionals can increase their cultural competence to provide better service to all patients.

  • Engage allied and potentially allied healthcare providers in creating a safe, inclusive, and culturally competent atmosphere in all aspects of healthcare for GLBT people.

  • Download the Straight for Equality in Healthcare guide for free! (pdf format)

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. Planned Parenthood provides comprehensive reproductive and complementary health care services; advocates public policies which guarantee these rights and ensure access to such services; provides educational programs which enhance understanding of individual and societal implications of human sexuality; and promotes research and the advancement of technology in reproductive health care and encourage understanding of their inherent bioethical, behavioral, and social implications.

PRIDE Institute - the nation's first and a leading provider of in-patient and out-patient programs devoted exclusively to treating the mental health and chemical dependency needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. In three locations in the United States: Minneapolis, MN; Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX  and Summit, NJ.

A Provider's Introduction to Substance Abuse Treatment for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Individuals - This publication is a consensus-built scientific document that serves an important public health function. It provides statistical and demographic information, prevalence data, case examples and suggested interventions, treatment guidelines and approaches, and organizational policies and procedures. (CSAT, 2001, Reprinted 2003, 214 pages) (pdf format)  

A Provider's Introduction to Substance Abuse Treatment for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Individuals: Training Curriculum - from The National Coalition for LGBT Health, based on the publicationabove. PowerPoint documents used in training.

Psychosocial Characteristics of Male-to-Female Transgender, Gay/Bisexual, and Heterosexual Youth in an HIV-Risk Reduction Program. (pdf format)

Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility - UK - working to locate psychotherapy and counselling in a social context by recognising the impact of the political dimension on the relationship between practitioner and client ~ developing ideas about the ways in which social, political, environmental and cultural issues can be integrated into theory and practice ~ addressing and challenging racism, sexism, homophobia as well as other forms of prejudice and discriminatory practice at all levels within the psychotherapy and counselling professions ~ campaigning for better provision of, and access to, statutory and low-cost counselling or psychotherapy services in all parts of the country.

Publications & Resources from FORGE (For Ourselves: Reworking Gender Expression). and from TAN (The Transgender Aging Network) including these below and more:

  • Is Your 'T' Written in Disappearing Ink? A Checklist for Transgender Inclusion - by Loree Cook-Daniels of Transgender Aging Network. Many LGBT aging programs, publications, and policies are transgender-inclusive in name only. This is a disservice not only to transgender elders and their SOFFAs (significant others, friends, family and allies), but also to the aging program's other clients and professional allies. This checklist is designed to be only a first step in determining whether your program, publication, or policy has written its "T"ť in disappearing ink. (2001) (pdf format)

  • Lesbian, Gay Male, Bisexual and Transgendered Elders: Elder Abuse and Neglect Issues. This article by Loree Cook-Daniels of Transgender Aging Network seeks to outline how being a lesbian, gay male, or bisexual elder may impact on that elder's need for -- and willingness to accept assistance from -- adult protective services. It will also discuss some strategies adult protective workers may want to adopt to ease these elders' fears. Lesbian and gay male elders have been called an "invisible" population (Cruikshank, 1991). If they are invisible, then transgendered elders have been inconceivable. Many adult protective services workers do not even realize such elders exist. This article therefore also explores transgender issues and identity vis-a-vis elder abuse and adult protective services. (2002)

  • Transgender Elders and SOFFAs: A Primer for Service Providers and Advocates - by Loree Cook-Daniels of Transgender Aging Network. More and more often, organizations, service providers, and other professionals are advertising that they serve an "LGBT"ť population or represent "LGBT"ť interests. Unfortunately, close examination of most of the offered services and organizational agendas reveals that few are addressing transgender concerns in any way beyond adding that letter to their name or slogan. Oftentimes, they are also failing to address aging issues. This paper, presented at the 110th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, is offered as an introductory exploration of the issues and concerns of aging trans people and SOFFAs, to begin the dialogue on what inclusion of trans people will really mean. (2002) (pdf format)  

  • The Future of Aging: Re-Defining Aging Services and Advocacy for LGBT Older Adults - by Loree Cook-Daniels of Transgender Aging Network. No Need to Fear? No Need to Hide? Aging On Our Own Terms. This was a plenary presentation given at the SAGE (Seniors in a Gay Environment) National Conference. The first thing we must recognize about the culture of aging is WE CREATED IT. We create it EVERY moment. We create it when we talk about "old people" and mean someone who is older than we are. We create it when we talk about "healthy aging" and we define "healthy" as not having a disability. We create it when we say we value independence and do not recognize that not one of us would be here today if someone else hadn't grown the food we ate this morning or made the cloth we're wearing or figured out how to treat the childhood disease we survived. We create it every time we talk about "us" and "them," and create lines that say, "You are different than I am," when the reality is that there is NO ONE IN THE WORLD like us and, at the same time, EVERYONE IN THE WORLD IS LIKE US: We are all human and our viewpoint has been shaped by our experiences. So what is that culture of aging? (2004)

  • Living Memory LGBT Timeline: Current Elders Would Have Been This Old When These Events Happened"¦  - compiled by Loree Cook-Daniels of Transgender Aging Network. LGBT people who are now aged 50 - 100 (i.e., elders) have lived through a lot of changes in how the wider society views LGBT issues. Even those who know LGBT history well may forget just how much of it elders have personally lived through. Those who are younger and/or see how much progress the LGBT movement has made may not fully recognize how often advances have been accompanied by setbacks, and may therefore find it harder to understand the level of fear and uncertainty that may be felt by LGBT people who are old enough to remember losing rights that had previously been won. This reference tool for those working with LGBT people in the U.S. who are age 50 and older. It lists major events that happened by decade, starting in the 1920s.(2007) (pdf format)  

  • Transforming Mental Health Services for Older People: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Challenges and Opportunities - a paper by Loree Cook-Daniels of Transgender Aging Network This article offers alternatives to this standard (and inadequate) response to diversity by exploring four ways in which engaging aging diversity can actually improve both our services and the broader community.  It was prepared for the June 21, AARP Diversity and Aging in the 21st Century Conference held in Los Angeles, California. (2007) (pdf format)

Put the Wind in Your Sails by Using Your Strengths - by Joe Wilner.

Recommended Practices - To Promote the Safety and Well-Being of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) Youth and Youth at Risk of or Living With HIV in Child Welfare Settings - from Child Welfare League of America with Lambda Legal, American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law: Opening Doors for LGBTQ Youth in Foster Care Project, Family Acceptance Project, Legal Services for Children, True Colors, National Alliance to End Homelessness, National Center for Lesbian Rights, National Center for Transgender Equality, National Network for Youth, Sylvia Rivera Law Project, and others. Published on  05/31/2012.  (pdf format)

Reparative Therapy - What's Broken? by Kate Jackson, published in Social Work Today. "While science suggests that nothing is broken, this therapy seeks to "repair" homosexuals. "  

Resource Center for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention ( ReCAPP) - "We want to serve as a bridge between front line educators and the researchers who are analyzing how educational and youth development programs can best make an impact on the rate of teen pregnancy. We want to help make your efforts to reduce teen pregnancy as effective as possible."

Scarleteen - Sex Education For The Real World. "We feel accurate, holistic and interactive education, made as age-pertinent and appropriate as possible, allows anyone, regardless of age, to make the best choices throughout their lives."

Self-help Psychology Magazine's Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender section is excellent. It has articles and a "Questions & Answers" column. The magazine cover lots of other things too.

SEX, ETC. - articles, stories and resources about l ove, sex, relationships, HIV/AIDS, violence and other issues in this national newsletter and website written by teens, for teens. The teen writers and editors believe that all teens deserve honest, medically-accurate and balanced information about human sexuality so that they can make responsible choices about their sexual health. SEX, ETC.'s goal is to reach millions of teens with positive, balanced, and medically-accurate messages about sexual health in order to help reduce the high rate of teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infection in the U.S. SEX, ETC. is the major component of the National Teen-to-Teen Sexuality Education Project developed by the Network for Family Life Education based at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Also info for parents & professionals including sex ed lessons, book lists, and more.  

The Sexuality Information and Education Council of the U.S. ( SIECUS ) is a national, nonprofit organization which affirms that sexuality is a natural and healthy part of living.  Incorporated in 1964, SIECUS develops, collects, and disseminates information, promotes comprehensive education about sexuality, and advocates the right of individuals to make responsible sexual choices.

Filling the Gaps: Hard to Teach Topics in Sexuality Education - from SIECUS. Topics include abstinence, condoms, diversity, pregnancy options, safer sex, sexual behavior, sexual identity and orientation, sexuality and society. Includes lesson plans. (pdf format)  

Sexual orientation and identity: new data, new trends - February 2002 report in the APA's Monitor on Psychology - includes the following series of articles: A new generation of issues for LGBT clients ~ New data on lesbian, gay and bisexual mental health ~ Young, gay and of color ~ Bringing LGB issues to the international stage ~ APA's Healthy LGB Students Project gears up.

Shrink Rap Radio -The planet's premiere psychology podcast! Are you interested in what makes people tick? Do you want to know what psychology has to say on the social issues of the day? This is the podcast for the amateur psychologist in everyone. As a long time psychologist/professor/therapist/workshop-leader, "Dr. Dave" - aka  David Van Nuys - brings more-or-less weekly interviews with fascinating practitioners who work in and around the broad field of psychology.
David has another interview podcast series on topics in Mental Health, Wellness and Psychotherapy  at called Wise Counsel

Soldier's Heart - this wonderful healing project, dedicated to our veterans' successful return, addresses the emotional and spiritual needs of veterans, their families and communities. Soldier's Heart promotes and guides community-based efforts to heal the effects of war. Dr. Edward Tick, the founder of  Soldier's Heart, is a practicing psychotherapist specializing in veterans with PTSD. The work is based on strategies presented in his book, "War and the Soul - Healing Our Nation's Veterans from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder".

I attended War and the Soul: Healing Post-traumatic Stress Disorder  - a professional workshop which was presented and facilitated by Ed Tick at Antioch College in Seattle in February 2008. It was a powerful experience, and I recommend his workshops if you are able to go to one. It was done as the beginning of his Soldier's Heart Veterans' Return Retreat - Healing Our Veterans and Country from War - also held in Seattle. He leads those in other places and times. He leads those in other places and times. See the Soldier's Heart events page here.

Stop the Hate - a sermon by Dr. Ed Tick, given at the Annual Interfaith Service of The College of Saint Rose, Albany, New York on November 27, 2006. "How do we stop the hate? Tonight we ask this question together -- profound and necessary for the health of our planet and all its inhabitants." I think these are important words although they do not address LGBTQ specific hate and the issues around it which is my usual focus. It is an inquiry into and a longing for forgiveness and respect "€ť a plea for the difficult but critical and complex task of meeting hate with love. (pdf format)

Soldier's Heart has The Voices in Wartime Curricula available, which is distributed in connection with the film Voices in Wartime, a 74-minute, feature-length documentary that sharply etches the experience of war through powerful images and the words of poets — unknown and world-famous. Soldiers, journalists, historians and experts on combat interviewed in Voices in Wartime add diverse perspectives on war's effects on soldiers, civilians and society. In Voices in Wartime, poets around the world, from the United States and Colombia to Britain and Nigeria to Iraq and India, share their views and experiences of war that extend beyond national borders and into the depth of the human soul. I have the organization Voices in Wartime - which is based in Seattle - also listed in the local resource section of my human rights ~ law ~ politics ~ war & peace resource page.

The Student Counseling Virtual Pamphlet Collection - a huge collection of links to pamphlets available on the internet, published by the University of Chicago's Student Counseling and Resource Service. Subjects available: Alcohol and Substance Use, Anger, Anxiety, Assertiveness, Attention-Deficit Disorder, Counseling, Cults, Cultural Issues, Depression, Disabilities, Dissociation, Eating Disorders, Family and Childhood Issues, Grief, Impulse Control, Relationships, Sexual Assault, Sexual Harassment, Sexual Orientation, Sleep, Stress, Study Skills, Test-Taking, Time Management, Traumatic Events, Wellness, Writing, For Concerned Others, and General.

Substance Abuse Resource Guide: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Populations - by the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Substance Abuse Treatments.

Tell Me the (Whole) Truth: School Supplies to Get Real Sex Education - from Lambda Legal : Differences Between Real Sex Education & Abstinence-Only Programs, The Facts: Real Sex Education vs. Abstinence-Only, Action Sheet, Working With Your School Board, Youth Action Sheet, Questions To Ask, What Others Are Saying, Sample Testimony/Letter to Your School Board, Sample Op-Ed for Your Local Newspaper, and Resources

Also see the Lambda Legal September 9, 2002 news release: New Toolkit Tackles Homophobia in 'Abstinence-Only' Education, Equips Communities to Fight for Real Sex Ed -

Terrence Higgins Trust - THT is the leading HIV & AIDS charity in the UK and the largest in Europe. In 1999 they did a powerful anti-homophobia campaign "It's prejudice that's queer" - The three ads they created were  wonderful! They were: "I can't stand homophobes, especially when they flaunt it," "Homophobes shouldn't be left alone with kids" (school issues) and "My son is homophobic, but I hope it's just a phase."

Times Health Guide - more than 3,000 topics described, illustrated and investigated in this a comprehensive library of medical topics on diseases, conditions, tests, symptoms, injuries and surgeries from The New York Times, including in-depth articles, multimedia current news, interviews with leading experts.

Tips for Medical Professionals for Making Better/Safer Environments for Children with LGBT Parents - created by COLAGE (which orignally stood for Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere). (pdf format)   

Transgender Emergence - Therapeutic Guidelines for Working With Gender-Variant People and Their Families - by Arlene Istar Lev, LCSW, CASAC. This book provides a clinical and theoretical overview of the issues facing transgendered/transsexual people and their families, with a strength-based framework for assessment and treatment with a non-pathologizing view that honors human diversity and acknowledges the role of oppression in the developmental process of gender identity formation. The only pathology for the trans person is based on the stresses of trying to be themselves in a society that doesn't understand - and often doesn't want to.

Transgender Health Program - Vancouver, BC's Coastal Health - a transgender health service based on Dr. Kopala's Recommendations for a Transgender Health Program. (pdf format) . Clinical protocols relating to adolescent care, clinical advocacy, hormone therapy, mental health care, primary medical care, speech/voice change, and surgical care. Links to other information and resources, an online library and more.

Transgender Mental Health - a blog/forum with discussions of mental health issues for gender variant and transgendered individuals, friends and family.

The Transgender Umbrella: Clinical Skills for Empowering Transgender and Gender Queer Clients - Vancouver's Transgender Health Program has created practice guidelines for clinicians in British Columbia who are already "trans-positive" but lack the clinical knowledge necessary to effectively work with the transgender community, as well as consumer information (for trans people and loved ones) and frameworks for clinician training.  Local and international experts in transgender care worked with local members of the transgender community to create seven sets of guidelines for health and social service providers, and 17 health information booklets for transgender people and loved ones. The materials address issues in adolescent health, clinical advocacy, hormone therapy, mental health, primary medical care, speech/voice change, and surgery.

transtherapists - a mental-health professional email listserv for trans-identified providers: social workers, psychologists, substance abuse counselors, etc. along the transgender spectrum; i.e., transman, transwoman, genderqueer, trans-amorous, intersex, etc. Trans students in the mental health professions are also invited to join. (Providers who are NOT trans-identified, but have experience working with trans clients, may apply and will be considered for future membership.)

Trans-Health - online magazine of health and fitness for transsexual and transgendered people.

TREVOR - set in 1981, this award winning short film by The Trevor Project (above at top of page) is told through a series of diary entries, following 13-year-old Trevor, a passionate Diana Ross fan who strives for attention from his parents by frequently faking suicides ... to no avail.

Unwind Your Mind blog - Donegal, Ireland - a common sense approach of tackling mental health, by bringing the focus back to mental wellness and away from mental illness. So instead of talking about the things that make you feel bad, we focus on what makes you feel good. To do this we encourage people to do something every day that helps them unwind their mind. Includes "Coping in the Aftermath of a Tragedy" factsheets you can download: "Helping a Young Person Cope Following a Tragedy," "When A Friend Dies," and "Grief- Remembering the simple things."

What Does Gay Mean? - a new anti-bullying program designed to improve understanding and respect for youth who are gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender (GLBT). Centered on an educational booklet, called “What Does Gay Mean?” How to Talk with Kids About Sexual Orientation and Prejudice, the program encourages parents and others to communicate and share values of respect with their children. This is a program of Mental Health America, at community based network dedicated to helping all Americans achieve wellness by living mentally healthier lives. Centered on an educational booklet  this program encourages parents and others to communicate and share values of respect with their children. (available in print and on their website as a PDF file)

  World AIDS Campaign (WAC) - works to energize and support an effective and sustained response to the HIV pandemic. By helping partners work together at national and international levels. The WAC has the following objectives: to ensure governments and policy makers meet the targets they have agreed and mobilize the necessary resources required in the fight against HIV and AIDS ~ to foster an alliance of AIDS campaigns, linking local efforts for global impact ~ to enhance the global movement on AIDS ~ to broaden and strengthen the role of civil society in the response to AIDS.

Young, gay and of color - Working with lesbian, gay and bisexual youth of color requires unique considerations. An article in the American Psychological Association 's February 2002 Monitor on Psychology .

The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text. Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online, or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.


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