For Those In Crisis or Danger
The following are national help lines for those in crisis or in danger. If you are struggling and need help, don’t wait, and don’t suffer alone: remember, asking for help is a sign of strength.
Download these resources from Princeton PFLAG and HiTOPS
Download these booklets from PFLAG National
Our Trans Loved Ones is a brand-new, updated resource. Written by PFLAG staff members, and created with the help of content experts, reviewers, and PFLAGers with experience to share, it is full of information, first-person stories, and expert input geared to those who have a loved one who has come out as trans or gender expansive.
This guide will help you learn more about what transgender means, develop competency around talking about the issue, become better informed about the challenges that many trans people face, and know specific ways that you can be a strong trans ally.
These groups provide additional resources:
HiTOPS - Health Interested Teens' Own Program on Sexuality (Princeton, NJ)
HiTOPS is a health education and advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring every adolescent safe passage to adulthood by providing comprehensive sexuality education and promoting healthy relationships and supportive connections.
Founded by nurse practitioners and health educators, HiTOPS’ collective expertise is in providing medically accurate, age-appropriate, prevention and risk-reduction education to youth. HiTOPS has 27 years of experience promoting best practices in adolescent health for reducing risks and promoting positive youth development.
HiTOPS believes in an adolescent’s ability to learn and make good decisions when given factual information in a non-judgmental way.
HiTOPS values prevention as a cost-effective health strategy that positively engages youth in their own healthcare and averts problems before they begin.
HiTOPS values diversity and promotes inclusivity in everything that we do.
HiTOPS recognizes the strong influence of peers and adults during adolescence, and promotes supportive social connections as important factors affecting the health and well-being of young people.
Theory of Change
If we teach comprehensive sexuality education and promote healthy relationships and supportive connections, then more youth will have the skills, knowledge and confidence to make informed, respectful choices which will lead to increased health enhancing decisions and reduced violence, self-harm and risk-taking, and ultimately healthy adults and a healthy community.
Trans* Youth Group Meetings - An educational and social support group for transgender, non-conforming, fluid, genderqueer, and non-binary folk. This group is recommended for ages twelve through twenty, but all adolescents/young people are welcome. If you wish to bring a supportive friend, they are welcome too! Meetings are held on Saturday afternoons.
First & Third - Comprehensive, community support for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered youth and their allies. We work to ensure that all youth, regardless of their sexual orientation, value themselves and others. We are a "safe zone" for any youth who is facing difficulties at home or school because they are gay. First & Third meets year round on the first and third Saturday of each month at HiTOPS. Topics for discussion include healthy relationships, using the Internet safely, homophobia, sexual health, HIV, and LGBT identity. Meetings are facilitated by HiTOPS staff and trained volunteers from the community.
HiTOPS is located at 21 Wiggins Street, Princeton, NJ 08540.
GLSEN - The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network
GLSEN works to end the cycle of bigotry and homophobia which victimizes gay and lesbian youth in schools throughout the U.S. Through its growing network of 85 chapters in 35 states, GLSEN strives to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Founded as a volunteer group in Boston in 1990, GLSEN led the fight that made Massachusetts one of the first states to ban anti-gay discrimination in its public schools in 1993. GLSEN went national in 1994 and has since become one of the nation's leading voices for equality and safety in the educational system.
How does GLSEN combat anti-gay bias in schools?
- Community Organizing - GLSEN has built a network of 85 chapters, the second-largest such networking the entire LGBT civil rights movement. Among other things, GLSEN volunteers educate school officials about the need to provide non-discrimination policies in schools, train teachers to prevent anti-gay name-calling, and serve as a community resource for teachers, parents and students grappling with LGBT issues. In addition, GLSEN's rapidly-expanding Student Pride Project provides resources and technical support to over 400 high school-based Gay-Straight Alliances.
- Educational Resources - GLSEN creates and distributes teacher training materials and LGBT-inclusive curricular resources to elementary and secondary schools across the country. By increasing the availability of high-quality educational resources, such as the Sundance Award-winning documentary Out of the Past, GLSEN provides K-12 teachers the language tools they need to create safe and affirming learning environments for all.
- Federal, State and Local Advocacy - GLSEN seeks to change the attitudes of those who have influence over daily scholastic life - from public policy leaders in Washington, DC to state superintendents of public instruction to local school board members. Using tools such as the annual Back-to-School-Campaign, which documents programs and policies protecting LGBT youth, GLSEN helps education leaders understand the pervasiveness of anti-gay bias in schools, and then works with them to stop these harmful attitudes.
GLSEN National Office
121 West 27th Street, Suite 804
New York, NY 10001