General LGBTQIA Youth Support Lines
These toll-free lines are staffed by either trained LGBTQIA youth or adults, or by trained youth or adults that are LGBTQ friendly.
Youth Talkline (ages 23 and under)
Mon–Sat, 9.30 pm–12 am EST
Tue, 7 pm–12 am EST
Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Youth Hotline
(ages 23 and under)
Mon–Fri, 12 pm–8 pm EST
Gay and Lesbian National Hotline
Mon–Fri, 4 pm–12 am EST
Topic Specific Support Lines
These toll-free lines are open to the general public, so while they may not be LGBTQ specific, we’ve checked that they are LGBTQIA-friendly and should be understanding and respectful of your needs. They are all open 24/7 unless noted otherwise.
Trevor Suicide Prevention Line
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
HIV/AIDS Treatment Info Services
Mon–Fri, 12 pm–5 pm EST
Covenant House’s Nine Line (a crisis line for youth and their families)
National Runaway Switchboard
National Youth Crisis Hotline
Child Abuse Hotline
National Domestic Violence Hotline
Alcohol and Drug Abuse Hotline
Drug Abuse Hotline
If you want to e-mail someone your own age who can help you sort out things, send a message to: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have more time, you can also check out: www.youthresource.com (click under “peer educators” at the top). Where you can read the bios of young LGBTQIA folks just like you and write directly to them for their help.
If you want a more old-fashioned way to connect with LGBTQIA youth, you might want to try a pen pal! After you write to these groups, they’ll send you an application form which you send back (with a photocopy of some sort of ID from you, so they can make sure you’re a young person). Then they put you in touch with young people in the US and abroad with similar interests.
IYG Pen Pal Program (for youth 12–21 years old) PO Box 20716 Indianapolis, IN 46220
International Pen Pal Program
(for youth 13–24 years old)
PO Box 3823 Los Angeles, CA 90078-3823