Support Hotlines

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)

1.800.96YOUTH

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)

1.800.773.5540

Mon–Fri, 12 pm–8 pm EST

Gay and Lesbian National Hotline

1.888.843.4564

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

1.800.850.8078

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

HIV/AIDS/STD Line

1.800.342.2437

HIV/AIDS Treatment Info Services

1.800.448.0440

TDD: 1.888.480.3739

Mon–Fri, 12 pm–5 pm EST

Covenant House’s Nine Line (a crisis line for youth and their families)

1.800.999.9999

National Runaway Switchboard

1.800.231.6946

National Youth Crisis Hotline

1.800.HIT HOME

Child Abuse Hotline

1.800.422.4453

National Domestic Violence Hotline

1.800.799.7233

TDD: 1.800.787.3224

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Hotline

1.800.821.4357

Alcohol Hotline

1.800.252.6465

Drug Abuse Hotline

1.800.888.9383

Pen Pals

If you want to e-mail someone your own age who can help you sort out things, send a message to: [email protected]

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