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)
    • 1-800-96-YOUTH
      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
    • 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.

  • Trans Lifeline
  • Trevor Suicide Prevention Line
    • 1-800-850-8078
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    • HIV/AIDS/STD Line
  • 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:

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 youths 12–21 years old)
PO Box 20716
Indianapolis, IN 46220

International Pen Pal Program (for youths 13–24 years old)
PO Box 3823
Los Angeles, CA 90078-3823