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  • The Point Foundation

    Point Foundation empowers promising lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential – despite the obstacles often put before them – to make a significant impact on society.

  • The Coming Out Process

    The term "coming out" (of the closet) refers to the life-long developmental process of a positive gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or Queer identity. It is a very long and difficult struggle for many people because they often have to confront many homophobic attitudes and discriminatory practices along the way. Many individuals first need to struggle with their own negative stereotypes and feelings of homophobia that they learned growing up.

    Before these people can feel good about who they are, they will need to challenge their own attitudes and move from the lower end of the homophobic continuum (repulsion, pity, tolerance) to feelings of appreciation and admiration. But it often takes years of painful work to develop a positive gay or gender identity. Then, many individuals begin to make decisions about who to tell that they are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. Many of these people are afraid to "come out" to their friends and family.

    What might gays, lesbians, bisexuals, or transgender individuals be afraid of?

    • Rejection—loss of relationships
    • Gossip Harassment/abuse
    • Being thrown out of family/house
    • Having their lover arrested
    • Loss of financial support
    • Losing their job
    • Physical violence

    How might gays, lesbians, bisexuals, or transgender individuals feel about their coming out to someone?

    • Scared
    • Vulnerable
    • Relieved
    • Wondering how the person will react
    • Proud

    Why might gays, lesbians, bisexuals, or transgender individuals want to come out to friends/relatives?

    • End the "hiding game"
    • Feel closer to those people
    • Be able to be "whole" around them
    • Stop wasting energy by hiding all the time
    • Feel like they have integrity
    • To make a statement that "gay is ok"

    How might someone feel after a gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender person comes out to them?

    • Scared
    • Supportive
    • Shocked
    • Flattered
    • Disbelieving
    • Honored
    • Uncomfortable
    • Angry
    • Disgusted
    • Not sure what to do next
    • Wondering why the person "came out"
    • Not sure what to say

    Adapted from works by Cheryl Hetherington, Jamie Washington, Vernon Wall, and Lesbians; A Conscious Raising Kit, by the Boston NOW Lesbian Task Force l Orientation, Gender, Sex, Gender Expression

  • South Florida LGBTQA Resources

    The Alliance for GLBTQ Youth http://www.glbtqalliance.org Miami-DadeInitiated by a coalition of Safe Schools South Florida and other of youth service organizations, to provide care coordination and funding for education and youth enrichment for GLBTQ youth. The Alliance is funded by the Children's Trust of Miami-Dade County, along with support from the United Way of Greater Miami.

    Compass, Inc. http://www.compassglcc.com West Palm BeachHIV/AIDS agency and gay and lesbian community center of Palm beach County. Hosts a variety of social groups and sponsors the annual events PrideFest; Stonewall Ball; and Cocktails for Compass HOPE Youth Group OF West Palm BeachYouth which is an empowerment program; HIV/AIDS education and prevention;and provides individual and group counseling is also located here.

    Equality Florida http://www.eqfl.org Statewide (based in Tampa)State wide advocacy, education and lobbying organization that works toward obtaining equality for LGBT persons in areas where there is discrimination.

    Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Key West http://www.glcckeywest.org Key WestCreated with a mission to provide a location to promote and strengthen the sense of community and identity of all Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and transgender people in Key West.

    The Pride Center at Equality Park http://www.pridecenterflorida.org/ The Pride Center is located in Wilton Manors and provides a welcoming, safe space — an inclusive home that celebrates, nurtures and empowers the LGBTQ communities and our friends and neighbors in South Florida.

    The Humanity Project http://www.thehumanityproject.com This project strives to create innovative arts-based programs that help youth solve pressing social problems through collaborative efforts that emphasize the value of each individual.

    The Key West Business Guild www.gaykeywestfl.com Key WestThe nation's first LGBT chamber of commerce.

    LGBT Visitor Center of Miami http://www.gogaymiami.com The LGBT Visitor Center in Miami Beach, at 1130 Washington Avenue, opens its door with Pride to thousands of tourists from around the globe each year. Situated in the historic Old City Hall building, we’re literally at the epicenter of LGBTQ activity in South Beach.

    Lotus House (Rainbow Lotus) Lotus House has welcomed homeless LBTQ women and youth, many of whom have suffered traumas and homelessness due to their sexual orientation or gender identity. Lotus House accommodations and holistic services are designed to afford homeless LGBTQ adults and youth a safe, supportive and nurturing environment for body, mind and spirit  

    Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce http://www.gaybizmiami.com/  MiamiThe largest not-for-profit corporation in the county for gay and lesbian businesses.

    North Palm Beach NOW Chapter http://now.org/chapter/palm-beach-county-now/ West Palm BeachActive local chapter very supportive of equality and civil right for LGBT people.

    Palm BeachCounty Human Rights Council http://www.pbchrc.org West Palm BeachAdvocates for equality for LGBT residents of Palm Beach County

    PFLAG Florida chapters http://www.pflag.org Various sites in South FloridaCarole Benowitz is the state coordinator for PFLAG. She and others at PFLAG are ready to assist parents and families ready to face the issue of having a LGBT family member.

    Pridelines http://www.pridelines.org To support, educate and empower South Florida’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth and the community at large in safe and diverse environments through affirming programs and services to promote dialogue, wellness and foster social change.

    Safe Schools South Florida http://www.safeschoolssouthflorida.org Broward, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach & Martin CountiesProvides support, education and advocacy for LGBT, questioning youth and their straight allies, especially through the network of school Gay-Straight Alliances (school clubs) and educator training programs.

    SAVE (Safeguarding American Values) http://www.save.lgbt/index Miami-DadeAdvocacy and lobbying group working for equality for LGBT people in Miami-Dade County

    Stonewall Library and Archives http://www.stonewall-library.org Fort LauderdaleOne of the largest LGBT lending libraries in the nation.

    SunServe(Sunshine Social Services, Inc) http://www.sunserve.org Fort LauderdaleSouth Florida’s LGBT social service agency that provides clinical services to GLTB youth and adults, a day care center for frail elders and clinical training programs. Presents annual Valuing Our Families Conferences.

    Switchboard GLBT Suicide Awareness Initiative http://switchboardmiami.org/ Miami-Dade305-646-3600 TTY/TDD 305-644-9449This hotline serves the LGBT community providing 24/7 access to suicide prevention, education and intervention. At risk individuals and their friend may call for help.

    Women In Distress of Broward County http://www.womenindistress.org Broward954-761-1133 HotlineProvides victims of domestic violence with safe shelter, crisis intervention and resources, and educates the community in order to Stop Abuse For Everyone (SAFE) through Intervention, Education and Advocacy.

    Yes Institute http://www.yesinstitute.org Miami305-663-7195Mission:To prevent suicide and ensure the healthy development of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and all youth by initiating dialogue, providing education, and creating support systems.

    HIV - AIDS & Health Care organizations

    Broward House  Fort LauderdaleProvides numerous services for HIV-AIDS care, including case management, substance abuse treatment, housing, transportation, mental health services, etc.

    Care Resources Fort Lauderdale and MiamiIn addition to case management, testing and counseling, etc., they provide direct medical care.

    Compass, Inc West Palm BeachHIV prevention and education; case management; counseling; transportation; hepatitis vaccines; syphilis testing and more.

    Comprehensive AIDS Project of Palm Beach County(CAP) http://www.cappbc.org Locations in Palm Beach CountyTo provide and promote education, advocacy and compassion to individuals and families infected and affected by HIV and A IDS in Palm Beach County

    The Poverello Center http://www.poverello.org Wilton ManorsWell known for its thrift store, the organization provides other services such as nutritional counseling

    SOBAP (South Beach AIDS Project) http://www.198.65.253.17/welcome.htm Miami Beach works with the community to identify and address its local needs for HIV/AIDS prevention, education and care.

    South Florida CMA http://www.southfloridacma.org Fort Lauderdale 12 step groups for recovery from addiction to crystal meth - mostly gay men

    South Florida LGBT Newspapers

    South Florida Gay News http://www.southfloridagaynews.com/ Published weekly

    LGBT and LGBT Friendly Religious and Spiritual Community

    Miami-Dade

    Coral Gables Congregational Church http://www.coralgablescongregational.org (305) 448-7421 3010 De Soto Blvd., Coral Gables

    Plymouth Congregational Church http://www.plymouthmiami.com Coconut Grove

    Riviera Presbyterian Church http://www.riverachurch.org South Miami

    St. Stephens Episcopal Church http://www.ststephenscoconutgrove.org Coconut Grove

    Temple Israel http://www.templeisrael.net 137 NE 19th St., Miami, FL 33132, (305) 573-5900

    Unitarian Universalist Church http://www.uumia.org Kendall

    Broward

    Church of the Holy SpiritSong http://www.cohss.org/ (954) 418-8372 2040B North Dixie Highway, Suite 3, Wilton Manors, FL 33305

    Congregation Etz Chaim http://www.etz-chaim.com (954) 564-9232 1881 NE 26th St # 100, Wilton Manors, FL 33305

    Fort Lauderdale Congregational Church (954) 563-4271 2501 NE 30th St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306

    First Congregational Church/Universal Church of Christ http://www.uccftl.org (954) 563-4271 2501 NE 30th St., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306

    Sunshine Cathedral MCC http://www.sunshinecathedral.org 954-462-2004 1480 SW 9th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315-1275

    Palm Beach

    Calvary United Methodist Church http://www.gbgm-umc.org (561) 585-1786301 1st Ave S, Lake Worth, FL 33460

    Church of Our Savior MCC http://www.churchofoursaviormcc.org (561) 733-40002011 South Federal Highway, Boynton Beach, FL 33435

    Friends Quaker Meeting House http://www.quaker.org 561-585-8060 823 N A St., Lake Worth, Fl 33460

    MCC of the Palm Beaches http://www.mccpalmbeach.org 561-775-5900 4857 Northlake Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418

    New Hope First Community Church http://www.newhopefla.org 561-424-0699 2929A South Seacrest Blvd., Boynton beach, FL 33435

    St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church http://www.standrewslw.net 561-582-6609 100 N Palmway, Lake Worth, FL 33460. Home to Integrity of the Palm Beaches and Dignity of the Palm Beaches

  • National LGBTQA Resources

    Collegiate Organizations and Resources

    Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals http://www.lgbtcampus.org/ 

    GLSEN http://www.glsen.org/cgi-bin/iowa/all/home/index.html

    Campus Pride http://www.campuspride.org/ 

    Campus Pride Trans Policy Clearning House https://www.campuspride.org/tpc/

    Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies http://www.clags.org/

    Transgender Academics http://www.trans-academics.org/

    GoGrad Guide Guide to the Most Progressive LGBTQ Graduate Degrees http://www.gograd.org/resources/best-lgbtq-grad-schools/ 

     

    Advocacy Organizations

    GLAAD(Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) http://www.glaad.org "Dedicated to promoting and ensuring fair, accurate and inclusive representation of people and events in the media as a means of eliminating homophobia and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation."

    GLBT History Project http://www.lgbthistory.com October is National GLBT History Month.

    GLSEN(Gay, Lesbian, And Straight Education Network) http://www.glsen.org "Creating safe schools for GLBT people."

    GSA Network http://www.gsanetwork.org/ Empowering youth activists to fight homophobia and transphobia in schools.

    HRC (Human Rights Campaign) http://www.hrc.org Working for LGBT equal rights.

    LAMBDA LEGAL http://www.lambdalegal.org Advocacy group that provides attorneys for LGBT rights cases.

    PFLAG (Parents, family, and friends of lesbians and gays) http://www.pflag.org

    FAMILY PRIDE COALITION http://www.familypride.org Education and advocacy for gay and lesbian families.

    GLBT Historical Society http://www.glbthistory.org A Home For Our History.

    NCLR (National Coalition for Lesbian Rights) http://www.nclr.org Advocacy group that provides legal representation.

    NGLTF (National Gay and Lesbian Task Force) http://www.ngltf.org "The national progressive organization working at the grass roots for the civil rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people."

    NOW (National Organization for Women) http://www.now.org The largest organization of feminist activists in the United States.

    Stop the Hate http://www.stophate.org/

    SLDN (Soldiers’ Legal Defense Network) http://www.sldn.org National organization devoted to assisting those affected by "don't ask, don't tell, don't pursue."

    The Advocate http://www.advocate.com

    The Trevor Project http://www.thetrevorproject.org

    Coming Out and Learning About Sexual Orientation

    Sexuality and Ethnicity

    Sexuality and Disability

    Bisexual Resources

    • Provides information and support for bisexual men and women. http://www.binetusa.org
    • Maintained by the Bisexual Foundation, a not-for-profit 501c3 corporation dedicated to the support of the bisexual community. http://www.bisexual.org

    Family Resources

    Intersex Resources

    • Includes contact information, medical information, a library, articles, newsletter, bibliography, store, FAQs and writings about the intersex condition. http://www.isna.org

    Transgender Resources

    • Place of support for all transgender people, friends, family, and significant others. http://www.tgni.com
    • Serves female-to-male transgender people and transsexual men. http://www.ftmi.org
    • TransYouth Family Advocates is a new national organization founded by an adult trans woman and three mothers of transgender children. http://www.tyfa.org

    Youth Resources

    Other Helpful Resources

    Resource List adapted from Safe Schools South Florida

  • Transgender Brochure

    Understanding Sex, Gender, Identity and Orientation. Download the Brochure.

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