Helpful Links and Resources

General Resources

  • 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
    Located in Miami-Dade. Initiated by a coalition of Safe Schools South Florida and other 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.

    Equality Florida
    Statewide advocacy, education and lobbying organization that works toward obtaining equality for LGBT persons in areas where there is discrimination.

    The Pride Center at Equality Park
    Located in Wilton Manors. The Pride Center 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 Key West Business Guild
    Located in Key West. The nation's first LGBT chamber of commerce.

    LGBT Visitor Center of Miami
    Located in Miami Beach. The LGBT Visitor Center at 1130 Washington Avenue, opens its doors with Pride to thousands of tourists from around the globe each year. 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
    Located in Miami. The largest not-for-profit corporation in the county for gay and lesbian businesses.

    Palm Beach County Human Rights Council
    Located in West Palm Beach. Advocates for equality for LGBT residents of Palm Beach County.

    PFLAG Florida Chapters
    PFLAG are ready to assist parents and families who have an LGBT family member.

    Located in Miami. Supports, educates, and empowers South Florida’s 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
    Located in Broward, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach & Martin Counties. Provides 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)
    Located in Miami-Dade. Advocacy and lobbying group working for equality for LGBT people in Miami-Dade County

    SunServe(Sunshine Social Services, Inc)
    South Florida’s LGBT social service agency that provides clinical services to GLTB youth and adults, aday care center for frail elders and clinical training programs. Presents annual Valuing Our Families Conferences.

    Switchboard GLBT Suicide Awareness Initiative
    This 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
    Provides victims of domestic violence with safe shelter, crisis intervention, resources, and educates the community in order to Stop Abuse For Everyone (SAFE) through Intervention, Education and Advocacy.

    Yes Institute
    The Yes Institute seeks 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
    Provides numerous services for HIV-AIDS care, including case management, substance abuse treatment, housing, transportation, mental health services, etc.

    Care Resources
    Located in Fort Lauderdale and Miami. In addition to case management, testing and counseling, etc., they provide direct medical care.

    Compass, Inc.
    Located in West Palm Beach. HIV/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 Beach youth which is an empowerment program; HIV/AIDS education and prevention; and provides individual and group counseling is also located here.

    South Florida LGBT Newspapers

    South Florida Gay News
    Published weekly

    LGBT and LGBT Friendly Religious and Spiritual Community


    • Coral Gables Congregational Church
    • Plymouth Congregational Church
    • Riviera Presbyterian Church
    • St. Stephens Episcopal Church
    • Temple Israel
    • Unitarian Universalist Church


    • Congregation Etz Chaim
    • Fort Lauderdale Congregational Church 
    • First Congregational Church/Universal Church of Christ
    • Sunshine Cathedral MCC
    • Calvary United Methodist Church
    • Church of Our Savior MCC
    • Friends Quaker Meeting House
    • MCC of the Palm Beaches
    • New Hope First Community Church
    • St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church
    • Church of the Holy SpiritSong 
  • National LGBTQA Resources

    Collegiate Organizations and Resources

    Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals 


    Campus Pride 

    Campus Pride Trans Policy Clearning House

    Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies

    Transgender Academics

    GoGrad Guide Guide to the Most Progressive LGBTQ Graduate Degrees 


    Advocacy Organizations

    GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation)
    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
    October is National GLBT History Month.

    (Gay, Lesbian, And Straight Education Network)
    "Creating safe schools for GLBT people."

    GSA Network
    Empowering youth activists to fight homophobia and transphobia in schools.

    HRC (Human Rights Campaign)
    Working for LGBT equal rights.

    Advocacy group that provides attorneys for LGBT rights cases.

    (Parents, family, and friends of lesbians and gays)

    Education and advocacy for gay and lesbian families.

    GLBT Historical Society A Home For Our History.

    NCLR (National Coalition for Lesbian Rights) Advocacy group that provides legal representation.

    NGLTF (National Gay and Lesbian Task Force) "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) The largest organization of feminist activists in the United States.

    Stop the Hate

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

    The Advocate

    The Trevor Project

    Coming Out and Learning About Sexual Orientation

    • Provides factual information about sexual orientation and HIV/AIDS. Includes a comprehensive bibliography.
    • Contains 2,506 files about a wide range of queer issues from religion to culture.

    Bisexual Resources

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

    Family Resources

    • Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)
    • Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere (COLAGE)

    Intersex Resources

    • Includes contact information, medical information, a library, articles, newsletter, bibliography, store, FAQs and writings about the intersex condition.

    Youth Resources

    • Advocates for Youth
    • National Youth Advocacy Coalition
    • GLSEN for youth and by youth working to help network Gay/Straight Alliances.
    • Provides factual sexuality and sexual health information for LGBT youth.

    Other Helpful Resources

    • Provides news, resources, and ways of fighting anti-gay discrimination.
    • The oldest pro-feminist men’s movement in the world. The group is pro-feminist, gay-affirming, anti-racist, and dedicated to gender equality and civil rights for everyone. http:///

    Resource List adapted from Safe Schools South Florida

  • Transgender Brochure

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

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