The articles listed below offer a more in depth view of what Safe Space NOVA seeks to tackle as it relates to LGBT+ youth.
If you or someone you know needs immediate support, please consider the following resources:
HIPS promotes the health, rights, and dignity of individuals and communities impacted by sexual exchange and/or drug use due to choice, coercion, or circumstance. HIPS provides compassionate harm reduction services, advocacy, and community engagement that is respectful, non-judgmental, and affirms and honors individual power and agency. HIPS offers a 24/7 hotline to provide emotional support, schedule supplies deliveries, and get connected to health and supportive services.
HIPS Helpline (24/7): 1 800-676-4477
TeensHealth is a safe, private place for teens who need honest, accurate information and advice about health, emotions, and life. TeensHealth is accessible 24 hours a day so you can get the doctor-approved information you need to make educated decisions — or help a friend who needs advice.
- Fairfax LGBTQ Youth (FLY)
FLY is a support group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning teens, as well as allies, ages 12-19. The group is a safe space for participants to share thoughts and feelings about things going on in their lives and to participate in activities with friends. FLY is a community group sponsored by Metro DC PFLAG and hosted by the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax.
TransLAW aims to meet these needs by serving trans clients for free in a clinic setting with our partnership with Whitman-Walker Health, by providing financial assistance to clients who might otherwise be unable to afford to change their name and gender markers on identity documents, and by training legal services organizations and legal professionals. If you have questions about the clinic, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Lee Brubaker at Whitman-Walker at 202-939-7627
- Whitman-Walker’s Peer Support Groups
The Peer Support Program offers volunteer-based counseling services on a variety of issues (help with LGBT and HIV-related concerns, like coming out, relationships, self-esteem, transitioning, managing chronic conditions, and etc). All Peer Support services are free of charge. To find out more about our Peer Support Program, please call the Peer Support Program Coordinator at 202-939-7646 or e-mail email@example.com. An initial screening appointment is necessary for admission.
- DC Anti-Violence Project (formerly GLOV)
The primary mission of the DC Anti-Violence Project (DCAVP) is to work to reduce violence against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals (and those perceived as LGBT) through community outreach, education, and monitoring cases to ensure that the rights and dignity of LGBT victims are respected and protected. DCAVP also seeks to assist victims of anti-LGBT violence by advocating on their behalf, encouraging reporting, and providing a community of support.
Talk to our trained volunteers about safer sex, coming out, where to find gay-friendly establishments, HIV and AIDS, depression, suicide, and anti-gay/lesbian harassment and violence. No matter what is on your mind, we are here to encourage and ensure you that you are not alone.
LGBT Helpline (25+): 1-888-340-4528 Hours: Monday – Saturday, 6:00 – 11:00 pm
Peer Listening Line (25 & Under): 1-800-399-PEER Hours: Monday – Saturday, 5:00 – 10:00 pm
Safe Place is a national youth outreach and prevention program for young people in need of immediate help and safety. As a community-based program, Safe Place designates businesses and organizations as Safe Place locations, making help readily available to youth in communities across the country. Locations include: libraries, YMCA’s fire stations, public buses, various businesses, and social service facilities.
Local Website: https://www.alexandriava.gov/recreation/info/default.aspx?id=51726
National Website: http://nationalsafeplace.org/
- National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
- The Trevor Project Lifeline: 1-866-488-7386
The nation’s only 24/7 crisis intervention and suicide prevention lifeline for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning young people ages 13 to 24.
- Stomp Out Bullying Helpchat Line: 1-877-NOBULLY (877-602-8559)
- The GLBT National Help Center Hotline: 1-888-THE-GLNH (888-843-4564)
- The GLBT National Help Center Youth Talkline: 1-800-246-PRIDE (800-246-7743)
- SAMHSA’s National Helpline: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
*Please note: The organizations listed above are not affiliated in any way with Safe Space NOVA but are listed for informational purposes only should you or someone you know need immediate crisis support.