As helpful as web resources are, they just do not substitute for resources in your own community! Here are some suggestions for finding resources in your own community. If you discover something that would help others to find resources in their community, please share your ideas with us!
What to look for and how to look for it
If you are uncertain about how to go about looking for what you need, or are afraid of negative reactions to your questions about local LGBTQ resources, start on the internet. Use some of our “Links” sources to find topics that you are particularly interested in. Many web resources also provide contact information for people who can be supportive even long distance.
Once you start asking around in your local community, remember that there are many other people like you who need or want this information. You are not alone. Here are a few suggestions to help you get started:
The Community of LGBT Centers exists to support the development of strong, sustainable LGBT community centers and to build a unified center movement. The web site provides a directory of local centers in the U.S. and a guide to actions you can take to strengthen our communties
MCC has congregations in many communities around the world. Their ministers and members provide a wide variety of support services and counseling for LGBTQ people and families. If you don’t know anywhere else to try, find an MCC location near you.
Are you lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender and looking for a healthcare professional you can trust? GLMA’s online Provider Directory can help. Search for primary care providers, specialists, therapists, dentists, and other health professionals in your area. The service is free and you do not need to register.
You may be surprised to find that your local public library either has, or can get for you, LGBTQ books and magazines – at least books and magazines about sexuality.