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Lonely? Confused? Isolated? Call the Trevor Project: 24-Hour Hotline: 866-488-7386
Victim of violence or discrimination? Call the Center on Halsted: 24-Hour Crisis Line (773) 871-CARE (2273)
Human Rights Campaign – Working for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Equal Rights
Soulforce – Soulforce is committed to freedom for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people from religious and political oppression through relentless nonviolent resistance
NOVO: Renewing Joy in Life offers ongoing LGBT support groups in St. Charles, IL for teens and adults in their 20s.
PFLAG: Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. A national organization with local support groups for LGBTQ people coming out and their friends and families.
Unconditional Ministries A support network Christian Parents of LGBTQ children who have conservative beliefs about the Bible and Homosexuality but want to love their children unconditionally. They offer regularly scheduled conference calls for parents and other resources.
Family Acceptance Resources for Parents whose Child has Come out
Coming Out Guides from the Human Rights Campaign
Outing Yourseelf: How to Come Out as Lesbian or Gay to Y0ur Family, Friends, and Coworkers. By Michelangelo Signorile
LGBTQ Affirming Therapists Familiar with Issues of Faith:
Seth Allison, MA, LCPC Glen Ellyn, IL
Pamela Johnson, MA, LCPC Downers Grove, IL
Luke Lusk, MA, LCPC Chicago, IL and Hindsdale, IL
Lora Wiens, Psy.D., LCP Barrington, IL
Debra L. Dunkle, PhD., LISW, Cleveland Heights, OH (216) 229-2100
Paul Saxton, Ph.D., LCSW Oakland, CA
Candice Czubernat, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Offers Skype and Phone Counseling
Disclaimer: OneWheaton does not have a process of independently verifying the quality of the services offered by these therapists. Rather, these are therapists that have contacted OneWheaton and identify as affirming and knowledgeable about issues of faith.
Resources for Youth / Anti-Bullying Resources
The Trevor Project – Preventing suicide among LGBTQ youth
It Gets Better Project Videos encouraging youth that “It Gets Better.”
Gay Straight Alliance Network – For Youth Fighting Homophobia in Schools
Hetrick-Martin Institute – Empowerment, Education and Advocacy for LGBTQ youth
Stop Bullying – Government Resources targeting LGBTQ bullying
Resources for Teachers – Anti-bullying Resources for Teachers
Put this on the Map A documentary of LGBTQ youth in Seattle
Chicago Resources – General
Center on Halstead A community center for LGBTQ persons with a wide range of services, educational programs, and events.
Howard Brown Health Center A health center for the LGBTQ community in Chicago
Equil – The Mission of Equality Illinois is to secure, protect and defend equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Illinois
Chicago Coalition of Welcoming Churches Celebrating God’s love for All People
Reconciling Journey Ministries – Affirming GLBT Christians and seekers in their daily walk.
The Lies and Dangers of Reparative Therapy Published by the Human Rights Campaign