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A Look Back at High School

Public affairs and education intern Alison Geoffrey reflects on her experience in high school.

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The following organizations, many of them youth-led or youth-focused, offer support, services and social opportunities.


  • True Colors works with other social service agencies, schools, organizations, and within communities to ensure that the needs of sexual and gender minority youth are both recognized and competently met.
  • The Rainbow Room at HGLHC a youth-positive drop in center providing a safe space for LGBTQ teens 13 through seniors in high school to socialize, hang out and support each other.
  • GLSEN Connecticut works to ensure safe schools for all students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • Safe Harbor Project educates and implements appropriate culturally competent, Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender, Questioning & Intersex (LGBTQI) affirming, unbiased service training for foster and adoptive parents and providers surrounding the issues and problems specific to sexual minority youth. 
  • OutCT is dedicated to building a community through educational, cultural and social programming that promotes acceptance, tolerance and understanding of all sexual orientations and gender identities.


  • Portland Outright is a youth-driven program that offers support and services to LGBTQQ+ and Allied young people in the greater Portland, Maine area.
  • Outright L/A creating safe and affirming environments for youth age 22 and under who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or questioning. Serving Lewiston/Auburn.
  • Downeast GLSEN strives to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. GLSEN is a national education organization making schools safer for ALL students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. Based in Ellsworth.
  • Out As I Want To Be is an organization for LGBTQ young people, and straight allies, ages 14-22.
  • Maine Transgender Network provides support and resources for the transgender community, families, and significant others, and raises awareness about the varied forms of gender identity and expression by providing training and consultation for mental health and social service professionals.
  • GLSEN Southern Maine works to ensure safe schools for all students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • Trans Youth Equality Foundation based in Maine TYEF serves all of New England, providing education, advocacy and support for transgender and gender non-conforming children and youth and their families.


  • BAGLY and GLBT Youth Group Network of MA youth-led, adult-supported social support organization committed to social justice and creating, sustaining and advocating for programs, policies and services for the GLBT youth community.
  • Fenway Health ensures access to quality healthcare for the LGBT community in the Boston area.
  • Aids Action Committee of Massachusetts is a leader in the fight against HIV/AIDS in Massachusetts.
  • True Colors Out Youth Theater provides year-round theater programming for LGBTQQA ages 14 to 22.
  • Hispanic Black Gay Coalition (HBGC) works to inspire and empower Latin@, Hispanic and Black LGBTQ individuals to improve their livelihood.
  • Boston GLASS Boston community center serving young people in the LGBTQ community.
  • Lesbians of Color Symposium (LOCS) provides community and cultivates resources for lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LBTQ) identified women of color and allies.
  • Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition an advocacy, education, and community-building organization that works to end discrimination on the basis of gender identity and expression.
  • Massachusetts Commission on GLBT Youth advocates for effective policies, programs, and resources for LGBT youth to thrive.
  • Youth On Fire safe and confidential space for homeless, runaway, and street involved youth ages 14-24
  • MAP for Health is a community-based, nonprofit organization that works to improve healthcare access, disease prevention and service delivery for the API community in Massachusetts.
  • Greater Boston PFLAG offers help for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth, their families and communities around the topic of sexual orientation and gender identity.
  • Cape and Islands Gay & Straight Youth Alliance (CIGSYA) is a community-based alliance of young people from 14-22 that exists to improve the lives of LGBTIQQS youth on Cape Cod and the Islands by addressing key risk factors such as the self hate, isolation and fear, which are often prevalent in their lives.
  • Generation Q is a confidential social and support group for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning youth and their straight allies.
  • Boston Area Transgender Support (BATS) is a peer-run support group for transgender young adults (teen, college-age, twenty-something) in and around Boston.
  • The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth Support Project ensures safe and supportive communities for GLBTQ youth by providing training and on-going support for educators and health and human service providers to assist them in implementing welcoming and appropriate programs, policies, and services for these young people and their families.
  • History Unerased encourages confidence in delivering LGBT and other erased histories through the mentoring and support of educators -- by educators. 
  • Out Now is the only queer youth organization in Springfield Massachusetts and provides a safe space for queer youth and allies to learn about themselves, develop leadership skills, explore the history of the LGBTQ movement, and much, much more.
  • Safe Homes / The Bridge is a program supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) young people, and their straight allies, between the ages of 14 and 23. The group is led by youth peer leaders, professional staff, and volunteers who offer support, resources, and opportunities for socialization in a safe and nurturing environment.

New Hampshire

  • Outright Seacoast support and advocacy organization that seeks to change the social climate for LGBTQ youth in the NH Seacoast region.

Rhode Island

  • Youth Pride supports, educates, organizes and advocates for LGBTQ youth and their allies.
  • Providence Youth Student Movement (PrYSM) – SeaQuel empowers LGBTQ and heterosexual Southeast Asian youth allies with leadership development and mentorship so that they can organize community events that bring diverse communities together, foster coalition building, and address the intersection of oppressions.


New England/National

  • Trans Youth Equality Foundation based in Maine TYEF serves all of New England, providing education, advocacy and support for transgender and gender non-conforming children and youth and their families.
  • American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) works to protect the civil rights/liberties of individuals throughout the United States.
  • PFLAG an ally organization of parents, families, friends and straight allies uniting with LGBTQ people. Check their website for local chapters.
  • The Matthew Shepard Foundation a national organization advocating in relation to hate crimes.
  • The Trevor Project a national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth.
  • GLSEN strives to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. Check their website for local chapters.
  • Trans Student Equality Resource youth-led organization dedicated to improving the educational environment for trans* and gender nonconforming students.
  • SERO is a network of people with HIV and allies fighting for freedom from stigma and injustice.
  • Homeschool GSA Resources provides resources for homeschoolers who may be interested in starting their own Gay-Straight Alliance, and to provide support for queer homeschoolers.
  • offers important and unique considerations for strategies to prevent and address bullying of LGBT youth.
  • ​HRC LGBT Scholarship Database is a list of scholarships, fellowships and grants for LGBT and allied students at both the undergraduate and graduate-level.
  • ​Safe Schools Coalition is an international public-private partnership in support of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth, that is working to help schools become safe places where every family can belong, where every educator can teach, and where every child can learn, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation.
  • Empty Closets has been a support forum for people dealing with issues of sexual orientation and coming out at least since 2000 and is a place where you can figure out who you are, surrounded by other people just like you. 
  • TransYouth Family Alliance empowers children and families by partnering with educators, service providers and communities, to develop supportive environments in which gender may be expressed and respected.
  • Welcoming Schools is an LGBT-inclusive approach to addressing family diversity, gender stereotyping and bullying and name-calling in K-5 learning environments.

Other Resources: Video

A selection of videos by or for LGBTQ and gender non-conforming youth, from around New England and around the U.S. We'll add more resources here from time to time, so check back!


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