LGBTQ+ Pride Month is celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City, which is commemorating its 50th anniversary this year. As an organization we are committed to fighting for health equity and will not stop until our LGBTQ+ community receives the healthcare they deserve. Resolution S-19-34 called for an establishment of a SOMA LGBTQ+ TASKFORCE that will be dedicated to investigating and addressing the health disparities of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual LGBTQ+ community. Applications for the Chair of the LGBTQ+ TASK FORCE will be out next week, so keep an eye out. We look forward to this endeavor and to working together to eliminate the health disparities in our LGBTQ+ community. Below is a summary of SOMA stances on these issues and resources for Pride Month.

  • SOMA opposes anti-LGBTQ+ discrimination in the workplace and schools
  • SOMA advocates on behalf of the transgender community
  • SOMA supports marriage equality and parental rights of LGBTQ+ people
  • SOMA opposes sexual orientation change efforts

 

The Trevor Project

What is it?
A non-judgmental hotline with LGBTQ-sensitive trained counselors you can contact through a call, text, or chat during a mental health crisis and/or suicidal thoughts.

Contact Information:

  1. Trevor Lifeline
    1-866-488-7386
    Available 24/7
    Free
  2. TrevorText
    Text the word “Trevor” to 1-202-304-1200
    Available Thursday and Friday 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. ET
    Standard messaging rates apply
  3. TrevorChat
    Enter the online portal on The Trevor Project’s website.
    Available 7 days a week, 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. ET
    Free

 

Trans Lifeline

What is it?
A 24/7 hotline available in the U.S. and Canada staffed by transgender people for transgender people. Trans Lifeline is primarily for transgender people in a crisis, from struggling with gender identity to thoughts of self-harm.

Contact information:

  • 1-877-565-8860
    Available 24/7

 

GLBT National Help Center

What is it?
The GLBT National Help Center provides telephone, online chat, and email peer-support. They speak with callers of all ages about bullying, workplace issues, HIV/AIDS anxiety, coming out, relationships, safer sex, and more. They also have a massive resource database for social and support groups, gay-friendly religious organizations, sports, leagues, student groups, and more.

Contact information:

  1. Toll-Free National Hotline
    1-888-843-4564
    Monday–Friday 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. ET
    Saturday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. ET
  2. Youth Talkline
    1-800-246-7743
    Monday–Friday 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. ET
    Saturday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. ET
    For teens and young adults up to age 25
  3. Online Peer-Support Chat
    Monday–Friday 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. ET
    Saturday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. ET
    One-on-one confidential peer support; not for casual chatting.
    Chat here.
  4. Trans Teens Online Talk Group
    Weekly moderated group for trans teens ages 12–19
    Wednesday from 7–9 p.m. ET
    Join the group here.
  5. The Gay & Lesbian Switchboard of New York
    1-212-989-0999
    Monday–Friday 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. ET
    Saturday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. ET
    NYC hotline providing peer-support and information on local resources

 

Fenway Health Helpline

What is it?
Fenway Health provides information, help, and referrals to LGBT callers. They also have a peer listening line.

Contact information:

  1. LGBT Helpline (25+)
    1-617-267-9001
    Toll-free: 1-888-340-4528
    Monday–Saturday 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET
  2. Peer Listening Line (25 and under)
    1-617-267-2535
    Toll-free: 1-800-399-PEER
    Monday–Saturday 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET

 
What are you doing to celebrate Pride Month? If you have any questions/concerns don’t hesitate to contact us.

MUCH LOVE,
Mayra