Caring For LGBTQ Patients: In the News
Helping Pediatricians Care for Transgender Students, from the New York Times
Guidance for Health Care Providers
Trevor Lifeline—The only national 24/7 crisis intervention and suicide prevention lifeline for LGBTQ young people under 25, available at 1-866-488-7386.
Trevor Chat—A free, confidential, secure instant messaging service for LGBTQ youth that provides live help from trained volunteer counselors, open daily from 3–10pm ET / Noon–7pm PT.
Trevor Text—A free, confidential, secure service in which LGBTQ young people can text a trained Trevor counselor for support and crisis intervention, available Monday–Friday from 3–10pm ET / Noon–7pm PT at 202-304-1200
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255 24/7 also available in Spanish.
Active Minds is a national leader for young adult mental health advocacy and suicide prevention.
Sex Education, Healthy Relationships and Wellness
AMAZE supports youth and families and envisions a world that recognizes adolescent sexual development as natural and healthy; a world that affirms and supports all children across the globe as they navigate the challenges of puberty and mature into young adults. Resources for youth and parents.
Advocates for Youth partners with youth leaders, adult allies, and youth-serving organizations to advocate for policies and champion programs that recognize young people’s rights to honest sexual health information; accessible, confidential, and affordable sexual health services; and the resources and opportunities necessary to create sexual health equity for all youth. Resources for youth and parents.
Select PPH centers offer specialized LGBTQ affirming health and wellness services.
Love is Respect purpose is to engage, educate and empower young people to prevent and end abusive relationships. They also have a helpline and offer advice on all forms of relationships and consent. Resources for youth and parents.
Free and confidential counseling, case management and legal advice, information and direct representation to young people age 24 and under related to dating abuse. They have specific services for LGBT, gender non-conforming, queer and questioning youth.
Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center provides high-quality, comprehensive, free health and wellness services for young people including specialized services for LGBTQ adolescents.
LGBTQ National Organizations (selected)
GLSEN strives to ensure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. Resources for youth and educators.
PFLAG provides support for trans people and their families, and even has a special affiliate called TNET—the PFLAG Transgender Network—which focuses on support, education and advocacy for transgender people and their parents, families and friends. Resources for parents, families and allies.
The Human Rights Campaign represents a force of more than 3 million members and supporters nationwide. As the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization, HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are ensured of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.
NCTE was founded in 2003 by transgender activists who recognized the urgent need for policy change to advance transgender equality. They also have a national database on resources for ID document change and know your rights.
Scouts for Equality is a 501(c)3 not for profit organization committed to ensuring that the Boy Scouts of America continues to be an organization that contributes positively to the lives of America’s young people
The Family Acceptance Project® is a research, intervention, education and policy initiative that works to prevent health and mental health risks for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) children and youth, including suicide, homelessness and HIV – in the context of their families, cultures and faith communities. Research and information.
LGBTQ NJ Local Organizations (selected)
NJ statewide advocacy LGBTQ organization.
They run a youth group movie and game night every other Friday night from 5-8pm.
Hudson County LGBTQ Center. They also run a youth group every Friday from 6-8pm. Dinner and snacks provided.
A community center located in Highland Park, The Pride Center provides a “safe space” for the LGBTIQ community: a place to learn about our community from a vast array of resources, a place to socialize and meet new friends, and a place to gain acceptance and understanding of your gender and sexual identity in a comfortable setting. Youth Drop in program meets every other Saturday from 1-4pm.
North Jersey Pride, Inc. is a 501(c)3 that produces an inspiring and fun-filled week of LGBTQ Pride events in June for the LGBT community and straight ally individuals, couples and families in the Garden State.
RAD Family is a program of North Jersey Pride, that serves transgender and gender fluid youth ages 4-18.
SOMA Action is a all volunteer advocacy non-profit membership organization. SOMA Action LGBTQ Committee is a subcommittee of SOMA Action. The LGBTQ committee meets once a month and organizes local LGBTQ advocay events. SOMA Action Student Leadership Committee is a subcommittee of SOMA Action. SASLC is a student led and adult supported advocacy group. LGBTQ safe space. All middle and high school youth are welcome. Youth meet every other week at Morrow Church and Maplewood Memorial Library. Adult advisor is present at all youth meetings.
The Center Youth Program provides a safe, inclusive and affirming environment to foster relationships, personal and professional skills and the evolution of identity. Open to young people between the ages of 13-21, our programs build self-esteem and help ready you for various life stages. We also offer a first-of-its kind substance use treatment program to help LGBTQ young people, ages 13 and older, make healthy decisions about drugs and alcohol.
Hetrick-Martin Institute believes all young people, regardless of sexual orientation or identity, deserve a safe and supportive environment in which to achieve their full potential. Hetrick-Martin creates this environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth between the ages of 13 and 21 and their families. Through a comprehensive package of direct services and referrals, Hetrick-Martin seeks to foster healthy youth development. Hetrick-Martin’s staff promotes excellence in the delivery of youth services and uses its expertise to create innovative programs that other organizations may use as models. After-school services for LGBTQ youth in New Jersey available Monday - Friday from 3-6pm. Mental Health & Supportive Services offer support groups for young people and their families including relationship building and navigating the “coming out” process. Health & Wellness programming provides health education and referrals for HIV testing and prevention provided by community partners. Arts & Culture Programs tap into the creative talents of young people with a focus on leadership and team building. Academic Enrichment Program offers tutorial services, college preparation (ACT/SAT prep) job readiness and vocational referral services. Pantry Services: Food and clothing are provided to members daily. Dinner is served each day at 5:30pm. Dinner is served each day at 5:30pm.
The ACLU of New Jersey works to defend liberty throughout our state. We are involved in litigation and advocacy on behalf of individuals, and we lobby on scores of bills in the state legislature and local councils. In addition, the ACLU is active in many public education and community organizing projects. ACLU-NJ Intake and Referral Line at 1-973-854-1719.
Lambda Legal is the oldest and largest national legal organization whose mission is to achieve full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and everyone living with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, we do not charge our clients for legal representation or advocacy, and we receive no government funding
Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to end discrimination and achieve equality for transgender people, particularly those in our most vulnerable communities.
NCLR is a non-profit, public interest law firm that litigates precedent-setting cases at the trial and appellate court levels; advocates for equitable public policies affecting the LGBT community; provides free legal assistance to LGBT people and their legal advocates; and conducts community education on LGBT issues. Legal helpline: 1.800.528.6257.
Offers free legal services to LGBT youth, including help with immigration, public benefits, discrimination and more.
SRLP provides free legal services for low income people and people of color who are trans, intersex or gender non-conforming. This collective organization also works on issues related to housing, employment, foster care, welfare, benefits, immigration, school and the criminal justice system.
Offers free and confidential crisis-counseling, support and advocacy to victims of crime—including hate bias crime, rape and sexual assault, domestic violence, HIV/AIDS related violence, police misconduct or other. AVP offers a free bilingual (English/Spanish) crisis intervention hotline staffed 24/7. Call 212-714-1141.
New Jersey Transgender (GNC) Student Protections
The New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (N.J.S.A. 10:5-12) (LAD) makes it unlawful to subject people to differential treatment based on race, creed, color, national origin, nationality, ancestry, age, sex (including pregnancy), familial status, marital status, domestic partnership or civil union status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, atypical hereditary cellular or blood trait, genetic information, liability for military service, and mental or physical disability, perceived disability, and AIDS and HIV status. The LAD prohibits unlawful discrimination in employment, housing, places of public accommodation, credit and business contracts. It was amended to include sexual orientation and gender identity in 1991 and 2006, prohibits discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations. (NJ LAD) protects transgender students in NJ public schools. A student cannot be discriminated against on the basis of gender identity or gender expression. Furthermore, under the law, schools are places of public accommodation, and transgender students must be permitted access to sex-segregated facilities such as restrooms and locker rooms on the basis of gender identity.
Gender identity and school law.An overview of the law pertaining to gender identity and expression, and how it impacts transgender students, their classmates and the community
S.478 and S.493—to ensure that residents’ birth and death certificates accurately reflect their gender identity. S.478 would allow a resident to obtain a corrected birth certificate by submitting a form affirming under penalty of perjury that the update is needed in order to accurately reflect their gender identity. Under the bill, residents will also be able to have the gender on their birth certificate reflected as undesignated or non-binary.
New Jersey has regulatory- and policy-based protection against discrimination on account of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression for youth in the child welfare system. N.J. Admin. Code 10:122B-1.5, N.J. Admin. Code 10:133-1.4, and New Jersey Department of Children and Families, LGBTQI Policy (Aug. 30, 2016).
Laws or State Agency Regulations Related to LGBTQ Youth in the Child Welfare System
For questions pertaining to the ABR or regulations/requirements related to HIB, contact the New Jersey Office of Student Support Services at email@example.com or call (609) 376-9109.
State and federal courts have found that refusal to refer to a transgender student by their correct name and pronouns constitutes sex discrimination under Title IX. This would also be considered discrimination on the basis of gender identity or gender expression under the NJ LAD. You do not need a legal name change in order for your school to refer to you by the correct name and pronouns.