LGBTQ+ Friendly

LGBTQ+ friendly simply means that these organizations have made providing members of this community feel welcomed. They strive to create an environment that is safe and supportive at all times. They believe in equality and are respectful of everyone’s right to be who they are as an individual, and how they choose to live their lives.

Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) have begun in DMHAS state-operated facilities. GSAs support people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) and their allies by creating safe environments in mental health and substance abuse facilities to support each other. GSAs are not just for LGBT people. Allies of LGBT people are welcomed and an important part of the mission of GSAs. Partnership with allies provides mutual support to LGBT people and our allies.

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How to Change the Gender Marker on your Birth Certificate – Step by Step Directions for Changing Gender and Name on a Connecticut Birth Certificate provided by the GLAD. This is a PDF publication known as the “Connecticut Birth Certificate Tool Kit”

How to File a Discrimination Complaint – It is against the law for someone to be treated differently because of their race or color, national origin, gender, sex, religion, and more. The Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO) can investigate a discrimination claim for you. Information provided by CTLawHelp.org

What Are My Rights as an LGBT Teen? – If you are bullied or discriminated against because of your sexual orientation or gender expression, there are laws to protect you. Information provided by Center for Children’s Advocacy.

AARP – LGBT Pride: The American Association of Retired Persons’ dedicated page to LGBT issues and concerns.

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Services for Seniors

Affordable Care Act (ACA) Enrollment Assistance for LGBT Communities: This resource guide assists health professionals with helping lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people understand health insurance options under the Affordable Care Act, particularly mental health and substance use benefits and services, and enroll in plans.

Location: National Program

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Anchor Health Initiative: is a health care provider offering medical services to everyone in the community with particular expertise in the area of HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, and Transgender medicine. Anchor Health Initiative offers a welcoming, supportive and safe environment for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) community. For many, simply knowing that allies exist can be a big source of support.

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Anchor Health Initiative – Case Management Program: Through the efforts of our Care Team and Senior Manager of Community Services, we are able to provide a holistic approach to wellness for LGBTQ clients in need of support. These services are available to patients of Anchor Health Initiative. If you’re not currently a patient, call or email to make an appointment today.

Locations: Stamford & Hamden, CT

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Pantry & Food Assistance
Health Care
Employment Assistance
Domestic Violence Services
Mental Health Treatment
material needs
Addiction & Recovery
Housing & Shelters
Legal
Transportation Assistance

 Access to basic needs, including housing, food, clothing, toiletries, etc.
 Transportation to medical appointments
 Employment resources
 Insurance and affordable healthcare assistance
 Connections to mental health providers and support groups
 Help with substance use
 Resources for STI/STD prevention
 Assistance with updating gender ID documents, including licenses, birth certificates, social security, passports, etc.
 Connections to legal counselors for help with immigration status
 Help for individuals in abusive relationships
 Resources for emergency financial assistance

Circle Care Center: Our Mission is to provide the highest quality services to our patients in Southern Connecticut specializing in primary care for people living with HIV, the LGBTQ community, as well as HIV prevention (PrEP & PEP), Hepatitis C and STI testing and treatment.

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Health Care

Circle Care Center is a primary care practice with a specialty pharmacy on site. In addition to primary care, Circle Care Center provides stigma-free STD/infectious disease testing, treatment, and prevention.

Location: Norwalk, CT

Community Health Center, Inc.: At our core, we are a community based health organization. Though we have a national reach, we understand that health care takes place where our patients live. Our clinical teams offer Medical, Dental, and Behavioral Health.

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Health Care

We are dedicated to providing comprehensive and respectful care to our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender community. We welcome all sexual orientations and gender identities. We know that those in the LGBT+ community face many barriers to accessing compassionate, informed care. Our providers are trained to provide exceptional care to serve the specialized needs of this community. Visit their LGBT+ page HERE

If you do not have insurance, or you’re underinsured (your insurance doesn’t cover everything you need it to), CHC offers a Sliding Fee Discount program, which provides reduced rates for those who quality. If you qualify, visit fees will be based on a sliding scale using income and household size.

Location: Various around the state, different locations offer different services. For their complete service map click HERE

Connecticut VA Healthcare System: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Veteran Care The Department of Veterans Affairs (VHA) is committed to providing quality care to all Veterans including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Veterans. Excellent care has no boundaries.

Location: Please visit your local VA for more information.

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veteran

GLSEN, Inc. Connecticut Chapter: Championing LGBTQ issues in K-12 education since 1990
Our mission is to create safe and affirming schools for all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. All of our meetings are at the New Haven Pride Center (NHPC), 84 Orange St., in New Haven and open to the public. However, you can also participate in meetings remotely or virtually via Zoom.

Location: New Haven, CT

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Young Adult Services

Hartford Gay & Lesbian Health Collective: We offer several convenient ways of getting tested for HIV! All the tests are “fourth generation” tests that show the presence of antibodies and the P24 antigen. This means these tests are more accurate and can show if someone has HIV sooner than older tests. Make An Appointment Today! Call us at 860-278-4163

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Health Care

Independence Unlimited: Envisions a society that, by design and commitment, is barrier free and promotes the rights, value, and dignity of individuals with disabilities as fully participating in self directing their lives. The mission of Independence Unlimited is to assist individuals with disabilities in the Greater Hartford Area to achieve their goals and dreams.

Location: Hartford, CT

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Advocacy & Stigma Busting
Powered by Peers

The Institute of Living – “The Right Track” LGBTQ Specialty Track: An Intensive Outpatient Program in Young Adult Services for 16- to 24-year olds who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning and are experiencing significant emotional distress who need a more skills-based therapeutic program.

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Mental Health Treatment
Young Adult Services

Goals of the program include validating aspects of emerging identity, building on role models and “family of choice” support systems to reduce feelings of isolation, and developing skills to identify, modulate and deal with stress and stigma. There is an emphasis on expressive therapies, mindfulness/movement and family support.

In addition, as an adjunct to the clinical program, twice a month—2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month from 5 PM to 6:15 PM, there is a LGBTQ Youth Support group open to members of the community. The LGBTQ Support Group is located in the Center building, 2nd floor.

Location: Hartford, CT

It Gets Better Project: The It Gets Better Project is a nonprofit organization with a mission to uplift, empower, and connect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer youth around the globe.

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Young Adult Services

Growing up isn’t easy, especially when you are trying to affirm and assert your sexual orientation and/or gender identity. It can be a challenging and isolating process – but, the good news is, no one has to do it alone.

Location: Online Resource

Join Rise Be: A statewide, peer-run initiative for young people in Connecticut. We share our experiences to influence change at the local, regional, and state levels. We connect with our peers and community partners to reduce discrimination against young people. We cultivate the belief that recovery is possible and we all have the capacity to achieve success.

Location: New Britain, CT

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Young Adult Services
Advocacy & Stigma Busting
Education
Warmline Phone & Test
Powered by Peers

The Statewide Young Adult Warmline is a phone-based peer support line:  1-855-6-467-3669

7 Days a Week   12noon – 9PM

Kids in Crisis – Lighthouse: Lighthouse serves lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning (LGBTQ) teens and their allies with a welcoming, safe space weekly meeting.

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Lighthouse encourages LGBTQ youth to live their best, healthiest and most authentic lives. Teens can drop in to share life experiences and feelings, socialize, snack, and share common bonds, in Lighthouse’s confidential, non-threatening environment. Lighthouse also hosts guest speakers, trips, barbecues, parties and movie nights. Lighthouse empowers LGBTQ youth to clarify issues, gain skills and resiliency, and envision and seek healthy, productive, and fulfilling adult lives.

Kids In Crisis: provides emergency shelter, crisis counseling, and community education programs for children of all ages and families facing crisis.

Young Adult Services
Warmline Phone & Test
Housing & Shelters
Domestic Violence Services

Crisis can can include domestic violence, mental health concerns, homelessness, substance abuse, economic difficulties, and other critical challenges. The Kids In Crisis Helpline is staffed 24 hours a day with trained Crisis Counselors, and provides free, confidential phone and face-to-face intervention, counseling, and referrals. Since its founding in 1978, Kids In Crisis has provided vital 24-hour services to more than 148,000 children and teens, and their families. Providers, educators, community members, and family members are encouraged to call the 24-hour helpline: 203-661-1911 for support.

Location: Cos Cob, CT

Lambda Legal (Main Site) – Lambda Legal (Connecticut Site) is the oldest and largest national legal organization whose mission is to achieve full recognition of the civil rights of lesbiansgay menbisexualstransgender people and everyone living with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.

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Legal

As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, we do not charge our clients for legal representation or advocacy, and we receive no government funding. We depend on contributions from supporters around the country.

LGBT Aging Issues Network (LAIN) a constituent group of the American Society on Aging, works to raise awareness about the concerns of LGBT elders and about the unique barriers they encounter in gaining access to housing, healthcare, long-term care and other needed services.

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Services for Seniors

LAIN has an excellent Website with a great deal of information including a The LGBT Aging Resources Clearinghouse.

Location: State Wide Access / Online

LGBTQQIAAP2S+ Global Community Support Group – Facebook Group: We believe all persons are created equal. Our goal is to foster a global family of love and support for one another.

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Online Support Groups

We seek to uplift our entire community and create a space for people to interact, find a sense of belonging and support. This group is comprised of people from the full spectrum of the LGBTQQIAAP2S+ community, including: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans*, Queer*, Questioning, Intersex*, Asexual, Ally, Pansexual, Two Spirit and the entirety of this collective.

Location: Online

MedlinePlus Gay, Lesbian and Transgender Health Resources: LGBT individuals have special health concerns besides the usual ones that affect most men and women. MedlinePlus has a section on their Website that provides information about these specific health issues.

Location: State Wide Access / Online

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Middlesex Health: We are committed to providing equitable and inclusive care to individuals who are transgender, gender non-conforming, or questioning, as well as excellence in access, services, and outcomes. As a community hospital, we believe that we are in a unique position to provide nearly a full spectrum of medical care in a safe, personal, and convenient setting.

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We understand the challenges that individuals who identify as transgender, or somewhere along the gender non-conforming spectrum, have in finding appropriate medical care to meet their individual needs. We have a dedicated Transgender Services Navigator who can help you connect with providers and services, including:

Specially-trained primary care providers, Hormone replacement therapy, & Gender transition surgery

Location: Middletown, CT

MyTransHealth designed a guided search to make the process of finding access to quality healthcare easier. Access to quality care is a human right. Our mission is to ensure that all trans and gender nonconforming people receive culturally competent service.

Location: State Wide Access

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Health Care

New Haven Pride Center: The purpose of New Haven Pride Center, formerly the New Haven Gay and Lesbian Community Center, is to provide educational, cultural and social enrichment for the LGBTQ+ community, its allies, and members, to make a positive contribution to the entire community of Greater New Haven. They offer peer led support groups and have group opportunities for young adults.

Location: New Haven, CT

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Young Adult Services

Positive Directions was established in 1971 in Westport, CT as a volunteer effort by recovering alcoholics to support recovery and bring awareness and prevention into school and community programs. The Agency’s mission is to support individuals, families, and communities by providing treatment for mental health and addictive behaviors and prevention programs that build resiliency and life skills in adolescents, adults and families.

Location: Westport, CT

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Mental Health Treatment
Young Adult Services
Addiction & Recovery
Gambling & Gaming Addiction

PrideCounseling.com: Whether you are struggling with mental health issues, your identity, or just need someone to talk to, we believe help should be accessible to everyone. We noticed that individuals in the LGBTQ community suffer from mental health issues at a disproportionately high rate and we wanted to help.

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Online Counseling

By providing online counseling to the LGBTQ community, we make help accessible and accepting of everyone. We provide a platform for people to get the help they need discreetly, affordably, and conveniently. Message your counselor whenever an issue arises. Schedule sessions that work with your schedule.

Prudence Crandall Center has been a leader in our state’s efforts to reduce the devastating impact of domestic violence in the lives of victims, their children, and our community.

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Warmline Phone & Test
Domestic Violence Services
Housing & Shelters

Today PCC is one of only a few programs in the country offering the full spectrum of shelter, housing and support services needed to offer practical, long-term solutions to the challenges faced by victims, helping them heal and move forward to safe, self-sufficient lives, free of violence. We also provide professional trainings, prevention programs for youth, and outreach to raise awareness, reach victims in need, and prevent violence in the future. Through all of our programs and services, we touch the lives of 8,000 adults and children each year throughout our region and state.

Our shelter home includes individual bedrooms, a common living room, a large kitchen and dining area, laundry and health facilities, a children’s playroom, teen resource room, and playground. There is a separate space for male victims and/or families with older adolescent males, as needed, to ensure these victims remain connected to essential services while respecting the privacy needs of all clients.

24-Hour Emergency Helpline: 1-888-774-2900 or 1-860-225-6357

Location: New Britain, CT

RAD Remedy: Our mission is to connect trans, gender non-conforming, intersex, and queer folks to accurate, safe, respectful, and comprehensive care in order to improve individual and community health.

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RAD Remedy is collectively operated via two units (each in alphabetical order by first name). We operate virtually via Google Hangouts and our team and board members are from various locations across the country. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Location: State Wide Access

Root Center for Advanced Recovery: provides a continuum of behavioral healthcare services to help individuals struggling with substance use disorders. Counselors work with each patient to develop an individualized recovery plan which is based on the unique strengths, needs, abilities and preferences of each person served. Recovery services include:

LGBTQ+ Friendly
Addiction & Recovery
Mental Health Treatment
Young Adult Services

Adolescent IOP – Infectious Disease Services – Intensive Outpatient Program – Individual, Group and Family Counseling – Pregnancy Program – Recovery Planning

Locations: Bristol, Hartford, Manchester, Middletown, New Britain, New London, Norwich, Torrington & Willimantic, CT

Safe Haven: provides emergency shelter and free comprehensive support services to victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Safe Haven is committed to ending violence and sexual assault by changing the social conditions and beliefs that perpetuate violence against women and children.

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Housing & Shelters
Domestic Violence Services
Legal
material needs

Safe Haven serves the towns of Bethlehem, Cheshire, Middlebury, Naugatuck, Prospect, Southbury, Waterbury, Watertown, Wolcott, and Woodbury for domestic violence.

We serve the towns of Beacon Falls, Bethlehem, Middlebury, Naugatuck, Oxford, Prospect, Southbury, Thomaston, Waterbury, Watertown, Wolcott, and Woodbury for sexual assault.

Safe Place is a national youth outreach and prevention program for young people under the age of 18 (up to 21 years of age in some communities) in need of immediate help and safety. As a collaborative community prevention initiative, Safe Place designates businesses and organizations as Safe Place locations, making help readily available to youth in communities across the country. Safe Place locations include: libraries, YMCAs, fire stations, public buses, various businesses, and social service facilities.

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Young Adult Services
Runaway Support
End Bullying & Cyberbullying
Domestic Violence Services
Addiction & Recovery
Housing & Shelters

For Connecticut locations click HERE

To use TXT 4 HELP, text the word “safe” and your current location (city/state/zip) to 4HELP (44357).

If you believe your are danger, get to a safe location and call or text 911 immediately!

Help and resources for: Abuse, Anxiety & Stress, Body Awareness, Bullying, Drugs & Alcohol, Eating Disorders, Homeless Youth, Human Trafficking, LGBTQ, Life Changes, Loss & Greif, Pregnancy, Rape, Running Away, Sex, Sexual Assault, STD’s, Suicide Prevention, and Teen Dating Violence.

STOMP Out Bullying: is the leading national nonprofit dedicated to changing the culture for all students. It works to reduce and prevent bullying, cyberbullying and other digital abuse, educates against homophobia, LGBTQ discrimination, racism and hatred, and deters violence in schools, online and in communities across the country.

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Young Adult Services
End Bullying & Cyberbullying

In this diverse world, STOMP Out Bullying promotes civility, inclusion and equality. It teaches effective solutions on how to respond to all forms of bullying, as well as educating kids and teens in school and online. It provides help for those in need and at risk of suicide, and raises awareness through peer mentoring programs in schools, public service announcements by noted celebrities, and social media campaigns.

Location: Online Resource

The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning youth. The Trevor Support Center is a place where LGBTQ youth and their allies can find answers to frequently asked questions, and explore resources related to sexual orientation, gender identity and more!

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Warmline Phone & Test
Young Adult Services

The Trevor Project / Self-Injury Support Center: Self-injury, also known as self-harm, is the act of trying to get rid of an unbearable mood by causing physical harm that damages the body. For many young people, self-injury is the best method they have found for dealing with the pain in their lives. Fortunately, there are many alternatives to self-injury that can produce the same relief. If you’re ready to stop, well can show you options that might works for you.

Location: Online Resource

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Self Harm

Remember, if you need immediate support or help, Trevor’s counselors are just a phone call, chat, or text away. You are not alone.

TrevorLifeline — A crisis intervention and suicide prevention phone service available 24/7 at 1-866-488-7386

TrevorText — Text “START” to 678678. Standard text messaging rates apply. Available 24/7/365.

TrevorSpace — An online international peer-to-peer community for LGBTQ young people and their friends.

Trevor Support Center — Where LGBTQ youth and allies can find answers to FAQs and explore resources related to sexual orientation, gender identity and more.

Location: State Wide Access

Trans Lifeline is a national trans-led 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to improving the quality of trans lives by responding to the critical needs of our community with direct service, material support, advocacy, and education.

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Warmline Phone & Test
Powered by Peers

Our vision is to fight the epidemic of trans suicide and improve overall life-outcomes of trans people by facilitating justice-oriented, collective community aid.

The Hotline: 877-565-8860

Listed hours:  10am to 4am  with off hour availability based on volunteer staffing

Transgender Support Circle – Facebook Group: This is a safe space for people who identify along the transgender spectrum and allies. Whether you already started HRT, or have yet to/ don’t plan on starting, this is the place for you. We are all in this together and we have many experiences that we can offer aside from love and support.

Location: Online

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Online Support Groups

Triangle Community Center (TCC) is Fairfield County’s leading provider of programming and resources to nurture growth and connection within the LGBTQ community.

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Mental Health Treatment
Young Adult Services
Advocacy & Stigma Busting

Triangle Community Center serves over 300 individuals who utilize its programs and services on a regular basis as well as over 5000 members of the Fairfield County community who attend a TCC program or event at least once a year. While our primary service area is Fairfield County, we often see people travel from Westchester, New Haven, and Litchfield counties to attend one of the programs we offer. TCC’s key target population is the LGBTQ community in Fairfield County, however, we welcome all who seek our services and have many clients who do not identify as LGBTQ.

Location: Norwalk, CT

Wildwood Farm: is a unique recovery opportunity located along the Connecticut Shoreline for the LGBTQ+ person seeking time to heal from the challenges of addiction and co-occurring problems. Here the individual finds healing and discovers the hope that life will get better.

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Addiction & Recovery
Residential Treatment Options

For the LGBTQ person this requires a healthy living situation that offers acceptance and the assurance of supportive care, in other words, a place that is “LGBTQ normative.”  Where accepting LGBTQ lifestyles is the norm…  The Farm warmly welcomes members of the gay community and friends of the gay community.

The objective of the sober house is to make a safe, comfortable home for the LGBTQ person in need of supportive services in establishing a successful recovery plan.  The typical stay at the farm is 3, 6 and 12 months, however, other arrangements are possible.

Location: Madison, CT

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