We at The Buckeye Ranch want LGBTQ+ youth to have access to all the resources they need to overcome any difficulties they may face as a result of their sexuality and/or gender identity.
If you are a young person in crisis, feeling suicidal, or in need of a safe and judgment-free place to talk, call the TrevorLifeline now at 866-488-7386. The trained counselors of The Trevor Project are there to support you 24/7.
Being true to yourself can be a very lonely experience if you don’t have a supportive, affirming community to share it with. Below are a few community groups that offer support groups or community-building spaces. Please look into their current COVID policies.
Coming out is a very personal, unique experience. No two stories are the same. It’s important to come out on your own terms and take care of yourself in the process. We highly encourage you to check out the resources below to help you prepare.
If you’ve experienced verbal, physical, or sexual abuse, we encourage you to reach out to our friends at BRAVO for support.
If you are experiencing homelessness and between the ages of 14-24, contact our friends at Star House to learn about its drop-in center for youth and other resources for LGBTQ+ youth.
If you are between the ages of 18 and 24, Kaleidoscope Youth Center’s housing programs provide supportive housing for young people experiencing homelessness or unsafe housing.
Mental health affects everyone, across all walks of life, but due to discrimination, mental health challenges are more likely to affect LGBTQ individuals. This can show up in many ways, including depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideation. Finding a supportive, affirming adult in your life can be a key factor in leading a healthy, fulfilling life. This person can be anyone from a friend or family member to a neighbor or teacher. They can help you find the support you need, mental health or otherwise. If you do not have a supportive adult, below are some helpful resources to find support.
Inclusive sexual education is unfortunately lacking in many school systems. It’s important to have an affirming space to ask questions relevant to your identity and experience to stay healthy and safe. If you have questions, we encourage you to check out some of the Health Resources below and, if you feel safe doing so, reach out to a supportive adult in your life.
The Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization (BRAVO) provides comprehensive individual and community programs for survivor advocacy and support to LGBTQI survivors of hate and bias violence, discrimination, intimate partner violence, stalking, and/or sexual assault.
If you or someone you know has experienced violence, threats, or intimidation, BRAVO can work with you to help ensure your safety and provide the support you need.
Please note: HIV prevention materials and information may not be appropriate for all ages.