A resource page for Teens & Young Adults who might be gay
or have friends who have same gender attraction.

Listed below is a list of resources that have been recommended. If you contact one of them and find questionable content, please let me know. -Steve 
Youth Guardian Services - This is an internet initiative begun by a 19 year old Jason Hungerford who wanted to create a space for teens and young adults only. It consists primarily of nationwide email lists divided into specific age groups, so that young people only talk to their peers. The lists are tightly monitored and sexually explicit conversation is discouraged. (In support, I serve as Board Chair and the funds from my "Bonus Round Sessions" CD are donated directly to YGS. YGS is an fully registered 501.c.3 non-profit organization completely run by youth.) 
THE MAIL CREW. This new group of high schoolers seeks to help local students to establish their own intra-school Internet support email lists based on what they've done in their school. Led by the 17-year old Trey and his partner Eric, both on the the high school football team, their own group is a mix of gay and straight, including straight jocks who would never attend a Gay/Straight Alliance. What The Mail Crew seeks to do is to show students how they created their anonymous intra-school list, and how others can do the same. Take some time to read this site, especially the How It Started page. 

Gabi Clayton's Youth Resource Page

Camp Ten Trees - WA - an overnight summer camp located on Lake Wenatchee in Washington State. Camp Ten Trees features one week for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth, and one week for the children of LGBT parents. At Camp Ten Trees, children and youth build self-confidence and strength in diversity in an environment which challenges homophobia and provides a range of traditional camp activities. http://www.camptentrees.org

Stonewall Youth - Olympia, WA - http://www.stonewallyouth.org/
and Stonewall Youth - Lewis County, WA - http://www.stonewallyouth.org/COUNTIES.HTM - Dedicated to providing peer support, information and advocacy for bisexual, gay and lesbian youth and youth who have questions about their orientation, age 21 and under.

Lambert House - Seattle, WA - An activities and resource center for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and questioning youth between the ages of 14-22. http://www.lamberthouse.org/

Oasis Youth Center - Tacoma, WA - A Youth Driven program - all policies and group activities are set by the youth for the youth. Oasis is a safe and educational environment for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and questioning youth ages 14-24. http://members.xoom.com/OasisYouth/index.html/


Advocates for Youth - Dedicated to creating programs and promoting policies which help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual and reproductive health. They provide information, training, and advocacy to youth-serving organizations, policy makers, and the media in the U.S. and internationally. http://www.advocatesforyouth.org/

Bisexual Youth - Information and resources, a project of the Bisexual Resource Center. http://www.biyouth.org/

The Cool Page for Queer Teens! - Resources for gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgendered youth. A wonderful site by Scott Bidstrup, who also does "For parents of the newly-out" (see families/friends page). http://www.bidstrup.com/cool.htm

DALnet's #GayTeens IRC Channel - "Our goal is to foster a safe and sane channel for gayteens and their friends where sharing, support, friendship, and fun are a focus." http://dalnets_gayteens.tripod.com/dalnetsgayteens/

Free Your Mind: The Book for Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Youth -- and Their Allies - by Ellen Bass and Kate Kaufman. (ISBN: 0060951044 --1996 -- HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.) http://www.harpercollins.com/catalog/book_xml.asp?isbn=0060951044

Getting Real - From NSW Australia has excellent information and resources for GLBTQ youth. "Just as our relationship with our parents change, there is the added complication of thoughts about being gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered or just unsure. Most of us are fairly unprepared for this kind of challenge, so Getting Real helps out by providing you with resources and information on these issues, as well as things like homophobia and coming out. We've also put together a good list of role models that we can look towards for inspiration and direction." And more... http://www.gettingreal.asn.au/

High Contrast: Shades of Our Identity - An exhibit by a group of LGBTQQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning) and straight ally high school students from the Bay Area who came together to use photography to express their experiences and convictions. These students, of different races, sexualities, genders, and class backgrounds, have shared their vision and voice in the hope that people will see and hear them. They created High Contrast to be used as an organizing tool for GSAs and a curriculum tool for teachers. This exhibit uses art as a means for change -- to show people what they may not choose to see, to incite dialogue, and to inspire transformation. This was a collaboration of the Gay Straight Alliance Network, LYRIC and the Wedge Program of the San Francisco Department of Health.  http://www.gsanetwork.org/highcontrast/

Lesbian, Gay, Bi and Trans Youth of Color - from Youth Resource, a project of Advocates for Youth. Articles and resources for Black, Asian and Pacific Islander American, Latina & Latino and Native American LGBT youth. http://www.youthresource.com/feat/poc/

The National GLBT Years Book - sponsored by PFLAG in Reno Nevada, is on-line gallery of the middle and high school year book pictures of gay, lesbian, bisexual & transgender adults presented anonymously. "Our purpose in building this collection is to show that: (1) GLBT teenagers aren't a new phenomenon. (2) GLBT youth aren't just statistics, but individuals. (3) GLBT youth look just like all other youth - and have, for generation upon generation of year book pictures." http://www.gayyearbook.com

National Youth Advocacy Coalition (NYAC) - Improving the lives of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth. Information on the site on the Bridges Project, Youth Connections, and Safe Zone. http://www.nyacyouth.org/

Oasis - an online webzine written by, about and for queer and questioning youth. http://www.oasismag.com/

!OutProud!, The National Coalition for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Youth - Provides advocacy, information, resources and support. "Our goal is to help lesbigay youth become happy, successful, confident and vital gay, lesbian and bisexual adults. We provide outreach and support to lesbigay teens just coming to terms with their sexual orientation and to those contemplating coming out. We let them know they're not alone by helping them find local sources of friendship and support. We believe in effecting change at a grass-roots level by catalyzing and fostering the development of a new generation of lesbigay teen activists who will take positions at the forefront of our civil rights and social movements." http://www.outproud.org

The Peer Listening Line - 1-800-399-PEER - provides an anonymous and confidential forum where young people can get help, information, referrals, and support for a range of issues. Young people up to about 23 years of age can talk to a peer without being judged or rushed into any decision they are not prepared to make. Issues include sexuality and safer sex practices, coming out, HIV and AIDS, depression and suicide, and anti-gay/lesbian harassment and violence.  http://www.fenwayhealth.org/

Politically Minded Gay Youth- an online community for preteen to college aged gays who like politics, created by a political science major at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. http://clubs.yahoo.com/clubs/politicallymindedgayyouth

RESYST - a national political and cultural resource for queer activists and educators, particularly young women, youth of color, working class youth, trans youth and other young people from marginalized communities, working to build a movement of youth united for radical social change. http://resyst.org/

Revolutionary Voices - an online art & culture forum for queer youth. Through poetry, painting, prose, sculpture and other forms of creative expression, the youth in RV speak about oppression, resistance, identity and survival. http://resyst.org/revolutionaryvoices/index.html

Scouting For All - working to get the Boy Scouts of America to rescind its policy of discrimination against gay youth and adults. http://www.scoutingforall.org/

The Shared Heart - Portraits and Stories Celebrating Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Young People - Educational Resources on Sexual Orientation. (a book/photo exhibit/curriculum on LGBT young people)  http://world.std.com/~shheart/
and The P.E.R.S.O.N. Project has a great brochure for it in .pdf format.

Students Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE) empowers students inelementary/middle/high school and college to create their own solutions and strategies for safer schools and communities, to promote awareness of non-violence and pursue a message of peace.  http://www.mavia.org/save/default.html

Youth Assistance Organization (YAO or YOUTH.ORG, sometimes also known as Youth Action Online) - This organization was formed to provide for the needs of queer youth; the need for a rare opportunity to express themselves, to know they are not alone, and to interact with others who have already accepted their sexuality. http://www.youth.org/

Youth Resource (YR) - A project of the Advocates for Youth in Washington, DC. "We are here to help youth who are questioning their sexual orientation. If you do not identify with being straight, then check us out and we can help you with any questions you have that you need help with answering. YR offers a confidential place where kids can get information about things in their life - where they can feel comfortable and ask the questions that are on their mind." http://www.youthresource.com/and the excellent YR library at http://www.youthresource.com/library/

We want to say upfront for parents who are viewing this site that these resources are "gay-supportive." 
Youth Guardian Services, for instance, has been created by kids for kids. The mailing lists are tightly controlled for safety. This way teens talk only to other teens so they can to speak freely about their fears; they support each other and help each other. 

If you are morally against homosexuality, please feel free to contact me personally. I would be more than happy to discuss the subject with you

One of the surest ways to completely lose your kid is to demonize and terrorize his or her "gayness." They did not choose their sexual orientation and the feelings they feel are real. 

Our purpose here provide resources to let kids be kids so they will find support and understanding for their feelings in a safe environment. 

---Steve Schalchlin.

"Each in our own time, each at our own pace, each in our own way. Coming out is a process; a journey, not a race. Unlike most journeys, there is no one destination in mind, only a direction. Keep on. When you stray, or slow down, don't be afraid to ask advice or direction. Your journey is yours alone, and regardless of where you end up, or when, don't let anyone else plan the trip." 

--Steve Basile, PFLAG/Austin

This page is dedicated to the Loving Memory of: Bill Clayton, Robbie Kirkland, Joey Lopitz, and Jacob Lawrence Orosco, whose deaths in the war against bigotry make me stop and realize how much work still needs to be done. And how much we all have at stake. - Steve Schalchlin
White Ribbon Campaign

Raising Awareness about Gay-Teen Suicide
And remembering those who we've lost

The highest rate of HIV infection is among the young. Also, it is estimated that a teen in the United States takes his or her own life every 5 hours because he or she is gay, bisexual, transgender, or lesbian. This is because having same sex attraction in a hetero world can be very scary. We believe teens making friends with other teens is an effective way to combat feelings of isolation and despair.