March 11, 2021

Previously on this column, I have written about mental health resources and where to find them in general. Considering Lincoln Park has a particularly larger population of students a part of the LBTQ+ community, I thought I’d name some resources for people within that community specifically.


First I would like to provide the names and links to a few youth support groups and centers I have found. I have not personally had any experience with them, and there is not much about what the experience is like for each group, so please consider carefully.


The few that I found in western PA are PRISM, Washington County Gay Straight Alliance, Pittsburgh Equality Center, and Dreams of Hope.


All of the groups and organizations mentioned above either directly are a youth group or provide services to local ones. They all also offer support and resources within their own organization as well.


Next, I’d like to move on to crisis services. I would also like to add that the services that I will mention are usually targeted towards youth (13-25), so there may be a more specialized response to what you’re going through if you are a student.


The ones that I would suggest are: The Trevor Project  and Trans Lifeline. Those are the only two that I could find that offer specialized services in western PA, though there are regular crisis services provided by the state as well.


I would also like to specifically mention Project Silk, which is an organization that provides numerous services of support ranging from housing to on-site therapy and so on. It is specifically targeted towards African American and Latinx transgender people.


While this list is a bit short, I do believe there are more resources that one can find within their individual community. For that, I would suggest looking into national organizations or centers to see if they have chapters near you.


A few I would suggest on national levels are The National Center for Transgender Equality, The Human Rights Campaign, PFLAG, and The National Center for Lesbian Rights.


Also: a lot of the groups that I have linked also have focuses on law, advocacy, and education!


I genuinely encourage you to reach out for help to either these resources or perhaps local ones you already know about if you are struggling. The places and names that I have provided are certainly not the only places you can turn to.


Please stay safe and healthy during these times. If there is a problem or something that I was not aware about with one of the organizations mentioned above, please let me know and I will remove it from the list. I want to provide safe and accurate information.

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GRACE ANDERSON, Editor in Cheif
Grace Anderson is a junior writing and publishing major. This year is her fifth year at Lincoln Park, and she has earned the title of Editor in Chief of The SIREN. She has also served on other W&P staffs for projects such as PULP and a literary anthology called Glassroom.

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