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Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Issues

Browse at your leisure. Each site listed is identified by name and includes a brief review by a student. This page will be updated often.

Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Pittsburgh (GLCC) provides gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) individuals along with their family and friends with resources to promote equality and understanding in the community.  The GLCC provides education, social support, networking, and advocacy. The site provides information on upcoming events and current newsletters.The website is currently under construction but still has valuable information and links.  I think this is a useful site specific for the Pittsburgh community. +Cathaleen+

NYAC is a social justice organization that advocates for and with young people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning (LGBTQ) in an effort to end discrimination against these youth. NYAC is the only national organization focused solely on improving the lives of LGBTQ youth through advocacy, education, and information. NYAC is one of twelve social justice organizations funded under the Ford Foundation Youth Development Initiative to train and support young people fighting various oppressions. This website contains tons of information! The resource database link on this website is broken down into subsections that allow you to search for materials on specific topics such as multiracial issues, runaway youth, coming out, hate crimes, and gender issues. The youth connections link offers links to hundreds of programs and resources nationwide for LGBTQ and professionals working with them. There are also numerous hotline and support lines listed, upcoming conferences, job opportunities, and local chapter links to national LGBTQ organizations. *Alicia*

Mermaids offers information, support, friendship, and shared experiences for families and youth that are confronting issues of gender identity. The organization is located in the UK, but offers support to individuals and families all over the world. The individuals and families that access this website can also receive phone support from a counselor. This website also offers support to professionals, and whenever possible, only in London, England, the advocates will attend meetings with the families that live in London, England. This organization also participates in raising public awareness about gender issues. {Shawn}

I found this website of Guidelines for Psychotherapy with Lesbian, Gay, & Bisexual Clients to be an excellent resource. It outlines APA's guidelines for working with the lesbian, gay, and bisexual population. The site begins with stating the guidelines and then moves on to explain each one in detail. An introduction is given, and then the rest of the guidelines are organized into four sections: attitudes toward homosexuality and bisexuality, relationships and families, issues of diversity, and education. The site states that the specific goals of these guidelines are "to provide practitioners with a frame of reference for the treatment of lesbian, gay, and bisexual clients, and to give basic information and further references in the areas of assessment, intervention, identity, relationships, and the education and training of psychologists." I found this site to be well written, as each guideline is clearly explained. I think this site would be excellent for any counselor who deals with the GLB population, whether he/she is familiar with this population or have recently come into contact with it. The extensive information is also followed by several pages of references which could be a wealth of additional resources for the counselor. ~Rachael~

The ATOD Resource Guide: Lesbians, Gay Men, and Bisexuals site deals primarily with addiction treatment and recovery within the homosexual community, where there is a high percentage of substance abuse. This site offers pamphlets which may be ordered, studies, articles, and reports, and listings of groups, organizations, and programs available which compliment treatment. Overall, a good site for counselors who deal mostly with recovery issues. (Judy)

Choices are many at the Counseling and Social Services for Gays and Lesbians site, and I focused on Lesbian.org which led to twenty-four pages of links to lesbian issues. This site offers all manner of support groups and many sites that share information, answer questions. This is a very comprehensive site of whose links I barely scratched the surface. Diverse and almost inexhaustible. This will be a favorite of mine. (Judy)

Gay, Lesbian and Gender Studies offers an extensive listings of books on a variety of topics pertaining to homosexuality. There are scholarly, biographies, personal accounts, fiction, and self-help; however, they are not listed in any order and so one must scroll on and on. I did like the descriptions of the books' contents and the prices. (Judy)

PFLAG: Parents, Friends an Family of Lesbians and Gays (Bisexuals and Transgendereds, too): I recommend this site for anyone who is recently "out," or for the family of someone who is recently "out." This is an essential starting point in receiving support and information. It offers 410 links on a wide variety of topics dealing with all aspects of homosexual orientation. PFLAG has been essential in helping me help my parishioners who are gay. If you remember no other resource, please remember PFLAG. (Judy) Pittsburgh Chapter of PFLAG meets every second Sunday, registration at 1:45, meetings starting promptly at 2:00–5:00, at the Presbyterian Church on the corner of Fifth Avenue and Negley Avenue in Shadyside. For more information, ask Judy.

Pridelinks: For all manner of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered information is a great resource for anyone seeking information on minority sexual orientation issues. This site has 82 links to "health and support," 35 links to "abuse and violence," 132 links to AIDS resources, 17 links to disabilities, 44 links to parenting, and 124 links to relationships. While most of these links are family oriented, there are a few (two or three) leading to sites I found offensive; however, no visuals or offensive text are shown at the Pridelinks site. The benefits of this site far out way the fact of two or three "adult" links. (Judy)

An Investigation Into The Bible and Homosexuality This is an interesting site. It goes into detail, investigating specific scriptures from the Bible providing the reader with information that makes you think about whether or not God was against homosexuality. It discusses the infamous story of Sodom and also Adam and Eve. It makes the reader consider that perhaps David and Jonathan were more than friends. Some might find this site a little controversial, if they are conservative; however, it provides a “different” perspective of the Bible concerning homosexuality. (Nena)

The Association for Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Issues in Counseling is a division of the American Counseling Association. The organization provides support to professional counselors and others in related helping fields. The website includes links for membership (must be member of the ACA) and a members “only” area; however, there is a resource area with extensive information for counselors, including a bibliography, competencies (excellent), a mentoring program, and a therapist resource listing. The organization’s newsletter is also available online. There is an AGLBIC Journal, and links to other professional journals are available on the site’s main page. The history of the organization is available, and while it is brief it is very interesting. The organization’s focus is on the diverse needs of the gay, lesbian, and bisexual community and on providing assistance to help them deal with their “life’s challenges.” The site is a “must see” for counselors who currently provide services to members of the gay community and informative for those entering the counseling field. Overall, this website is a valuable resource for the counseling community. (Leslie)

Persad Center is the nation’s second oldest licensed mental health counseling center specifically created to meet the needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community (LGBT). Founded in 1972, Persad has more than thirty years experience in serving the LGBT community. This website is easy to use and very informative for everyone, not just the LGBT community. Persad is a counseling center that is dedicated to helping lgtb people through everyday life. They help with mental heath services, HIV AIDS services, drug and alcohol services, gender clinic, and intimate partner abuse. (Jessica)

Soul force is a useful website as it is designed to inform the reader of national and local news about Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender issues. This websites’ own mission statement says the following: Freedom for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people from religious and political oppression through the practice of relentless nonviolent resistance. This site is an interesting site for the professional as it informs what sects of religion say what about homosexuality. (Jessica)

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