According to the Postsecondary National Policy Institute (PNPI), students who identify as LGBTQ+ comprise an estimated 10% of the college population—approximately 2.5 million people. As their numbers grow, these students have unique needs to encourage them to continue and finish their education.
LGBTQ+ students face complicated challenges, such as:
- Gender discrimination
- Food insecurity
- Racial discrimination
- Sexual harassment
- Suicide ideation
Here are some helpful resources for LGBTQ+ college students, their friends, families, allies, and anyone else who wishes to learn more.
- Delta Lambda Phi Fraternity — An international social fraternity for openly queer men and nonbinary college students. It offers a social environment and structure similar to other Greek-model college fraternities.
- Gamma Rho Lambda Sorority — An all-inclusive social sorority originally established as a social support system for lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and alternative-lifestyle students. It now identifies as an LGBTQIA+ community group.
- Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals — This group offers support to LGBTQ people working in higher education.
- Reaching Out MBA — This group is for the LGBTQ+ MBA community. Its mission is to increase the community’s influence in business through education and support.
- The Gender & Sexuality Action Committee — This group from the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) focuses on ensuring equal access to medical education and medical care.
- Anxiety & Depression Association of America — This site offers mental health aid for the LGBTQ+ community. Its mission is to help the community receive relevant care and resources.
- Association of LGBTQ+ Psychiatrists — This organization gathers psychiatrists to advocate and educate on LGBTQ mental health issues.
- FOLX Health — This health service provides a variety of care for LGBTQ+ people. It offers virtual health care and discreetly delivers pharmaceuticals such as estrogen and testosterone.
- Gay and Lesbian Medical Association — This national organization focuses on health equity for the LGBTQ community.
- National Coalition for LGBTQ Health — This group offers advocacy, education, and research about health for the LGBTQ+ community.
- Rainbow Health — This organization serves those in the LGBTQ+ community living with HIV and others seeking equitable health care. It also educates health care providers and policymakers about the community’s needs.
- The Jed Foundation — This mental health resource helps with emotional health, coping challenges, and support. It actively addresses suicide in the community.
Health Resources for LGBTQ+ People of Color
- Therapy for Queer People of Color — This site gathers professional counselors, psychologists, social workers, and more to provide health care to queer and trans people of color. It also includes directories to find nearby service providers.
- LGBTQ Psychotherapists of Color — Also called QPOC, this San Francisco-based group provides community-building, leadership development, networking, and support for LGBTQ people of color in counseling, psychology, and social work.
- Live Another Day — This group focuses on addiction and mental health resources, providing lists of providers and resources. It has specific resources listed for QTBIPOC people.
- Rest for Resistance — This self-described QTPoC resource promotes health care and social support. Articles center on healing, care, and other issues.
- ACLU — The American Civil Liberties Union supports LGBTQ rights. The ACLU is working to provide services and protect the community.
- Human Rights Campaign — This is a collection of 3 million members and supporters of LGBTQ+ people. The group provides education and advances legislation for the community.
- The Trevor Project — This organization addresses suicide among LGBTQ young people. It offers services and counseling to the community.
- Trans Lifeline — This group offers trans peer support for the community. It also offers emotional and financial support to trans people in crisis.
Scholarships and Grants
- Flagship Scholarship — This scholarship is for LGBTQ students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees at accredited U.S. colleges.
- Gamma Mu Scholarships — The Gamma Mu Foundation seeks to provide funds to organizations in rural or underserved areas with LGBT populations.
- League Foundation LGBT Scholarships — This organization offers several scholarships to LGBTQ+ graduating high school students entering their first year of college.
- National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals — This group offers scholarships to LGBTQ+ students pursuing careers in STEM fields.
- NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists — This group offers a number of scholarships to members of the community.
- PFLAG Scholarships — PFLAG offers advocacy, education, and advocacy to LGBTQ+ people and their families. This is a list of some scholarships offered by PFLAG chapters.
- Roy Scrivner Research Grants — This research grant is for LGBT graduate students focusing on family psychology and therapy.
- Stonewall Community Foundation — This organization provides scholarships and grants to the LGBTQ community and rights movement.
- The Point Foundation — This is the largest nonprofit organization granting scholarships to LGBTQ students. The foundation also offers support and mentorship opportunities.
- Gay & Lesbian International Sport Association (GLISA) — This group includes sports and human rights organizations worldwide. It represents athletes, sports teams, and clubs.
- Matthew Shepard Foundation — Founded in memory of Matthew Shepard, this group targets hate crimes and provides support for LGBTQ people.
- Modern Military Association of America — This group offers advocacy, education, and support for LGBTQ+ service members, spouses, family, veterans, caregivers, and more.
- National Resource Center on LGBTQ+ Aging — This organization provides services and support to LGBTQ+ people who are aging. Information is also available for their family and caregivers.
- TransYouth Family Allies — This group offers resources for transgender children and their families.
- CenterLink — This organization offers leadership training, networking opportunities, and technical assistance for LGBTQ community centers.
Support Services for Allies, Friends, and Families
- Campus Pride — This group is for student leaders and campus groups working to create a safer college environment for LGBT students.
- GLAAD — This group works with the media to ensure accurate, fair, and inclusive representation for LGBTQ people.
- GLSEN — Primarily organized as a resource for K-12 students. GLSEN also provides services and resources to educators and educator advocates.
- National Center for Transgender Equality — This group advocates policies to increase understanding and acceptance of transgender people.
- National LGBTQ Task Force — This group works to end discrimination for LGBTQ people in employment, health care, housing, retirement, and more areas.
Support Services for LGBTQ+ People of Color
- Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement — This group advocates for trans, queer, and gender nonconforming Latinx people.
- Two Spirit Societies — This is a list of Two Spirit groups that service Native Americans. Links lead to local groups that can help those who identify as Two Spirit.
- Call BlackLine — A place for affirming, counseling, and supporting LGBTQ+. Priority given to BIPOC people.
- DeQH — This is a national support resource for South Asian LGBTQ+ people. The group offers a collection of resources for this community.
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