LGBTQ Resources

By Jestine Mayes, publisher Macaroni Kid Johnstown - Laurel Highlands - Altoona May 6, 2022

This is by no means an exhaustive list. Many of the resources are National or International and were researched via the internet. If you know of local resources not listed, please contact me so that I can update the list at

Domestic Violence Resources: is a resource list of domestic abuse shelters around the United States.

National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP)

National network of service organizations working with LGBTQ people who have been victims of domestic violence


FORGE is a national transgender anti-violence organization

The NW Network

Organization specializing in providing resources for LGBTQ victims of domestic violence, they have an extensive “resource clearinghouse”

Communities Against Hate

National coalition documenting hate incidents

Report an incident at:

Report and get help at: 1-844-9-NO-HATE

Health/Insurance Resources:

RAD Remedy
Community­-sourced list of trans-­affirming healthcare providers.


Resources to help transgender people select and enroll in insurance 

Health and guidance for healthcare providers, as well as a list of trans­affirming health clinics in Canada, the United States, and England.

TransChance Health
Helps transgender people navigate health care and insurance to receive respectful, high-quality care, and get transition-related care covered  

Jim Collins Foundation
Financial support for transition-related expenses for people without insurance or who have been excluded by insurance.

Point of Pride Annual Transgender Surgery Fund
Provides direct financial assistance to trans folks who cannot afford their gender-affirming surgery.

Community Kinship Life Surgery Scholarship
Provides the trans community with assistance while having a sense of community and kinship.

Legal Resources:

NCLR (National Center for Lesbian Rights)
Advocacy and legal support for the LGBT community.

Sylvia Rivera Law Project
Legal support and resources for people who are transgender, intersex, or gender non­conforming.

Transgender Law Center
Advocacy and legal support for the transgender community.

TLDEF (Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund) 
Advocacy and legal support for the transgender community.

Transcend Legal
Transcend Legal helps people get transgender-related health care covered under insurance.

Transgender Legal Services Network (National Center for Transgender Equality)
Over 60 organizations across the country serving trans communities belong to the Network.

GLAD (GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders) 
Legal advocacy for the LGBTQ community.

Lambda Legal
Advocacy and legal support for the LGBTQ community.

For legal assistance with the name and gender change process on identity documents in your state, please visit NCTE's Identity Documents Center.

Incarceration Resources:

Black and Pink
Black & Pink is an open family of LGBTQ prisoners and ‘free world’ allies who support each other.

Immigration Resources:

Transgender Law Center's Trans Immigrant Defense Effort (TIDE)
Provide TGNC immigrants with legal information and connect them to pro bono attorneys and legal service providers.

National Immigrant Justice Center’s LGBTQ Immigrant Rights Initiative
Provides legal services to low-income immigrants who identify as LGBT and those who are living with HIV.

Immigration Equality
The nation’s leading LGBTQ immigrant rights organization

Employment Resources:

Trans Employment Program
San Francisco based employment organization with national resources and connections

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
Enforces federal protections for LGBT Workers

Workplace Fairness
Workplace Fairness has a list of guidelines and information for transgender people in the workplace.

Veteran Resources:

Legal services, watchdog and policy organization dedicated to  bringing about full LGBTQ equality to America's military and veteran communities.

Advocacy organization and supporter network for actively serving transgender military members, veterans, and their families.

TAVA: Transgender American Service Veterans
Advocacy organization that works to ensure transgender veterans receive appropriate care and support.