LGBTQ+ Resources

Below are resources that may help individuals of the LGBTQIA community or for those who are unsure. Please contact the organizations directly for more information about their programs or resources. If you have any resources to add, please email me at repbarabarahernandez@gmail.com. You can stay updated on work my office is doing at facebook.com/RepHernandez83rd.

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Aquí hay recursos que pueden ayudar a individuos de la comunidad LGBTQIA o aquellos que están inseguros. Por favor contacte a las organizaciones directamente para más información sobre los programas o recursos. Si tiene recursos que puede añadir, por favor envíeme un correo electrónico a repbarbarahernandez@gmail.com. Puede quedarse al tanto del trabajo que está haciendo mi oficina en facebook.com/RepHernandez83rd.

General Overview of LGBTQIA:


  • CDC: Resources on understanding different sexualities and gender identities


  • Healthy Children: For anyone who is feeling confused about their sexual orientation or gender identity


  • Better Health: Explains sexuality and taking care of your mental health as you explore it




  • NPR: Includes a glossary of different gender identity terms


  • Trans Equality: Explains what “non-binary” means and explains how to treat non-binary people




  • Modern Military: Resources for veterans and current military personnel who identify with the LGBTQ+ community


  • LatinX Resources: Offers information on coming out of the closet and how to navigate sexuality in the Spanish language (also offered in Spanish)


  • NBJC: Resources for Black LGBTQ or SGL (same gender loving) individuals


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Lesbian/Gay:


  • GLSEN: Offers opportunities for youth to reform portrayal of LGBTQ in education


  • GLAAD: Offers resources for youth, aging, military, legal, and political aspects


  • PFLAG Aurora: Connect with other LGBTQ individuals and receive support in discovering your identity

Call: (815) 603-2869

Email: pflagaurorafoxvalley@pflagillinois.org


  • Aurora Pride: Connects LGBTQ+ individuals in the Aurora area with the support and goods that they may require, such as clothing.


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Bisexual/Pansexual:


  • Biresource: Includes resources on coming out as well as information for pansexual individuals



  • Because Conference: This year, they are hosting a hybrid version of a conference intended to connect bisexual individuals (Oct. 1-3, 2021)


  • Bi.org: Educates on what “bi” really means and support for coming out as bi


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Transgender:


  • Trans Equality: Offers self-help guides, how to care for your mental health, and what “trans” means



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Intersex:


  • Interact Advocates: Offers information on intersex as well as surgery information and legal assistance


  • HRC: Explains what intersex is, addressing intersex individuals, and how to be an ally


  • ISNA: Acknowledges that unwanted surgeries are not necessary and includes information on getting access to equitable medical care


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Asexual:


  • Aven: The largest community for asexuals, answers questions on asexuality and offers online forums to participate in



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Lifelines/Suicide Prevention:


  • Trans Lifeline: Run by transgender individuals to offer mental support and prevent self-harm

US: 877-565-8860


  • Trevor Project: Offers calling, online chatting, and texting services to prevent self-harm in the LGBTQ+ community

Call: 866-488-7386

Text START to 678-678


  • GLBTQ Hotline: Services include calling, online chatting, and texting as well as finding safe spaces near you. Inclusive of youth, adults, and seniors.

National Hotline: 888-843-4564

Youth: 800-246-7743

Seniors: 888-234-7243



  • NAMI: Offers mental health assistance

Call 1-800-950-6264 or email info@nami.org