We're all here to learn. Here are some trusted resources to help us stretch our minds and hearts and to give us the confidence we need to start many small conversations at home and in our communities.
The Trevor Project offers 24/7 mental health crisis counseling. If you or someone you know is in crisis, this is an excellent resource. Also offers resources by topic as well as a place for LGBTQ+ youth to connect with an affirming international community.
Trevor Project Lifeline (confidential suicide hotline for LGBTQ+ youth): 866-488-7386
GLSEN works to "ensure that LGBTQ students are able to learn and grow in a school environment free from bullying and harassment." Find school survey data here as well as evidence-based changes that schools can make to encourage safety, well-being and success of LGBTQ+ students.
New Ways Ministry is a "Catholic outreach that educates and advocates for equity, inclusion, and justice for LGBTQ+ persons, equipping leaders to build bridges of dialogue within the Church and civil society."
Dignity USA "works for respect and justice for people of all sexual orientations, genders, and gender identities—especially gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender persons—in the Catholic Church and the world through education, advocacy, and support." Dignity has a local Indianapolis Chapter that offers an affirming and inclusive liturgy (usually a full mass) every second Sunday of the month at 6 pm at St. Thomas Aquinas Indy parish.
Future Leaders Book Club is a locally-owned online subscription-based bookstore which was started by a group of cousins who grew up in St. Thomas Aquinas Indy parish! Check them out for book resources for a wide range of ages and topics.
Suicide prevention resource locator is a collection of information, tools, and resources designed to cast a wide net of support for people experiencing thoughts of suicide. If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide and seeking emotional support, there are crisis lines available via phone, chat, or text.