Other Helpful Services and Community Resources
Resources for LGBTQIA+ folks
The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender National Help Center
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) National Help Center, founded in 1996, is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization that provides vital peer-support, community connections and resource information to people with questions regarding sexual orientation and/or gender identity. They offer three national hotlines:
- The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender National Hotline: 1-(888) 843-4564
- The GLBT National Youth Talkline (youth serving youth through age 25): 1-(800) 246-7743)
- The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) National Senior Hotline: 1 (888) 234-7243
The National Runaway Safeline
Phone: 800-RUNAWAY (800-786-2929)
Provides advice and assistance to runaways, including resources, shelter, transportation, assistance in finding counseling, and transitioning back to home life. NRS frontline staff will also act as advocates and mediators if/as needed.
The True Colors United
Phone: (212) 461-4401
The True Colors Fund is working to end homelessness among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning youth, creating a world in which all young people can be their true selves. True Colors United runs a database of service providers.
Phone: (800) 547-7433 24⁄7
Chemical dependency/mental health referral and information hotline for the LGBTQ community.
Star Track is a Maryland organization that specializes in reproductive and sexual healthcare. Their trans care (YTC) is a specialty program for transgender people 12 to 21 years old. YTC care includes:
- free support provided by transgender peer navigators
- access and management of hormone therapy & puberty blockers
- trans affirming gynecological services
- customized support and guidance for families, friends, and partners of transgender clients
- counseling referrals, clinical letter of support, and coordination for gender affirming surgery
- medical and non-medical case management
- transgender specific health education workshops and materials
Self Abuse Finally Ends (S.A.F.E)
S.A.F.E. ALTERNATIVES® is a nationally recognized treatment approach, professional network, and educational resource base, which is committed to helping you and others achieve an end to self-injurious behavior.
Resources for those currently experiencing or have experienced abuse
U.S. National Domestic Violence Hotline
Phone: (800) 799-7233 (English and Spanish) (800) 787-3224 (TTY).
They also have an online chat feature available. Operating around the clock, seven days a week, confidential and free of cost, the National Domestic Violence Hotline provides lifesaving tools and immediate support to enable victims to find safety and live lives free of abuse. Highly trained, experienced advocates offer compassionate support, crisis intervention information and referral services in over 170 languages.
Rape Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN)
Phone: (800) 656-HOPE / (800) 810-7440 (TTY).
The nation’s largest organization fighting sexual violence, RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help victims and ensure that rapists are brought to justice.
Phone: 443-279-0379 Website: https://turnaroundinc.org
House of Ruth Maryland
Phone: 410-889-7884 Website: https://hruth.org/
The House of Ruth Maryland leads the fight to end violence against women and their children by confronting the attitudes, behaviors and systems that perpetuate it, and by providing victims with the services necessary to rebuild their lives safely and free of fear.
Their services include a 24 Hour Hotline, Client Service Coordinators who provide safety planning, basic needs assistance, and resource referral, Legal Clinic services providing free legal advice and representation, access to emergency shelter, Individual and group counseling, a comprehensive Children’s Program and abuse Intervention through the Gateway Project and Si Puedo which provides psycho-educational programs to individuals (men and women) who are emotionally, physically, or sexually abusing their partner; assists and educate victims to ensure their safety.
The emergency shelter offers 23 private rooms for women and children in imminent danger, onsite, state licensed childcare and health clinic; six transitional apartments and supportive services
Sexual and Reproductive Health Resources
AIDS in Prison Project Hotline
Phone: (718) 378-7022 (English and Spanish)
This hotline provides HIV and AIDS information for prisoners, and accepts collect calls.
National AIDS Hotline
Phone: (800) 342-AIDS / (800) 344-7432 (Spanish) / (800) 243-7889 (TDD)
Star Track is an organization whose missions is to improve the health of youth and young adults in Maryland by being a leader in sexual and reproductive healthcare and education. Star track offers free STI testing, trans healthcare, family planning (including access to birth control and pregnancy healthcare), HIV prevention and access to PrEP, and counseling services.
Planned Parenthood is one of the nation’s leading providers of high-quality, affordable health care, and the nation’s largest provider of sex education. They offer compassionate care, backed by medical experts and more than 100 years of research in reproductive health.
Resources for those struggling with addiction
Resources for those experiencing homelessness