LGBTQIA+ Youth Resources in Clark County
June may be Pride Month, but queer youth need support and belonging all year round.
Many organizations, clubs and support groups are doing just that right here in Southwest Washington. Find resources below.
Queer Youth Resource Center utilizes existing community partnered locations to plan and host recreational youth events, engage in community networking and outreach, as well as promote key LGBTQIA+ resources, in Vancouver and greater Southwest Washington.
Triple Point group, through Children’s Home Society of Washington is for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer and questioning youth ages 11-18. Triple Point exists to empower LGBTQIA+ youth and allies by providing education, safety, support and acceptance. More information about Triple Point drop-ins and gender blenders at https://www.qyrcvancouverwa.org/ and http://www.gayvancouverwa.org/resource-test/youth-a-family.html?view=joomd&layout=detail&id=1135
PFLAG Southwest Washington Chapter is dedicated to a vision of a world where diversity is celebrated and all people are respected, valued, and affirmed inclusive of their sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. PFLAG Southwest Washington supports and educates parents, friends, families and allies of the LGBTQIA+ community so that they can support their LGBTQIA+ loved ones of all ages.
YWCA Clark County facilitates queer youth hangouts and queer youth summits as part of their mission to eliminate racism, empower women and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.
Vancouver USA Pride provides educational, scholarship opportunities and support services for LGBTQ families, children, and friends in the greater Clark County area of Washington State. Vancouver USA Pride also organizes a Local Gay Pride Event every year on the second Saturday in July.
Clark County Teen Talk is a nonjudgmental, peer-to-peer support line. “We are here to listen to every kind of teen in any kind of situation. We do not exist to solve your problems. We exist so you have a place to feel safe to talk about your problems. We may not make everyone feel better, but we strive to make everyone feel valued.”
Janus Youth Programs supports runaway, homeless, trafficked and low-income youth through 40 programs throughout Oregon and Washington.
Greater Washington and National Resources
Camp Ten Trees is the Pacific Northwest’s only residential summer camp programming for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQIA+) youth and their allies and for children/youth of LGBTQIA+ or non-traditional families. Their mission is to create a socially-just, youth-empowered camp community for youth of LGBTQIA+ and nontraditional families, LGBTQIA+ youth, and their allies.
Stonewall Youth is a youth-led organization that empowers LGBTQIA+ youth to speak for themselves, support each other, educate their communities, and work for social justice.
LGBT National Help Center Help Line – 877-565-8860
The Trevor Project – 866-488-7386 – A national organization providing crisis intervention for LGBTQIA+ youth ages 13-24.
GLSEN – works to ensure that LGBTQIA+ students in grades K-12 are able to learn and grow in a school environment free from bullying and harassmen