What is it?
LGBTQ is an acronym that means:
Q- Queer or Questioning
People usually use LGBTQ or LGBTQ+ to mean all of the communities included: lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, two-spirited, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, ally, pansexual, agender, genderqueer, bigender, gender variant, and pangender. For more in-depth definitions, see this website: http://ok2bme.ca/resources/kids-teens/what-does-lgbtq-mean/
“Coming out” is a process of exploring your sexual orientation and sharing that with others. The first step in the process is usually coming out to yourself, to other LGBTQ individuals, and to heterosexual individuals. Coming out is a journey that can be rewarding, but also may be a negative struggle. It’s important to talk to safe others and recognize that there is a community out there that can support you.
- REFUGE(iOS, Android): seeks to provide safe restroom access for transgender, intersex, and gender-nonconforming individuals.
- Quist (iOS, Android): Each day when the user opens the app, they will see the events from LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS world history that occurred on that date.
- Moovz (iOS, Android): Share your experience, make new friends, discover interesting stories, and keep up with your community, anytime, anywhere.
- The Human Rights Campaign has a whole page dedicated to coming out stories: https://www.hrc.org/resources/coming-out
- The Trevor Project provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services: http://www.thetrevorproject.org/
- The GLBT National Help Center has information and hotlines: http://www.glnh.org/
- It Gets Better Project highlighting stories of coming out: http://www.itgetsbetter.org/
- For a more comprehensive list of North Texas and National resources available to you: https://lgbt.unt.edu/links