Resources - Los Angeles LGBT Center

“I had a lot of disappointment in my life, so it's like with a lot of people, even though I know that's not going to be my whole life...I always still have that feeling that they're going to leave and not tell me. So I guess knowing I'm going to see [RISE staff] every week, and even if I can't see them every week, like I'll miss a week ... I know they're still gonna come back and I trust them in that.”

–Youth Quote

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Curricula and Pamphlets


  • Always My Child: A Parent’s Guide to Understanding your Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered, or Questions Son or Daughter by Kevin Jennings
  • Beyond Acceptance: Parents of Lesbians and Gay Talk about Their Experiences by Carolyn Griffin and Marian Wirth
  • Dios nos ama por igual: Una invitacion al dialogo sobre la orientacion sexual by Ann Thompson Cook
  • Helping your Transgender Teen: A Guide for Parents by Irwin Krieger
  • Prayers for Bobby: A Mother’s Coming to Terms with the Suicide of Her Gay Son by Leroy Aarons
  • The Transgender Child by Stephanie Brill and Rachel Pepper
  • Trans-Kin: A Guide for Family and Friends of Transgender People by Eleanor Hubbard and Cameron Whitley
  • Transitions of the Heart: Stories of Love, Struggle and Acceptance by Mothers of Transgender and Gender Variant Children by Rachel Pepper

Resources for Youth

Supportive Places

Los Angeles LGBT Center:

1. LifeWorks
1125 N. McCadden Place
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 860-7373
[email protected]
Serves ages 12 to 24


  • One-on-One Mentoring
  • Youth Leadership
  • Scholarship
  • Opportunities for Learning High School
  • Models of Pride (free conference for LGBTQ youth that provides workshops, a resource fair, food and a dance)
  • Specialty Programs (OutSet Film Class, Trans* Youth Speak, SparQ Theatre Program, Community Action Network, and Pen Pushers writing workshop)

2. Youth Center on Highland (Homeless Youth Drop-In Center)
1220 N. Highland Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 860-2280
[email protected]
Serves ages 12 to 24


  • Housing
  • Meals
  • Showers
  • Clothing and Laundry Services
  • Education Program
  • HIV Testing and counseling
  • Employment Program
  • Computer Lab
  • Housing Referrals
  • Counseling and Support Groups
  • Art/Music Groups
  • Recreational Activities

Mon – Fri: 8:30am to 5:30pm
Sat & Sun: 8:30am to 4:30pm

3. The Village Family Services:

• Project Q
6736 Laurel Canyon Boulevard Suite 355
North Hollywood, CA 91606
Serves ages 14 to 20


  • Weekly support group of LGBTQ peers.
  • Support place to interact with peers.

Every Thursday 5pm to 7pm

The Center of Long Beach
2017 E. 4th Street
Long Beach, CA 90814

• MYTE (Mentoring Youth Through Empowerment)
Serves ages 13 to 18


  • One-on-one Mentoring
  • Tutoring
  • Workshops
  • Social Events
  • Hold Transgender Ally Trainings for the community

Mon – Fri: 3pm to 7pm

• Transgender Support Group of Long Beach
Serves all ages

Every Thursday 7pm to 9pm

St. John’s Well Child and Family Center

• Transgender Health Program
326 W. 23rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90007

Contact: Diana Feliz Oliva
(323) 541-1600 ext. 1068
(213) 400-9116 Cell
[email protected]


  • Medical, Dental and Pharmacy
  • Hormone therapy
  • Therapy (Family and Individual)
  • Name and Gender Change Assistance
  • HIV and STI Testing
  • Support Group
  • Community Nights

Mon, Weds and Fri 8:30am to 5pm

Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles

• The Center for Transyouth Health and Development
5000 Sunset Blvd 4th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 361-5372


  • Medical Services
  • Mental Health Services
  • Family Support (Transforming Families)
  • HIV Prevention and Peer Support



Bisexual Resource Center

The Asexual Visibility & Education Network

Human Rights Campaign

It’s Pronounced Metrosexual

TSER – Trans Student Educational Resources

Foster Youth Help

Queer & Trans Youth in California Foster Care Have Rights!

GSA Network (Gay Straight Alliance)


A Resource Guide to Coming Out

A Resource Guide to Coming Out

Coming Out As You

Coming Out Constellation

The Spectrum

Coming out for African Americans

Transgender Visibility Guide

Coming Home to Islam and to Self

Coming Home to Catholicism and to Self

Guia de Recursos Para Salir Del Closet


How to Be a Girl Podcast
A short story on a transgender child and how that child’s mother grew to affirm that child

A Letter to the Girl I Used to Be
A poem by a transgender youth talking to their younger self.

Breaking the Silence
Break Free – Ruby Rose
Directed/Edited by Philip Lopez
A short film/ music video regarding gender roles and being outside the gender binary.

Same Love – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Directed by Ryan Lewis and Jon Jon Augustavo
A short film/ music video regarding same gender attraction.

Danny: Escaping My Female Body
(Mature: Graphic Footage of Surgery)
A documentary on a 22-year-old transgender man and his journey through gender affirming surgery.

Ria: Diary of a Teen Transsexual – A Sex Change Documentary
A documentary on an 18-year-old transgender woman and her journey through gender affirming surgery.
(Mature: Adult Conversations and Situations)

The Third Gender: Documentary on Thailand’s Trans* Community
A documentary on the Trans* community in Thailand.
(Mature: Flash of Nudity, Adult Conversations)

Living a Transgender Childhood
A documentary on a 9-year-old transgender girl.

Transgeneration (2005)
A documentary that follows four transgender youth through college.

American Transgender (2012)
A documentary of being Transgender in America.

I Am Jazz: A Family In Transition
A documentary on a 10-year-old transgender girl

The Aggressives
A documentary on six “aggressives” (lesbians of masculine center) (Mature: Adult Conversations)

A Transgender HBO Biography Special – Middle Sexes
An international documentary exploring “blurred” gender roles. (Mature: Some Adult Conversations)

A short film on a transgender boy.

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