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LGBTQ+ Resources: Region 9 – Southern

Organizations and guidance for the support of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ+) students, educators, and families in Imperial, Orange, and San Diego Counties.

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For local physical and mental health providers with experience in treating and supporting LGBTQ+ students.

IMPERIAL

Imperial Valley LGBT Resource Center External link opens in new window or tab.
Offers an array of services, such as substance abuse education and prevention, transgender support services, domestic violence classes, lesbian, gay bisexual, transgender (LGBT) competency training, youth activities, support for loved ones of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and queer (LGBTQ+), mental illness support groups, HIV counseling and testing, and much more.

PFLAG External link opens in new window or tab.
PFLAG has over 400 chapters across the country and California. Provides support services and education especially for parents and families of LGBTQ+ youth. Find a chapter near you.

Planned Parenthood External link opens in new window or tab.
Planned Parenthood delivers vital reproductive health care, sex education, and information to millions of women, men, and young people worldwide. See the local office in your county.

ORANGE

Orange County Department of Education Resources:

  • The FAIR Education Act 2011 External link opens in new window or tab. was passed in order to ensure "a study of the role and contributions of both men and women, Native Americans, African Americans, Mexican Americans, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, European Americans, lesbians, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans, persons with disabilities, and members of other ethnic and cultural groups" (California Education Code (EC) Section 51204.5).
  • Student Advocates for Mental Health maintain a Hotline List External link opens in new window or tab..
  • Mental Health Services for Students External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF). On campus and community Support. Reach out to any staff member on campus for help. They can refer you to the right person—School Counselor, Mental Health Clinician, or Family Community Liaison. Services available in Spanish.
  • Annual Notice for Uniform Complaint Procedures External link opens in new window or tab. for Parents/Guardians, students and employees.
  • The Student Services Office External link opens in new window or tab. handles: assistance with School Discipline, School Attendance Review Board (SARB), Hate Crimes, School Records Trainings, Parent Rights, LGBTQ Support, Bullying issues, Human Trafficking, Campus Supervisor Trainings, Foreign Exchange Students & Visas, Work Permits, Military​ Families Support, Adult Education, Expulsion Appeal Hearings and Interdistrict Transfer Appeals.
  • Model School District Policy on Suicide Prevention by the Trevor Foundation External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF).

Anaheim Union High School District External link opens in new window or tab.
Curriculum and Instruction list of scholarships and financial aid for LGBTQ+ students.

Buena Park School District External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)
Basic needs and mental health resources list for students and families.

Capistrano Unified School District External link opens in new window or tab.
Capistrano Unified School District is committed to equality, diversity, inclusion, tolerance and human and civil rights for all. As part of the Cultural Proficiency Plan, there is a commitment to explore, review, and implement changes that support LGBTQ students. Is available in Spanish

Fountain Valley Unified School District External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)
Highlights LGBT suicide risk as a part of their Wellness Wednesdays.

Fullerton Joint Union High School District External link opens in new window or tab.
As part of their health education, Fullerton makes it clear that there is no selective opt-out for LGBTQ instructional material as a part of the California Healthy Youth Act. Other LGBTQ+ information is available as well.

Irvine Unified School District External link opens in new window or tab.
Has a community resources and support webpage that is for LGBTQIA services in Orange County. The Health Advisory Committee also makes it clear that parents/guardians cannot opt their student out of instruction that is focused upon LGBTQ+ content.

Laguna Beach Unified School District External link opens in new window or tab.
Laguna Beach Unified maintains a list of LGBTQIA terminology and crisis information as a part of their Crisis Resources and Intervention webpage under Student Services.

Newport-Mesa Unified School District External link opens in new window or tab.
Curriculum and Instruction: Secondary Course of Studies; Health: Parents/guardians are not allowed to opt out of ONLY lessons focused on LGBTQ content such as gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation, as doing so could be considered discriminatory.

Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District External link opens in new window or tab.
Posted frequently asked questions about the California Healthy Youth Act and LGBTQ+ instruction.

Saddelback Valley Unified School District External link opens in new window or tab. Resources:

  • Wellness Toolkit External link opens in new window or tab.: This toolkit provides user-friendlytips and strategies to address issues related to mental wellness.
  • Mental Health Resources External link opens in new window or tab.: As a part of their distance learning, mental health support and resources, Saddleback Valley Unified School District has resources for LGBTQ+ students and families.
  • Mission Mindfulness External link opens in new window or tab.: Mindfulness events and activities to help build student resilience and better prepare them with the skills to prosper physically, emotionally, and academically.
  • Community Mental Health Resources External link opens in new window or tab.

Santa Ana Unified External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)
Mental Health Resources for Santa Ana Unified School District Students and Families

Romero Cruz Academy Pre K-8 External link opens in new window or tab.
Veronica Reinhart is a teacher whose page showcases LGBTQ+ student support.

Tustin Unified School District External link opens in new window or tab.
Community resources for LGBTQ+ students and their families.

Youth & Young Adult Groups - LGBTQ Center OC External link opens in new window or tab.
The LGBTQ Center OC’s Youth Program offers comprehensive services and resources comprehensive services and resources for Orange County LGBTQ youth and young adults to: 1) develop well-being, self-confidence, and belonging; 2) enhance school connectivity and academic success; 3) increase access to mental health services; 4) offer opportunities to learn and develop professional skills applicable to college and/or employment; 5) build self-empowerment, leadership development, and community involvement; and 6) enhance engagement and education through Gender and Sexualities Alliance student clubs.

LGBTQIA — NAMI Orange County External link opens in new window or tab.
If you live with a mental health condition and identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and/or questioning (LGBTQ), it’s important to prioritize your mental health.

Orange County, California - OC ACCEPT External link opens in new window or tab.
Orange County Acceptance through Compassionate Care, Empowerment, and Positive Transformation (OC ACCEPT). OC ACCEPT provides community-based mental health and supportive services to individuals who are struggling with and/or identify as Lesbian, Gay Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, or Questioning (LGBTIQ) and the people important in their lives.

PFLAG External link opens in new window or tab.
PFLAG has over 400 chapters across the country and California. Provides support services and education especially for parents and families of LGBTQ+ youth. Find a chapter near you.

Planned Parenthood External link opens in new window or tab.
Planned Parenthood delivers vital reproductive health care, sex education, and information to millions of women, men, and young people worldwide. See the local office in your county.

Viet Rainbow of Orange County (Vietnamese/English) External link opens in new window or tab.
Through engagement, education, advocacy, and supportive services they aim to empower their communities for a more equitable, safe, and unified Vietnamese diaspora and expand its voice in the broader society.

SAN DIEGO

San Diego County Office of Education External link opens in new window or tab. Resources:

  • Supporting LGBTQ Youth External link opens in new window or tab.: The San Diego County Office of Education is dedicated to supporting school district offices, parents, and community-based agencies in topics related to LGBTQ by providing training, staff development, technical assistance, and consultation.
  • Bullying Prevention and Intervention External link opens in new window or tab.: The San Diego County Office of Education is dedicated to supporting school district offices, parents, and community-based agencies in issues related to bullying prevention and intervention by providing staff development training, technical assistance, and resources, including LGBTQ+ resources.
  • Comprehensive Sexual Health Education External link opens in new window or tab. changes EC to require that students receive comprehensive sexual health education, in addition to HIV/STD instruction at least once in middle school and once in high school. Link to LGBTQ and gender checklist.
  • Student Support Staff Members External link opens in new window or tab., including those serving LGBTQ+ students and their families.

San Diego Unified School District - LGBTQIA+ Education and Advocacy Program External link opens in new window or tab.
The LGBTQIA+ Education & Advocacy Program provides school site resources and district support to meet the needs of LGBTQIA+ students and their families. The program provides professional development opportunities; educator, student, and family resources; and inclusive curriculum. We are devoted to supporting school leaders through our monthly & annual leadership opportunities.

Sweetwater Union High School District - Equity, Culture and Support Services - LGBTQIA+ External link opens in new window or tab.
Their goals are to create school environments that are safe and respectful for all students and adults, and eliminate educational barriers based on gender, race/ethnicity, national origin, color, disability, age, sexual orientation and gender expression so that all students meet the same rigorous standards for academic performance.

GLSEN - San Diego County Chapter External link opens in new window or tab.
GLSEN San Diego County is a chapter of GLSEN, a national organization fighting for every student’s right to a safe, supportive education. GLSEN San Diego County is a grassroots initiative, working locally in our community to ensure safe schools for all students, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Family Health Centers of San Diego External link opens in new window or tab.
Provides services to all people, with a special commitment to the uninsured, low-income and medically underserved. Family Health Centers of San Diego received their LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader designation from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.

North County LGBTQ Resource Center External link opens in new window or tab.
The North County LGBTQ Resource Center is a 501(c)3 organization that serves the lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual, and questioning (LGBTQ) community of North County San Diego. Services include support groups for youth, seniors, military service members, HIV/AIDS testing and prevention, counseling, civil rights advocacy, classes, and workgroups.

PFLAG External link opens in new window or tab.
PFLAG has over 400 chapters across the country and California. Provides support services and education especially for parents and families of LGBTQ+ youth. Find a chapter near you.

Planned Parenthood External link opens in new window or tab.
Planned Parenthood delivers vital reproductive health care, sex education, and information to millions of women, men, and young people worldwide. See the local office in your county.

San Diego LGBT Community Center External link opens in new window or tab.
The San Diego LGBT Community Center is to enhance and sustain the health and well-being of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, non-binary and HIV communities by providing activities, programs and services that create community; empower community members; provide essential resources; advocate for civil and human rights; and embrace, promote and support our cultural diversity.

San Diego County Library - Safe Spaces & Resources External link opens in new window or tab.
San Diego County Library believes in celebrating the variety of cultures and communities that build social capital in our region. Public libraries were built upon a foundation of democracy and intellectual freedom, and SDCL celebrates the vibrancy of San Diego's LGBTQIA community.

San Diego LGBT Pride External link opens in new window or tab.
Creating a safe environment for LGBTQ youth to thrive is part of the ever-critical work of their movement, and San Diego Pride hosts several LGBTQ+ programs for young people.

San Diego LGBTQIA+ County Collaborative External link opens in new window or tab.
Through programs and workshops, to create environments that promote the safety and affirmation of all students and foster a culture of respect and care that supports and meets the needs of LGBTQIA+ students in San Diego County.

South Bay Community Services External link opens in new window or tab.
South Bay Community Services is a community-based nonprofit organization providing a comprehensive range of services for children, youth, and families in San Diego county. Our Safe Place (OSP) program provides a wide variety of services for youth and their families, including support for alcohol and drug abuse, coming out, depression, family relationships, gender identity, sexual health, safe dating and transitioning.

TransFamily Support Services External link opens in new window or tab.
TransFamily Support Services (TFSS), a nonprofit organization serving transgender and gender nonconforming youth and their families. TFSS provides individual and family coaching to facilitate acceptance and support, assists with healthcare and insurance issues, helps families navigate the legal system, and advocates for resources and support at schools for transgender and gender-nonconforming youth and their families.

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Last Reviewed: Thursday, June 3, 2021
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