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LGBTQIA2S+ Resources

If you need affirming support surrounding your experience as someone who is questioning their sexuality, gender expression or identity within the LGBTQIA2S+ community and are interested in connecting with a therapist, Health Allies Counseling can help. We welcome lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, queer, intersex and asexual (LGBTQIA2S+) folks who want support. We’re committed to and value diversity for our practitioners, families and communities.

Health Allies counselors are trained and available to provide support to individuals and couples working through issues including, but not limited to, the following:

  • The impacts of stigma (prejudice, discrimination and violence) including in the workplace, within bio/chosen family relationships, and within self.

  • Negative or harmful previous experiences with therapists who were not LGBTQIA+ affirming and/ or actively caused harm due to their bias against LGBTQIA+ persons

  • Differentiating sexual orientation from their gender identity

  • Challenging relationship dynamics experienced within LGBTQIA+ couples 

  • Family of origin conflicts, ongoing concerns and traumas

  • Incongruent values, norms and beliefs within lesbian, gay and bisexual members of
    racial and ethnic minority groups 

  • Those who have experienced and continue to be affected by religious trauma

  • Folks who are affected by and harmed by diet culture

How can therapy help?

Therapy can be a powerful tool for LGBTQIA2S+ people especially when working with a clinician who is Queer affirming or Queer themselves. Our clinicians are trained and available to support you in your journey to deeper self-reflection and furthering your identity development. 

Some of the ways therapy with an affirming provider can help includes:

  • Reducing anxiety and depression: LGBTQ+ people are more likely to experience anxiety and depression due to discrimination, stigma and the stress of navigating life as a marginalized person. Therapy can help them learn coping strategies and develop resilience in the face of these challenges in a variety of settings and in general, especially navigating this world as a Queer, Trans, or non-binary individual.

  • Improving relationships: Many LGBTQ+ people struggle with relationship issues, whether they are related to romantic partners, family members or friends. Therapy can help people navigate their relationships more effectively, set and keep boundaries as well as communicate more clearly.

  • Exploring gender identity: Gender identity is a complex and personal topic, and many LGBTQ+ people struggle to understand and express their gender in a way that feels authentic. Gender identity therapy can provide a safe space for someone to explore these feelings and work toward greater self-awareness and acceptance.

  • Coping with discrimination: As we are seeing with the proliferation of anti-trans and anti-LGBTQ+ bills and violence against the community, discrimination and bigotry are still a reality for many LGBTQ+ people. Therapy can assist people in learning how to cope with these experiences, whether by developing more robust self-care practices, finding supportive communities or advocating for themselves.

  • Support in coming out: Coming out can be a difficult and emotional process for many LGBTQ+ folks. An LGBT therapist can provide a space for someone to process their feelings, explore their options, and work through the challenges and barriers of coming out to friends, family and colleagues.

  • Addressing excessive substance use: People in the LGBTQ+ community are at higher risk for substance use issues than the general population. Therapy can assist people in identifying and addressing the underlying issues, develop healthier coping strategies, and create a plan for recovery or implement harm reduction practices.

  • Finding community: Many LGBTQ+ people feel isolated or alone, particularly if they live in rural or areas without a strong LGBTQ+ community. Therapy can help someone connect with a community who share their experiences and assist them in finding a sense of belonging and acceptance.

 

LGBTQIA2S+ Community Support Resources

Resources — Q Center

The Q Center - 503-234-7837

Sexual and Gender Minority Youth Resource Center (SMYRC)

Basic Rights Oregon

Resource Library - Trans Lifeline

Name and Sex Change Information for Oregon

PDX Trans & Queer Clothing Swap

 

Youth Resources:

Oregon Youth Resource Map

OHA supporting LGBTQIA2S+ youth with list of summer resources

Oregon Safe Schools and Communities Coalition

Family & Friends — QYRC - Queer Youth Resource Center

Sexual and Gender Minority Youth Resource Center (SMYRC)

Community Resources – Youth Rights Justice

 

Queer and Trans Affirming Lifelines:

Trans Lifeline - 1-877-565-8860

The Trevor Project - call, chat, or text - 1-866-488-7386

HearMe – SAGE-877-360-5428

 

Comprehensive Resource Guides:

Comprehensive Resource Guide

Community Services and Resources for Portland Oregon (OR)

RESOURCE GUIDE

211info

 

Health and Wellness:

The Portland Clinic - Primary Care, Women’s Health, Specialty Care

OHSU Transgender Health Program

OHSU Women’s Health

Planned Parenthood

Prism Health - LGBTQIA+ Healthcare

Outside In - Healthcare for LGBTQIA+ Youth

Sally Kraynik NP LLC

Cascade AIDS Project

yogaRIOT

Understanding OHP Benefits via Brave Space

Inspire Wellness - Holistic Clinic

Avel Gordly Center for Healing at OHSU

Health At Every Size Community

Safer sex items

https://takemehome.org/how-it-works

 

Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Resources:

Call to Safety - 1-888-235-5333

RAINN - 800-656-4673

Sexual Assault Resource Center - serving Multnomah, Clackamas, and Washington Counties - 503-640-5311

NW Network of Bi, Trans, Lesbian, and Gay Survivors of Abuse

Information on Protective Orders in Oregon

Bradley Angle

Marsha’s Folx Program - Bradley Angle

 

 

Physicians In Portland Metro Area:

Physical Health Metro

Skyler A Gideon, FNP-C - Family Medicine | Kaiser Permanente

 

Rural Oregon Resources:

Mental health, physical health, and other gender-affirming providers in areas outside of the Portland Metro

 

Name Change in Oregon:

Name and Sex Change Information for Oregon

Hair & Voice Resources:

Gender-affirming providers in Oregon who offer services related to hair and voice

Brave Space Resource List

Hair/Voice inclusive of whole state

 

Advocacy & Support Resources:

Gender-affirming providers in Oregon who offer services related to community advocacy and social supports

Community Services and Resources for Portland Oregon (OR)

 

Shelters & Housing:

Gender-affirming emergency shelters and other housing resources

 

Substance Use:

Substance Use Gender-affirming providers in Oregon who offer services related to community advocacy and social supports

Meetings - SMART Recovery

Learn About SMART Recovery

NA (Narcotics Anonymous) Meeting Search

Info for online recovery meetings

Meetings – Recovery Dharma PDX

 

Legal Resources:

Gender-affirming providers in Oregon who offer services related to legal assistance

Affinity and Support groups (virtual and in person)

Groups at Q — Q Center

Trans-Femme Group | Brave Space, LLC

This calendar is for FREE community resource events. This includes events like food pantries, name & gender change clinics, and support groups happening in Oregon and Clark County.

Gender Queery FB group for virtual meetings!: Gender Queery

Contact tranzguys@gmail.com for Tranz Guys meeting info!

Podcasts

Inclusive Mental Health Podcast Episodes Diverse Perspectives Dedicated to Social Justice and Well-being | Inclusive Therapists for Black, Indigenous, People of Color, Queer, Transgender, Nonbinary, Neurodivergent, Disabled communities: BIPOC & LGBTQ affirming therapists, coaches, counselors, psychologists, psychiatrists near me, virtual, telehealt

Topics Index — The Wild & Sublime Podcast

Podcast RSS — KC Davis

Books

Trans Affirming Media

A Self Defense Study Guide for Trans Women and Gender Non-Conforming / Nonbinary AMAB Folks – Silver Sprocket

Amazon.com: Yes, You Are Trans Enough: My Transition from Self-Loathing to Self-Love eBook : Violet, Mia: Kindle Store

Amazon.com: Beyond the Gender Binary (Pocket Change Collective)

Amazon.com: Trans Teen Survival Guide: 9781785923418

How to Understand Your Gender

How to Keep House While Drowning | Book by KC Davis | Official Publisher Page | Simon & Schuster

Off the Relationship Escalator

Building Open Relationships Book - Dr. Liz

These Queer Books Databases Make It Easy To Search for Your Next Favorite LGBTQ+ Read

The Future Is Disabled | Arsenal Pulp Press

https://wildandsublime.com/books/

Articles

Anti-Diet Book

Laziness Does Not Exist

https://www.inclusivetherapists.com/resources#decolonize

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