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The following web sites are recommended for gay and questioning youth:

!OutProud!-- The largest site for gay youth-specific resources online, including brochures, book recommendations, organizing resources, the Community Role Models Archive, and more.

Oasis Magazine -- The monthly magazine which features writing from gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered (g/l/b/t) youth ranging in age from 13 to 20s.

Youth Resource -- Another great resource for g/l/b/t youth with chat rooms and listings for those wanting to check out what's happening around the country at high schools, campuses, and in the news. -- One of the world's largest g/l/b/t chat house communities; a place to find friends and information, and be a part of hosted chat sessions on everything from politics to religion to coming out.

Heroes, Myths and Legends -- Learn about gay people in history, from Sappho and Alexander the Great through Richard the Lionhearted and Lawrence of Arabia.

Planet Out -- An online community geared toward gay social, entertainment, educational and political interests.

QueerAmerica -- The national database of searchable local youth resources for the U.S. and Canada. Find others like you, near you.

Channel Q -- News of interest to the g/l/b/t/ community.

The International Pen Pal Program -- Another way for young people (13-23 years old) to get in touch with each other around the country and around the world.

PFLAG -- A national organization with hundreds of local chapters devoted to promoting the health and well-being of gay, lesbian and bisexual persons and their families and friends.

GLSEN -- The Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network can tell you how to organize a gay/straight alliance at your high school or college to meet the needs of students interested in addressing issues related to sexual orientation and homophobia.

GLAAD -- Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. Find out the latest news from this national media watchdog group.

Hawaii LIFE FOUNDATION -- Provides resources and support for Hawaii's g/l/b/t youth.

Bixesual Resource Center -- Contains many online publications which may be helpful to young people in the process of thinking about their sexuality and coming-out issues. The BRC also publishes the international Bisexual Resource Guide, an invaluable collection of further resources and listings of local, state, national, and international bi and bi-inclusive groups and organizations.

Additional helplines:

National Runaway Switchboard

National Sexually Transmitted Disease Hotline

C.D.C. (Center for Disease Control)
National AIDS Hotline


The following helplines have restricted hours, and some will only accept toll-free calls from within the state that they are located in; in other words, you may have to pay long-distance phone charges if you're calling from out-of-state:

Indianapolis Youth Group -- 800-347-TEEN (8336); Friday-Saturday, 7:00pm-10:00pm CST (Central Standard Time)

Los Angeles Community Services Center Gay and Lesbian Youth Talkline -- 800-773-5540 (California only), 818-508-1802 (out of state); 7:00pm-10:00pm Tuesday-Friday, 5:00pm-8:00pm Saturday, PST (Pacific Standard Time).

OutYouth Austin -- 800-96-YOUTH (969-6884); 5:30pm-9:30pm, CST|

SMYAL Youth Helpline -- 202-546-5911, Monday-Thursday, 7:00pm-10:00pm EST
(Eastern Standard Time)

The following magazines and publications are especially for gay youth.

Empowerment Times -- Writings by and for gay youth. $5/year. For information, write: Youth Outreach, GLCSC, 1625 North Schrader Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90038.

Lambda Book Report -- A review of contemporary gay and lesbian literature. Write: 1625 Connecticut Avenue-NW, Washington, DC 20009. Telephone: 202-462-7924. (Do not confuse this with the anti-gay Lambda Report).

OutYouth -- Writings by and for gay youth. Free. Contact: Youth Enrichment Services/BiGLYNY, 208 West 13th St., New York, NY 10011.

SMYAL Newsletter -- $25/year. Contact: Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League, 333 1/2 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Third Floor, Washington, DC 2993-1148. Telephone: 202-546-5940.

If you would like to recommend other Groups, Resources or Web sites, please send a brief description and contact information to