Families, Youth, and Older Adult

Through the power of the arts, Dreams of Hope provides the region’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, asexual, and allied (LGBTQA+) youth a welcoming environment to grow in confidence, express themselves, and develop as leaders. Their creative contributions educate audiences, build awareness, and increase acceptance.

GLSEN strives to ensure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, and/or expression. We believe that such an atmosphere engenders a positive sense of self, which is the basis of educational achievement and personal growth. Since homophobia and heterosexism undermine a healthy school climate, we work to educate teachers, students and the public at large about the damaging effects these forces have on youth and adults alike.

Uniting people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) with families, friends, and allies, PFLAG is committed to advancing equality through its mission of support, education, and advocacy. PFLAG has 400 chapters and 200,000 supporters crossing multiple generations of American families in major urban centers, small cities, and rural areas in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. This vast grassroots network is cultivated, resourced, and serviced by PFLAG National, located in Washington, D.C., the National Board of Directors and 13 volunteer Regional Directors.

PRISM is a nonprofit organization that provides a safe, supportive space for LGBTQIA+ youth(10-25) their allies, and families. A place to find support, resources, advocacy, education and friendships in person and online.

Helping LGBTQIA+ youth (ages 18 – 25) experiencing homelessness and housing instability in the Pittsburgh Region find resources and housing options.

The MAMA BEARS organization is dedicated to Supporting, Educating, and Empowering Moms of LGBTQ Kids, LGBTQ allies & the LGBTQ Community. A variety of Private Facebook groups, special projects that offer support to the LGBTQ community and a comprehensive collection of resources.

Children & Youth Services

Allegheny County: (412) 350-5701

Westmoreland County: 724-830-3000

Washington County: (724) 228-6884

Greene County: (724) 852-5217

Fayette County: (724) 430-1283

National Childline: 1-800-932-0313

We’re a national advocacy and services organization that’s been looking out for LGBT elders since 1978. We build welcoming communities and keep our issues in the national conversation to ensure a fulfilling future for all LGBT people.

Elder Hotline: Call – 877-360-LGBT (5428)

Pittsburgh Local Contact – Kathi Boyle; kboyle@persadcenter.org


Older Adult Helplines

Legal Helpline: (877) 936-0435

PA Statewide: 1-800-344-4319

Allegheny County: 1-800-490-8505

Fayette County: 1-800-537-2424

Westmoreland County: 1-800-442-8000

Greene County: 724-852-1510

Washington County: 1-800-734-9603

The Pennsylvania Youth Congress is PA's first and only statewide LGBTQ youth organization. Founded in 2011, PYC is comprised of young LGBTQ Pennsylvanians advocating within local and state government for safer schools and communities for all. PYC is Pennsylvania's only statewide LGBTQ advocacy organization based in Harrisburg.