Bullying and Seattle PFLAG

As members of Seattle PFLAG we have become increasingly alarmed as we’ve heard stories about youth who are LGBTQ, or perceived as such, being bullied and, consequently, attempting or committing suicide. We know this isn’t the answer and doesn’t have to happen.

According to a recent study by the Family Acceptance Project, family acceptance has been linked to reduced odds of suicidal thoughts or attempts by a child who identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered or queer (LGBTQ). Read the report.

We created our public service announcement to let LGBTQ persons and their parents, families and friends know that finding a safe place where you are accepted for who you are and what you are experiencing can be a very powerful and positive experience. PFLAG offers that place.

We invite you to come to a PFLAG support meeting.
Our meetings are open to everyone and free. We are ordinary people brought together by shared experiences and concerns.
We want to help.

Resources for LGBTQ Youth and their Families

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Crisis Hotlines::

Teen Crisis Hotline
866-833-8646 or 206-461-4922
Open 7 days a week, 6-10pm

Teen Link is a confidential and accessible place teens can call to talk about what’s concerning them, helping youth explore their options and make healthy, self-respecting decisions.

Seattle Counseling Service
206-323-1768
info@seattlecounseling.org

Seattle Counseling Service is a unique resource for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities. We have experienced counselors to help you navigate the path to recovery and wellness. When you, your partner/family member, or other loved one are facing a life crisis or significant transition, suffering from depression or anxiety, want to build better relationships, are dealing with the affects of abuse or trauma or struggling with addiction, we can help.
In-person counseling is available on a variable fee basis.

24-Hour Crisis Line
206-461-3222
TDD: 206-461-3219
866-4CRISIS (866-427-4747)
Open 7 days a week, 6-10pm

The 24-Hour Crisis Line offers immediate help to people in emotional crisis. It is the third-oldest 24-hour crisis line in the nation and one of only four crisis intervention services in the State of Washington that has passed the rigorous accreditation standards of Contact USA, Inc. The 24-hour Crisis Line is a unique resource for family and friends of persons with mental illness or those considering suicide.

Safe Schools Coalition
Crisis: 877-723-3723
24 hours a day

The Safe Schools Coalition is an international public-private partnership in support of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth, that is working to help schools — at home and all over the world —become safe places where every family can belong, where every educator can teach, and where every child can learn, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation.

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Additional Resources::

Ask Trevor

Ask Trevor is an online non-time-sensitive, question-and-answer resource for young people with questions surrounding sexual orientation and gender identity. It is part of The Trevor Project, the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth.

Family Acceptance Project

The Family Acceptance Project™ is the only community research, intervention, education and policy initiative that works to decrease major health and related risks for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth, such as suicide, substance abuse, HIV and homelessness – in the context of their families. We use a research-based, culturally grounded approach to help ethnically, socially and religiously diverse families decrease rejection and increase support for their LGBT children.

Gabi Clayton
gabi@gabiclayton.com

Gabi Clayton, who appears in our public service announcement, is a mental health counselor, activist and member of the PFLAG chapter in Olympia, WA. Her son Bill committed suicide when he was 17 years old after being assaulted in a hate crime.

GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network)
206-330-2099
gabi@gabiclayton.com

GLSEN is a national education organization creating safe schools for all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

It Gets Better Campaign

The It Gets Better Project was created to show young LGBT people the levels of happiness, potential, and positivity their lives will reach – if they can just get through their teen years. The It Gets Better Project wants to remind teenagers in the LGBT community that they are not alone — and it WILL get better.

Lambert House
206-322-2515
ken@lamberthouse.org

Lambert House is a center for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth ages 22 and under that empowers youth through the development of leadership, social and life skills.

Safe Schools Coalition
206-451-SAFE (206-451-7233)
Online Message Form

The Safe Schools Coalition is an international public-private partnership in support of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth, that is working to help schools — at home and all over the world —become safe places where every family can belong, where every educator can teach, and where every child can learn, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation.

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