The It Gets Better Project — 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.

HRC:: Coming Out Project — The Coming Out Project helps LGBT, as well as straight-supportive people, live openly and talk about their support for equality at home, at work and in their communities every day.

Avert:: Coming Out Q&A — A question & answer dialogue to help guide you through some of the issues of coming out.

We Give A Damn — Non-profit group offering support around equality issues in workplace discrimination, hate crimes, military, marriage, youth|school, youth|suicide, youth|homelessness, older adults, faith, parenting, parenting, health care, and immigration. “The Give a Damn Campaign is for everybody who cares about gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality.”


Fiscal Tiger’s guide to financing gender transition contains projected pricing for everything from hormone therapy to reassignment surgeries.


LGBTQ students face alarming disadvantages in college including alienation, harassment, and fear for personal safety. These issues are compounded by the fact that many students lack emotional and financial support from their families – 13% of young, gay men are thrown out of their homes.

Here are two guides from that help level the playing field for LGBTQ students by connecting them with resources they need to have a fulfilling college experience:

These resources include:

  • A list of ten things to look for when searching for LGBTQ-friendly colleges
  • Organizations, resources and legal rights information for LGBTQ students
  • Six expert interviews with leading LGBTQ advocates in higher education
  • Scholarships, grants and an in-depth guide on how to apply for financial aid

Students who are LGBTQ benefit from finding a school that is accepting of their identity and supportive of their unique needs. Maryville University Online has created this helpful guide for prospective LGBTQ students.

Grief  & Loss / Difficult Times::

Seven Days: Authentic Conversations and Relationships That Changed My Life and My Father’s Death. Dian Reid (book)

Dark Nights of the Soul. Thomas Moore (book)

When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times. Pema Chödrön (book)

Substance Abuse::

The Recovery Village —  Anyone can fall victim to drug and alcohol addiction, including the LGBTQ+ community. You can find more information about substance abuse issues in the community here.


Each tool below is geared to help you focus on what’s important to you.
Future Self:: Visualization — An audio download (12-ish minutes) including an introduction, a guided visualization, and optional follow up exercise instructions. (If the file doesn’t download by clicking, right-click the link and click “save link as…”)

Future-Self:: Worksheet — The companion to the Future-Self Visualization; this worksheet is designed to help you gain the most from your experience and get you moving towards your future-self. The complete exercise (listening to audio + completing worksheet) will take you 20-30 minutes, depending on how much time you choose to spend on the worksheet.
Feel free to share your experience or any feedback on the visualization or either of the worksheets in the comment section below, or by contacting me here.


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Julie Jordan Scott January.9.2010 at 5.32 pm

I haven't used the tools yet, Dian – AND I am so grateful you are putting them out there. Getting ready, after I comment, to ReTweet away…. have a splendid, restful weekend.

eagledove11 September.17.2010 at 1.10 pm

I think your updated Resources page and links are great!
Thank you so much for sharing them with us!
Always loving your posts and newsletter!
warm hugs

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