Gender & Sexuality: Utah Resources

Encircle: A LGBTQ+ Family & Youth Resource Center

Encircle seeks to deepen and enrich the conversation among communities of faith and LGBTQ+ people. By teaching individuals to love themselves and empowering families, Encircle helps cultivate an environment where LGBTQ+ individuals can thrive.Our programs and services meet people wherever they are in their lives with cultural competency and sensitivity, using community partnerships, best practices, and innovative techniques. Located in Provo. Salt Lake location opening Summer 2018. Encircle offers an extensive calendar of programming, list of local and national resources, an Encircle Library, videos produced by Encircle, and a Youth Advisory Council.

Equality Utah

Equality Utah drafts legislation and coordinates lobby efforts to ensure its passage. Equality Utah PAC focuses on endorsing and supporting candidates who are supportive of LGBTQ issues. Equality Utah Foundation focuses on education designed to empower and activate people in the political process. Equality Utah's website includes sections on issues, a newsroom, events, volunteering, resources (below), and a blog.

Equality Utah Issues:

Equality Utah Resources:

  • Equality Videos
  • Reports & Publications
  • LGBTQ Resource Guide (Faith Based and Affirming Places of Worship, LGBTQ Youth, Campus Support, Individual & Family Support, Legal Support, and Affirming Care)
  • Transgender Resource Guide (ID Document Change, Filing a Discrimination Claim, Transgender Healthcare, Transgender Friendly Legal Help, In-Person Support, Online Support and Information, Welcoming and Affirming Places of Worship, and Transgender Campus Support)
  • Voter Guide

The LGBTQ Affirmative Therapists Guild of Utah

The LGBTQ Therapists Guild is a Utah-based, grassroots organization of licensed mental-health professionals and students-in-training. Members meet monthly for consultation and education regarding mental-health concerns of sexual and gender minorities. We welcome members of any sexual orientation. The Guild website offers support and resources. The Guild provides networking opportunities, CEU credit classes, outreach, shares valuable resources among members, maintains a calendar of events, and provides an online directory of LGBTQ-affirmative therapists for the general public to find help for their unique issues.


PFLAG Salt Lake City was formed as a chapter of the National organization in 1993. We're proud to be part of one of the largest Grassroots LGBTQ-friendly organizations in the country, a safe welcoming space where LGBTQ and straight can come together to make a better world for everyone.

Resources from PFLAG Salt Lake City:

PFLAG Statewide:

PFLAG Logan/Cache Valley

PFLAG Provo/Utah County

PFLAG St. George

Transgender Education Advocates of Utah

Transgender Education Advocates of Utah (TEA) is dedicated to finding and creating opportunities to better the lives of transgender, gender non-conforming, and non-binary Utahns. From working to make it easier to change your name and gender marker, to ending trans exclusions in healthcare, to educating shelters and facilities on how to welcome and care for transgender individuals and families, TEA of Utah is committed. Includes sections on issues, resources, events, volunteering, and a newsroom.

Utah Pride Center

Utah Pride unites, empowers and celebrates Utah’s diverse LGBTQ+ community by providing a safe and welcoming space for education, partnerships, services and events which advance our collective health, wellness and success. Includes events, programs for adults, programs for youth, cultural competency trainings, Sage Utah, and mental health.

Gender & Sexuality: National Resources

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Suicidal feelings and mental health struggles can affect more LGBTQ+ people than straight/cis people. Find resources for yourself and to help support a loved one that may be struggling.


GLAAD: An Ally's Guide to Terminology

Often in conversations about issues like marriage, employment protections, inclusive hate crimes laws, adoption, and ending Don't Ask, Don't Tell, it can be easy to fall back on technical, abstract or highly charged language. This kind of language, while it may feel familiar and comfortable to us, can derail discussions with those who are not familiar with the issues, are conflicted or not yet supportive, or are simply not aware of how their actions—or their inaction—can hurt everyday Americans.


Every day GLSEN (pronounced "glisten") works to ensure that LGBTQ students are able to learn and grow in a school environment free from bullying and harassment. Together, we can transform our nation’s K–12 schools into the safe and affirming environment all youth deserve. Includes sections on policies, research, programs, student action, educator resources, professional development, and an educator network.

It Gets Better

The It Gets Better Project is a nonprofit organization with a mission to uplift, empower, and connect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer youth around the globe. Growing up isn’t easy, especially when you are trying to affirm and assert your sexual orientation and/or gender identity. It can be a challenging and isolating process—but, the good news is no one has to do it alone.

LGBTQ Youth and Homelessness

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning youth are at much greater risk of becoming homeless than their non-LGBTQ friends and classmates. In fact, a groundbreaking study of youth homelessness in the United States in 2017 (Voices of Youth Count, Chapin Hall, University of Chicago) says their risk is 120 percent higher than that of their peers. And another study (True Colors Fund) says that LGBTQ youth comprise 40 percent of all youth experiencing homelessness, while they are just 7 percent of the total youth population in the U.S.

Mental Health and the LGBTQ Community

This summary (PDF format, with references) of mental-health statistics in the LGBTQ+ community is published by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation

Trans Lifeline

Trans Lifeline is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to the well-being of transgender people. We run a hotline staffed by transgender people for transgender people. 

Trans Lifeline operators are available 18 hours a day every day of the week.  

Pacific time: 8am to 2am Mountain time: 9am to 3am Central time: 10am to 4am Eastern time: 11am to 5am Alaska time: 7am to 1am Hawaii time: 6am to 12am  

Volunteer operators may be available during off hours.

US: (877) 565-8860 CANADA: (877) 330-6366

The Trevor Project

Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.

You Matter: How to be a Straight Ally

Here are the facts. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people ages 10 to 24. Lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth are four times more likely to attempt suicide as their straight peers. Nearly half of young transgender people have seriously thought about taking their lives and one quarter report to having made a suicide attempt. 

Please note:

While every effort has been made to ensure resources shared are safe and reputable, no resource is endorsed or guaranteed by Utah's Trauma-Resiliency Collaborative or its members.  No resource listed is in an any way a substitute for obtaining professional help.


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