Help is available. If you are currently facing a crisis, contact one of the following resources to get the support you need.
LGBTQ+Focused Crisis Resources:
The Trevor Project
“If you are a young person in crisis, feeling suicidal, or in need of a safe and judgment-free place to talk, contact The Trevor Project now. Our trained counselors are here to support you 24/7.”
“Trans Lifeline’s Hotline is a peer support service run by trans people, for trans and questioning callers. If you are in crisis or just need someone to talk to, even if it’s just about whether or not you’re trans, please call us. We will do our best to support you and provide you resources.”
LGBT National Help Center
“We provide a safe space that is anonymous and confidential where callers can speak on many different issues and concerns including, but limited to, coming out issues, gender and/or sexuality identities, relationship concerns, bullying, workplace issues, HIV/AIDS anxiety, safer sex information, suicide, and much more.”
LGBTQ+Friendly Crisis Resources:
Crisis Text Line
“Every texter is connected with a Crisis Counselor, a real-life human being trained to bring texters from a hot moment to a cool calm through active listening and collaborative problem solving.”
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
“The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.”
Rape Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN)
“Call to be connected with a trained staff member from a sexual assault service provider in your area. RAINN helps you talk through what happened and offers confidential support finding a local health facility that is trained to care for survivors of sexual assault and offers services like sexual assault forensic exams.”
The National Runaway Switchboard
For Youth and Teens, as well as Parents and Guardians. “We’ll listen to your story. Your information is confidential. You’ll get reliable support.”
Based out of Washington State, Recovery Village’s phone hotline is available to anyone from anywhere in the US. Recovery specialists are available to serve anyone battling addiction or substance abuse issues. Their website also includes resources for anyone in the LGBTQ+ communities, including statistics, information on treatment options, and a list of external resources that can help.
“Helping the most-impacted folks through crisis, abuse, and mistreatment. One call (or text) at a time.”
“The mission of BlackLine is to provide hope and promote social justice for individuals, families and communities through immediate crisis counseling and collecting information on negative police and vigilante contact in the United States of America. BlackLine is a unique combination of professional staff, trained volunteers and collaborative partnerships to create innovative responses to pressing social needs and issues. Through an unapologetic Black, LGBTQ and Black Femme lens.”
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
“SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.”
“This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations. Callers can also order free publications and other information.”
Covid-19 / Coronavirus Crisis Resources:
Illinois Department of Health and Human Services – COVID-19 INFO
Due to limited Covid vaccines, the Illinois Department of Health created a multi-phased vaccine distribution program that will allow the most vulnerable individuals to get their shot first. Currently, Illinois is working on distributing vaccines to Phase 1A, which include healthcare personnel, long-term care facility staff and all residents. Vaccines are not enough in Illinois to start with Phase 1B, which prioritizes persons ages 65 years old or older, frontline essential workers, and inmates. More information can be found at:
VACCINATION PLAN: http://dph.illinois.gov/covid19/vaccination-plan
VACCINE DISTRIBUTION: http://dph.illinois.gov/covid19/vaccine-distribution
COVID-19 Vaccine Administration Data: http://dph.illinois.gov/covid19/vaccinedata?county=Illinois
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/IDPH.Illinois. Updates are constant
North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services – COVID-19 INFO
Website is being updated daily by approximately noon.
Due to limited Covid vaccines at this point, NC department of health is moving through five vaccination groups, starting with group 1 which includes health care workers and long term staff and residents, and group 2 which includes anyone who is 65 years or older. For more information visit: VACCINES: https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/vaccines FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/ncdhhs TWITTER: https://twitter.com/ncdhhs FIND VACCINE LOCATIONS: https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/findyourspot
FIND VACCINE LOCATIONS (SPANISH): https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/Encontrando-su-lugar-para-la-vacuna-contra-el-COVID
NC INTERIM COVID-19 VACCINATION PLAN EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: https://files.nc.gov/covid/documents/NC-COVID-19-Vaccine-Plan-with-Executive-Summary.pdf
Point of Pride Covid-19 Emergency Fund
“Point of Pride has established the COVID-19 Emergency Fund to offset the unexpected costs and hardships that have impacted our trans community in response to the COVID-19 crisis.”
“We recognize this current situation has created unanticipated and extraordinary circumstances for the most vulnerable members of our community. This fund works to connect small grants to recipients who have lost their income and lack the financial means to cover short-term expenses related to their health and well-being.”
Examples of how these grant funds may be used: Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) or other prescription refills; Therapy or mental health services; Medical supplies
COVID-19 MUTUAL AID AND ADVOCACY RESOURCES
“This editable document tree (bit.ly/covid19collectivecare) is a US-based resource for people looking out for themselves and their communities through personal preparation, collective care, mutual aid and advocacy. You are welcome to add to, edit and copy/share these resources with the intention of helping communities come together and support each other and with as much attention as possible to all our communities’ specific needs. There is misinformation out there, so please review resources carefully and check all medical and scientific information against current CDC and WHO guidelines.”
For links to resources by state/region, click “Existing Campaigns & Mutual Aid Projects by Location”
The Validation Station
According to Forbes.com:
“At the best of times, it’s difficult to be transgender or non-binary and right now the increased isolation has made that even more challenging. Multiple studies are now showing in particular why this isolation is having a disproportionate impact on trans youth.
And that’s precisely why a group of trans activists have banded together, to provide a daily ray of light in otherwise uncertain times.
The Validation Station is the new free text service created for the lockdown, from non-binary radio presenter Jacob Edward, queer, trans woman Kes and Grace Hayhurst with support by cloud communications company Vonage.”
Fearless Femme 100 – Free Queer BIPoC Peer Support
“We all understand that the circumstances of COVID 19 has made it hard especially for Queer Black and Brown folks. You deserve a life of peace of mind, stability, joy, pleasure, and love. I will support you in centering your radical joy and mental well-being. I’m offering peer support for up to 40 minutes per session by phone or zoom. 4 slots per day. *I am offering peer support. I am not a licensed mental health professional. I am certified in mental health first aid.*”
“Jia (also known as Jia Justice) is a Black disabled non-binary femme from the South Bronx with a creative energy that seeks to fill every medium it can. They/She is a creative, herbalist, community organizer and cultural remixer. Jia has supported art collectives, NYC museums, non-profits, and college campuses with events. She believes cultural experiences that re-imagines meaningful impact and connections is an art form within itself. Jia has collaborated with non-profits and grassroots groups for the past 5 years on successful movements.”
The National Center for Transgender Equality
“COVID-19, also referred to as novel coronavirus, is a new virus, and there is still much to learn about the severity of this outbreak. However, we know that transgender people and their families may have a lot of questions about how they can properly face this public health threat.
We want trans people and their families to stay safe—both from the virus and from any unique problems we may face with this new virus.
It is important for trans people to be prepared for obstacles if an outbreak happens in their communities. NCTE urges everyone to put together a plan of action that not only takes into account basic health needs, but also your specific needs as a trans person.”
This guide includes an Introduction (overview of the virus); information on Creating a Plan of Action; links to Important Resources; and information about Mutual Aid and Emergency Funds for members of the LGBTQ+ communities as well as non-LGBTQ+ individuals.
Grantspace by Candid
Candid exists “to connect people who want to change the world with the resources they need to do it.”
This list on Candid’s Grantspace page includes information on organizations offering funding and grants for:
• Artists (all disciplines)
• Small Businesses
Community Foundation Public Awareness Initiative – List of Nationwide Coronavirus Relief Efforts
The Community Foundation Public Awareness Initiative (CFPAI)’s goal is “to ensure community foundations continue to transform lives for decades to come.”
This page is a list of community foundations in every state that have created relief funds to support those affected by Covid-19.
U. S. Small Business Administration
This website includes information for different loan and debt relief options for small business owners, as well as free business counseling.
“Our nation’s small businesses are facing an unprecedented economic disruption due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The CARES Act contains $376 billion in relief for American workers and small businesses…In addition to traditional SBA funding programs, the CARES Act established several new temporary programs to address the COVID-19 outbreak.”