Resources for LGBTQ Youth

At the Institute, our goal is to provide an open-minded space for our clients to explore questions of identity formation and to equip teens and families with resources and support as they journey to an integrated, authentic identity.

At the Institute

Individual therapy: While all our therapists are trained to develop targeted, supportive interventions for each client, we have clinicians on staff who are especially passionate about working with those in the LGBTQ+ community. They also may offer group and/or family therapy, as needed.

Rainbow Grit Group for teens: This group is part of our Grit program. The Rainbow Grit group is for high schoolers in the LGBTQ+ community who are looking for Grit-curriculum skills of happiness, hardiness, and mindfulness in the context of peer and clinical support for their unique situations.

For more information on these services, please call 626-585-8075, ext. 108

Outside the Institute:  

GLAAD: An organization committed to using media to advocate for the rights and equality of the LGBTQ+ community. Their mission is to “tackle tough issues to shape the narrative and provoke dialogue that leads to cultural change.”

GLAAD’s excellent resource list:

The Family Acceptance Project™

Born out of research through the University of San Francisco,  this is “The Family Acceptance Project™ […] a research, intervention, education and policy initiative that works to prevent health and mental health risks for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) children and youth, including suicide, homelessness and HIV – in the context of their families, cultures and faith communities. We use a research-based, culturally grounded approach to help ethnically, socially and religiously diverse families to support their LGBT children.” The website offers many resources, including a Family Education booklet.

The LA Gender Center: A therapeutic group specializing in serving gender-diverse youth and adults. They offer individual, group and family therapy, group therapy, assessment services, and continuing education trainings for professionals working with the LGBTQ+ community.

Los Angeles LBGT Center: An organization offering physical and mental health services, social support services, education, and advocacy (including legal advocacy) for the LGBTQ+ community, especially those economically disadvantaged or discriminated against.

Models of Pride: A free 1-one day conference on Sunday October 29th held at University of Southern California. This conference offers workshops, and college, career, and resources fairs for LGBTQ+ youths, their families, and professionals who work with them. It is hosted by the LifeWorks department of the Los Angeles LGBT Center. Tickets available now on the Models of Pride website.

PFLAG: A national organization with local chapters that focuses on support and advocacy for those in the LGBTQ+ community and their families and friends.


Pasadena PFLAG chapter:

Los Angeles PFLAG chapter:



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