National support organizations
Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) is a national non-profit organization with over 200,000 members and supporters and over 500 affiliates in the United States. This vast grassroots network is cultivated, resourced and serviced by the PFLAG National Office, located in Washington, D.C., the national Board of Directors and 13 Regional Directors.
Human Rights Campaign
As the largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans, the Human Rights Campaign represents a force of more than one million members and supporters nationwide — all committed to making HRC's vision a reality. Founded in 1980, HRC advocates on behalf of LGBT Americans, mobilizes grassroots actions in diverse communities, invests strategically to elect fair-minded individuals to office and educates the public about LGBT issues.
Cerebal palsy, bullying, & LGBT
CEREBAL PALSY GUIDANCE
Having cerebral palsy (CP) and being gay appears to be a double-edged sword for numerous people, especially children in school who deal with bullying on two different levels. Yet, in today’s society, where sexual orientation is more accepted than ever before, awareness should be encompassed and accepted, but is it? See web page for more information.
Churches & Faith based organizations
United Church of Christ (UCC) at The Villages
A church whose members accept and embrace diversity. The United Church of Christ is unique among main-line Protestant churches in this area. As our by-laws state: "We declare ourselves to be an Open and Affirming Church, welcoming into the full life and ministry of our church all people of all ethnicities, races, nationalities, sexual and gender identities (including gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans-gendered people.)" A number of our members are lesbians and gay men, serving in leadership positions, and participating fully in the life of the church. We aspire to treat all members as children of God, coming ever closer to the ideal of the Kingdom of God here on earth. Visit our web site, attend our services, and see for yourself. As we say every Sunday morning: "Whoever you are and wherever you are on life's journey, you are welcome here."
Open Circle at The Villages, Metropolitan Community Church
Open Circle is open to all regardless of belief, lifestyle, or past experiences in faith communities. Are you looking for a place where you can worship with others in a friendly, inclusive environment?—you’ve found a spiritual home at Open Circle at The Villages MCC—folks just like you waiting to reach out and welcome you into this very special place called Open Circle.
A website aspired by the belief that the true basis of religion is love and that all people deserve to be loved, especially youth who struggle fitting the traditional straight model of sexuality.
This is a Lake County Florida based organization, associated with the Unitarian-Universalist Congregation of Lake County, dedicated to offering a safe networking environment for the LGBTQ community, their families, friends and supporters; bringing awareness of LGBTQ issues to the public; and working for full human rights for all members of the LGBTQ community.
AffordableColleges.com’s mission is to help you earn your degree without taking on thousands of dollars in debt. Our site is a free resource designed to help everyone address the costs of college while pursuing their goals. We can show you the path to a reasonably priced higher education.
state support organizations
Equality Florida is the largest civil rights organization dedicated to securing full equality for Florida’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. Through lobbying, grassroots organizing, education, and coalition building, we are changing Florida so that no one suffers harassment or discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Equality Florida formed in 1997 as Governor Jeb Bush took office and Florida’s state government made a hard turn to the right. In an era of setbacks for progressive causes, Equality Florida has defeated every piece of anti-LGBT legislation filed in Tallahassee for 14 years in a row. These bills included efforts to: overturn all local anti-discrimination policies, repeal all safe schools policies, expand Florida’s anti-gay adoption ban, and prohibit domestic partnership benefits and protections.
GSA Florida Gay Straight Alliance Network
The Florida Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) Network is a program of Equality Florida dedicated to promoting safe schools by helping GSAs form and grow through peer support, leadership development and student empowerment. By supporting GSAs, the Network helps students to: 1) create safe schools where students support each other in a fear-free environment; 2) educate their school community about homophobia, gender identity and sexual orientation issues; and 3) fight discrimination, harassment and violence in schools.
The Network provides students with numerous resources to aid them in the success of their clubs, including an online GSA registry and discussion board, legal artillery for clubs that are banned or pressured to disband, leadership training and an annual gathering of student leaders.
social & Support organizations
Rainbow Family and Friends, The Villages, FL
This website is designed for communication directed to the LGBT community of the tri-county area of Marion, Lake, and Sumter Counties. Events, information, resources of local interest are featured here.
The Triangle Connection
The Triangle Connection is a non-profit social and service organization for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Persons who live, love, work or play in Lake County's Golden Triangle communities of Mount Dora, Eustis, and Tavares, Florida. Under The Triangle Connection's umbrella, volunteers have also taken the lead in various civic and civil-rights campaigns.
Moneys have been raised to support the Mount Dora Dog Park and programs for LGBTQ young people. Thousands of pounds of food have been collected and delivered to Mount Dora-based Lake Cares Food Pantry, which provides groceries to hundreds of financially struggling households throughout Lake County.
Teens, safe schools, & education
Safe Schools Coalition
The Safe Schools Coalition offers resources as a starting point for educators, parents/guardians and youth. 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.
Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)
The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network strives to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.
SUBSTANCE ABUSE HELP
Are you or a loved one struggling with prescription painkillers, alcohol or street drugs like heroin? Call our drug abuse hotline to be connected with one of our rehabs or detox centers and start your new life today.
is a web resource that provides information and support to people fighting substance abuse and addiction.
Depression and other mood disorders are the number-one risk factor for suicide, but alcohol and drug abuse – even without depression – are a close second. Our mission is to bring awareness to this fact by educating at least one new person a day about substance abuse. With your help we can do that.
LGBTQ+ Drug and Alcohol Treatment Resources
When it comes to drug and alcohol misuse, virtually anyone can fall victim to its power, but there are some groups that are more at risk than others. One such group is the LGBTQ+ community, primarily due to the various mental health disorders that develop as a result of rejection, abuse, discrimination, and ostracism from society or even their own homes. Many of these individuals struggle with a variety of substances at a higher rate than the heterosexual community. The good news is that there are resources available to help.
Whether you’re a member of the queer community, or you’re the loved one of someone who is, this page can address many of your questions. Are you in search of a drug rehab center with treatment programs specifically designed for LGBTQ+ individuals? Do you want more information about substance abuse in this community? You can get the answers here.
The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project is determined to end suicide among LGBTQ youth by providing life-saving and life-affirming resources including our nationwide, 24/7 crisis intervention lifeline, digital community and advocacy/educational programs that create a safe, supportive and positive environment for everyone.
Suicide prevention, awareness, and support.
It Gets Better Campaign
THE PLEDGE: Everyone deserves to be respected for who they are. I pledge to spread this message to my friends, family and neighbors. I'll speak up against hate and intolerance whenever I see it, at school and at work. I'll provide hope for lesbian, gay, bi, trans and other bullied teens by letting them know that "It Gets Better."
An online community and resource center.