Pen-Pals & Internet Support (listservs & forums)
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Bay Area Sexual Minority Youth Network (BASMYN) - POB 460268, San Francisco, CA 94146-0268
COLAGE Pen Pals - for children with lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender parents: http://www.colage.org/programs/penpals/
Gay and Lesbian Community Service Center - Youth Outreach - Pen Pal Program, 1625 North Hudson Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Indiana Youth Group (IYG) 's LGBTQ pen pal program for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender young people, ages 12 to 20. This program is designed to give GLBT youth an opportunity to connect with other youth their own age by either 'snail' mail or email. The pen pal program is designed and it is hoped to be an avenue for youth to talk with other you who may be experiencing similar things in their lives. "It's a way to connect with other youth in a safe way." It unites teens throughout the country who are dealing with similar struggles and offers a sense of encouragement and unity. They do not match youth from the same state and always ensure their ages are within two years of each other.They require a picture ID and an application to be enrolled. Website: http://www.indianayouthgroup.org/penpal-program Application: http://www.indianayouthgroup.org/files/file/iygpenpalapplication-2011.doc (doc file) or a form on their PenPal program page. Address: 2943 E. 46th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46205; Mailing Address: P.O. Box 20716, Indianapolis, IN 46220; Phone: 317-541-8726; Fax: 317-545-8594.
Here's how it works...
- You send in your application for either a mail or email penpal, and you send in proof of your age (a copy of your school ID, driver's license, or birth certificate). You can fax your information to 317-545-8594 or email your information to email@example.com or mail your information to IYG Pen Pal P.O. Box 20716 Indianapolis, IN 46220.
You will be notified of your penpal's first name and their contact information and they will be notified of your first name and contact information. From there it is all up to you to write/email each other!
Pen-Pals and Internet Support (listserves & forums)
COLAGE (Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere) has Chat Lists for People with LGBT Parents (ages 6-10, 10-14, 14-22, 22 and older, and for "Queer and Questioning folks with LGBT parents". Click here: http://www.colage.org/online-resources.html
Gay Attention Deficit Disorder Group: an online forum for GLBT people with ADD: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Gay-ADD
Gay Disabled Webring: a place to chat online with other gay, bisexual or lesbian persons with disabilities. "As the Gay Disabled Webring is rated PG, and is intended for a wide audience, pages which feature pornographic or other 'adult' material will not be accepted for inclusion in the Ring, unless such material is kept behind barriers to prevent access by minors": http://quest.apana.org.au/~tlang/gaydisabled
Gimp Girl: GimpGirl Community currently hosts four discussion lists for women with disabilities, one specifically for queer women with disabilities of all ages: http://www.gimpgirl.com
Indiana Youth Group) Pen Pal Program - see above.
Queer and Disabled Community Discussion Listserve: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/QueerDisability
QueerGirlies: a support and discussion email list for young women, ages 15 to 25, with disabilities who are either lesbian, bisexual, or transgendered: http://www.gimpgirl.com/lists/queergirlies
Lilac Rainbow Alliance of the Deaf: A social, cultural, educational and welfare organization serving the deaf and hard of hearing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities in the western region of the State of New York: http://www.deafqueer.net/lrad
Passing Twice: A Proud Network of Queer Stutterers and Their Allies: an informal network that meets annually, holds workshops at stuttering conferences, and supports its members through a quarterly newsletter and an e-mail list. P.O. Box 91267, Durham, NC 27708; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.geocities.com/WestHollywood/3323
Straight Spouse Network has email lists for straight husbands, wives, and partners, who wish to share concerns after their spouses or partners who come out as gay, lesbian, or bisexual and for the LGBT partner, too. Click here: http://www.ssnetwk.org/internet.shtml
Youth Guardian Services (YGS) email discussion and support lists for glbtq youth are run by peers -- all youth the same ages as the members on the lists. The lists are YOUTH13-17, YOUTH17-21, YOUTH21-25, STR8 list (for straight ally and questioning youth), and the LivingColor List (for glbtq youth 13-25 who are affected by eating disorders and/or eating issues). They are a wonderful way to have a safe community online. Age policy strictly enforced and the lists are NOT dating services. http://www.youth-guard.org/
Youth Resource offers five message boards (for Bi Youth; Gay & Bi Young Men; Lesbian, Bi and Questioning Young Women; LGBTQ Youth of Color; and Transgender, Transsexual and Genderqueer Young People). Click here: http://www.youthresource.com/community/
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