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Facebook “Prevent Bullying” Program
Facebook has partnered with Dr. Marc Brackett and Dr. Robin Stern from the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence to provide resources and tools for dealing with bullying behavior and its consequences.
(Note from PFLAG Nashville:  With the growing number of youth utilizing social media, we feel it’s important to share tools and tips for parents and youth to handle online or cyber bullying.)
https://www.facebook.com/safety/bullying

Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD)
GLAAD amplifies the voice of the LGBT community by empowering real people to share their stories, holding the media accountable for the words and images they present, and helping grassroots organizations communicate effectively. By ensuring that the stories of LGBT people are heard through the media, GLAAD promotes understanding, increases acceptance, and advances equality.
www.glaad.org

Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN)
The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) is an organization in the United States that seeks to end discrimination, harassment, and bullying based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in K-12 schools. GLSEN is headquartered in New York City and the District of Columbia. As of 2009, there are forty chapters across the country representing cities, states, or regions.
www.glsen.org

Gay-Straight Alliance Network
A Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) is a student-initiated and student-run club in a public or private school. The goal of a GSA is to provide a safe, supportive environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning (LGBTQ) and straight ally youth to meet and discuss sexual orientation and gender identity issues, and to work to create a school environment free of discrimination, harassment, and intolerance.
www.gsanetwork.org

GLBT National Help Center
The GLBT National Help Center is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization that is dedicated to meeting the needs of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community and those questioning their sexual orientation and gender identity. We are an outgrowth of the Gay & Lesbian National Hotline, which began in 1996 and now is a primary program of the GLBT National Help Center.
www.glnh.org

Human Rights Campaign
The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.
www.hrc.org

It Gets Better Project
The It Gets Better Project’s mission is to communicate to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth around the world that it gets better, and to create and inspire the changes needed to make it better for them.
www.itgetsbetter.org

Just Us @ the Oasis Center
Just Us is an Oasis Center program dedicated to serving high school students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, or intersex.  Just Us provides services focused on support and advocacy through relentless outreach to young people, their families, and community allies, support and educational events for engaged youth every Tuesday, 4:30-6:30pm, September through May, individual support and group counseling, advocacy with schools, families, and others identified by youth, and referrals and door openers with other programs, agencies, and services.
justusoasis.org

Matthew Shepard Foundation
The Matthew Shepard Foundation was founded by Dennis and Judy Shepard in memory of their 21-year old son, Matthew, who was murdered in an anti-gay hate crime in Wyoming in October 1998.

Created to honor Matthew in a manner that was appropriate to his dreams, beliefs, and aspirations, the Foundation seeks to “Replace Hate with Understanding, Compassion, & Acceptance” through its varied educational, outreach and, advocacy programs and by continuing to tell Matthew’s story.
www.matthewshepard.org

Nashville CARES
Tennessee’s leading community-based AIDS service organization. Their mission is to promote and participate in a comprehensive and compassionate response to HIV and AIDS infection through education, advocacy, and supportive services. The doors of CARES are open to anyone affected by HIV and AIDS in need of comfort and care. There is no charge for any of our services.
www.nashvillecares.org

Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce
The Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce exists to advance common business interests, economic growth and equality in the workplace and society for its LGBT members, businesses and allies by providing educational, networking and community-building opportunities.
www.nashvillelgbtchamber.org

Nashville Pride
The mission of Nashville Pride is to foster a sense of pride, community, and awareness of, about, and for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) people and culture through education and outreach to the GLBT community and the community at large.
www.nashvillepride.org

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
The mission of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is to build the political power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community from the ground up.
www.thetaskforce.org

Oasis Center
Currently focusing on four primary programs: Crisis Services (outreach, hotline and youth emergency shelter for youth ages 13-17); Transitional Living services (assistance to homeless youth and youth aging out of foster care ages 18-21); Counseling Services (individual, group and family counseling); and Youth Leadership Development (youth leadership training, civic engagement, volunteerism, and Oasis AmeriCorps).
www.oasiscenter.org

Out & About Newspaper
Out & About Nashville, Inc. debuted in the fall of 2002 as a monthly newspaper designed to fill a growing need in the Nashville gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) community.
www.outandaboutnewspaper.com

OutCentral
OutCentral provides a wide variety of high quality programming to our community. Just take a look at our calendar! We offer a variety of conferences, concerts, lectures, readings, theater, film, community forums, panel discussions, and workshops, and are adding more all the time. OutCentral also shares information and works hard to connect our community. We provide people who walk-in, call, or email with a wide variety of information that is not always easily accessible.

Their mission is to connect, educate, empower, and build a positive, energy-filled space for greater Nashville’s diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community.
www.outcentral.org

PFLAG Chapter Directory
Additional chapters of Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians & Gays (PFLAG) can be found via the PFLAG National chapter directory.

PFLAG National
Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians & 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.
www.pflag.org

Straight Spouse Network
Straight Spouse Network (SSN) is an international organization that provides personal, confidential support and information to heterosexual spouses/partners, current or former, of gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender mates and mixed-orientation couples for constructively resolving coming-out problems.
www.straightspouse.org

Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)
The Southern Poverty Law Center is a nonprofit civil rights organization dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry, and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of society.
www.splcenter.org/what-we-do/lgbt-rights

Tennessee Equality Project (TEP)
The mission of TEP is to promote and sustain the equality of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender persons in the State of Tennessee through the establishment of fair and equitable laws protecting these rights and the elimination of laws that would seek to counter this effort. Equality is meant to include the protection of human and civil rights and the elimination of prejudice and discrimination.
www.tnep.org

Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network
The Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network is the statewide organization responsible for implementing the Tennessee Strategy for Suicide Prevention, as defined by the 1999 Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Prevent Suicide. We are a grassroots team of Tennesseans, divided into eight regions under the direction of our statewide Executive Director, working to eliminate the stigma of suicide, educate the community about the warning signs of suicide, and ultimately reduce the rate of suicide in the state of Tennessee.
www.tspn.org

Tennessee Vals – Transgender Social & Support Group
The Tennessee Vals is an open social and support group for persons discovering who they are, in terms of gender. The Vals offer a safe, confidential atmosphere for transgender persons, their families, and friends. The group is open to all individuals who identify themselves as intersex, androgynous, cross dressers, transsexuals, or transgenderists; whether gay, straight, bisexual, asexual, or non-sexual. The individual members are involved to support, educate, and make friends within the transgender community specifically, but within the larger LGBT community, as well. The Tennessee Vals is not a singles, swingers, or fetish club, and our members do not engage in inappropriate behavior (sexual or otherwise) at Vals meetings.
www.tvals.org

Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition (TTPC)
The Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition is an organization designed to educate and advocate on behalf of transgender related legislation at the Federal, State, and local levels. The Coalition is dedicated to raising public awareness and building alliances with other organizations concerned with equal rights legislation.
www.ttgpac.com

Trans Buddy Program @ Vanderbilt
The Trans Buddy Program’s goal is to increase access to care and improve healthcare outcomes for transgender people by providing emotional support to transgender patients during healthcare visits. We emphasize a patient-centered  approach, with the goal of empowering the patient to make informed healthcare decisions. Trans Buddy recognizes the importance of intersectionality to our direct care practice, and we therefore aim to work with people of all identities with compassion and respect.
To request a buddy for an immediate or future appointment, please call (615) 326-5185.
https://medschool.vanderbilt.edu/lgbti/trans-buddy-program

Trans Lifeline
Trans Lifeline is a non-profit dedicated to the well being of transgender people. They run a hotline staffed by transgender people, for transgender people. Trans Lifeline volunteers are ready to respond to whatever support needs members of our community might have.  This is a free helpline run by volunteers and supported by the community.
You can reach the Trans Lifeline in the US by calling (877) 565-8860
www.translifeline.org

The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth.
www.thetrevorproject.org

T.Y.M.E. (Trans* Youth Meet to Empower) @ the Oasis Center
It ‘s about T.Y.M.E. that trans youth in Nashville have a liberating space just for them! T.Y.M.E. stands for Trans Youth Meet to Empower. Every month, trans youth are invited to come together to develop new friendships, engage in facilitated conversations, and explore the complexity of gender identity and gender expression in our current society. Each month our trans young people generate new themes and topics for discussion, which ensures that our sessions are always relevant and informative.
justusoasis.org/tyme/

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