The National Runaway Safeline is naming the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) National Youth Talkline, operated by the GLBT National Help Center, as our Organization of the Month for June.
Learn about the GLBT National Youth Talkline
According to their website, “the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) National Help Center, founded in 1996, is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization that provides vital peer support, community connections and resource information to people with questions regarding sexual orientation and/or gender identity.”
Serving the nation’s GLBT youth up to age 25, the Youth Talkline provides, according to its website, telephone, online private one-to-one chat and email peer support to youth in crisis. It also supplies information and resources that may be available in or around a youth’s location.
This free, confidential service is available to teens and young adults who are dealing with issues related to coming out, family, relationships, HIV/AIDS, and safe sex practices.
The Youth Talkline also features a unique database, which contains information on GLBT-friendly youth groups, social organizations, and clubs. There are over 15,000 listings throughout the United States.
Similarly to the National Runaway Safeline, the Youth Talkline is operated with a strong volunteer force, who serve those in need of help and are isolated due to geography and culture. Volunteers are able to apply to receive online training and work remotely, depending on their location.
The GLBT National Youth Talkline provides a service, especially important for runaway youth. Thirty-six percent of runaway youth in America identify as LGBT. Both of our hotlines serve the GLBT population and provide resources that can help youth find safety.
Congratulations to the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) National Youth Talkline for being named the June 2016 Organization of the Month. NRS looks forward to continuing to work collaboratively to ensure GLBT youth are safe and off the streets.