The National Runaway Safeline (NRS) is proud to announce this month’s organization of the month, the Gay Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) National Help Center. Every day, NRS receives calls from LGBTQ youth who find themselves wanting to leave home. They turn to us and trust us in times of crisis; they hope that we will be able to help them overcome this difficult time in their life. As we work with these youth to develop a solution-focused plan, we want to make sure that these youth have proper resources.
An LGBTQ youth’s crisis varies. It might be coming out to their parents. It could be having issues at school related to their identities. Sometimes, the youth is struggling to overcome self-loathing by acceptance of his/her sexual orientation. No matter what the crisis, NRS is here to listen, here to help. NRS provides a compassionate person that link the youth to resources from our database. A primary resource to help youth with LGBTQ issues is the GLBT National Help Center. They are the oldest hotline for the LGBTQ community in the United States.
According to the GLBT National Help Center’s website the organization: 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. Utilizing a diverse group of GLBT volunteers, we operate two national hotlines, the GLBT National Hotline and the GLBT National Youth Talkline, as well as private, volunteer one-to-one online chat, that helps both youth and adults with coming-out issues, safer-sex information, school bullying, family concerns, relationship problems and a lot more. We also maintain the largest collection of resources for the GLBT community in the United States, with 15,000 local resources for cities and towns across the country.
We are the oldest and most comprehensive national organization of its type and scope in the United States, providing this critically needed service regardless of age or geographic location. The people who turn to us for help often live in rural and conservative parts of the country and are frequently feeling severely isolated, closeted and despairing, with literally no one else safe to talk to.
We provide a safe environment on the phone or internet for people of all ages to discuss issues that they don’t feel comfortable talking about anywhere else.
NRS is honored to name the GLBT National Help Center as our Organization of the Month for the month of June. We appreciate the services they provide for youth in crisis.