lots of updated information on help and resources for the community

This list is updated regularly.  We want to provide the best list of links available

  • Iowa Resources

    Other than us:


    One Iowa is a statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) organization preserving and advancing equality for LGBTQ individuals through grassroots efforts, advocacy, and education.

  • First Friday Breakfast Club

    The First Friday Breakfast Club is an educational group for gay, bisexual, and transgender men. They gather monthly in Des Moines for breakfast, fellowship and a speaker

  • National Resources
  • Addiction Center

    Rates of drug abuse and addiction in the LGBTQ community are disturbingly higher than those of other groups. Discrimination, societal pressures and co-occurring disorders are just a few potential triggers for drug abuse in this population.

  • Alcohol Rehab Guide

     Alcholism is a very serious problem in the LGBTQ community. Up to 25 percent of the general LGBTQ community has moderate alcohol dependency, compared to 5 to 10 percent of the general population. Some subgroups of the LGBTQ community have even higher rates of abuse. The group with the highest drinking rates in the LGBTQ community was bisexual women, 25 percent of whom reported heavy drinking. Despite the many challenges, awareness of LGBTQ alcoholism is growing, and many treatment facilities now tailor programs, or at least aspects of programs, to meet the unique needs of LGBTQ individuals.

  • Black AIDS Institute

    The Black AIDS Institute is the first Black HIV/AIDS policy center dedicated to reducing HIV/AIDS health disparities by mobilizing Black institutions and individuals in efforts to confront the epidemic in their communities.

  • Children of Lesbians & Gays Everywhere

    COLAGE is a national movement of children, youth, and adults with one or more lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or queer (LGBTQ) parents.


    An LGBTQ+ friendly site to learn about addictions in the comunity and ways to reach out for help.

  • - Alcohol

    An LGBTQ+ friendly Alcohol abuse site.  Offering help to the community if you are unsure where to turn.

  • Equality Federation

    Equality Federation is the national alliance of state-based lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocacy organizations.

  • Family Equality Council

    Family Equality Council works to ensure equality for LGBT families by building community, changing hearts and minds, and advancing social justice for all families.

  • Freedom to Marry

    Freedom to Marry is the gay and non-gay partnership working to win marriage equality nationwide.

  • Gay & Lesbian Medical Association

    GLMA's mission is to ensure equality in health care for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and health care providers.


    The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) is dedicated to promoting and ensuring fair, accurate and inclusive representation of people and events in the media as a means of eliminating homophobia and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.

  • GLAD

    Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) is New England’s leading legal rights organization dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation, HIV status and gender identity and expression.


    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.

  • Immigration Equality

    Immigration Equality is a national organization that works to end discrimination in U.S. immigration law, to reduce the negative impact of that law on the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and HIV-positive people, and to help obtain asylum for those persecuted in their home country based on their sexual orientation, transgender identity or HIV-status.

  • International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission

    The mission of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) is to secure the full enjoyment of the human rights of all people and communities subject to discrimination or abuse on the basis of sexual orientation or expression, gender identity or expression, and/or HIV status.

  • Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund

    Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.

  • Log Cabin Republicans

    Log Cabin Republicans is the nation's only organization of Republicans who support fairness, freedom and equality for gay and lesbian Americans.

  • Mautner Project

    The Mautner Project improves the health of lesbians, bisexual, and transgender women who partner with women, and their families, through advocacy, education, research, and direct service. We envision a healthcare system that is guided by social justice and responsive to the needs of all people.

  • National AIDS Education & Services for Minorities

    National AIDS Education & Services for Minorities was created in an effort to counteract the ever increasing spread of HIV/AIDS in communities of color.

  • National Black Justice Coalition

    The National Black Justice Coalition is a civil rights organization dedicated to empowering Black same-gender-loving, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people. The Coalition works with our communities and our allies for social justice, equality, and an end to racism and homophobia.

  • National Center for Lesbian Rights

    The National Center for Lesbian Rights is a national legal organization committed to advancing the civil and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families through litigation, public policy advocacy, and public education.

  • National Center for LGBT Health

    The National Center for LGBT Health is committed to improving the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and communities through public education, coalition building and advocacy that focus on research, policy, education and training.

  • National Center for Transgender Equality

    The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) is a 501(c)3 social justice organization dedicated to advancing the equality of transgender people through advocacy, collaboration and empowerment.

  • National Gay & Lesbian Cancer Network

    The National LGBT Cancer Network works to improve the lives of LGBT cancer survivors and those at risk.

  • National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Congress

    The NGLCC is committed to forming a broad-based coalition, representative of the various interests of LGBT owned and friendly businesses, professionals, and students of business for the purpose of promoting economic growth and prosperity of its members.

  • National Gay & Lesbian Task Force

    The mission of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is to build the grassroots power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

  • National Lesbian & Gay Law Association

    The National LGBT Bar Assocation is a national association of lawyers, judges and other legal professionals, law students, activists, and affiliates lesbians, gay, bisexual, transgender legal organizations. The LGBT Bar promotes justice in and through the legal profession for the LGBT community in all its diversity.

  • National Minority AIDS Council

    The National Minority AIDS Council has helped develop leadership in communities of color to address the challenges of HIV/AIDS since 1987.

  • National Resource Center on LGBT Aging
    National Resource Center on LGBT Aging

    The National Resource Center on LGBT Aging is the country's first and only technical assistance resource center aimed at improving the quality of services and supports offered to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults. Established in 2010 through a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging provides training, technical assistance and educational resources to aging providers, LGBT organizations and LGBT older adults. The center is led by Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) in partnership with 10 leading organizations from around the country.

  • National Stonewall Democrats

    The National Stonewall Democrats is a grassroots network connecting LGBT Democratic activists.

  • Out & Equal Workplace Advocates

    Out & Equal Workplace Advocates™ educates and empowers organizations, human resources professionals, employee resource groups, and individual employees through programs and services that result in equal policies, opportunities, practices, and benefits in the workplace regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, expression, or characteristics.

  • Out for Work

    Out for Work is the only national nonprofit organization dedicated to educating, preparing and empowering LGBT college students and their allies for the workplace.


    PFLAG promotes the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons, their families and friends through: support, to cope with an adverse society; education, to enlighten an ill-informed public; and advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights.

  • Point Foundation

    Point Foundation provides financial support, leadership training, mentoring and hope to meritorious students who are marginalized due to sexual orientation, gender identity and/or gender expression.

  • Pride at Work

    The purpose of Pride At Work is to mobilize mutual support between the organized Labor Movement and the LGBT Community around organizing for social and economic justice.

  • Pride Community Libraries

    Pride Community Libraries is a networking page for community based LGBT libraries - both those in LGBT Community Centers and independent LGBT libraries so that we can share information, resources, ideas, and generally connect to each other.

  • Servicemembers Legal Defense Network

    SLDN is a national, non-profit legal services, watchdog and policy organization dedicated to ending discrimination against and harassment of military personnel affected by "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and related forms of intolerance.

  • Soulforce

    The purpose of Soulforce is freedom for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people from religious and political oppression through the practice of relentless nonviolent resistance.

  • The Recovery Village

    LGBTQ+ Drug and Alcohol recovery programs and help.

  • The AIDS Institute

    Promotes action for social change through public policy research, advocacy, and education.

  • The International Federation of Black Prides

    The International Federation of Black Prides is a coalition of Black Pride organizations formed to promote a multinational network of LGBT/SGL (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender/Same Gender Loving) Prides and community-based organizations.

  • The Trevor Project

    The Trevor Project operates the only nationwide, around-the-clock suicide prevention helpline for gay and questioning youth.

  • Transgender Law Center

    The Transgender Law Center (TLC) is a civil rights organization advocating for transgender communities.

  • Victory Fund

    The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund endorses qualified, committed openly LGBT candidates who can win at the ballot box.

  • Woodhull Freedom Foundation

    The Woodhull Freedom Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that works to advance sexual freedom as a fundamental human right by protecting and advancing freedom of speech and sexual expression.

  • Banned4Life Project

    Our mission is to raise awareness of the FDA’s policy that permanently bans gay men from donating blood. Together, we can bring an end to this discriminatory policy and save lives.

  • 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. They 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.

    They offer several different programs including two national hotlines that help members of our community talk about the important issues that they are facing in their lives. We help end the isolation that many people feel, by providing a safe environment on the phone or via the internet to discuss issues that people can’t talk about anywhere else.  The GLBT National Help Center also helps other organizations build the infrastructure they need to provide strong support to our community at the local level.

  • B Stigma-Free

    B Stigma-Free™ is a non-profit organization working to reduce stigma. We aim to foster understanding and respect of people perceived as having a difference, such as an attribute, trait or disability. Through education, advocacy and community engagement, we partner with others who share our commitment to eradicate bias and prejudice.

  • LGBT Health Related Links
  • Building on the Affordable Care Act to Make the Health System Work for Young Gay Men: An Action Plan

    This Action Plan is a tool for advocates who are working to improve the health system for young gay men. With implementation of the Affordable Care Act well underway, there is an opportunity to both get young gay men enrolled in insurance coverage and, equally important, to work at the state and local levels to improve the benefits and delivery systems they enroll in. 

  • LGBT Wellness Page - Huff Post

    New stories, studies, reports and blogs focusing on a wide variety of topics and issues related to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender health, wellness and well being

  • CDC Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Health

    These pages provide information and resources on some of the health issues and inequities affecting LGBT communities. Links to other information sources and resources are also provided. Some of this information is designed for members of the general public. Other information has been developed for health care providers, public health professionals, and public health students.

  • GLMA - Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality

    Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality (previously known as the Gay & Lesbian Medical Association) is the world's largest and oldest association of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) healthcare professionals. GLMA was founded in 1981, as the American Association of Physicians for Human Rights, with the mission of ensuring equality in healthcare for LGBT individuals and healthcare professionals. Today, there is still considerable ignorance about LGBT health issues, with many assuming that LGBT health involves only HIV/AIDS. In fact, the full scope of the LGBT health agenda includes breast and cervical cancer, hepatitis, mental health, substance abuse, tobacco use, depression, access to care for transgender persons and other concern

  • Fenway Health

    The mission of Fenway Health is to enhance the wellbeing of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and all people in our neighborhoods and beyond through access to the highest quality health care, education, research and advocacy.

  • Lesbian Health & Research Center

    University of California center for lesbian health issues, research, information and events.


    Lesbian and Bisexual Health Fact Sheet

  • Lesbian Health Initiative of Houston

    Established in 1992, the Lesbian Health Initiative of Houston, Inc. (LHI) is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization. LHI is dedicated to eliminating barriers to healthcare and promoting health and wellness for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT)-identified women and transgender men through Education, Access and Advocacy programs.

  • News and Magazine Links
  • Queerty*

    *Free of an agenda (except that gay one) ;)


    Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals are more likely to use drugs and alcohol due to homophobia, rejection from families, and a history of trauma. They face a number of barriers that make it difficult for them to enter rehab, and they often have certain unique needs that must be addressed for them to recover. Research shows that LGBT individuals have better outcomes in treatment and addiction recovery when they are part of an LGBT-specific program or a program that is LGBT-friendly.


    Members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) community struggle with alcohol and drug addiction at rates estimated to be double those of the general population. Some factors that might contribute to this population’s vulnerability to addiction include discrimination, stigma, higher rates of depression, family rejection, and a desire to fit in with other members of the LGBTQ community who use alcohol or drugs.

  • PrideLife (Insurance)

    Pride Life Insurance focus on advocacy for the individual and family regardless how they come to us.  We have relationships with both nonprofits and private employers working almost exclusively on a referral basis helping thousands of LGBTQ clients and their allies.

    Clients have unlimited, confidential access to our unique “in-house” Concierge Service Center where we can assist with healthcare and insurance-related issues and questions. Here at Pride Life Insurance, our services are provided to the individual/employee, their spouse, children, parents, and parents-in-law.

    Our non-traditional approach to employee benefits brings more value to the employer and employee by reducing cost and simplifying benefits.    

    Our mission here at Pride Life Insurance is to give individuals and families greater peace of mind by providing simple solutions to difficult insurance problems. 

  • Rehab Spot


    Alcoholism In The LGBTQ Community

    Alcoholism is a very serious problem for the LGBTQ community, but increasing awareness and numbers of treatment options mean that help is out there.

  • -Heroin addiction

     Discovered in 1874 and commercialized in 1898 by pharmaceutical giant Bayer, heroin was intended to be a less-addictive and less-toxic synthetic version of morphine. Unfortunately, it didn’t turn out that way. Heroin is actually two to three times more potent than morphine and is highly addictive. Despite the fact heroin could no longer be legally purchased after 1920, it became the most widely used opiate in the US and worldwide by the late 1920s. Heroin is still considered the most addictive drug in the world with one of the highest overdose rates, and drug overdose is the leading cause of death for Americans under 50 years old according to the New York Times. 

  • Heroin recovery & treatment

     Heroin is one of the most addictive illegal drugs, which makes it incredibly difficult for users to quit. With the highest relapse rate for illegal drugs at 78%, heroin users often find they have to return to rehab multiple times. Heroin’s high risk of overdose and relapse has resulted in more medications to help users get off and stay off the drug, with a possible heroin vaccine on the horizon. 

  • Consumer Safety Guide

    About Us

    We’re here to help you and your loved ones get the answers you need about consumer and medical products. We want to educate the public and ensure consumers are informed about defective medical products, dangerous drugs, and high-risk consumer products.

    Our goal is to be your go-to online resource. We provide accurate, relevant information in one place, so it’s easy and convenient for you to know what risks you face.

    We give you information about which products and devices are safe and which ones are not – hopefully reducing your risk on a daily basis.

    Unfortunately, despite the regulations in place, consumers still face many risks. You have a right to know about these risks, and should you or a loved one be injured, know what to do to receive justice.

  • Binge Drinking.

    I want to thank some students from Mrs. Martins Class: Especially Abby and Kaira .  

    They found this info by researching at home after a discussion about the dangers of Drug and Alcohol abuse.  

    Wanna change the world, start on your corner of the world, and go from there.


    Inpatient rehab programs allow individuals to escape the daily stress and triggers that lead to drug abuse by residing in the treatment facility. These facilities provide a safe and comfortable environment for individuals to recover.


    While the LGBT community has seen significant gains in civil rights over the past several decades, it is still subject to constant abuse. As rights continue to progress, more and more LGBT community members are coming out to their friends and family. As younger generations grow up with more civil rights, they are more likely to identify themselves as LGBT. As a result, we are seeing more and more seniors identifying as LGBT. As a negative side effect, as more LGBT community members come out, there are more reports of abuse, especially within the senior community.

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