ReadingOUT is a place to find information on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to you as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) teens. Our goal is to support LGBTQ young people. We want to connect you to fiction that reflects your daily life and dreams; biographies that show LGBTQ people who have made a significant contribution to our community and the world at large; and non‐fiction that addresses the many issues of interest to you as a LGBTQ teen.
We want to help you discover books that will meet your specific needs.
Not only can you can search for books by author, subject and title, you can:
You can easily tell if the book you are looking for is available at a nearby public or college library by clicking on “Find the closest library with this book” and typing your zip code in the box marked “Enter your location”.
Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN)
Many great resources for teens, including crisis resources and a how-to guide for starting a gay-straight alliance at your high school.
Gay-Straight Alliance Network
Featuring the tagline “empowering youth activists to fight homophobia and transphobia in school,” this site offers a very useful section entitled "How to have a kick-ass GSA." Helpful to those who are working to start or keep a Gay-Straight Alliance running.
GLBT National Help Center
Free, confidential counseling by phone or email for LGBTQ teens and young adults. Site also includes a resource database of LGBTQ friendly student groups, sports leagues, religious organizations and social networks. National Youth Talkline: 1-800-246-7743.
Go Ask Alice!
The go-to website for "those" questions about sex and the human body and any type of health issue. Medical and psychological experts answer ANY question anonymously. There are no silly questions here.
The Trevor Project
Feeling hopeless? Don't have anyone to turn to? Visit this site for free, confidential counseling available 24/7. Phone number for teens and young adults in crisis: 1-866-488-7386.
International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission
A good place to learn about global LGBT issues. As its tagline says: “Human rights for everyone, everywhere.”
It Gets Better
Containing over 50,000 inspirational videos from LGBTQ community members and allies, this website features testimonials from both famous and ordinary people. The mission of the website is to reach out to individuals who are being harassed and bullied and show them that life does get better.
National Youth Advocacy Coalition Youth Guide
A great site for LGBTQ youth activists seeking support and potential youth activists looking for information on how to become involved.
PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Gays and Lesbians)
This national organization offers support and advocacy for LGBTQ teens and young adults and their families and friends.
Information for LGBTQ teens and young adults on relationships, coming out, and health.
Created by and for LGBTQ young people, this website, sponsored by Advocates for Youth, offers peer-to-peer support from others who have been where you are now. Check out the FAQ for help with questions about coming out, health issues, harassment and bullying, and much more.