Help for LGBTQIA
For people who identify as LGBTQIA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, and Asexual), living a life of recovery from mental illness, substance use disorder, or other issues can come with unique challenges and opportunities.
LGBTQIA Resources in Tennessee
A variety of LGBTQIA resources in Tennessee can be found here.
Homelessness among LGBTQIA Youth
LGBTQIA people deal with many challenges that can threaten their ability to thrive, such as social stigma, discrimination, and often rejection by their families and places of worship. Some families even turn their LGBTQIA young people into the street, leaving them homeless and nowhere to turn. Homeless LGBTQIA individuals can have difficulty finding accepting and affirming shelters and are at an increased risk for violence, abuse and exploitation. Transgender individuals are at an exponentially higher risk of physical risk and even more likely to be turned away.
Despite the challenges of finding a safe haven, help is available. In Nashville, Launchpad provides shelter for young people experiencing homelessness, with an emphasis on providing open and affirming spaces for LGBTQ youth. In Memphis, the Metamorphosis Project seeks to provide stable housing and service to homeless and at-risk LGBTQ young people.