Online, you'll find tools to help you explore the myriad social and political aspects of being gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. Whether you want to know more about the coming-out experience, are looking for local community resources, want some GLBT activism opportunities, want to stay current on GLBT news and popular culture, are looking for fun things to do, or are looking for a date, the Web can provide access to whatever information or resources you need.
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The Internet has transformed GLBT people's ability to find community resources and each other. Prior to the Internet, it took a lot more legwork to find community, and it was particularly tough if you didn't live in a major city. Now you can find local, national, and international resources from the comfort of your home. Eventually, you'll still probably want to venture out-of-doors, of course.
- Most major-and many smaller-cities have GLBT community centers. Depending on the size of the center, expect a range of program options, including support groups, counseling and health services, social activities, dating groups, and 12-step meetings.
- The term "community" can refer to the larger GLBT community as a whole, or a smaller, more focused group.
- Sometimes it's difficult to tell how inclusive a group is simply by its name (or acronym). Sometimes "gay and lesbian" is inclusive of bisexuals or transgender individuals and sometimes not. Sometimes "gay" means men and woman, and sometimes it means only men. Check out a group or resource's Web site for a more detailed description, or contact them using the e-mail address provided.
For a list of offline GLBT community centers ...
The International Lesbian and Gay Association
is a helpful site if you live outside of the United States or plan to travel abroad. They're an activist organization, and their site provides info about the social and legal situations for LGBT people all over the world.
To find a virtual community ...
is an online community center. The site features articles and columns on news, entertainment, lifestyle, family, and money, as well as personals and more. It's a one-stop shopping site for all things GLBT.
is part of the same consortium of sites as Planetout. A lot of the news and features are the same, but it's a little more focused on sex and the gay male.
is a lesbian social networking site affiliated with the Showtime lesbian series The L Word
. The site is hyped endlessly on the show, and marries information about the show with social networking.
is a forum that functions as an online support and general discussion group. You can read the message boards without registering but you have to register to post any messages.
is a global, teen-specific support and information site. This site strongly encourages safe online behavior for teens and requires registration to access much of the site.
is an online transgender community with a vast array of information such as drag kings or tips for air travel. Temenos also hosts other LGB community sites. Check out the links page
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