gay-26127_640 VOCAL seeks to include all peers, regardless of gender, color, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or diagnosis.

Our LGBTQ Steering Committee guides VOCAL’s strategic plan for networking and empowering peers who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or queer. Learn more about our Steering Committee’s work by contacting the Network by email.

Below is a current list of organizations that provide support services to the LGBTQ community in Virginia and of national organizations, many of which give local referrals.

If you have information to be added to this page or if you are interested in forming a peer support group, please contact us.

Local LGBTQ Resources in Virginia

VOCAL Virginia LGBTQ+ Mental Health Resource Page A place for questions, conversation, ideas, inspiration, and resources.

Diversity Community Center of Richmond Diversity Richmond envisions a community where LGBTQ+ citizens are treated with respect and dignity, and their unique gifts are championed and celebrated, thereby strengthening our community.

James River Transgender Society Support group in Richmond open to anyone who is gender variant. Also offers information about Virginia therapists and counselors.

LBGT Center of Hampton Roads LGBT Community Center in the Virginia Beach area. Offers support services, counseling, 12 step groups and other services.

Lynchburg Community Center  “Empower, educate, support, and advocate for LGBTQ+ individuals and groups in Lynchburg and the surrounding areas.”

Nationz Foundation – Nationz assists the Greater Richmond Area L.G.B.T.Q. and Transgender people to access testing, linkage to care and holistic services.

Roanoke Diversity Center Community center with a variety of activities from support groups to meditation instruction to open mic nights.

Shenandoah Valley Equality The purpose of the Shenandoah Valley Equality is to build inclusive community for LGBTQ people in the Shenandoah Valley.

Shenandoah LGBTQ Center  The Shenandoah LGBTQ Center is a supportive network where LGBTQ people of all ages in the Shenandoah Valley and Greater Appalachia can thrive as equal, healthy, supported members of our society.

The Transgender Assistance Program of Virginia is a non-profit organization created to end homelessness within the local transgender community. We are run by the transgender community for the transgender community. We offer safe emergency and temporary transitional housing to homeless transgender adults, and help them find the additional resources they need to remove the barriers to self-sufficiency. They can also be found on Facebook.

National LGBTQ Resources

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Helpline 1-888-340-4528  Provides telephone, online, chat and email support as well as factual information and local resources.

Human Rights Coalition National civil rights organization with a webpage specific to LGBT policy in Virginia.

LGBT Helpline and Peer Listening Line 1-800-399-PEER Help, information, referrals, and support for a range of issues. Talk to our trained volunteers about safer sex, coming out, where to find gay-friendly establishments, HIV and AIDS, depression, suicide, and anti-gay/lesbian harassment and violence.

PFLAG Parents and friends of lesbians and gays. National group with local meetings. Uniting people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) with families, friends, and allies, PFLAG is committed to advancing equality and full societal affirmation of LGBTQ people through its threefold mission of support, education, and advocacy.

TGEA Transgender education association. Offers support groups. Their primary mission is to help those who identify within the transgender spectrum.

Trans Lifeline is a national trans-led 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to improving the quality of trans lives. The Hotline number is 877-565-8860. In Canada, dial 877-330-6366

Trevor Project Community network, suicide prevention, advocacy program and 24/7 helpline at 1-866-488-7386

A downloadable version of this page in PDF form can be found here LGBT Resources