Helpful Resources

This entire list represents orgs that I would support 100%. Please do not hesitate to reach out to them as they are very loving and life-giving. If you have any questions for me, please contact me. I would love to hear from you.

Also, this blog is seeing visitors from the Pray Away film streaming globally on Netflix starting August 3rd, 2021 (trailer in sidebar). If you are, welcome! You may be looking for specific to the film resources so here is a quick list.

Orlando Resources

Zebra Coalition® is a network of organizations which provide services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and all youth (LGBTQ+) ages 13 – 24.

The Coalition assists young people facing homelessness, bullying, isolation from their families, and physical, sexual and drug abuse with individualized programs to guide them to recovery and stability.

Joy MCC is the spiritual home to a multi-cultural, inclusive, and diverse community of faith. We are rooted in the life, ministry, and teachings of Jesus. We experience a vibrant spirituality that is positive, practical, and progressive. 

One Orlando Alliance is a vital support network for LGBTQ+ organizations in Central Florida. We lower barriers, provide critical communication, and promote effective, influential, and sustainable opportunities for transforming the culture of the region. We understand transformative change in attitudes and behaviors begins with an unwavering commitment to bettering the welfare of all. We will achieve this by fostering a deep respect for one another and ensuring inclusiveness within our diverse population.

The mission of The LGBT+ Center Orlando, Inc. is to promote and empower the LGBT Community and its allies through information, education, advocacy and support.We have locations in downtown Orlando and Kissimmee.

Hotlines

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TrevorLifeline is a crisis intervention and suicide prevention phone service available 24/7/365 offered through the Trevor Project. If you or someone you love is seeking help please call 1-866-488-7386 or text “START” to 678678.

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Trans Lifeline is a trans-led organization that connects trans people to the community, support, and resources they need to survive and thrive. Available 7am-1am PST / 9am-3am CST / 10am-4am EST. Call 877-565-8860.

Advocacy

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Born Perfect: The Campaign to End Conversion Therapy is a campaign of the National Center for Lesbian Rights focused on passing laws across the country to protect LGBT children and young people from the harm of sexual orientation and gender identity change efforts. Born Perfect drafts, introduces and passes legislation, spreads awareness through public education, media, and advocacy, and empowers conversion therapy survivors and their families. If you’d like to get involved or share your story you can sign up here

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Trevor Project provides 24/7 life-saving support via phone, text, and chat, as well as a safe space social networking site for LGBTQ youth, as well as creates and runs research, education and advocacy programs. In the effort to protect LGBTQ youth from conversion therapy in every state of the nation and countries around the world, Trevor Project has launched 50 Bills, 50 States.

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PFLAG is the first and largest organization for LGBTQ+ people, their parents and families, and allies. You can find PFLAG’s webinars and their free training toolkit  to assist people looking to take action in the effort to protect LGBTQ people from conversion therapy in all its forms here.

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GLAAD is a non-profit media organization that works through entertainment, news, and digital platforms to share stories from the LGBTQ community that accelerate acceptance and provoke dialogue that leads to cultural change.

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MAP‘s mission is to provide independent and rigorous research, insight and communications that help speed equality and opportunity for all. Their website includes up-to-date Equality Maps which include a state-by-state assessment on the current status of conversion therapy bans across the U.S.

LGBTQ Faith Organizations

Canyonwalker Connections: here faith and scholarship intersect exists to repair the division that exists between social and Christian conservative and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community through education, training, and dialogue in both secular and religious environments.

The National LGBTQ Task Force’s Institute for Welcoming resources is an ecumenical group that aims to provide resources to facilitate a paradigm shift in multiple denominations whereby churches become welcoming and affirming of all congregants regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity.

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Q Christian Fellowship is an ecumenical Christian ministry focused on serving lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender, queer, and straight ally Christians. QCF seeks to cultivate radical belonging among LGBTQ+ people and allies through a commitment to growth, community, and relational justice.In keeping with its mission QCF has launched the UNCHANGED campaign as an affirmative counter to the damage wrought in the name of God through ex-gay theologies and conversion therapy. You can read the stories, submit your own, or join the community here. Additionally, QCF has partnered with The Trevor Project to launch The Good Fruit Project, a comprehensive educational resource that presents a faith and researched-based case against LGBTQ+ change efforts.

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Transmission Ministry Collective is an online community dedicated to the spiritual care, faith formation, and leadership potential of transgender, nonbinary, genderqueer, and gender-expansive Christians. If you are looking for support or are in need of virtual community you will be able to find that through TMC’s text-based chat servers, video-based support groups, as well as their online Bible studies.

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The Reformation Project is a Bible-based, Christian organization that works to promote inclusion of LGBTQ people by reforming church teaching on sexual orientation and gender identity through national conferences, local chapters, and digital resources.

Support for Conversion Therapy Survivors

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Conversion Therapy Survivors is an online group of people who have experienced reparative therapy, ‘ex-gay’ ministries, sexual orientation change efforts (SOCE), aversion therapy, and other methods to understand or change our sexual orientation or gender identity. CTS exists to affirm our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer identity as psychologically, spiritually, and relationally whole.

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Beyond Ex-Gay is an affirming online community and resource for those of us who have survived ex-gay experiences.

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The Naming Project is a Christian ministry serving youth of all sexual and gender identities. They provide a safe place for youth who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning or allied to learn, grow, and share their experiences. The Naming Project is a space in which youth can comfortably discuss faith and who they understand themselves to be and how they relate to God and the rest of the world.