RESOURCES FOR LGBTQIA2S+ BLACK FAMILIES

growURpotential is proud to be a collaborator with L.A. County Department of Mental Health, The AMAAD Institute, ProjectQ Salon and Community Center, and Revolutionary Angels Productions. This collective stands within the Healing Justice movement in support of LGBTQIA2S+ Black Family Unity. This collective will host conversations, process groups, healing circles, and community gatherings that encourage utilization of mental health resources and skill sharing for connecting to self and others.

Hotlines for Crisis and Support 

Trans Lifeline is a hotline for trans people staffed by trans people, who also support friends, partners, family members and professionals supporting trans loved ones may dial 1-877-565-8860.
 

BlackLine is a hotline for LGBTQ+ BIPOC peer support, counseling, witnessing, and affirming that offers Text or Calls to 1-800-604-5841 during posted hours of operation.
 

Crisis Text Line offers support 24/7 when you text HOME to 741741 to connect with a Crisis
 

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Hotline 1.800.821.4357

National Runaway Safeline 1.800.786.2929

LGBT National Help Center offers a Youth Talk Line at 800-246-7743 and an Elders Talk Line at 888-234-7243 but all ages are also welcome to dial the main hotline at 1-800-246-7743 for peer-counseling and local resources.
 

Trevor Project Suicide Prevention Hotline provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention support to LGBTQ youth (ages 13-24) who dial 1-866-488-7386.

National Domestic Violence Hotline provides teen and young adult relationship crisis support to folx who dial 1-800-799-7233

Scholarships and Financial Support for Mental Health Care

The AMAAD Institute offers FREE therapy services to LGBTQ Youth 18+, contact lanelle@amaad.org or eric@amaad.org for more information or to schedule an appointment.

ProjectQ Community Center provides LGBTQIA+ youth with housing insecurities FREE mentorship, mental health services, classes, and workshops, along with free gender-affirming haircuts, clothing, food, and hygiene items, email admin@projectq.me

The National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network (NQTTCN) hosts The Mental Health Fund (MHF) for Queer and Trans Black, Indigenous, and People of Color since 2017, applications are sometimes paused so check back often.

Loveland Foundation Therapy Fund works to make mental health care more accessible for Black women and girls through multiple avenues including direct grants on a quarterly basis, applications are sometimes paused so check back often.

Free Food
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Comida Gratis

Los Angeles Community Fridges is a network of decentralized, independent refrigerators and pantries that provide food and vital supplies to our communities through mutual aid. "We believe a community knows what’s best for themselves."

LACF stands for: 

  • Mutual Aid — This entails people supporting people horizontally, a reciprocal exchange. 

  • Community — The individuals stocking and cleaning the fridge are using it as well

  • Creating Connection — We’ll always connect with other community members nearby who want to support local efforts, and will connect each location with the rest of the LACF network, if desired. 

  • Sharing Resources — We are learning as we grow, and are dedicated to sharing resources, frameworks and advice about what has worked or not worked for existing fridges

  • Open Communication — We want to hear from people who are using the fridges; this includes criticisms and suggestions for improvement

Youth Housing Crisis Support in Los Angeles, California

The House of Resiliency is the AMAAD Institute's Transitional Residential Living Community in South Los Angeles intended to be especially welcoming to young gay-identified men who need a temporary residence in a structured, sober living facility.

ProjectQ Community Center provides LGBTQIA+ youth with housing insecurities FREE mentorship, mental health services, classes, and workshops, along with free gender-affirming haircuts, clothing, food, and hygiene items, email admin@projectq.me

The LA LGBT Center offers transitional residence in the heart of Hollywood for LGBT youth who don’t have a home

Black History Resources

Association of African American Museums (AAAM) Oral History Collection explores the work of leaders in the field of Black Museums. How we tell our history matters, and the strategy for how we reshape narratives belongs to leaders we must know, trust, and support to impact historical bias.

With Pride: Uplifting LGBTQ History is a special section of BlackPast.org, presenting the history of people of African descent who are also Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, and Queer (LGBTQ). The collection highlights contributions made to both African American history and American history culture.

Justice Organizing
Topics and Voices

Abolition 

Abolitionists envision a world without police or prisons, were alternative approaches to address harm manifest as open hearted compliance and cooperation between citizens. Beyond Punishment: The Movement for Transformative Justice is a powerful podcast by Rustbelt Abolition Radio, hosting Mia Mingus of Bay Area Transformative Justice Collective, Claudia Garcia-Rojas of The Chicago Taskforce on Violence Against Girls & Young Women, and Maya Schenwar of Truthout.

Black Lives Matter

What is the future for the Black Lives Matter movement? This conversation with Patrisse Cullors in 2021 covers the history of BLM as a global organization and movement. Cullors explains the grass roots activism and training that prepared the trio to be capable activists. Cullors confirms that BLM is a continuation of the Civil Rights Movement that has persisted to liberate perceptions of blackness, queerness, and civic equity.

Black Lives Matter: No More Happy Talk is a powerful conversation hosted on August 19, 2020, paneled by LaDoris Hazzard Cordell, retired judge of the Superior Court of California and former Independent Police Auditor, Robert Luckett, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History and Director of the Margaret Walker Center for the Study of the African American Experience at Jackson State University, and

 

Gender Justice

Ending the War on Black Trans People is a conversation hosted by The Movement for Black Lives, moderated by M Adams of Freedom, Inc., joined by Ash Stephens of Transgender Law Center, Toni-Michelle Williams of Solutions Not Punishment Collaborative (SNaP Co), Janetta Johnson of TGI Justice Project, Ola Osaze of Black LGBTQ+ Migrant Project, and Sean Saifa of Wall of Intersex Justice Project. The panel discussion is a resource for activist mindset and a notable dialogue source for community investments.

 

Black trans women and gender nonconforming people in particular experience some of the highest levels of killings, violence, poverty, policing, criminalization, and incarceration of any group in the U.S. We uplift this cry for civil protection by The Movement for Black Lives and we stand in solidarity with the resolve to expand access to employment, healthcare, housing, and education for Black trans, intersex, queer, and gender nonconforming (LGBTQ+) people.

 

Healing Justice

Healing Justice Is How We Can Sustain Black Lives by Prentis Hemphill, Director of Healing Justice at Black Lives Matter, is a brief explanation that encourages real investments in transforming ourselves, our ways of relating to others, and how these personal investments shape our impact in this civil rights movement. “Healing justice is active intervention in which we transform the lived experience of Blackness in our world.” Hemphill uplifts that Healing Justice as envisioned by Cara Page and Kindred Southern creates a path for us to holistically respond to generational trauma and violence by paying attention first to our own bodies, hearts and minds.

Disability Justice

Let's Talk: Ableism provides a brief rationale for accountability partnerships by Meshea L. Poore, Esq., a long-time champion of underrepresented people, serves as vice president and chief diversity officer for the West Virginia University Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Keri Gray, founder and CEO of the Keri Gray Group, is a leader in mentorship for young professionals, businesses, and organizations on issues centering disability, race, gender, and intersectionality. In the PSA: Intersectionality & Disability, Keri illustrates how the framework of intersectionality is essential to true inclusion

Somatic Abolitionism

Somatic Abolitionism is a practice that requires discernment, self and communal discipline, and racial literacy centered in humility. This practice is best nurtured in community to condition our bodies and minds for difficult conversations about race. Resmaa Menakem explains Cultural Somatics in a Free eCourse and in his book My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies.

Many in Somatic Abolitionism believe that self-awareness triggers elevated life satisfaction. One such activist, Adrienne Marie Brown, explains "how" in her book Pleasure activism: The politics of feeling good. It is vital to activism that we understand healing and happiness, that we abolish myths that keep us separated from each other. Brown challenges us to rethink how we care for self as we care for others and she fortifies her perspectives by uplifting insights from other feminist thinkers, including Audre Lorde, Joan Morgan, Cara Page, Sonya Renee Taylor, and Alexis Pauline Gumbs.

Transformative Justice

Transformative justice is the methods people use to uproot injustice patterns in communities according to Adrienne Maree Brown, author of Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good. Brown is also an editor for OCTAVIA’S Brood: Science Fiction Stories From Social Justice Movements, a collection of short stories written by organizers, activists, and changemakers. In an interview: The Fictions and Futures of Transformative Justice, Brown and colleges provide a useful explanation of Transformative Justice.

Unconscious Bias Training

Chris Bridges, an attorney and implicit bias expert through Equal Justice Society, appeared as an expert guest for CNN's Unconscious Bias: Facing the Realities of Racism series. Bridges speaks to the impact of implicit biases in workplaces, schools and communities. In a different episode of the same CNN series, Dr. David Pilgrim, curator of Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia: Using Objects of Intolerance to Teach Tolerance and Promote Social Justice, explains the impact of advertising on Black perception across American history.

Have you heard the term “implicit bias” but not sure what it means?  University of California Los Angeles, Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion is invested in raising awareness and they invite the community at large to lean in. Implicit Bias Video Series and self-tests are intended for public use and can easily resource community conversations.

LGBT-BIPOC Affirming Mental Health Care Providers

The AMAAD Institute offers therapy services that are safe and fair, with the goal to provide the tools needed to sustain a healthy thriving life. Email lanelle@amaad.org to schedule an appointment.

ProjectQ Community Center provides LGBTQIA+ youth with housing insecurities FREE mentorship, mental health services, workshops, gender-affirming haircuts, clothing, food, and hygiene items, email admin@projectq.me

GROWURPOTENTIAL.org is a clinical training site for restorative clinical care that serves the community in non-mandated ways, including support groups and therapy for individuals, families, youth, and couples.

The National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network (NQTTCN) is a healing justice organization committed to transforming mental health for queer and trans people of color (QTPOC).

 

The ACCESS Center is LACDMH’s Help Line, with 24/7 support for mental health care in Los Angeles County including deployment of crisis evaluation teams and referrals to psychiatric care, interpreter services, and emergency transport.

 

Open Paths is a clinical training site that is proud to offer compassionate, culturally-affirming, trauma-informed psychotherapy to Angelenos who continually face these three barriers to therapy. 

 

The Healing Space is a clinical training site that provides psychological services to the Black community, by mental health professionals that understand the true nature of racism and the unique resilience of our community.

Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective (BEAM) is a collective of advocates, teachers, artists, therapists, lawyers, religious leaders, psychologists and activists committed to the emotional health and healing of Black communities.

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

Healing Justice Santa Barbara aspires to uplift Black/African-Americans, to affirm that they are deserving of safety, love, equity, respect, and joy by supporting mental health care and community resource navigation.

Therapy for Black Men disrupts stigma and provides a dedicated space for Black men and boys to seek support for mental health care by multiculturally-competent providers who care about Black men.

Therapy for Black Girls is an online space committed to the mental wellness of Black women and girls. Its provider directory lists in-person and virtual therapists by location.