to help your family understand
that you may be lesbian or bisexual
Books to help your parents, family, and friends
understand about being lesbian, gay or bi
Organizations that fight for our LGBT Rights
Online support for lesbians of domestic partner
Where to go for help if youve been
Religious Issues and GLBT
Internet info, hosting, and searching
for Lesbians and Bi women
Lesbian friendly places to buy art, books,
and do other stuff
How to find other lesbians with similar interests
Reference Books used for
How To Be A Happy Lesbian: A
Coming Out Guide
LGBT Internet Articles
your family understand that you may be lesbian or bisexual:
Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)
1726 M Street, NW, Suite
400, Washington, DC 20036, 202/467-8180
PFLAG'S easy-to-use website has lots
of information and lists local chapters by state:
With 488 chapters reaching over 80,000 households,
Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) helps gay, lesbian,
bisexual, and transgendered (GLBT) people, their families and friends, through
support, education, and advocacy. PFLAG's line of publications addresses a variety
of support and educational issues for both GLBT people and allies. Their publications
help prepare family and friends for the challenges of supporting GLBT loved ones.
PFLAG's mission promotes the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and
transgendered persons, their families and friends through: support, to cope with
an adverse society; education, to enlighten an ill-informed public; and advocacy,
to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights. PFLAG provides opportunity
for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity, and acts to create
a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity.
to help your parents, family, and friends:
Acceptance: Parents of Lesbians and Gays Talk About Their Experiences
by Carolyn Welch Griffin, Marian J. Wirth, Arthur G. Wirth, Brian McNaught, December
1997, St. Martin's Press; ISBN: 0312167814.
Parents, Gay Children: Inspiring Families to Live Honestly and With Greater Understanding
by Robert A. Bernstein, May 1999, Thunder's Mouth Press; ISBN: 1560252294
Out As Parents: You and Your Homosexual Child
by David K. Switzer,
September 1996, Westminster John Knox Press; ISBN: 0664256368
Child Is Gay: How Parents React When They Hear the News
by Bryce McDougall
(Editor), October 1998, Allen & Unwin; ISBN: 1864486589
It a Choice?: Answers to 300 of the Most Frequently Asked Questions About Gay
and Lesbian People
by Eric Marcus, June 1999, Harper San Francisco;
Yourself: How to Come Out As Lesbian or Gay to Your Family, Friends, and Coworkers
by Michelangelo Signorile, June 1996, Fireside; ISBN: 0684826178
New Coming Out Support Package
that fight for our rights:
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is our nation's guardian of liberty,
working daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the
individual rights and liberties guaranteed to all people in this country by the
Constitution and laws of the United States. Since our founding in 1920, the nonprofit,
nonpartisan ACLU has grown from a roomful of civil liberties activists to an organization
of nearly 300,000 members and supporters, with offices in almost every state.
GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation)
Atlanta, 159 Ralph McGill Blvd., Ste. 506, Atlanta, GA 30308, 404-614-3700
GLAAD Kansas City, 1509 Westport Road, Kansas City, MO 64111, 816-756-5991
GLAAD Los Angeles, 5455 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1500, Los Angeles, CA 90036, 323-933-2240
GLAAD New York, 248 West 35th St., 8th Floor, New York, NY 10001, 212-629-3322
GLAAD San Francisco, 1360 Mission St., Suite 200, San Francisco, CA 94103, 415-861-2244
GLAAD Washington, DC, 1700 Kalorama Road, NW, Washington, DC 20009, 202-986-1360
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) is dedicated to promoting
and ensuring fair, accurate, and inclusive representation of individuals and events
in all media as a means of eliminating homophobia and discrimination based on
gender identity and sexual orientation.
GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian and Straight
121 West 27th St., #804, New York, NY 10001-6207
GLSEN is the leading national organization fighting to end anti-gay bias
in K-12 schools.
Hate-Crime Network - a project of LAMBDA GLBT
The National Hate Crimes Hotline, 800-686-HATE
The Hate Crime Network (HCN) was created by a team of experienced hate crime victim
advocates who know the importance of hate crime laws, recovery services, and improved
police response. But they also know that for the thousands of Americans affected
by hate crimes each year, none of that matters if they can't tell anyone what
happened. Survivors of bias incidents often say that they fear reporting to the
police or that they simply don't know where to turn for help. The national Hate
Crime Network (HCN) gives hate crime victims a chance to tell someone what happened
to them. And it gives all of us the opportunity to tell hate crime victims that
they are not alone.
LAMBDA GLBT Community Services
31321, El Paso, TX 79931-0321, 208-246-2292
Nonprofit, gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender agency dedicated to reducing
homophobia, inequality, hate crimes, and discrimination by encouraging self-acceptance,
cooperation, and nonviolence. Also has a special youth outreach section.
National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR)
870 Market St., Ste.
570, San Francisco, CA 94102, 415.392.6257
NCLR is a national legal resource center with a primary commitment to advancing
the rights and safety of lesbians and their families through a program of litigation,
public policy advocacy, free legal advice and counseling, and public education.
In addition, NCLR provides representation and resources to gay men, and bisexual
and transgender individuals on key issues that also significantly advance lesbian
National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association
1420 K Street, NW, Suite 910, Washington, DC 2000, 202-588-9888
A professional organization for gay and lesbian media employees.
Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF)
1700 Kalorama Road NW. Washington,
DC 20009-2624, 202-332-6483
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force works to eliminate prejudice, violence,
and injustice against gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people at the local,
state, and national level. As part of a broader social justice movement for freedom,
justice, and equality, NGLTF is creating a world that respects and celebrates
the diversity of human expression and identity where all people may fully participate
Political Research Associates
Suite 201, Somerville, MA 0214, 617-666-5300
Monitors right-wing groups, with extensive research on homophobic movements.
support for lesbians of domestic partner abuse; childhood psychological, physical
or sexual abuse; rape and hate crimes:
We support lesbians who were abused (psychological, physical or sexual) in their
childhoods, who were raped, who were victims of hate crimes or of domestic violence.
This site was created so that we could share our experiences, grief, hopes, struggles
and dreams. We wanted to create a space where women could be themselves without
the fear of being judged because of sexual orientation issues. We hope that we
can provide you with a safe place to finally be able to be completely yourself.
Breaking The Silence
Open to everyone; age, gender, background irrelevant. Survivors of sexual and
gender violence, rape, sexual abuse, harassment; FGM; and G/L/B/T hate crimes.
Most are against women by men, but we don't seek to exclude male survivors or
victims of female assailants. Sites in the webring are by or about survivors and
most include resources or inspiration in coping with surviving. Our motto is:
Work for survival, and refuse to keep the secrets of the crimes we have
suffered. By sharing our pain, we are sharing our strengths.
to go for help if youve been sexually abused:
Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN)
635-B Pennsylvania Ave.
S.E. Washington, DC 20003, 1-800-656-4673
RAINN is a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C., that operates America's
only national hotline for survivors of sexual assault. The hotline offers free,
confidential counseling and support from anywhere in the country. You can call
the RAINN hotline 24 hours a day at 1-800-656-HOPE, or you can locate a crisis
center near you by using their search function on their website. RAINN is provided
as a service for survivors who cannot reach a rape crisis center through a local
call, as well as those who might not know that a local center exists. Currently,
the majority of the country is a toll call away from a rape crisis center. Many
of these long distance callers are being abused by someone in their own household
and thus can't utilize a service that will appear on a phone bill. Since RAINN
was founded in 1994, survivors nationwide finally have access to free, confidential
counseling all day, every day.
Issues and GLBT People:
Cathedral of Hope Homosexuality and Christianity
Gay Church is a web site dedicated to ministering to the gay and lesbian Christian
community (GLBT) and friends of our community. We feature one of the largest gay
and lesbian welcoming Christian church directories and bulletin boards in the
world. Network with other gay and lesbian Christians.
Provides general information on a variety of communities of faith
and their stance on GLBT people. They have a list of updated religious organizations
with an overview of their positions on GLBT people that is very helpful including:
African Methodist Episcopal Church, Church of God in Christ, Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter-day Saints (Mormons), Episcopal Church, Evangelical Lutheran Church
in America, Islam, Judaism, Metropolitan Community Churches, National Baptist
Convention USA Inc., Presbyterian Church (USA), Religious Society of Friends (Quakers),
Roman Catholic Church, Seventh-day Adventist Church , Southern Baptist Convention,
Unitarian Universalist Association, United Church of Christ, United Methodist
Church. You can also browse their list of GLBT-affirming organizations serving
people of faith. Many of these organizations maintain directories on their respective
websites that you may use to gather local contact information.
Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC)
Metropolitan Community Churches
8704 Santa Monica Blvd. 2nd Floor, West Hollywood, CA 90069-4548
MCC Congregations in the United States
The Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan
Community Churches is the largest Christian organization dedicated to outreach
to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people although heterosexual
members are also welcome. MCC has 23,000 members, according to the most recent
count from the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies.
The National Jewish Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity:
A national interfaith movement committed to ending spiritual violence
perpetuated by religious policies against gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender
friendly places to buy art, magnets, books,
videos, DVDs, music, toys, and
do other stuff:
The Original Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Information Resource since
1973. The Gayellow Pages is a great directory of organizations, businesses, &
resources for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community in the USA
& Canada. The Original Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Information
Resource since 1973.
Art, Magnets, Books, Videos & DVDs, and music
posters and magnets
Our Own Lesbian Art Store
Lesbian Posters and
Fantasy Women Posters
and Art Prints
Own Online Bookstore
Our New Coming Out Support Package
on Coming Out as a Lesbian or Bisexual
Books on Lesbian Partnerships, Marriage,
Books on Lesbian Sex and Sexuality Books,
Lesbian Sex Stories,
Books on Lesbian Parenting,
Lesbian and Gay Kids, Lesbian
TLA Entertainment Group, 234 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106,
South Street-Society Hill, 517 S. 4th Street, Philadelphia,
PA 19147, 215-922-3838
Chestnut Hill, 7630 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia
PA 19118, 215-248-4448
RittenhouseSquare, 1520 Locust Street, Philadelphia,
PA 19102, 215-735-7887
Bryn Mawr, 763 Lancaster Avenue, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010,
Art Museum, 1808 Spring, Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130,
West Village, Manhattan, 52-54 West 8th Street, New York, NY
safer sex items, and other stuff for us
Our Own Lebian Sex Tips Toy Store
Amazing Dreams Publishing proudly presents the sister store for both our Coming
Out and Lesbian Sex Tips guides. We have over 1,000 of the best sensual toys,
hand-picked by and for lesbians and bisexual women. Our store has secure online
shopping, fast delivery, discreet packaging, and no embarrassing visits to your
local male-owned toy store. Use our Advanced Search Function to find the perfect
birthday or an anniversary gift, or maybe you need to treat yourself to something
special. From multifunctional vibrators, to pillows with secret compartments for
your toys, we have the best selection for women on the web. Visit our Lesbian
Sex Tips Toy Store, and spice up your sensual life today!
info, hosting, Website Design
and searching for Lesbians and Bi women:
Friendly Graphic and Website Design
Located in Asheville, NC, AD Graphic Design specializes in website design with
Search Engine Optimization; flyer, ad and postcard design; total book and catalog
layout, including covers and interior design. We built this site : ).
Friendly Web Hosting
Looking for a great place to get low-cost affordable web hosting? At kryss.com,
we aim for 100% Customer Satisfaction. We have lightning fast, reliable servers,
connections, service, and support. We are also well-known for including more features
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Check out our Hosting Comparison page to see why you should choose kryss.com as
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the Queer Internet:
Some of these sites contain adult content. They are listed here because most have
resources for our community that other search engines do not featue.
to find other lesbians with similar interests:
Amazing Dreams Publishing Lesbian/Bi Women Networking Groups
LESBIAN NETWORK is our new free networking service for Lesbians, Bisexual, and
Bi-Curious Adult Women. All such women aged 18 to 118 are welcomed free. We are
setting up lesbian/bi networking groups for every state in the US, and many English
speaking countries. These free groups are for women to find a supportive community
in their own areas, a thing we all desperately need in the finger-pointing, prejudiced
times we are going through now. Join us for fun and friendship. Chat with other
women locally and worldwide. Make new friends on and off-line. Meet new visitors
to your home area. Why pay a dating service or purchase expensive Personal ads
to find friends when you can join us free? Please tell other like-minded women
about our network and encourage them to join our State or our Country Groups.
Dreams Publishing Lesbian Dating Advice
Great tips and advice especially for online dating. Also links to online lesbian
dating services that women in our coming out group have had success with.
Never Never Land...
Never Never Land is a virtual lesbian community.
Aside from the chat room which is the heart of NeverLand we also offer a message
board, profiles, lesbian poetry, E-cards and a women's resources area, not to
mention "Lady Bane's Guide to Chat Room Lingo" for those who are unfamiliar
with chat room acronyms. Never Never Land is all about fun, support, and friends.
Books used for "How To Be A Happy Lesbian: A Coming Out Guide"
Bagemihl, Bruce, Biological
Exuberance: Animal Homosexuality and Natural Diversity,
St Martin's Press, 1999.
Bass, Ellen; Davis, Laura, The
Courage to Heal, A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse, New
York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1988.
Courage to Heal Workbook, For Women and Men Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse,
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1990.
Unions in Premodern Europe, New York: Villiard Books, a division of Random
House Inc., 1994.
Bradshaw, John, Home
Coming, Reclaiming and Championing Your Inner Child, New York: Bantam
Brown, Mildred L.; Rounseley, Chloe Ann, True
Selves : Understanding Transsexualism-For Families, Friends, Coworkers, and Helping
Professionals, San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers, 1996.
Me, Your Life is Waiting: The Astonishing Power of Feelings, Virginia:
Hampton Roads Publishing Company Inc., 2000.
Koop, C. Everett, M.D.,
Dr. Koops Self-Care Advisor, California: Time Life Medical, The Health Publishing
Komaroff, Anthony L., M.D., Harvard
Medical School Family Health Guide, New York:
Simon & Schuster,
Masters, William H.; Johnson, Virginia E.; Kolodny, Robert C.,
Human Sexuality 4th Edition, New York: Harper Collins, 1992.
of the Past, Gay and Lesbian History from 1869 to Present, New York:
Vintage Books, Division of Random House Books, 1995.
in the Dark: An Encyclopedia of Gays and Lesbians in Film and Video, New
York: Penguin Press, 1996.
Bleiler, David (Editor), TLA
Film, Video, and DVD Guide 2002-2003: The Discerning Film Lover's Guide,
New York: Griffin Trade Paperback, St. Martin's Press, 2001.
Gay 100, A Ranking of the Most Influential Gay Men and Lesbians, Past and Present,
New Jersey: Citadel Press Book, published by Carol Publishing Group Edition, 1995.
Sisley, Emily L., M.D.; Harris, Bertha, The
Joy of Lesbian Sex, New York:
Simon & Schuster, 1977.
Stone, Merlin, When
God Was a Woman, New York: Harcourt, 1978.
West, Celeste, A
Lesbian Love Advisor, Pennsylvania: Cleis Press, 1989.
Ruth, M.D., Sex
for Dummies, California: Hungry Minds, Inc., 2000.
Can Animals Be Gay? New Book Stirs Debate
By Steve Grant
Posted by USA on March 24, 1999
March 23, 1999
285 Broad St., Hartford, CT, 06115
From New Scientist, August 7, 1999
Just the Facts About Sexual Orientation & Youth:
A Primer for
Principals, Educators & School Personnel
GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian and Straight
Symbols of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Movements
Featured on the Lambda.org website
Charles Edward Riffenburg IV, Copyright
Understanding the Gay Agenda
Viewer's Notes and Historical Comments
About Anti-Gay Propaganda
by Brad L. Graham, Copyright 1993
Rights Education Project (PREP), St. Louis, Missouri
Summary of States, Cities, and Counties Which Prohibit Discrimination
Based on Sexual Orientation
Lambda Legal Defense and Educational Fund
Copyright 1999, Lambda Legal Defense and Educational Fund
Online Exhibition Do you remember when?
Holocaust Memorial Museum
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