There are many excellent resources on the Internet that aim to foster positive experiences for the LGBT community. From trip planners providing safe and accepting destinations/accommodations to support resources for family and friends, these online resources promote the treatment of equality and acceptance for the LGBT community.
- IGLTA (http://www.iglta.org): The International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association is the world’s leading global travel network dedicated to connecting and educating LGBT travelers and the businesses that welcome and support them along the way.
- Damron (http://damron.com): “The First Name and Last Word in Lesbian and Gay Travel,” Damron is a resource for planning gay and lesbian oriented trips around the world. They also sell guidebooks that compile useful information focused on gay friendly places and activities, such as Damron Women’s Traveller 2013 and Men’s Travel Guide 2013.
- Purple Roofs (http://www.purpleroofs.com): A resource full of gay travel deals and specials, they list thousands of gay and lesbian owned and friendly accommodations around the world.
- GayTravel.com (http://www.gaytravel.com): Gaytravel.com is a great travel planning website that provides gay friendly locations throughout the world and suggestions for activities, places to visit, and tips on the areas.
- GayCities.com (http://www.gaycities.com): Outlines gay friendly bars, hotels, restaurants, and events to attend when traveling. Broken up into major cities, this is an up-to-date resource for the gay and lesbian community.
Nightlife, Events & Entertainment
- EDGE Boston (http://www.edgeboston.com): EDGE is the largest network of local Lesbian, Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) news and entertainment portals in the world, serving 1.1 million dedicated readers from a variety of metropolitan areas around the United States and beyond.
- Boston Nightclub News (http://www.bostonnightclubnews.com/gayboston/index.html): Includes many different LGBT spots and events being help throughout Boston.
- Boston Spirit Magazine (http://www.bostonspiritmagazine.com): Boston Spirit magazine, launched in 2005, is the Premier LGBT publication in the Massachusetts and New England area.
- LesbianNightLife Boston (http://boston.lesbiannightlife.com): This site acts as a guide to all the best local lesbian bars, clubs, events, and parties in Boston.
- Boston PRIDE (http://www.bostonpride.org): Working to enhance the visibility of Boston’s LGBT community through a week of events each June, in conjunction with year round activities, to promote LGBT awareness, dignity, and understanding.
- BAGLY (http://www.bagly.org): Boston’s alliance of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender youth focused on creating safe, healthy, and respectful environments.
- The Friends of GLBT Youth (http://www.friendsofglbtyouth.org): Non-profit organization that supports LGBT youth. Supplies event information, headlines, and blogs for LGBT youth to utilize.
- Mass. Commission on LGBT Youth (http://www.mass.gov/cgly): This site contains news, events, and resources focused on Massachusetts’ LGBT youth.
- It Gets Better Project (http://www.itgetsbetter.org): The It Gets Better Project creates a hopeful and accepting environment for LGBT youth and provides resources that can assist troubled youth to make the changes to make it better for them.
- The GLBT Youth Support Project + OutHealth (http://healthimperatives.org/glys/home): Our mission is to ensure safe and supportive communities for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning (GLBTQ) youth, adults, and their families.
- Gay-Straight Alliance Network (http://www.gsanetwork.org): Gay-Straight Alliance Network is a national youth leadership organization that connects school-based Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) to each other and community resources through peer support, leadership development, and training.
- StopBullying.gov (http://www.stopbullying.gov/at-risk/groups/lgbt/index.html): StopBullying.gov provides information from various government agencies on what bullying is, what cyberbullying is, who is at risk, and how you can prevent and respond to bullying.
- Desert Hope Treatment (http://deserthopetreatment.com/drug-abuse/lgbt-community/) : This page summarizes available governmental, organizational and other resources and makes them easily accessible to those searching for assistance. It includes 36 citations of the latest research studies and external resources for individuals seeking LGBT-specific mental health and addiction help.
- GLAD (http://www.glad.org): Founded in 1978, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) is New England’s leading legal rights organization dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation, HIV status and gender identity and expression.
- LGBTsupports (http://www.lgbtsupports.org): This is a support page with content about discrimination, family and youth resources, and more education on LGBT and the culture.
- GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network): (http://www.glsen.org): This website focuses on LGBT students in the educational environment. They offer resources to schools and community leaders to help diminish the harassment and stereotypes the students potentially face.
- MassEquality (http://www.massequality.org): MassEquality is the leading statewide grassroots advocacy organization working to ensure that everyone across Massachusetts can thrive from cradle to grave without discrimination and oppression based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.
Family and Friends
- Family Equality Council (http://www.familyequality.org): Family Equality Council connects, supports, and represents the three million parents who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender in this country and their six million children.
- PLFAG (http://www.pflag.org): PFLAG (PARENTS, FAMILIES AND FRIENDS OF LESBIANS AND GAYS) is a national non-profit organization with over 200,000 members and supporters and over 350 affiliates in the United States.
- Greater Boston PFLAG (http://www.gbpflag.org): Greater Boston PFLAG offers help for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBTQIA) youth, their families and communities around the topic of sexual orientation and gender identity.
- Fenway Health – LGBT Family & Parenting Services (http://www.fenwayhealth.org): Since 1983, Fenway Health has been an international pioneer in helping LGBT people claim their rights to parenthood.
- APA – Lesbian & Gay Parenting (http://www.apa.org/pi/lgbt/resources/parenting.aspx): The publication is provided for the use of clinicians, researchers, students, lawyers, and parents involved in legal and policy issues related to lesbian and gay parenting. Lesbian and Gay Parenting is the successor to Lesbian and Gay Parenting: A Resource for Psychologists (1995).
- Family Acceptance Project (http://familyproject.sfsu.edu/home): The Family Acceptance Project™ is the only community research, intervention, education and policy initiative that works to decrease major health and related risks for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth.
Health & Wellbeing
- National LGBT Health Education Center (http://www.lgbthealtheducation.org): The National LGBT Health Education Center provides educational programming and consultation for health care organizations throughout the nation and the world with the goal of eliminating health disparities among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people.
- National LGBT Cancer Network (http://www.cancer-network.org): The National LGBT Cancer Network works to improve the lives of LGBT cancer survivors and those at risk by: educating the LGBT community about our increased cancer risks and the importance of screening and early detection; training health care providers to offer more culturally-competent, safe and welcoming care; and advocating for LGBT survivors in mainstream cancer organizations, the media and research.
- Gay + Lesbian Medical Association, Cancer in Our Lives (http://www.glma.org): GLMA’s mission is to ensure equality in healthcare for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals and healthcare providers.
- National Coalition for LGBT Health (http://lgbthealth.webolutionary.com): The Coalition is committed to improving the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals through federal advocacy that is focused on research, policy, education, and training.
- The Network for LGBT Health Equality (https://lgbthealthequity.wordpress.com): The Network for LGBT Health Equity is a community-driven network of advocates and professionals looking to enhance LGBT health by eliminating tobacco use, and other health disparities within our communities.
- CDC – Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Health (http://www.cdc.gov/lgbthealth): These pages provide information and resources on some of the health issues and inequities affecting LGBT communities. Links to other information sources and resources are also provided.