Houston’s LGBTQ community strives to empower its neighbors through education, counseling and volunteerism – providing a network of support that promotes a healthy and happy lifestyle. Learn about getting involved with Houston’s LGBTQ community with some of these organizations or take advantage of their many services. Houston’s LGBTQ community is strong. Be a part of the cause – or just have a good time.
AIDS Foundation Houston
AIDS Foundation Houston Inc. is a nonprofit founded in 1982 as Texas’ first organization dedicated to HIV prevention education and services. The group’s mission is to create positive social impact through the innovative management of HIV/AIDS and other chronic diseases. 3202 Weslayan St. Houston, TX 77027 Phone: 713-623-6796 Website: aidshelp.org
Bering Omega provides compassionate health care and social services to people living with HIV/AIDS and those affected by the disease. Houston, TX 77006 Phone: 713-529-6071 Website: beringomega.org
Social and support group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender parents, their partners and kids, and parents in planning. PO Box 7462 The Woodlands, TX 77387 Website: hglp.org
Houston Area Teen Coalition of Homosexuals
H.A.T.C.H. provides a safe, social environment for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning [GLBTQ] youth, offers role models and peer support, and sponsors educational and community outreach opportunities to empower GLBTQ youth to become positive contributors to society. H.A.T.C.H. provides a safe, social environment for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning [GLBTQ] youth, and their allies, offers role models and peer support, and sponsors educational and community outreach opportunities to empower GLBTQ youth to become positive contributors to society. Here’s their website.
Healing Out Loud
Healing Out Loud is committed to developing educational and counseling programs for everyone from young ones to adults. We are bringing a message of hope: hope for GLBT individuals that their families may still come around, and hope for families who are struggling to accept what is true for their GLBT family member that they are not alone. Nobody should have to suffer hatred simply for being born. That’s what we are here to change. Visit their website
Legacy Community Health Center
Legacy Community Health is a full-service health care facility providing comprehensive, primary care services to all Houstonians in a culturally sensitive, judgment-free and confidential environment. Legacy has specialized in HIV/AIDS testing, education, treatment and social services since the early 1980s. The center also provide care for other chronic health conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure. Each year Legacy serves more than 20,000 men, women and children. 215 Westheimer Blvd. Houston, TX 77006 Phone: 713-830-3000 Website: legacycommunityhealth.org
Lesbian Health Initiative
There is an ever increasing need for health services for those without health insurance in the Houston Metropolitan area. LHI is an all volunteer organization focused on bringing much needed health services at no cost to these LGBT women. These services include free mammograms and some follow-up diagnostic care if needed, free individual blood tests, oral cancer screening, and more, along with a diverse array of health education materials. LHI offer these services at local Health Fairs held on the first Saturday of June and November respectively. LHI is present and active at the Houston Women’s Festival, the Pride Parade, the HGLCC’s Unity Expo 2006, and other community events. LHI also hosts a Celebration of Love Gala each February featuring a Dinner/Dance with Entertainment by a noted lesbian entertainer. LHI publishes and mails a 16-page health focused newsletter three times a year.LHI needs volunteers to assist them in making these services and activities happen. They meet at 6:45pm the first Tuesday of the month in room 100 of the Montrose Counseling Center, 401 Branard. You can email LHI (put “LHI help inquiry” in the subject box) or call 713-426-3356 to leave a message and they will return your call. Or, your can visit their web site.
The Montrose Center provides culturally affirming and affordable behavioral health and prevention services to the GLBT community and their families. 401 Branard St., 2nd Floor Houston, TX 77006 Phone: 713-529-0037 Website: montrosecenter.org
OLOC (Old Lesbians Organizing for Change)
OLOC is a national organization, comprised of mostly retired college professors, doctors, mid-management people, and political activists. They are a national network of old lesbians over age 60 working to confront ageism in our communities and our country, using education and public discourse as our primary tools. You can find out more about OLOC by visiting their website.
The local chapter of this national organization is committed to helping families understand and accept their gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual family members. Phone: (713) 46P-FLAG (467-3524) Join PFLAG.
Pride Houston Inc.
For over 30 years, Pride Houston Inc. has worked at the heart of the local LGBT community to educate and celebrate the diversity within our city’s large population. Every year, Pride Houston works hard with national sponsors and local volunteers to organize and produce a series of events that cater to and promote Houston’s ever-growing LGBT community. The Houston Pride Festival and Pride Parade are at the center of the celebration and are attended by over 200,000 people annually from all over the world. To get involved or find out more visit the organization’s website. P.O. Box 66071 Houston, TX 77266-6071 Phone: (713) 529-6979
Transgender Foundation of America and Transgender Center
The Transgender Foundation of America (TFA) is committed to advancing the quality of life for transgender people. Pursuant to this mission, TFA has created what’s become known as the Transgender Center in Montrose. 604 Pacific St. Houston, TX 77006 Website: tgctr.org
Seniors Preparing for Rainbow Years
Seniors Preparing for Rainbow Years (SPRY) is an organization that helps LGBT seniors who may be experiencing some difficulty as they age. SPRY strives to shine a light on the lives of these seniors, enabling them to get the help they need. 401 Branard St. Houston, TX 77006 Website: spryhouston.org