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Q Chat Space provides online discussion groups for LGBTQ+ and questioning teens ages 13 to 19. It is not a forum. It is live and chat based; there is no video or audio. Everyone is chatting during the same pre-scheduled time.

Conversations are facilitated by experienced staff who work at LGBTQ+ centers around the United States. Q Chat Space facilitators are NOT mental health professionals. If you are in crisis or need help immediately, please use the resources available here.

Q Chat Space is a collaboration of the following organizations:

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CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers 

CenterLink develops strong, sustainable LGBTQ+ community centers and builds a thriving center network that creates healthy, vibrant communities.

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PFLAG 

PFLAG is the largest organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people, their parents and families, and allies. With over 400 chapters and 200,000 members and supporters, PFLAG is committed to creating a world where diversity is celebrated and all people are respected, valued, and affirmed. 

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Planned Parenthood Federation of America 

Planned Parenthood advocates for and delivers vital sexual and reproductive health care, sex education, and information to millions of people worldwide. Planned Parenthood’s doors are open to anyone regardless of gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation.

 


Your Facilitators

Q Chat Space live chats are facilitated by caring (and verified) facilitators! They are staff and volunteers from youth programs at LGBTQ+ centers across the United States. They are in the live chats to guide group conversations and help if anything comes up.

Check out the highlight on Instagram (@qchatspace) to meet some of our current facilitators.

Currently, our chats are facilitated by staff and volunteers from:

LGBTQ+ RESOURCES

  • Find an LGBTQ+ Center - Over 250 LGBTQ+ centers providing support to their local LGBTQ+ communities
  • Find a PFLAG Chapter - Support for LGBTQ+ individuals, families, and allies through 400 local chapters
  • Find a Planned Parenthood Health Center - Health centers are open to people of all gender identities/sexual orientations and offer STD testing, birth control, physical exams, other sexual and reproductive health services & referrals
  • imi guide - Digital tool built for and with LGBTQ+ teens to help you explore your identities & support your mental health

HOTLINES

Emergency: Call 911

MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES

Note: Q Chat Space cannot confirm that these organizations are LGBTQ+ friendly. Please do your own research and make sure to confirm with the contact person.

OTHER RESOURCES

  • Asexuality Visibility and Education Network - The world's largest online asexual community as well as a large archive of resources on asexuality
  • Bisexual Resource Center - The oldest nationally-focused bisexual organization in the U.S., the BRC raises awareness and builds bridges within the LGBT and ally communities, and fosters bi-supportive social and political space wherever it can
  • InterACT - Organization that advocates for the human rights of children born with intersex traits
  • Facts for Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Teens and Their Parents - From the American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Trevor Space - An affirming international community for LGBTQ+ youth ages 13-24
  • LGBTQ+ YouthHeLP - Sexual health information and resources specifically for LGBTQ+ youth
  • Outwords - Collects, archives, and shares the experience and wisdom of LGBTQ+ pioneers
  • Project Contrast - Project that shows LGBTQ+ youth that they are not alone
  • Q+EDU - A virtual experience designed to connect, inform, and empower youth, parents, and educators
  • Future Perfect Project - Free arts workshops for LGBTQIA+ youth & allies across the United States
  • Selfsea - Get personalized resources around your identities, mental health, sexual health, relationships, and beyond
  • Give Us The Floor - Provides LGBTQ+ teens in distress with peer-positive human connection by joining a teen-only supportive group chat and access other resources via an app

Support for Youth of Color

  • Rest for Resistance - Online healing space for trans & queer people of color, as well as other stigmatized groups such as sex workers, immigrants, persons with physical and/or mental disabilities, and those living at the intersections of all of the above
  • Black Trans Advocacy - Provides referrals, case management and direct services to black transgender individuals across US
  • Black LGBTQ+ Migrant Project (BLMP) - Supports Black LGBTQIA+ migrants through community-building, political education, creating access to direct services, and organizing across borders
  • NQAPIA - Federation of LGBTQ+ Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) organizations
  • WeRNative - Comprehensive health resource for Native youth, by Native youth
  • CAKE Society Co. -  BIPOC trans & gender expansive-led organization that offers a variety of health and wellness-related services to the trans and gender-expansive community

Support for Trans/Gender Non-Conforming Youth

Support with Religion/Spirituality

  • Keshet - Programs and events for LGBTQ+ and ally Jewish teens
  • Muslims for Progressive Values - Resources for LGBTQ+ Muslims
  • Queer Crescent - Organization that builds community, culture, safety, healing arts and justice with LGBTQI+ Muslims
  • Beloved Arise - Resources for youth of any faith background, centered on Christian traditions, teachings and practices
  • Q Christian Fellowship - Community groups, guides, and resources to cultivate radical belonging for LGBTQ+ Christians and allies
  • Dignity USA -  Chapter-based nonprofit organization that serves LGBT Catholics and their allies
  • GALVA-108 -  International organization for LGBT Hindus and Vaishnava
  • Sarbat - Volunteer-led group addressing LGBT+ issues from a Sikh perspective
  • HRC Religion & Faith Resources - Human Rights Campaign's extensive resource on faith and spirituality for LGBTQ+ people
  • Institute for Welcoming Resources - List of welcoming Christian congregations, both within the United States and internationally

Note: External organizations are not affiliated with Q Chat Space.

 

FAQs

What is Q Chat Space? What is it not?

Q Chat Space provides online discussion groups for LGBTQ+ teens ages 13 to 19. It is not a forum. It is live and chat based; there is no video or audio. Everyone is chatting during the same pre-scheduled time.

Conversations are facilitated by experienced staff who work at LGBTQ+ centers around the country. Q Chat Space facilitators are NOT mental health professionals. If you are in crisis or need help immediately, please use the resources available here.

People are using Q Chat Space to get support, make friends and build community in a safe environment. Q Chat Space is not a dating site. Please do not repeatedly talk to someone about romantic or sexual things when they have asked you to stop. Do not use sexually explicit or degrading words and phrases.

What will it be like when I join a chat?

A facilitator will greet you when you arrive in the chat. There will be some time to informally meet others who are joining the chat. After introductions and a review of the group agreements, there will be open discussion on a designated topic. You are free to share as much or as little as you like. At the end, there will be a closing and some time to chat more informally.

Check out this video to see what joining a group will be like.

Can I get text reminders? When are they sent? Are they private?

Yes, you can sign up for text reminders (English or Spanish) on the "Join an Upcoming Group" page. Text reminders are sent one day and one hour before the chat. You can unsubscribe from the text reminders anytime. 

There are 2 text message reminder options: Discreet or Detailed. Discreet text reminders are private, they do not include "Q Chat Space" or the name of the chat. They only say "Reminder: You have an online discussion in about 1 hour." or " Reminder: You have an online discussion in about 24 hours." Detailed text reminders will include "Q Chat Space", the name of the chat, and a link to Q Chat Space website.

Unfortunately, we can only send reminders to U.S. and Canada phones at the moment.

Who are the Q Chatters?

Q Chatters are teens who commit to joining at least one Q Chat Space chat a week for a year. Their role is to help create a positive and supportive Q Chat Space community by being friendly and active participants in the conversations. They also help make decisions and provide feedback to the supportive adults who run Q Chat Space. 

How can I share feedback?

If you have any feedback to share about another participant, a facilitator, a particular group, the website or chat platform, or anything else, contact us through this form.

What am I agreeing to in joining Q Chat Space chats?

We want people who use Q Chat Space to feel safe, get support, and make friends. In order to make sure that happens, we need to have clear and mutually agreed upon ways to interact with each other. We ask every person who joins groups on Q Chat Space to agree that they will:

  1. Respect other’s identities and pronouns.
  2. Keep confidentiality – what’s shared here, stays here.
  3. Be here for support and try to stay positive.
  4. Welcome new ideas and different perspectives.
  5. Own up to and forgive mistakes.

Both facilitators and participants in groups are responsible for keeping these agreements. They are also responsible for courteously helping others understand when they might be doing something that doesn’t follow the agreements. Everyone needs to work together to build a respectful and trusting community.

We also want to be clear that Q Chat Space is here to support you, but the facilitators are not acting as mental health professionals. And, while we won’t share the information you discuss in the group, there are a few exceptions to that. Q Chat Space facilitators may be required by state law to report information shared in the group if you share that you are being abused (physically, sexually, or emotionally) or that you want to hurt yourself or someone else. If you have questions about this, we are happy to explain the process and keep you informed as we make a report. Lastly, chats may be used for training, evaluation, or research, but your username or personal information will never be shared publicly.

How can I make sure I am safe and help create a safe space while using Q Chat Space?

We want everyone to feel and be safe in Q Chat Space. Here are guidelines to help you do that.

  • Be careful with humor. Even if you think it’s obvious that you are joking, it can be hard to tell. If it’s meant to be funny, make that clear by adding ‘lol’ or ‘jk.’
  • Remember that what happens online is as serious as in real life. Don’t say anything in a discussion group that you wouldn’t be comfortable saying in person.
  • Don’t share personal information (like your birth date, phone number, or social media profile) until/unless you feel really confident that you trust the other person.
  • Trust your own instincts. If you think that it might be unwise to share something, don’t do it. If someone says or does something that makes you feel uncomfortable, ask them to stop. If they don’t stop, let a facilitator know.
  • If you have any feedback to share about another participant, a facilitator, a particular group, something that happened in a group, or anything else, contact us through this form.

I'm an adult and I'd like to share this resource with youth. Where can I find resources?

Thanks for your interest in spreading the word about Q Chat Space. Check out downloadable resources here: https://www.lgbtcenters.org/Programs/Q-Chat-Space 

What’s the fine print?

Here are links to the Privacy Policy  and Terms of Use  for the Q Chat Space website. You will see that these are the privacy policy and terms of use of CenterLink’s web properties because this website, QchatSpace.org, is affiliated with CenterLink.

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