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LGBTQIA+ Resources

CT Laws / Legal
DCF Non-Discrimination Policy
Education / Colleges/Scholarships /School / Community Groups
Family Supports
Gender Identity Spectrum - Explained Gender Pronouns



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About Us 

The Safe Harbor Project guarantees fair and equal treatment, services, and resources for LGBTQIA+ youth and families.  The State of Connecticut child welfare system (DCF) is responsible for providing a safe living environment free from harassment, humiliation, abuse and neglect.  DCF understands that children who find themselves in unsafe situations, through no fault of their own, need love and attention to flourish and succeed in life.  In accordance with Connecticut laws and DCF's mandate, LGBTQIA+ youth-in-care should never be placed in a setting where they will be subject to acts of violence or abuse, bigotry, bullying, condemnation, harassment, intolerance, indoctrination, proselytizing or prejudice.  If you are being abused, beaten, bullied, harassed or neglected because of your inherent sexuality or gender identity/expression, let us know.  The State of Connecticut and DCF has a mandate to protect you!   In keeping with Connecticut's laws, regulations and ethics, DCF actively recruits LGBTQIA+ foster and adoptive parents and mentors.  DCF worked with True Colors for over 25 years to ensure that all LGBTQIA+ staff, providers, youth and their families receive appropriate, non-discriminatory and professional care. 

The Safe Harbor Project Mission: was created as a collaboration between the Department of Children and Families (DCF) and True Colors, Inc. This initiative was created by the Commissioner of DCF in September 2001 to educate against homophobia, gender bias and racism while working to create a world where youth, adults and families of all sexual orientations and gender identities are valued and affirmed, and to implement affirming and unbiased, culturally competent, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning & Intersex (LGBTQIA+) service trainings for foster and adoptive parents, social workers, child care and community providers surrounding the issues and problems specific to youth and families with inherent sexuality issues.  When True Colors closed in 2021, DCF continued the project on its own creating a statewide Community Advisory Board, holding monthly office Liaison meetings and trainings, and offering continued recommendations regarding policy and practice. 

You deserve a family who...

...Loves you, unconditionally
...Treats you with respect
...Doesn't abuse you, make fun of you or disown you
...Supports your gender identity and expression
...Supports your inherent sexuality
...Helps you make connections with other LGBTQ+ youth
...Stands up for you
...Allows you to be yourself
...Is proud of who you are!

If you are a youth under the age of 18, who is being abused, beaten, bullied, harassed or neglected because of your inherent sexuality or gender identity/expression, let us know.  The State of Connecticut and DCF has a mandate to protect you!   CALL 1-800-842-2288


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A Guide to Living Bully Free
Answers to your questions about Sexual Orientation
Congregate Care Providers Working with LGBTQ Youth
Families Supporting an LGBTQ Child
Foster Parents Caring for LGBTQ Youth
I think I might be Bi
I think I might be Gay
I think I might be Lesbian
I think I might be Transgender
LGBTQ Youth Risk Data
Out, Safe & Respected
Trevor Project National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health (2019)
Youth in Care - Information for LGBTQ Youth 


Education / School Guides
Developing LGBT-Inclusive Classroom Resources
GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network)
Guidelines for Schools on Gender Identity and Expression
Safe Schools Coalition


Colleges / Scholarships 
Affordable Colleges online
College Guide for LGBTQ Students
College Scholarships for LGBTQ Students
Guide to the Most Progressive LGBTQ Graduate Degrees
LGBT Scholarships:  Equal Possibilities For High Quality Education
LGBTQ Friendly Colleges & Universities
LGBTQ Scholarships and Financial Aid
LGBTQ Student (Teens and College students) Resources and Support


Family Supports
Colage (Children of Lesbian and Gays Everywhere)
Family Acceptance Project


General Information
211 - LGBTQIA Resources
Live Out Loud!
Office of the Connecticut Victim Advocate
Teen Line



  • Gay & Lesbian National Hotline: 888-843-GLNH (4564)
    • Open M-F, 4 pm-12 am and Sat. 12-5 pm
  • National Gay & Lesbian Youth Hotline: 800-246-7386
    • Open M-F, 4 pm-12 am and Sat. 12-5 pm
  • The Trevor Helpline 886-488-7386 (Suicide Hotline) 
    •  Available 24/7
    • Call and chat options are available on their website


Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
Connecticut Commission on Right and Opportunities (CHRO)
Gay and Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD)
Human Rights Campaign (HRC)
Lambda Legal
 National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
Out and Equal (Workplace Advocates)
Transgender Rights


Policies & Laws
Connecticut's Gender Identity and Expression Non-Discrimination Laws
DCF Non-Discrimination Policy

Transgender Resources
Are you concerned about your child's gender's behavior?
DCF Transgender Best Practice Guide
Gender Spectrum
New York City - Transgender and Gender non-Confirming
Responding to Transgender Victims of Sexual Assault
The Cost of Gender Transition
Transgender Law Center
World Professional Association for Transgender Health 


Youth of Color
Audre Lorde Project