Support for Transgender Students
It can take a little extra effort to find fully qualified individuals who work with the complexities of transgender lives. Check with local or national LGBTQIA+ centers and organizations for referrals. Be sure to check these referrals out before deciding to fully engage in therapy. Also, interview potential counselors, and ask about their training on LGBTQIA+ issues and their experience with LGBTQIA+ clients.
For our most updated list, check out our guide of Trans Friendly Resources in the Treasure Valley.
LGBTQIA+ Campus, Community and National Resource List
- The Gender Equity Center
The Boise State Gender Equity Center Director, Adriane Bang, is a primary contact for additional information or support (208) 426-4259. The Gender Equity Peer Educators also hosts many events and workshops throughout the year. See a list of LGBTQIA+ definitions here.
- Steven Nelson Emergency Fund
The Steven Nelson Emergency Fund provides financial assistance to students who are experiencing a financial hardship related to coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBTQIA+) during their time at Boise State. Designed to help students move forward in their lives and academic career, grant awards, up to $1500, will be dispersed in two payments over the course of two consecutive semesters. You can find more information about the Steven Nelson Emergency Fund here.
- Pride Alliance
This student organization provides a safe space for LGBTQIA+ students at Boise State University to socialize with movie nights, games nights, etc. They also plan LGBTQIA+ events aimed at educating Boise State students, faculty, and staff.
- Transgender Alliance
This student organization provides a safe space and support for Trans students at Boise State University and in the Idaho community. They have regular meetings, fundraisers, clothing drives, and other events.
- Boise State Counseling Center
In the Norco Building (1529 Belmont Street); phone: (208) 426-1459. The counseling center will provide individual counseling to students regarding gender identity and sexual identity issues. In the past, they have held group sessions for LGBTQIA+ empowerment and Gender Identity and Sexual Identity Issues.
In the Community
- A.L.P.H.A. (Allies Linked for the Prevention of HIV and AIDS) (208) 424-7799
575 N. 8th Street, Boise, ID 83702
ALPHA is committed to preventing the transmission of HIV and AIDS. They accomplish this through education, public awareness, testing, and providing support to infected and affected individuals.
- American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) (208) 344-9750.
P.O. Box 1897, Boise, ID 83701
The ACLU is a non-profit organization that has long represented plaintiffs on matters of Constitutional and civil rights.
- The Community Center (208) 336-3870
1088 N. Orchard St., Boise, ID, 83706
The Community Center’s mission is to provide an inviting and safe facility for the use of all LGBTQIA+ and allied community organizations and individuals.
- Idaho Human Rights Education Center (208) 345-0304
777 South 8th Street, Boise, ID 83702
The Center’s Mission is to promote respect for human dignity and diversity through education and to foster our individual responsibility to work for justice and peace.
- Tri-States Transgender Group (208) 368-8669
P.O. Box 6691, Boise, ID 83707
Tri-States is a group where trans people can come to share common experiences and socialize. For information, contact Emilie at (208) 830-7253.
- IYG National Hotline for LGBT Youth (1-800-347-TEEN)
- Trevor Helpline: Crisis Intervention for LGBT Youth (866-488-7386, http://www.thetrevorproject.org)
- Gay & Lesbian National Hotline (1-888-843-4564; http://www.glnh.org/)
- Gay and Lesbian Helpline (1-888-340-4528)
- ACLU Safe Schools Project (https://www.aclu.org/lgbt-rights/lgbt-youth-schools)
- Legal and safe schools information from ACLU
- Advocates for Youth (http://www.advocatesforyouth.org)
- Information on reproductive and sexual health
- Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (http://www.glsen.org)
- Information/resources on safe schools, GSAs and combating anti-LGBTQIA+ bias in education
- Gay-Straight Alliance Network (http://www.gsanetwork.org)
- Youth-led organization that connects GSAs to each other and to community resources
- Intersex Society of North America (http://www.isna.org)
- Public awareness, education, and advocacy organization for intersex people
- National Coming Out Project (https://www.hrc.org)
- Public education/support around coming out
- National Youth Advocacy Coalition (http://www.nyacyouth.org)
- Organizing and action around LGBT youth issues nationwide
- Oasis Journals / OutProud (http://www.oasisjournals.com/)
- National coalition of LGBTQIA+ youth offering resources and support
- Parents, Friends, and Families of Lesbians and Gays (http://www.pflag.org)
- Support and information for families of LGBTQIA+ people with over 400 chapters nationwide