LGBTQ Resources

DHS, along with other community organizations, supports persons who identify as LGBTQ and their allies. Please find resources specifically selected for this purpose.


What does it mean to be transgender? What’s the difference between sexual orientation and gender identity? What does LGBTQ even stand for? The following resources answer basic questions like these in terms that beginners can understand.

Civil Rights Related to the LGBTQ Community

ACLU Know Your Rights: Transgender People and the Law
Answers to 28 frequently asked questions about the legal rights of transgender Americans.

Human Rights Campaign: State Maps of Laws & Policies
An up-to-date national map of state laws and policies that affect the LGBTQ community.

Lambda Legal
Founded in 1973, Lambda Legal is the oldest and largest national legal organization whose mission is to achieve full recognition of the civil rights of LGBTQ people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.

LGBTQ Criminal Justice

ACLU's Know Your Rights: Transgender Prisoners
A guide to explain the rights of transgender people in prison.

Resources for Providers of Service

Unjust: How the Broken Criminal Justice System Fails LGBT People
A series about personal stories of LGBT people impacted by the criminal justice system.

LGBTQ Employment

Health Services Related to the LGBTQ Community

LGBTQ individuals face a number of unique physical health risks, as well as barriers preventing them from accessing the care they need. The following pages provide information on important health risks to be aware of and LBGTQ-affirming healthcare providers in Allegheny County.

Resources for Everybody

Emergency Mental Health Resources

Allegheny County Organizations and Healthcare Providers

Allegheny County LGBTQ Resource Guide(XLSX, 45KB)
A list of over 150 local doctors, therapists, social workers, lawyers, and other service providers and organizations. To provide input on this guide, please call (412) 350-2436, contact the LGBTQ Unit, or submit a Request for Listing form(DOCX, 17KB).

Gay and Bisexual Men

Lesbian and Bisexual Women

Transgender and Gender Nonconforming People

LGBTQ Youth and Caregivers

Older LGBTQ Adults

LGBTQ People of Color

Providers of Service

LGBTQ Community Immigration Services

Additional LGBTQ Resources

Further Reading


Local Organizations and Service Providers

Non-discrimination Statements

The Allegheny County Department of Human Services does not discriminate against anyone on the basis of a protected class including: race; color; religion; national origin; ancestry or place of birth; sex; gender identity or expression; sexual orientation; disability; marital status; familial status; age (40 and older); use of guide or support animal because of blindness, deafness or physical disability.

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