In the wake of Trump’s election and uncertain times ahead, MASGD has compiled a basic resource guide for LGBTQ Muslims in need of mental health support. Each listing provides a link to the organization’s website, a description of what services they provide, and includes annotations that specify if they are geared towards Muslim people of specific descent/identities (e.g. Black, South Asian, South West Asian, or North African) or if they have resources to accommodate our diverse and complex identities and experiences.
**All included providers/services/resources have been minimally vetted in terms of quality of experience for LGBTQ Muslim people. Even so, please note this list is not comprehensive and MASGD as an organization does not expressly endorse any of the following providers or services. This resource guide is not sponsored or sanctioned by the organizations listed. The resource guide does not replace counseling or other forms of therapy and is simply offered as a community resource, which we hope to build upon in the future.
Crisis Text Line serves anyone, in any type of crisis, providing access to free, 24/7 support and information via text
Moving from a “hot moment” to a cool calm.
Guidance through creating a plan to stay safe and healthy.
Not specifically. Their main concern is to help those who contact them to find a calm space to be in.
Text HELLO to 741741
A South Asian LGBTQ-focused helpline run by a trained staff of volunteers. They include people from India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Burma, the Maldives and Tibet, as well as diaspora/immigrant communities all over the world.
· Questions on gender, identity, coming out.
· Dealing with family, culture, or faith.
· Trying to find community in local areas.
· Finding a good doctor, lawyer, or therapist.
· Advice for a friend or family member.
· Listening as callers work through things.
Given the huge presence of Muslims in South Asia, many of the volunteers are aware and can understand the intersections of Islam and queerness, as well as other complicated faith, sexuality and gender-based relationships.
Thursdays and Sundays 8-10pm EST (5-7pm PST)
GLBT National Help Center provides vital peer-support, community connections and resource information to people with questions regarding sexual orientation and/or gender identity.
GLBT National Hotline
GLBT National Youth Talkline
SAGE LGBT Elder Hotline
Private, volunteer one-to-one online chat, that helps both youth and adults with coming-out issues, safer-sex information, school bullying, family concerns and relationship problems
A transgender-specific online chat group for teens
The GLBT National Help Center states that they are able to deal with all forms of discrimination concerning queer identity and intersections of faith and identity.
1-888-843-4564 (GLBT National Hotline)
1-800-246-7743 (GLBT National Youth Hotline)
1-888-234-7243 (SAGE | Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders)
Monday-Friday 1pm-9pm PST (4pm-12am EST)
Saturday 9am-2pm PST (12pm-5pm EST)
Trans Lifeline is a non-profit dedicated to the well being of transgender people.
· Hotline staffed by transgender people for transgender people.
· Trans Lifeline volunteers are ready to respond to whatever support needs members of the trans community might have.
· They will only call emergency services with your expressed consent.
· They are politically well-informed and aware of the range and diversity of issues affecting trans people of color.
Trans Lifeline is committed to educating themselves around the concerns of transgender folks and have published a survey that may allow them to specifically think about the concerns of trans people who identify as Muslim. [View the survey.]
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.
While they do not advertise specifically to queer people of color or queer Muslims, they can still very much guide you to mental health resources in your area that specifically work with Muslim, Arab and/or SWANA (South West Asian North African) queer and trans individuals.
The National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network (NQTTCN) is a space for queer, gender non-conforming and trans therapists of color to build, resource, and support one another as clinicians and healers.
Costs are based on the individual therapists and their own resources.
NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. The link above can point you to their page dedicated specifically to African American Mental Health resources.
Toll-free NAMI HelpLine.
Free referral, information and support.
Services specifically geared towards people of color and LGBTQ people.
Their emphasis is on helping you find the right mental health resources for your needs including your cultural, ethnic or faith based group. While they do not talk specifically about Muslim or SWANA folks they have a page on the needs of Diverse Communities and a tip-sheet on how to find therapists that understand your cultural needs.
Monday-Friday 10am-6pm EST (7am-3pm PST)
A database of SF Bay Area Psychotherapists of Color, that is constantly being added to, building a referral resource to help connect our communities to healing and mental health support.
Directory for San Francisco Bay Area residents listing therapists who work specifically with communities of color. It provides information on which specific communities these are, for example therapists who queer and Muslim offer their services specifically to LGBTQ Muslims.
Yes, the directory includes a considerable number of people who can help queer Muslims deal with issues specific to their cultural and spiritual contexts.
No direct contact method
These resources are not free but almost all therapists offer their services based on a sliding scale.
Ebony is a black-focused magazine that has compiled a list of mental health resources for Black people organized by state.
Resources in each state that are equipped to help Black people receive culturally-competent mental health care.
No direct contact method
Directory is free; therapist fees vary.
A safe space for [feminine of center] middle-eastern queer womyn and trans minorities to share their personal stories, struggles, and triumphs of surviving modern day challenges unique to this demographic(s); in hopes of fostering compassion and understanding through community support among those who may share similar experiences and/or face similar challenges.
In-person meetings for people in the San Francisco Bay Area, providing with a network of like-minded others and a strong base and supportive community. Their group of objective is co-create safe spaces for open discussions around those who share similar identities, stories and struggles.
Meetings at the Pacific Center in Berkeley [map]
2712 Telegraph Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94705
A group for support, personal growth and belonging, exploring unique influences and ways of being, which are both gay and Middle Eastern. Meets twice a month in San Francisco.
Resources for Arabs within the U.S. and more specifically the San Francisco Bay Area.
Group for men in the San Francisco Bay Area to:
Develop healthy and emotional relationships with other men.
Find a sense of belonging and support.
Increase cultural understanding.
Make friends with men who share a similar cultural background.
Most definitely. While some queer gay and Arab groups tend to shy away from or have negative feelings toward faith, GMEM are open to discussions surrounding faith.
For individuals in the San Francisco Bay Area, this spot can be a great place to meet and discuss issues surrounding many aspects of queer life and diversity including being a queer Muslim in the U.S. Their mental health meetups can help people interact with others going through similar issues and traumas.
Resources that are specifically focused on queer people of color, including several Muslim groups or groups with cross overs.
Yes. They can guide people to resources that can be even more specific.
2712 Telegraph Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94705
The resources provided below are not for matter of urgency but can provide reading or viewing material that can aid in dealing with both issues of mental health and allow people to educate themselves on how to talk about queerness and faith.
An online article put together to guide people of color through unsteady times when people are feeling the heat of the system. This guide can help people on their journey to self care, giving simple but effective advice.
See GMEM under In-Person Meetings, above.
MPV endorses the human and civil rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex (LGBTQI) individuals. They support full equality and inclusion of all individuals, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, in society and in the Muslim community.
Resources for and about LGBTQI Muslims, including articles, books, websites, videos and more.
14-part video lecture series by Imam Daayiee Abdullah that dismantles the religious justification for homophobia in Muslim communities with medical, social and religious history.
Links to international LGBTQI organizations.
Links to LGBTQI-supportive organizations in the U.S.
See NAMI under Hotlines and Helplines, above.
See Pacific Center under In-Person Meetings, above.
A website dedicated to criticizing racism, classism, ableism, sexism, hetero/homonormativity and other forms of oppression by members using their preferred means of expression (drawing, writing, singing, painting, photos, comics, films, etc.) in order to connect with each other and exchange their ideas and experiences. Anonymous participation is permitted.
Online resource guide with the specific intent of connecting people to queer movements around the world. For example, there is a section with a focus on North Africa.
Article by Imam Muhsin Hendricks that serves as a guide into both Qur’an and tradition.
Can help individuals come to terms with what their faith says about gender identity versus what individuals have been taught.