Vancouver Triple Point, a program of Children’s Home Society, is Clark County, Washington’s safe haven support group and drop-in program for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Pansexual, Queer, and Questioning people ages 11 to 17 years old and those 18 years old who are engaged in High School or GED program. It is what some participants call their “second home” where they can get to know other queer youth to develop lasting friendships. Triple Point is not only where participants can be proud of their sexual orientation and gender identity, but support others in the same.
Participants have the opportunity through drop-in to just relax or play games, be creative, get to know more about whom they are and who their peers are. Triple Point participants have access to community resources, queer books, safe supportive adults and peers, and therapeutic laughter. Group allows for a more structured social support as well as educational environment where participants meet with community agencies to learn more about programs, develop confidence and peer support through art and craft projects along with open mic nights, and explore their ideas through group discussions and activities.
Triple Point is a place where participants get to meet supportive peers but also straight and queer supportive adults, agencies, and community to help remove isolation and barriers of discrimination. Participants gain support with academics, jobs, housing, peer and intimate relationships along with the opportunity to talk about sex, sexuality, and gender in a safe and supportive environment to reduce violence, STIs, and HIV. Participants are able to develop leadership skills and have access to free mental health services.
Triple Point is located at 1112 Columbia (Columbia and 12th) in downtown Vancouver. Drop-in is a free, safe place for queer people between the ages 14-18 to just hang out. Support Groups are offered throughout the week. They are more structured with check-in and an activity; speaker, discussion, talent show, or other activity. Counseling is available for participants who attend Triple Point as well as community referrals and support. The first Wednesday of every month Triple Point goes to outer county to have group in Battle Ground and the third Wednesday of every month Triple Point hosts group in Washougal, Washington.
- 360-695-1325 ext. 4217
LGBTQ Young Adult Support Group - Janus Youth Programs
The Janus group for 15- to 24-year-old LGBTQ youth and allies meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 5:30-8 p.m. at The Perch, located at 1501 Columbia Street, Vancouver, WA 98660. Staff are unavailable to open the door earlier than 5:30 p.m. Please contact The Perch in advance at 360-314-5716 if you have any barriers to attending, such as transportation.
TeenTalk can support you with practically ANYTHING: anxiety, stress, school, LGBTQ topics, mental health, depression, relationships, family, loneliness, sexual health topics, bullyi.ng, self-harm, and many more topics.
When you feel that no one understands you…call them. Simply telling someone what you’re going through can often ease stress. Sometimes it feels good to share where you came from, your journey & obstacles you have overcome. Everything stays between you and TeenTalk, and is confidential unless someone is in danger. If you have questions or need clarification just call and ask.
TeenTalk provides nonjudgmental peer-to-peer support because they recognize that everyone deserves respect & kindness. TeenTalkers are all teens who want to listen, be a friend, and maybe help someone through something similar to what they have faced. You can absolutely be your authentic self with TeenTalk.
Youth volunteers (age 15-19) complete 32 hours of training prior to taking calls.
Open Monday to Thursday from 4-9 p.m., and Friday from 4-7 p.m.
The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project offers accredited life-saving, life-affirming programs and services to LGBTQ youth that create safe, accepting and inclusive environments over the phone, online and through text.
Trevor Lifeline - The only national 24/7/365 crisis intervention and suicide prevention lifeline for LGBTQ young people (ages 13-24), available at 1-866-488-7386.
TrevorChat - A free, confidential, secure instant messaging service for LGBTQ youth that provides live help from trained volunteer counselors, open daily from noon to 6 p.m. PT. TrevorChat is designed to be accessed through a computer, so you may have technical difficulties if you are using a smartphone or tablet. Instead, you can try the Lifeline or TrevorText (see below).
TrevorText - A free, confidential, secure service in which LGBTQ young people can text a trained Trevor counselor for support and crisis intervention, available Tuesday to Friday from noon to 6 p.m. PT. Text "Trevor" to 1-202-304-1200. Standard text messaging rates apply.
TrevorSpace - An online international peer-to-peer community for LGBTQ young people and their friends. TrevorSpace is a social networking site for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth ages 13 through 24 and their friends and allies.
The NWGA offers a variety of activities in a safe, supportive, and comfortable environment for members, spouses, and friends to socialize with each other. Some activities are private and protected while others are more public. Participants are able to select activities that match their own levels of experience, self-confidence, and comfort. They welcome suggestions and proposals for new activities to meet the needs of their growing membership.
The Saturday Open Meeting provides opportunities for members and prospective members to meet and socialize. Often a portion of a meeting is set aside for a demonstration, discussion, movie, or workshop on a variety of topics related to gender expression. These programs are intended to help individuals better express their gender and develop skill and self-confidence in their gender. This event is held at the Q Center, located at 4115 N. Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97217, on the second Saturday or every month at 2 p.m. Bathrooms are available if you wish to change before or after the meeting. Often times, attendees go out to dinner afterward.
Tuesday night dinners are held at Elmer's Restaurant, located at 10001 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97220. The dinner occurs on the third Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m.
Other special events occur during the year and will be advertised in their newsletter, Yahoo group, and Facebook group. These can be Fashion Show/Tea Parties held in the early spring, Summer Bar-B-Que, Harvest dinner held in the fall. There is no charge for these events.