Local Resources

Borderland Rainbow Center Training in El Paso -

The BRC offers a wide variety of LGBTQ-focused sensitivity and cultural competency trainings and workshops.

Current Workshops Available Include:

LGBTQ 101 Sensitivity Training - the basics: includes terminology; sex vs. gender, basic best practices, and local / national resources (usually 2 hours).

LGBTQ 201 Tailored Training - training created specifically for your Agency or Office Context - this can include role plays and case scenarios appropriate to your industry (length is flexible, CEU credits available).

Supporting LGBTQ Students for Teachers - quick review of current terms, best practices for creating inclusive and safe classroom spaces, core competencies for ensuring equity for all students, resources. (1 to 2 hours).

Supporting LGBTQ Students for School Counselors - quick review of current terms, core competencies for ensuring LGBTQ-friendly counseling for K-12 students, addressing parent concerns, local and national resources (usually 2 hours, CEU credits available).

LGBTQ Sensitivity for Medical/Social Service Staff - core competencies for ensuring LGBTQ-friendly patient/client services, quick review of current terms, agency policy and intake best practices, local and national resources.

LGBTQ Affirming Therapy - definition of LGBTQ affirming therapy (as opposed to LGBTQ-friendly therapy), core competencies, quick review of current terms, case examples and role plays including intake for transgender/non-binary teens, working with non-supporting parents, agency policy and intake best practices, local and national resources, recommendations of peer reviewed literature (2-3 hours, CEU credits available).

Working with LGBTQ Children and Middle Schoolers - age-appropriate strategies for working with children, core competencies for ensuring LGBTQ-friendly services, quick review of current terms, local and national resources.

HIV, AIDS and STI Education - covers safer-sex practices, signs and symptoms of STIs, risk-factors, myths vs. facts regarding STIs, local testing and treatment resources.

Safe Zone Training - how to create a "safe zone" in your office or agency, includes strategies for organizational and policy-based considerations 

Safe Zone Train-the-Trainer - Training to equip your staff to train others in the agency or organization.  Help maintain Safe Zone culture and know-how for your whole organization.   

The Purple Pages of El Paso -

A listing of local self-identified LGBTQ-friendly therapists, doctors, and social service providers.

PFLAG El Paso -

A local chapter of a national organization that encourages and supports LGBTQ folks and their families since 1973. Check their facebook for monthly support group meetings the the family of LGBTQ people on the west and east sides of El Paso.

The M Factor -

A grant funded organization that provides education, resources, and testing for HIV and STI's for men who have sex with men (MSM). They provide free social events and a safe space for young gay and bisexual men.

The Queer Student Alliance at UTEP-

UTEP students band together to advance LGBTQ+ equality and pride through support, education, and action. We aim to dismantle social and institutional barriers to equality for all people.

The Queer Student Alliance at EPCC-

EPCC students work together to educate and encourage acceptance and understanding about the issues related to the LGBTQ+community within El Paso Community College.

The LGBT Initiatives at Texas Tech Health Sciences-

Texas Tech Health Sciences' Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Global Health sponsors three lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) initiatives on campus. All of our initiatives were co-founded by medical students passionate about creating and fostering a welcoming and inclusive environment for the LGBT population. Our LGBT initiatives focus on promoting awareness of health disparities among the LGBT population; providing information and education on how to provide high quality health care to LGBT patients; and training members of our campus community to become supportive allies for LGBT students, LGBT faculty, LGBT residents, and LGBT staff.

K-12 Resources


This organization is a major national force for improving the educational experiences of LGBTQ students in the K-12 system.  They have a robust menu of resources for teachers, students, and school professionals.  Not only do they develop age-appropriate materials for use in schools, they perform extensive original research underlying their policy and activity recommendations, work with policy makers, and advocate for LGBTQ kids nationally. 

Transgender Student's Rights- 

An easy-to-navigate website that gathers together resources for transgender youth in Texas schools. The site includes a contact form that will connect you with the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) in Texas if you need legal assistance. Co-sponsored by the ACLU, Equality Texas, Lambda Legal, and the Transgender Education Network of Texas.

Texas GSA Network- 

A Texas-based program of Out Youth offering support for GSA's (Gay-Straight Alliances).  Many resources are available for how to support the establishment and growth of a GSA.

The Texas GSA Network is currently conducting our 2019 Registration Drive to gather information on, catalog, and disseminate information to GSAs in middle and high schools across the state. We are also working to unite clubs through an online statewide forum, and provide resources, and virtual training to help students, parents, teachers and faculty make Gender & Sexuality Alliance Clubs sustainable for years to come.

The GSA Network- 

A California-based non-profit offering support for GSA's (Gay-Straight Alliances) across the nation. Many resources are available for how to support the establishment and growth of a GSA.

Just the Facts about Sexual Orientation and Youth- 

A publication offered by the American Psychological Association for principals,educators, and school personnel.     

Name Change Resources

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Adult Name Change Form

Fee Waiver Form

Adult Name Change Instructions

Adult Gender Marker Change Form

Child Name Change Form

Child Name Change Instructions

National Resources

National Suicide Hotline:
English: 1–800–273–8255
Spanish: 1–888–628–9454

Trans Lifeline:
US: 1–877–565–8860
CANADA: 1–877–330–6366

Staffed entirely by transgender people and dedicated to the transgender community.

GLBT National Hotline:

GLBT National Youth Talk Hotline:
800-246-8860,  M-F 2pm-10pm Mountain time

SAGE LGBT Elder Hotline:
800-234-7423,  M-F 2pm-10pm Mountain time

Saturday 10-3pm Mountain time

National Coalition of Anti-Violence Project:

English and Spanish

National LGBT Education Center at the Fenway Institute:

This organizations provides educational programs, resources, and consultation to health care organizations with the goal of optimizing quality, cost-effective health care for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people.

The Education Center is a part of The Fenway Institute, the research, training, and health policy division of Fenway Health, a Federally Qualified Health Center, and one of the world’s largest LGBT-focused health centers.

DACA Resources

Frequently asked questions about the DACA repeal:


2-minute video explanations: 



Know your rights when interacting with ICE at home, work, and in public:

BEAM - Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective

We are a collective of advocates, yoga teachers, artists, therapists, lawyers, religious leaders, teachers, psychologists and activists committed to the emotional/mental health and healing of Black communities.

915 - 263 - 4623

2714 Wyoming Avenue

El Paso, TX, 79903

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