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Resources for LGBTQ Students

May 18, 2020

As this pandemic has unfolded, there have been a lot of changes. Changes inevitably cause stress and stress can have both positive and negative aspects. Not only have classes gone remote, but life around us has changed. Some find their new schedules relieving: with flexible sleep schedules, the advantage of doing coursework in pajamas, and time to reflect on self-care. Some are finding new ways to connect with loved ones, creative outlets for stress management, and innovative self-expression.

Others may be struggling a bit more with these changes. For people who identify with an LGBTQ identity, there may be additional considerations. Sometimes that is a loss of a safe and affirming space. Other times there is a loss of all of the celebratory events and connection with our campus community. Sometimes these changes also mean spending time with people in our lives that are not affirming, which can lead to increase anxiety, depression, loneliness, and more. On behalf of the CAPS staff, we want you to know that we see you and are here to support the Purdue LGBTQ community. Please call CAPS at 765-494-6995 for any consultation or mental health needs.

Kyle Kittleson and Theresa Nutten, Purdue Caps Staff Therapists

Mental Health/Health The Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guide

Cancer Coronavirus 2019 What LGBTQ+ Communities need to know

The Trevor Project: Implications of Covid-19 for LGBTQ Youth Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

The Trevor Project: How LGBTQ Youth can cope with Anxiety and Stress during COVID-19

National Center for Transgender Equality: COVID-19 Resources

National Counsel for Behavioral Health: LGBTQ+ Resources during COVID-19 


9 Strategies for Quarantining in Non-affirming Environment

How to Set Healthy Boundaries: 10 Examples + PDF Worksheets


  1. Take care of your physical health
  2. Seek support from your community
  3. Find a creative outlet, check out University of Michigan's Caps Mental Health Resource for new ideas
  4. It’s okay to walk away from a conversation that is anti-LGBTQ
  5. Practice self-compassion, mindfulness, meditation of other breathing exercises
    1. Check out the Purdue Caps Resources page for ideas
    2. Spiritual Alignment Yoga & Healing CenterYoga practice and healing center with virtual class offerings.
    3. If You Were Here Now Art therapy and virtual art classes. Some classes are free, some charge a reasonable fee. 

Alcohol and Other Drugs

Online Intergroup of Alcoholics Anonymous Virtual Alcoholics Anonymous Zoom meetings for the LGBTQ community. 

In the Rooms ®: A Global Recovery Community  Online addiction recovery community that offers an LGBTQ+ Friendly NA meeting called NA Pride

Local Resources

Purdue’s LGBTQ Center

Pride Lafayette

National Hotlines and Online Support Services

National GLBT Hotline  “Serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, & questioning community by providing free & confidential peer-support and local resources”

Trans LifeLine  “Trans Lifeline is a trans-led organization that connects trans people to the community, support, and resources they need to survive”

7 Cups of Tea connects to caring listeners for free emotional support 

LGBTribe Support Community Peer-to-peer support group for LGBTQ

Faculty, Staff, Families, and Allies of LGBTQ Community

Here's how to help LGBTQ Students after Campus Closure: A Note to Students and Allies

The Chronicle of Higher Education: COVID-19 sent LGBTQ Students to Unsupportive Homes

NPR Podcast: Some LGBTQ Youth Find Hard Times at Home

Supporting LGBT International Students


Please note: These providers referenced here are not affiliated with Purdue University, and inclusion in this directory does not imply endorsement of the listed treatment providers by Purdue University Counseling and Psychological Services.