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LGBTQ+ Resources for Families in Huntsville & North Alabama

LGBTQ+ Resources for Families in Huntsville & North Alabama

Here at Rocket City Mom our mission is to make parenting in Huntsville easier. To that end, we work hard to provide area parents with resources and information about events, activities and local organizations. If it’s something that local parents will find interesting, or something that makes families stronger, we share it here. There are many different types of families in the Tennessee Valley and we want every one of them to feel included and supported by Rocket City Mom. Hopefully, these resources will help you show your support as an ally or your PRIDE as a member of the LGBTQ+ community!

This list is not comprehensive, the focus is primarily on area resources for youth and their families, but if you see something you feel we’ve missed, feel free to leave it in the comments.

Articles for Local Parents, By Local Parents

Support Group Spotlight: PFLAG Huntsville

Learn more about what PFLAG (Parents, Friends, and Families of Lesbians and Gays) offers youth in the Huntsville community. Read the article

A Tale of Two Families: Parenting While Gay in Huntsville

The Rocket City is full of families of all shapes, sizes, and backgrounds. Our site has written about how it takes a village to raise kids before, and these two families are no exception. Read the article.

What To Do If Your Kid Tells You They’re Gay

Being queer is difficult already. Having to stress about how parents feel about it should never be an issue. Take it from someone who has been there, done that. Read the article.

How to Celebrate Pride Week with Kids as an LGBTQ+ Ally

The best way to ensure your children have fun and learn the value of Pride Week/Month is to talk to them the same way you would Women’s rights or African American rights. Explain that we come together to celebrate the successes LGBTQ community members have had over time to ensure equal rights for all, including those who are different. Read the article.

Local LGBTQ+ Youth Services & Support Groups

GLSEN Greater Huntsville
Facebook Page | Instagram
A local chapter of the national organization GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network) whose goal is for every student, in every school, to be valued and treated with respect, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. They believe that all students deserve a safe and affirming school environment where they can learn and grow, free from bullying and harassment.

PFLAG Huntsville
Visit Website | Facebook Page
PGLAG’s mission is to serve families, friends, allies, and LGBTQ persons in the Huntsville area through education, support, and advocacy. They offer monthly peer support meetings for families, friends, and allies, as well as social events including, but not limited to, teens & kids.

Rocket City Gaymers
Facebook Group
Did you know North Alabama has a LGBTQ+ gaming Facebook Group? This page is a safe space for anyone who lives in the North Alabama area and supports LGBTQ+. Share your gaming knowledge, love, ideas, or just make friends!

TransFamily Support Services – Alabama Chapter
View Website
Helps TGNC peoples across the nation find gender-affirming healthcare, mental health care, and safe spaces within their area; health insurance and legal navigation, to help ease the transition process; as well as free peer-to-peer support groups across various age groups, including support groups for the parents of TGNC kids, and free Family Engagement Sessions to ensure a supportive and affirming home life.

Weird Kids Meet-Up of North Alabama
View Website | Read the RCM Article
Monthly meet ups at Shenanigans and have transformed into meet-ups not only at Shenanigans but around the area, special events, and an online source of support. The group is 1000% LGBTQ+ friendly and has a large number of queer youth that participate, as well as families with same-sex parents. The group’s goals are to love one another, be a support system (because kids aren’t easy), and to attempt to help weird kids feel safe and make friends. There is also a large number of members with disabilities, mental health struggles, PTSD, or a difficult home dynamic.

Local Resources for LGBTQ Families & Friends

Huntsville for LGBTQ Protections
Facebook Group
A group looking to petition the Huntsville AL City Council to add sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes in housing, public accommodation, and employment. In Alabama, it is still legal to deny housing, to refuse service, and to be fired for being LGBTQ+. Birmingham and Montevallo are the only Alabama cities with such protections. Mobile is “exploring” the issue. As the most progressive and fastest-growing city in Alabama, Huntsville needs to act to protect all of its citizens.

Rocket City Rainbow Pages
Visit Website
A great & thorough webpage for all local LGBTQ: events, organizations, advocacy, healthcare, and businesses are all included here.

Rocket City Pride
View Website | Facebook Page
The event planning arm for local LGBTQ organizations and their partners, Rocket City Pride hosts a variety of events throughout the year, including Huntsville’s family-friendly Pride Parade, and PrideFest in the Fall. In 2022, they

PFLAG Huntsville
Visit Website | Facebook Page
PGLAG’s mission is to serve families, friends, allies, and LGBTQ persons in the Huntsville area through education, support, and advocacy. They offer monthly peer support meetings for families, friends, and allies, as well as social events including, but not limited to, teens & kids.

Thrive Alabama
View Website | Facebook

Thrive Alabama recognizes that patients from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) community often have unique health care needs. They are committed to providing care to these clients with understanding, compassion and respect. Their goal is to provide inclusive, holistic healthcare and offer a range of supportive services, including affirming primary care for transgender and gender non-conforming people.

Trans North Alabama
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Provides advocacy, meetings, and healthcare support for adult transgender and non-binary identifying people regardless of their physical or social state of transition.

 

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