Below you will find a comprehensive list of resources for your use! Resources are organized by topic and if you don't see the topic you are looking for, feel free to contact us with your suggestion.

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We record some of our educational events, with topics ranging from mental health to conversations with our possibility models. 

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Actions to Take to Be an Ally


National USA Resources & Helplines


PFLAG offers resource guides on how to be an ally


Mental Health & Resources


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

800-273-8255 |


National AIDS Hotline

(800) 342-AIDS | (800) 243-7889 (TDD) | 


Rape Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) is the nation's largest organization fighting sexual violence

(800) 656-HOPE | (800) 810-7440 (TTY) |

SAMHSA’s National Helpline for referral and information for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders

1-800-662-HELP (4357)

Pride Institute for chemical dependency/mental health referral and information hotline for the LGBTQ community

(800) 547-7433 24/7 |

The Trevor Project for LGBTQ+ youth mental health distress and crisis

1-866-488-7386 |

DEQH is the Desi LGBTQ Helpline for ​South Asians 
908-367-3374 |

Trained volunteers are available to talk between (If you leave a message at any other time, they can call you back if requested):

Thursdays, 8-10 PM Eastern (5-7 PM Pacific)

Sundays, 8-10 PM Eastern (5-7 PM Pacific)

LGBT National Hotline for many different issues and concerns including, but limited to, coming out issues, gender and/or sexuality identities, relationship concerns, bullying, workplace issues, HIV/AIDS anxiety, safer sex information, suicide

(888) 843-4564 |


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

(877) 565-8860 |


For local parents of LGBTQ+ child support:

Guide to being a straight ally:

Guide for families with transgender children:

Guide for parents with lesbian, gay and bisexual children:
Gender Basics for Parents:


LGBTQ+ Specific Resources & Helplines


Mental Health Support

Desi Rainbow Parents & Allies is asking our community for referrals to mental health providers. We are well aware of the difficulty that LGBTQ+ people and their parents face when seeking mental health treatment, and the scarcity of culturally competent, affirming providers available. Your participation in providing referrals to providers that you have used and found helpful may be of great help to another person who is seeking mental health support. Providers may also offer themselves as a resource. Complete the form here.

Once we have collected enough referrals we will make the list available to anyone who requests it.


Desi LGBTQ+ Culture

Desi LGBTQ+ Groups


Chicago  Trikone Chicago

Los Angeles — Satrang

MichiganTrikone Michigan

Minneapolis - SAQL

Mumbai, India - Sweekar: the Rainbow Parents


PhiladelphiaSALGA Philly

Pittsburgh - Rangoli 

San FranciscoParivar, Trikone

SeattleTrikone Northwest

TexasKhush Texas

VancouverSher Vancouver

Washington, DC  KhushDC


LGBTQ+ Desi Culture, News & Information

Resources for Language and Religion

Tamil resources at Orinam

Muslim Alliance for Gender & Sexual Diversity (MASGD)

Salaam Canada for Muslims in Canada

NQAPIA for family acceptance booklets in South Asian languages


Queering Desi Podcast