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New youth "talkline".

For gay or questioning youth, a sympathetic ear can sometimes be hard to find. But that can make all the difference, especially for youth living in rural areas.

Now the GLBT National Help Center, which operates phone help lines and offers assistance to other gay and lesbian organizations, has expanded its services to include the GLBT National Youth Talkline, which is aimed specifically at the under-25 crowd. "[The talkline] lets youth put words to their feelings," said Brad Becker, executive director of the GLBT National Help Center. "We let them know these are real and normal feelings; they're normal for a lot of people."

The free and confidential service is staffed by young peer counselors familiar with the issues of coming out, HIV, bullying, and parental and relationship problems. At their fingertips are over 18,000 listings of social and support groups, gay-friendly religious organizations, and student groups.

The Youth Talkline can be reached at (800) 246-PRIBE from 9:30 P.M. to midnight Eastern time or by e-mail at
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Title Annotation:NEED TO KNOW
Author:Ortiz, Felicia
Publication:The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Mar 14, 2006
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