Rainbow Law

NM Hotlines

  • Silver City’s Listening Ear Helpline  575-956-7359
  • Agora Crisis Center (UNM) 1-866-HELP-1-NM. In Abq. 505-277-3013.
  • Rape Crisis Hotline 505-988-1951
  • Crisis Helpline 505-820-6333

National Hotlines

  • Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s HIV/AIDS/STD Line
  • HIV/AIDS Treatment Info Services
    TDD: 1-888-480-3739
    Open: Monday-Friday, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. EST.
  • Toll Free Suicide Prevention Hotline (866) 488-7386 (the Trevor Helpline)
  • Covenant House’s Nine Line (a crisis line for youth and their families)
  • National Runaway Switchboard 1-800-231-6946
  • Child Abuse Hotline 1-800-422-4453
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-7233
    TDD: 1-800-787-3224
  • Alcohol and Drug Abuse Hotline 1-800-821-4357
  • Alcohol Hotline 1-800-252-6465
  • Drug Abuse Hotline 1-800-888-938

Crisis Shelters

  • Youth Shelters and Family Services (505) 983-0586
    Offers counseling, street outreach and information on other resources
  • La Otra Puerta Youth shelter (505) 438-0502
    Crisis shelter for 10 -17yrs. old
  • Casa Libertad (505) 955-1684
    Transitional living program for 16-22 yr.olds.
  • Amistad (Alb.) (505) 877-0371
  • New Day (Alb.) (505) 938-1060

Other Transitional Living Programs


PFLAG Silver City
PO Box 813
Silver City, NM  88062

New Mexico GLBTQ Center


College Mapper – You, the student, will receive a personalized college road map that will help you get into the best college for you.


Las Cruces Gender Bender



Equality New Mexico

Human Rights Campaign

Lambda Legal — making the case for equality

Specific Foundations (from the National site)

Astraea Lesbian Foundation For Justice General Grants, International Fund for Sexual Minorities, Margot Karle Scholarship Fund, Lesbian Writers Fund, Lesbian Visual Arts Fund, International Panel Grants, Social Change Opportunity Fund, International Interim/Emergency Fund, International Collaborative & Philanthropic Grants, International Donor Advised Grants.

Audre Lorde Scholarship Fund from Zami
Award of ten or more scholarships of $1000 each annually to out lesbians and gay men of African descent who are making significant contributions to their communities. ZAMI wants to support and encourage their continuing education by providing scholarships to those women and men enrolled in accredited technical, undergraduate and graduate programs.Requires a 2.5 grade-point average. Phone: 404-370-0911; Email:

The Body – The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource – HIV News and Views

The Colin Higgins Courage Awards and Grants
Grants individuals who are either a) LGBTQ or questioning youth who have “bravely stood up to hostility and intolerance” based on their sexual orientation and triumphed over bigotry; b) LGBTQ adults who have made strong impact in the lives of LGBTQQ youth or the overall LGBTQ movement; or c) allies of any age working to end homophobia and discrimination. The Foundation has also established two scholarship programs in memory of Colin Higgins at The Stanford University Department of English, and The UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. These scholarships support graduate students and filmmakers whose work enlightens and enriches the human spirit. The universities, and not the Colin Higgins Foundation, administer these scholarship programs. Phone: 415-561-6323; Email:

The Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund
Need-based grants to student activists who are able to do academic work at the college level and are involved in building the movement for social and economic justice. US citizenship is not a requirement but there is a strong preference for grantees who are building the progressive movement in the United States. Up to $6,000. Davis-Putter Fund, 25 Main St, Belleville NJ 07109; Email:

Fund for Lesbian and Gay Scholarships (FLAGS)
Provides financial assistance to gay, lesbian and bisexual students involved in the community. The scholarship amount varies and depends on financial need. The deadline is mid-September for the current school year. The fund’s Youth Project Scholarship Program also awards grants to tenth and eleventh graders who plan to pursue postsecondary education. The scholarship is awarded based on financial need, academic achievement and school or community involvement. The scholarship amount varies. The deadline is mid-January. For more information about either of these programs or an application, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to Whitman-Brooks The Scholarship Fund PO Box 48320 Los Angeles, CA 90048-0320 Phone: 1-213-650-5752.

IMPACT Program | The LGBT Health and Development Program
The IMPACT LGBT Health and Development Program was founded and is directed by Dr. Brian Mustanski. Our mission is to conduct translational research that improves the health of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community and to increase understanding of the development of sexual orientation and gender identity. We seek to achieve this mission by developing innovative, evidence-based interventions; collaborating with the LGBT community; training the next generation of LGBT scholars; and disseminating research findings to scientific and general audiences. We feel privileged to have been awarded over $20 million in research funding from the National Institutes of Health and major foundations such as the William T. Grant Foundation and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The IMPACT Program is based in the Department of Medical Social Sciences (MSS) in the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University.

The International Foundation for Gender Education (IFGE)
Numerous scholarships to transgender identified students in the helping and caring professions in the United States and Canada through IFGE’s collaborative Transgender Scholarship and Education Legacy Fund (TSELF). International Foundation for Gender Education (IFGE) TSELF Awards Committee, P.O. Box 540229; Waltham, MA 02454-0229; Phone: 781-899-2212; Email:

The Malyon-Smith Scholarship
An annual fund awarding up to $1000 to selected graduate students in psychology to advance research in the psychology of sexual orientation and gender identity. Applicants must be currently enrolled full-time in a Department of Psychology at the graduate level. Applications from students in allied disciplines, such as social work and sociology, cannot be considered at this time. For answers to questions about applications and to submit a completed application: Dawn M. Szymanski, Ph.D.; Division of Counseling, 469 Marillac University of Missouri-St. Louis; 8001 Natural Bridge Rd.; St. Louis, MO 63121-4499; Phone: 314-516-6086; Email:

Minnesota GLBT Educational Fund
Offers several awards annually to recognize outstanding gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth & friends, and support their continuing education. To be eligible, you must be a resident of Minnesota or a resident from elsewhere attending (or planning to attend) a Minnesota educational institution. Awards range from $1000 to $2,000. The application form is available on the web site. For more information, contact: Minnesota GLBT Educational Fund 1409 Willow St Suite 305 Minneapolis MN 55403-3251 Phone: 612-870-1806; Fax: 612-871-6587; Email:

The National Gay Pilots Association Education Fund
Offers scholarships to members of the gay and lesbian community who have expressed an interest in an aviation career as a professional pilot. The applicant should provide evidence of his or her contribution to the gay and lesbian community. $2,000. NGPA, 5530 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 1210, Chevy Chase, MD 20815-4301; Phone: 301-941-1066; Email:

The Point Foundation
College Scholarships for LGBT Students covering up to all student expenses including tuition, books, room and board and living expenses. You do not need straight A’s to apply but they are looking for individuals that have proven leadership, scholastic achievements and want to make a difference in the world. All applicants are evaluated on the totality of their situation including, financial, emotional and social need, extracurricular activities, personal circumstances and goals for the future. Phone: 866-33-POINT; Email:; Fax: 866-39-POINT; mail: PO BOX 261111, Lakewood, CO 80228.

The American Anthropological Association – Society of Lesbian and Gay Anthropologists (SOLGA)
Offers the Ruth Benedict Prize for outstanding anthropological scholarship on a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgendered topic; and the Kenneth W. Payne Student Prize for students and scholars of LGBT topics and issues in anthropology. Search for grants.

Third Wave Foundation
Available to all full-time or part-time young women and transgender activists age 30 and under who are enrolled in, or have been accepted to, an accredited university, college, vocational/technical school or community college. The primary criteria to qualify for a Third Wave scholarship is vigorous engagement in activist work and financial need. The Scholarship Committee prioritizes applicants who have limited access to financial resources and whose civic, community, or cultural work shows a commitment to social justice. Scholarships range in amount from $500 and $5,000 each. Mail: 511 W 25th St., Ste 301, New York, NY 10001; Phone: 212-675-0700; Fax: 212.255.6653; Email:

The Transgender Scholarship and Education Legacy Fund (TSELF) from the International Foundation for Gender Education
Numerous scholarships to transgender identified students in the helping and caring professions through it’s collaborative Transgender Scholarship and Education Legacy Fund (TSELF) in the United States and Canada. Each scholarship provides supplemental funding for post-secondary students who have a demonstrated ability in and commitment to affecting change in the transgender communities through their commitment to working and being educated in the helping and caring professions. International Foundation for Gender Education (IFGE) TSELF Awards Committee P.O. Box 540229 Waltham, MA 02454-0229 Phone: (781) 899-2212 Fax: (781) 899-2212.


Financial Aid for Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Students:

The Minnesota GLBT Educational Fund: scholarships for GLBT students and students with GLBT parents in US and Canada.


Valley Community Church – United Church of Christ, 10am Sunday worship. A welcoming and affirming congregation. Location:
19a Racetrack Rd. off of 180 E (behind KNFT) 538-9311.

Church of the Good Shepherd
An OPEN and AFFIRMING Congregation. No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey you are welcome here.
Location: 7834 Tennyson NE Albuquerque, NM 87155
Tel: (505) 856-1004

Dignity/New Mexico, a chapter of Dignity/USA
Is a community of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered Catholic Christians and our friends in Albuquerque, NM.
Address: PO Box 27194
Albuquerque, NM 87125
Tel: (505) 896-1095

First Congregational Church
We are a welcoming people, a church that reaches out to invite and include persons of every age, tongue, race, sexual orientation, and religious background.
Location: 2801 Lomas NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106
Northwest corner of Lomas and Girard
Tel: (505) 265-5749

Metropolitan Community Church of Albuquerque
Welcomes ALL people including gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, heterosexual, transgender.
Location: 1103 Texas St NE Albuquerque, NM 87110-7813
Tel: (505) 268-5252

New Life Presbyterian Church
Part of the New Mexico Religious Alliance for Inclusion and Non-Discrimination, which invites you to take part in efforts rising up in many of New Mexico’s faith communities to protect the rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered (LGBT) people in the state of New Mexico.
Contact: Ellen Novak @ (505) 345-8850

A non-sectarian, national organization which provides information and support to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender people and their allies.

The Interfaith Working Group
An organization devoted to explaining religious diversity on social issues: equal rights for sexual minorities, reproductive freedom, and separation of church and state.

Reconciling Ministries Network
This web site lists Methodist, United Church of Christ, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Baptist, Disciples, United Church of Canada, Unitarian Universalist, and Brethren/Mennonite groups that welcome Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender individuals and their families.

Religious Tolerance
A web site that lists the policies of Christian and non-Christian faiths, world-wide, regarding gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.

St. Bede’s Episcopal Church
As an expression of faith: We accept and embrace all children of God and welcome traditional and non-traditional households in our church family.
Location: 1601 South St. Francis Drive
(Corner of St. Francis and San Mateo)
Santa Fe, NM 87505
Tel: (505) 982-1133