LGBTQ Safe Spaces


The CAMHD Safe Spaces Committee (SSC) is a council of CAMHD staff and community members whose mission is to create and maintain an LGBTQ+ affirming system of mental health care for youth, that advances inclusive practice, urges accepting attitudes, operationalizes diversity, and provides education to the larger community. The SSC is dedicated to examining and improving policies and practices of the CAMHD, its contracted providers, and the broader system of care to promote best and promising practices related to mental health treatment of LGBTQ+ youth and their families.

Read our statement and commitment to transgender rights >>


Spill the Tea Cafe
Spill the Tea Cafe
Spill The Tea Cafe (STTC) is a inclusive mental health clinic focused on adolescents. Teenagers are particularly vulnerable to mental health challenges due to the unique social, emotional, and developmental challenges they face. STTC is a specialized healthcare facility that aims to provide comprehensive and evidence-based treatment and support to adolescents struggling with mental health issues. The goal of STTC is to promote the mental health and well-being of adolescents by providing accessible, compassionate, and personalized care.


Learning About Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity & Expression (SOGIE)

Learning About SOGIE – click to watch
May 19, 2021, This video, created by the Center of Excellence on LGBTQ+ Behavioral Health Equity (CoE LGBTQ+ BHE), reviews basic terminology that is important to know when working with people who have diverse sexual orientations or gender identities. This terminology includes sex assigned at birth, gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation.

SOGIE glossary >>

To learn more about the CoE LGBTQ+ BHE and their learning opportunities, visit

Let Her Play: The importance of pro-social activities for LGBTQ+ people (DOE SBBH webinar recording)

Let Her Play webinar recording now available – click to watch
July 13, 2022, DOE SBBH Presentation
Robin Lee and Kimberly Allen present to Hawaii DOE School Based Behavioral Health participants about the importance of pro-social activities such as sports in the lives of LGBTQ+ youth.
Let Her Play: The importance of pro-social activities for LGBTQ+ people (MHAH webinar recording)

Let Her Play webinar recording now available – click to watch | Chat
July 6, 2022, MHAH Brown Bag Presentation
Hosted by Mental Health of America Hawai’i
Presentation by CAMHD’s Kimberly Allen & Robin LeeThis training discusses understanding the LGBTQ+ community, especially the transgender athlete. You will see how barring their participation in team sports harms their mental wellness, and ability to connect with their peers. The presentation includes a video about a trans youth athlete and a discussion on supporting the trans-youth athlete.
Let Her Play (animated video)

Let Her Play video now available – click to watch
The ABCs of LGBTQ (webinar recording)

The ABCs of LGBTQ webinar recording now available – click to watch | Presentation
The ABCs of LGBTQ (animated video)


Comprehensive College & Scholarship Guides for LGBTQ Students

Hawai'i Resources
CAMHD Safe Spaces Committee (SSC)

Department of Human Services (DHS)

Harm Reduction Services Branch (HRSB)

Hawai’i Health & Harm Reduction Center (HHHRC)

Hawai’i Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity Expression (SOGIE)

Legislation & Policy
  • §431:10A-118.3: Nondiscrimination on the basis of actual gender identity or perceived gender identity; coverage for services
  • §577-29: Mental health services relating to minors; diagnosis, counseling, and related activities
National Resources List for LGBTQIA+ Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults Living in Non-Affirming Environments
Queer Resources

Transgender & Gender Diverse Specific Resources

Phone Support & Crisis Resources

Videos & Games About Pronouns

Safe Spaces Affirmation Clause

For questions about this page, training schedule and resources, please contact Robin Lee at [email protected].


Last reviewed on May 20, 2024