Community Resources

Resources

There are many viable community organizations and services available to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer, Questioning and Ally individuals. Here are a few, please let us know if you would like us to add any that we have missed! 

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Activism and Advocacy  

  • Audre Lorde Project, is a LGBTTSGNC People of Color community organizing center, focusing on the New York City area.
  • Fierce (LGBTQ Youth of Color), is an organization building the leadership and power of LGBTQ youth of color in New York City.
  • Freedom to Marry, is the campaign to win marriage rights nationwide.
  • Immigration Equality, is a national organization for fighting for equality under US immigration law for LGBT and HIV-positive individuals.
  • Kenyon Farrow, writer, an organizer, strategist and writer on issues at the intersection og HIV/AIDS, prisons and homophobia.
  • Lamba Legal, is a national legal organization that advocates and safeguards the civil rights of LGBTQ people and those with HIV.
  • Little Black Book, a document created by Lamba Legal providing information on how to protect yourself from unfair legal practices.
  • National Gay and Lesbian Task Force(Office in NYC),  is an organization working to build the grassroots power of the LGBT community.
  • Out and Equal, a nonprofit committed to ending employment discrimination for LGBT employees.
  • Pride Agenda,  is New York's statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights and advocacy group.
  • Queers for Economic Justice, is a non-profit organization committed to promoting economic justice and sexual and gender liberation.
  • SAGE, the country's largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBT older adults.
  • Stonewall Foundation, is a service foundation of advised funds & endowments concerned with creating a vibrant LGBT community. 

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Arts, Culture

  • Gay Wisdom, a forum for exploring Gay Culture and Wisdom.
  • Housing Works Café, is a healing community of people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. These events support this cause.
  • New Fest, brings together filmakers and audiences, giving visibility and voice to a wide range of representations of the LGBT experience.
  • Pink Books, listing of LGBTQ literature. (Under Revision).
  • Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project, promotes the creation, exhibition & distribution of new films & videos that increase the visibility of queer women of color.
  • Time Out New York, weekly-updated comprehensive listing of LGBTQ events and places around the city.
  • Visual AIDS, utilizes art to fight AIDS by provoking dialogue, supporting HIV+ artists, and preserving a legacy, because.

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Asian LGBT Organizations in NY

  • GAPIMNY (Gay Asian and Pacific Islander Men of New York) / New York, NY, A very active organization that regularly holds meetings at the center in Manhattan.
  • Dari Project / New York, NY, The Dari Project develops resources to increase awareness and acceptance in Korean American communities of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) people of Korean descent.
  • Downetime / New York, NY, A group of gay Asians that are between the ages of 18 to 26.
  • Q-Wave / New York, NY, An organization devoted to the issues of Asian lesbians.
  • Salga (South Asian Lesbian & Gay Association) / New York, NY, SALGA-NYC is a social, political and support group for lesbians, gay men, bisexual and transgender people who trace their descent from countries such as Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Tibet as well as people of South Asian descent from countries such as Guyana, Trinidad and Kenya.
  • APICHA: APICHA Community Health Center provides general primary care, HIV specialty care, mental health care, and support services. We are here to serve you regardless of your race, gender, sexual orientation, English competency, immigration status or ability to pay. We provide services to anyone who walks through our doors.  Our providers have extensive experience working with Asians and Pacific Islanders and other people of color, individuals identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, and people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. In addition to cultural competency, compassion is our core value.

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Coming Out Resources

Additional Resources:

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Community Health Centers, Hotlines and Counseling Resources

  • Callen-LordeYoung-Adult & Health Outreach, offers state-of-the-art healthcare services with expertise in the needs of LGBT persons and those living with HIV/AIDS.
  • Deaf LGBTQ, a national nonprofit resource and information center for, by and about the deaf LGBTQ community.
  • GLBT National Help Center, network of hotlines providing peer counseling, information and local resources. 1888-843-4564.
  • Identity House, provides peer counseling, group support, and therapy referrals to the LGBT community on issues of sexuality, alienation, relationships, and family. 212-243-8181
  • Lesbian Therapists Referral Network, lesbian identified therapists provide quality psychotherapy services to members of the LGBTQ communities. 212-206-1589.
  • NYC Domestic Violence Hotline, creates access by providing 24-hour support resources and hope to everyone affected by domestic violence. (24 hrs), 1-800-799-7233.
  • Right Rides, offers women and LGBTQ individuals a free, safe, late night ride home on Friday and Saturday nights from 11:59pm -3am (early Saturday and Sunday mornings). 45 NYC neighborhoods served in 4 boroughs. To call for a ride: 1-888-215-7233
  • The Samaritans Suicide Prevention Hotline, education, guidance and awareness about suicide. 212-673-3000
  • The Spot Next Door, Bronx based LGBT youth program providing a safe haven for youth. 449 East 149th Street, Bronx, NY 10455; 718-292-4368.
  • The Trevor Project, the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBT youth. 1-866-488-7386.

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Disability and Health Resources

  • GLMA – Gay and Lesbian Medical Association: National organization for LGBT physicians. Annual conferences, advocacy, training, referrals to sensitive medical practitioners.
  • Mautner Project for Lesbians with Cancer: National lesbian health organization. Provider training on lesbian health care delivery, smoking cessation programs. Addresses general health concerns and the needs of lesbians with cancer, their partners and caregivers. Annual conferences, research, education and training.
  • Sins Invalid: Sins Invalid is a performance project that incubates and celebrates artists with disabilities, centralizing artists of color and queer and gender-variant artists as communities who have been historically marginalized.

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Financial Aid and Scholarship Opportunities

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General Youth LGBT Networking Resources, Advocacy and Community Centers

  • Ali Forney Day Center Offers recreational activities, support groups, counseling, and medical services for LGBT homeless youth.
    Monday - Friday 10am-6pm, 527 West 22nd Street (between 10th & 11th Avenues) New York, NY 10011, 212-206-0574 for an appointment
  • Alianza Dominicana  Support groups, peer education and safer sex workshops for LGBT youth. Bilingual, 2410 Amsterdam Avenue, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10033, 212-740-1960
  • BiRequest, a social group for Bisexual and Bi-friendly people. NYC's lgBtQ Community Center, 208 West 13 Street, NYC, between 7th Avenue & Greenwich/8th Avenues. Check at the front desk on arrival to confirm room location.
  • Bisexual Resource Center. Resources and information on bisexuality and bisexual individuals.
  • Campus Pride, LGBTQ college resources
  • Equasian Group and activities for LGBT Asian Youth, at APICHA, 400 Broadway New York, NY 10013, 212-334-7940, Carla Catuncan (ext. 222)
  • Fierce (LGBTQ Youth of Color)
  • GayCenter: WestVillageLGBTQ community center
  • Generation Q Activities for LGBT youth under 21 in Queens, 30-74 Steinway Street, 2nd Floor, Astoria, NY 11103, 718-204-5955
  • Hetrick-Martin Institute After-school program for LGBT youth. Home of the Harvey Milk High School. Call to make an appt for an Intake to become a member or drop by the center from 3 – 6 pm, Mon – Fri. Free and confidential, bring ID if possible. 2 Astor Place (near Broadway and 8th St.) Ages 21 and under. (212) 674-2400
  • Latino Youth in Action Programs and services for latino LGBT youth and families, Hispanic AIDS Forum. Bilingual, 213 West 35th Street, New York, NY 10001, 212-563-4500, 886 Westchester Avenue, Bronx NY 10459. 718-328-4188, 62-07 Woodside Avenue, 3rd Floor, Woodside, NY 11377, 718-803-2766
  • LIGALY Counseling, discussion groups, & activities for LGBT youth on Long Island, 34 Park Ave. Bayshore NY 11706, 631-665-2300
  • Make the Road Youth projects and after school drop-in group for LGBT youth in Bushwick301 Grove St. (btwn Myrtle & Knickerbocker), Brooklyn, NY 11237, 718-418-7690 ext 207
  • New Neutral Zone Drop-in center for LGBT youth, and straight allies, ages 14-21. 2273 3rd Avenue (between 123rd-124th street) Top Floor, 917-251-6535
  • PFLAG, NYC LGBTQ-Education-based Advocacy group
  • Pride for Youth Support and activities for LGBT youth, plus support group for parents 2050 Bellmore Avenue, Bellmore NY 11710, 516-679-9000
  • Queer Commons List Serve, connects you to rich and diverse community programs in NYC and beyond.  Incredible way to get in touch with QUEER workshops, films, and advocacy opportunities in NY. 
  • Staten Island LGBT Community Center Youth Drop In Safe space for LGBT youth on Staten Island, 56 Bay Street, 6th Floor, Staten Island, NY 10301, 718-981-3366
  • West Side YMCA Support group for GLBTQ youth, 5 West 63rd Street, New York, NY 10023, 212-875-4218
  • Youth ResourceNational LGBTQ advocacy group  

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Health & Wellness Centers & HIV/AIDS Resources

  • ACT UP, is a diverse, non-partisan group of individuals united in action to end the AIDS crisis.
  • Artists with AIDS, an online community for artists with HIV and AIDS.
  • Bailey House, provides housing and support services to homeless men, women and children with HIV/AIDS in New York City.
  • Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, a leader in the field of HIV/AIDS among adolescents.
  • Gay Men’s Health Crisis, is the world’s first and leading provider of HIV/AIDS prevention, care and advocacy.
  • Housing Works, is a community for people with and affected by HIV & AIDS whose goal is to end the dual crisis of homelessness and AIDS.
  • Callen-Lorde Community Health Center. Callen-Lorde provides comprehensive and state-of-the-art HIV/AIDS care and support. Patients have a choice of providers and a range of services that are available under one roof. Resources include:  Rapid HIV testing; HIV Orientation at the first appointment new patients receive one on one education and support to answer any questions about medical treatment and needed services like insurance coverage, government benefits and housing; Primary medical care consists of comprehensive, quality medical care with experienced HIV specialist providers; Support groups: Please visit our Support Groups page for more information; Mental Health: Individual counseling, psychotherapy and annual psychosocial assessments with knowledgeable and sensitive mental health professionals; Medication adherence counseling provides support and education about HIV infection, prescribed medications, and addressing any side effects; Care Coordination offers information, assistance and referrals regarding benefits and entitlements, including insurance, housing, and referrals to other supportive services; Sexual Health Counseling helps identify risks for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections and create an individualized risk reduction plan both to promote your health and minimize possible harm regardless of current HIV status; Referrals to Clinical Trials: Research programs that seek to improve treatment options for HIV infection.
  • Community Healthcare Network: Community Healthcare Network (CHN) is a not-for-profit organization that provides access to quality, culturally competent and comprehensive community-based primary care, mental health care and social services for diverse populations in underserved communities throughout New York City.
  • What can I do if I've potentially been exposed to HIV?  Check out information on PEP post exposire prophylaxis.

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Housing for Homeless LGBTQ Youth in NYC

  • AliForneyCenter, protecting LGBTQ youth from the harm of homelessness.
  • Covenant House
    Emergency shelter for homeless youth, crisis care, counseling, meals, clothing and 24 hour hotline 1-800-999-9999. Ages 21 and under.
    460 West 41st Street at 10th Avenue
    (212) 613-0300 Contact: Bruce Henry
  • Green Chimneys Children Services (NYC Runaway Homeless Youth Programs)
    Provides two support through two programs, the Transitional Living Program (TLP) and Transitional Independent Living (TIL) program. Both provide a “safe haven” for LGBTQ youth where they learn the essential life skills for their transition into community living. Bronx Office: 79 Alexander Ave., Suite 42A, Bronx, NY 10454, (718) 732-1501, Fax: (718) 732-1519. Harlem Office: 456 W. 145th St., New York, NY 10031, (212) 491-5911, ext. 13, Fax: (212) 368-8975
  • National Alliance to End Homelessness, is a nonprofit organization committed to preventing and ending homelessness.
  • Runaway and Homeless Youth Services, The NYC Department of Youth and Community Services provides specialized programming for LGBTQ youth.
  • Safe Horizon Streetwork Project – Lower East Side Drop-In Center
    Emergency shelter.
    33 Essex St. between Grand St. and Forsyth St.
    646-602-6404
  • Streetwork Project
    Services for runaway and homeless youth, including food, clothing, showers, medical care, needle exchange and HIV support. 24 & under.
    209 W. 125th. St. New York, NY 10027; (212) 695-2220, or 24 Hr line: 212-577-7777
  • Sylvia’s Place @ Metropolitan Community Church: A provider of emergency shelter and services to over 1,000 homeless LGBTQ youth and domestic abuse survivors per year. 446 West 36th Street (between 9th & 10th Avenues) New York, NY 10018. 269-673-8700 or 888-411-7837 (24 hr)

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International Student, Staff, Faculty Resources

  • IGLHRC (International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission): The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) is a leading international organization dedicated to human rights advocacy on behalf of people who experience discrimination or abuse on the basis of their actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. Learn more about our work by clicking on the links below.
  • International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA): About ILGA - The only worldwide federation campaigning for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex rights. Since 1978. ILGA’s aim is to work for the equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex people and their liberation from all forms of discrimination. We seek to achieve this aim through the world-wide cooperation and mutual support of our members.
  • NAFSA Special Interest group “ The Rainbow” is comprised of diverse members of NAFSA whose goals are to counsel international students and study abroad students who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered; to support gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered professionals in international education; to combat homophobia, heterosexism and transphobia within NAFSA. Opinions stated on these pages are those of the authors. No assumptions about an individual's sexual orientation should be made from his or her participation in the SIG.

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LBGT History, Archives, Database Research

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LGBTQ News Sources

  • 365gay.com (no longer online, redirects to AfterElton.com)
  • Advocate, is an American LGBT news and interest site.
  • GayCityNews.com, the newspaper of record for America's LGBT community.
  • In the Life, produces change through innovative media that exposes social injustice by chronicling lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender life.

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Legal Assistance

  • American Civil Liberties Union, national organization to protect individual rights and liberties, including legal advocacy for LGBT persons and people with HIV/AIDS.
  • Human Rights Campaign: National advocacy organization for LGBT civil rights. Advocacy, public awareness and political action.
  • Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, national organization that focuses on civil rights for LGBT persons and people with HIV/AIDS, including school-based victimization of LGBT youth, through impact litigation, education, and public policy work.
  • LGBTQA Center's Legal Resources
  • National Center for Lesbian Rights, non-profit law firm focusing on lesbian civil rights and legal rights for LGBT persons, including school-based victimization of LGBT youth.
  • NYLAG's LGBT Law Project* Contact: Virginia Goggin, 450 W. 33rd Street, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10001, Tel: 212.613.5000 ext. 5107, Fax: 212.613.0820, lgbtlaw@nylag.org, Check out the Law Project's informative flyer!
  • Sylvia Rivera Law Project
    Provides legal services for trans-youth including issues related to welfare, benefits, immigration, school, name-changes, and police.
    322 8th Avenue, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10001, 212.337.8550
  • Urban Justice Center, offers free legal services to LGBT youth, including help with immigration, public benefits & discrimination. 123 Williams Street. 16th Floor, 646-602-5600

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News/Pop culture Blogs

  • AfterEllen, focuses on the portrayal of lesbian and bisexual women in the media.
  • AutoStraddle, is an intelligent, hilarious & provocative voice and progressively feminist online community
  • GirlFriendisaHomo, a queer lady pop culture gossip + news blog.
  • Good As You, represents a new generation of GLBT activism.
  • NewNowNext, is Logo's digital hub for the latest in music, TV & movies, fashion, design, travel, beauty and health.
  • Pam's House Blend, is about community, civility and friendly debate, including stories involving LGBT concern.

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Parents, Friends and Family

  • Adoption Resource: Helpusadopt.org is a national non-profit 501(c)(3) financial assistance grant program providing qualified couples and individuals -regardless of race, ethnicity, marital status, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or disability- with grants of up to $15,000 towards their domestic, international, foster, or special needs adoption expenses.
  • Center Families: provides cutting edge individual/couples and family counseling, support groups, information and other resources for LGBTQ families in the Tri-State area.
  • Children of Lesbian and Gays Everywhere (COLAGE), is a national organization for children of LGBT parents.
  • Families of Color and Allies PFLAG (FOCA&A PLFAG, NYC), for families of color in New York City. 914-787-8738.
  • Family Acceptance Project, works to decrease major health and related risks for LGBT youth, such as suicide, substance abuse, HIV and homelessness.
  • Family Equality Council,  works to ensure equality for LGBT families and providing advocacy and support for LGBT parents and their families.
  • HRC FamilyNet, information and assistance for LGBT families.
  • Parents and Friends of Lesbian and Gays (P-FLAG), offers support and education to parents and families of LGBT persons. 202-467-8180.

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People of Color LGBTQ Community Centers/ Advocacy Organizations

  • Audre Lorde Project, LGBTQ People of Color activism, advocacy and resource center, Brooklyn-based
  • Fierce (LGBTQ Youth of Color)
  • Gay Men of African Descent, (Young Gay Men of African Descent) Weekly discussion groups for young men of color, HIV education and testing, 103 East 125th Street, NYC 10035, 212-828-1697, NYC-based Organization
  • People of Color In Crisis, Brooklyn-based (under construction). #718-230-0770, 462 Bergen St. Brooklyn NY 11217 

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QUEER SAFER SEX RESOURCES

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Religious Groups, Centers, Outreach

  • Institue for Welcoming Resources, resources supporting the unconditional welcome of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities and their families in the church home of their choice. Sponsored by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.

Buddhism:

  • Gay Buddhist Fellowship, for LGBT Buddhists and their allies, families, and friends.
  • The Interdependence Project.  http://www.theidproject.org/calendar
  • Queer Sangha serves the gay, lesbian, bisexual, straight and transgender community by offering Buddhist teachings and meditation practice in a safe and inclusive environment.
  • Shambhala NYC. http://ny.shambhala.org/community/
  • Queer Dharma. We are a community of meditation practice for all people, founded and hosted by LGBTQ people [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer].  A broad range of Buddhist traditions are represented in our membership and visiting teachers.   We are at all levels of experience with meditation and dharma, from questioning / beginners to long-time practitioners.  All are warmly welcome. 

Catholic Churches

Christian Churches

Hindu Resources

Jewish Synagogues

  • Beit Simchat Torah, a synagogue with a powerful voice within Judaism on basic civil rights for GLBT persons. 
  • Coming Out in the (Modern) Orthodox World, a personal account.
  • Eshel Online.
  • Jewish Mosaic: The National Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity, dedicated to helping the Jewish world become more open, accessible, and welcoming to LGBT Jews and their families.
  • JQY is a nonprofit organization supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Jews and their families in the Orthodox community.
    Our mission is to address the unique needs of LGBT frum* and formerly frum Jews. JQY is dedicated to cultivating a Jewish community where no one feels alone, bullied or silenced because of their orientation or gender identity. Special attention is given to youth, young adults and their families; however we have programs for all ages.
  • Kolo Chayeinu, is a Jewish congregation in Brooklyn, comprised of individuals of varying sexual orientations, gender identities, races, family arrangements, and Jewish identities and backgrounds.
  • Nehirim, (“Lights”) builds community for GLBT Jews, partners, and allies. 
  • Park Avenue Synagogue, established to preserve Conservative Judaism and adapting it to the needs of modern Jews
  • The Institute for Judaism and Sexual Orientation, its mission is to achieve the complete inclusion and welcoming of LGBT Jews in communities and congregations. Based at a Jewish seminary, it has the largest online resource on the intersection of Judaism, sexual orientation, and gender identity.
  • The World Congress of GLBT Jews: Keshet Ga’avah, is an environment where Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Jews worldwide can enjoy free and fulfilling lives.

Mormon

  • Affirmation, Provides a forum for gay Mormons to associate with their peers.

Muslim Resources

Unitarian Universalist

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Resources for Spanish Speaking LGBT People, compiled by Irma Rivera, UC Riverside, Graduate Assistant

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Transgender, Gender Non Conforming and Intersex Resources

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Violence/Abuse Resources

  • AVP: New York’s Anti-Violence Project serving LGBT community, empower LGBTQ and HIV-affected communities and allies to end violence through organizing and education, and support survivors through counseling and advocacy. 24-hour bilingual Hotline: 212-714-1141.
  • Maitri, a nonprofit organization based in the San Francisco Bay Area, that primarily helps families from South Asia facing domestic violence, emotional abuse, cultural alienation, human trafficking or family conflict. Hotline, 1-888-862-4874.
  • NYC Domestic Violence Hotline (24 hrs), 1-800-621-4673.
  • STEPS to End Family Violence – Changing Abusive Patterns
    Offers individual counseling, support groups, court/legal advocacy, resource and referral. 151 Lawrence Street 5th Floor, Brooklyn, New York 11201; 877-STEPS-94 (877-783-7794).

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