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Explore our Directory of Welcoming Services, doctors, adoption professionals, lawyers, schools, camps, counselors and more who are LGBTQ trained or allies.

Below are resources for LGBTQ families and providers on a variety of topics. If you have a specific question, are in need a referral or are not sure where to begin, contact us either via our referral form or by calling us 607-777-3717.

  • Adoption and Family Building Resources
    Adoptive Families Magazine
    108 West 39th Street, Suite 805 New York, NY 10018
    Adoptive Families, the award-winning national adoption magazine, is the leading adoption information source for families before, during, and after adoption.
    (Updated January 2017)

    A Thousand Moms

    A Thousand Moms will help our communities in New York State organize, educate, and mobilize in order that we may meet the emotional, developmental, and social needs of youth in our child welfare systems who may be Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, or Questioning their sexual identity so they may reach their full potential. (Updated October 2017) 

    Creating A Family

    Creating a Family is a national infertility & adoption education and support nonprofit. Their mission is to provide support and unbiased information before, during and after adoption or fertility treatment to help create strong families.​ National in scope, with offices in North Carolina and the radio station in New York City.(Updated January 2017)

    The Donaldson Adoption Institute

    he Donaldson Adoption Institute's mission is to better the lives of everyone touched by adoption through sound research, education and advocacy that improves laws, policies and practices. (Updated October 2017)
    PO Box 787 New York, NY 10150

    917-684-5484 is a national 501c3 financial grant program that helps couples/individuals (regardless of race, religion, gender, ethnicity, marital status or sexual orientation) with the cost of their adoptions by awarding grants up to $15,000. supports domestic, international and foster care adoptions and does not charge its applicants to apply. (Updated January 2017)

    LGBT Families

    Providing resources for discovering how to expand your family through adoption, surrogacy and fertility. Creating a support network pre, during and post placement. Building the foundation for LGBT families to grow and prosper.(Updated January 2017)

    National Center for Child Welfare Excellence
    at the Silberman School of Social Work

    Contact Person: Gerald P. Mallon, DSW
    2180 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10035
    Fax: 212 396-7640
    National Center for Child Welfare Excellence (NCCWE) takes a broad child welfare perspective, embracing an interest in policies and practices that promote the well-being, safety and permanency of all children and youth while devoting special attention to those facing significant challenges in their environments. Our perspective also encompasses their families and their communities, recognizing that we cannot improve circumstances for children and youth without engaging families and these key systems of care. The community context in which children and youth live influences their well-being, safety and permanency in important ways. We are interested as much in preventing problems as in ameliorating them, and this broad perspective affords us the opportunity to address them in the areas of education/training; technical assistance; research/evaluation; and spotlighting best practices.
    (Updated January 2017)


    Path2Parenthood (P2P) is an inclusive organization committed to helping people create their families by providing leading-edge outreach programs and timely educational information. The scope of our work encompasses reproductive health, infertility prevention and treatment, and family-building options including adoption and third party solutions. P2P is a national, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization headquartered in New York City.

    RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association

    7918 Jones Branch Drive, McLean, VA 22102
    Fax: 703-506-3266
    RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association was founded in 1974 as a national non-profit consumer organization. RESOLVE's mission is to provide timely, compassionate support and information to individuals who are experiencing infertility and to increase awareness of infertility issues through advocacy and public education.
    (Updated February 2017)

    US Department of Health & Human Services Children's Bureau

    The Children's Bureau supports programs, research, and monitoring to help eliminate barriers to adoption and find permanent families for children. CB provides funding to states and tries to help them support families who adopt from foster care. We provide additional funds to states that achieve a high number of adoptions of children from foster care

  • Parenting Resources
    Ackerman Institute for the Family

    Founded in 1960, the Ackerman Institute for the Family is one of the premier institutions for family therapy and one of the best-known and most highly regarded training facilities for family therapists in the United States. The Institute serves families from all walks of life at all stages of family life.

    Angel Names Association
    ANA assists families across the country who have experienced the tragedy of stillbirth. Programs include Securing End-of-Life Expenses, Grief Recovery Assistance Program, End Stillbirth Fund, Care Cards, ANA Happenings, Memory Boxes, Grief Education Programs, Lending Library, and an annual Memorial Walk for all who have been touched by the loss of a child through miscarriage, stillbirth, SIDS, infant or child death. (Updated January 2017)

    Autism Society-Central NY Chapter

    4465 E. Genesee Street, PMB 252 Dewitt, NY 13214
    315-447-4466 - Syracuse
    Group of parents and professionals dedicated to improving the quality of life for individuals with autism. Bi-monthly meetings in Binghamton and Syracuse.
    (Updated January 2017)

    Children and Youth Services Council
    The Children and Youth Services Council arose from efforts of local agencies collaborating to provide an effective youth service delivery system in Broome County, New York. CYSC has been in existence since 1984. It is still our mission today to provide a forum for inter-agency collaboration, communication and connection among professionals serving youth and families of Broome County.(Updated January 2017)

    COLAGE Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere

    3815 S. Othello Street Suite 100, #310 Seattle, WA 98118
    A support and advocacy group run by and for daughters and sons of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender parents. They have newsletters, local groups, email lists, national conferences, pen pals, an extensive website, and more.
    (Updated January 2017)

    Families Like Ours, Inc.

    Families Like Ours is a nonprofit support service for alternative families through adoption. We are not an adoption office, nor a legal firm but a support center and community for those who have already adopted and those who are seeking adoption. In an effort to provide community support, everything is live on the net 24 hours a day at our website. There you will find live chat with other parents and professionals, message boards, adoption information, state and legal resources, family stories, and other helpful resources. This service is community driven, meaning it changes and forms to fit the needs of parents. The one stop place for all your links and resources for adoptive gay and lesbian parents. (Updated January 2017)

    Family Acceptance Project

    Cesar E Chavez Institute San Francisco State University 1600 Holloway Ave #PP750 San Francisco, CA 94103
    Contact person: Caitlin Ryan, director
    The Family Acceptance Project (FAP) is a research, education, intervention and policy initiative to promote family support and well-being for LGBT children and adolescents. FAP has conducted the first study of how family acceptance and rejection affects health, mental health and well-being for LGBT young people. FAP is developing research-based family and provider education materials and a new evidence-based family approach to wellness, prevention and care to reduce risk and promote well-being for ethnically diverse LGBT children and youth. (Updated January 2017.)

    Family Resource Network

    46 Oneida St. Oneonta, NY 13820
    Phone: 607-432-0001
    Fax: 607-432-5516
    Individuals with special needs deserve every opportunity to achieve their unique potential. The Family Resource Network was founded by parents to enhance the lives of individuals with special needs and their families, empowering them to lead productive independent lives within the community. We want to make our community a better place through education and the enlisting of our citizens to bring services to those in need. We accomplish our mission through our core values. We have been a vital part of our community for a number of years. We were founded to serve a growing segment of our community in need of inaccessible services. We have continued to grow with the help of our donors and volunteers that make our mission possible. Through all these years our purpose still remains the same: bring services to those in need. (Updated January 2017)

    Fortunate Families

    136 Everett Road Albany, NY 12205
    Contact person: Holly Cargill-Cramer
    Fax: 518-514-1510
    Fortunate Families is a national organization that serves as a resource and networking ministry with Catholic parents of LGBT daughters and sons. Fortunate Families offers a regular newsletter and extensive website resources, as well as retreats, presentations and support and affirmation for parents seeking justice for their loved ones.(Updated January 2017.)

    Gay Parent Magazine

    PO Box 750852 Forest Hills, NY 11375-0852
    Angeline Acain
    Periodical for parents as well as parents-to-be, featuring articles and advertisements on creating and nurturing your family. Special issues include gay-friendly schools, camps for kids, and an issue that focuses on conception, pregnancy, childbirth and infancy. A list of regional LGBT parent support groups is also featured. (Updated January 2017)

    Gay With Kids

    Helping gay dads navigate fatherhood (Updated October 2017)


    "Hi, I'm gendermom. I live with M., my six-year-old transgender daughter, in a city in the United States of America. The basics of my story are here. You can also watch this cartoon I made that tells our story" (Updated October 2017) 

    My Kid is Gay

    My Kid Is Gay is a first-of-its-kind digital presence, inclusive of videos, advice, and resources, dedicated exclusively toward helping parents understand their Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual children. My Kid Is Gay sources voices from across the world to help answer the many questions that parents (and family members, and even teachers!) have about the LGBTQIA young people in their life, including advice from parents, youth, and experts on a variety of topics related to sexuality and gender identity. (Updated October 2017)

    New York State Parent Guide

     New York State Council on Parents and Families offers parenting tips for before children come and up to age five. The parenting guide focuses on the key areas of nurturing, protecting, guiding, communicating, and supporting children. The research-based guide provides New York specific information on health and child care, education, and support systems. It can be translated into hundreds of languages. (Updated October 2017) 

    Sean's Big Gay Blog

    Sean Michael O'Donnell is a 42 year old married gay man. He lives in Pittsburgh with his husband and three sons. Sean enjoys Law & Order reruns, Christmas movies in October, and Facebook stalking. He likes donuts and beer. Sometimes he does yoga. This blog is his attempt to chronicle his experiences as a parent. The contents are 75% truth, 18% satire, 6% hyperbole and 1% drama. He is the author of the best-selling book Which One of You is the Mother? (Updated October 2017)

  • Medical Resources
    American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM)

    1209 Montgomery Highway Birmingham, AL 35216-2809
    Fax: 2059-78-5005
    The ASRM provides information on infertility, adoption, third party pregnancy, artificial insemination and in vitro fertilization. We provide lists of physicians, assisted reproduction programs and cryobanks. In addition, the ASRM covers other issues in the reproductive life cycle, such as sexual dysfunction, endometriosis, menopause and reproductive disorders. (Updated February 2017)

    189 S. Orange Ave., Suite 1620, Orlando, FL 32801
    888-645-1617 is a comprehensive Web site database featuring extensive information about thousands of different medications and drugs currently on the market or previously available worldwide. includes up-to-date information about prescription and over-the-counter medications and includes details about associated side effects to aid in the protection of patients and consumers. (Updated February 2017)

    Fenway Health

    LGBT Family & Parenting Services 1340 Boylston St. Boston, MA 02215
    Fax: 617-247-3460
    LGBT+ Family and Parenting Services organizes education, support, and advocacy activities for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and non-binary prospective parents, parents, and children. These include The Alternative Insemination Program, support group for transgender/non-binary parents, LGBT+ Parenting Workshops, and more.
    (Updated February 2017)

    Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA)

    1100 H Street, NW, Suite 540, Washington, D.C. 20005
    Fax: 202-478-1500
    GLMA represents the interests of thousands of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender physicians, medical students, and other health care professionals as well as millions of LGBT patients throughout North America. The largest organization of its kind, GLMA was founded in 1981 as the American Association of Physicians for Human Rights. Provides health care referrals.(Updated February 2017)

    Healthy LGBT Families

    Healthy People 2020, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health Topic 

    Healthy People provides science-based, 10-year national objectives for improving the health of all Americans. For 3 decades, Healthy People has established benchmarks and monitored progress over time in order to encourage collaborations across communities and sectors, empower individuals toward making informed health decisions, measure the impact of prevention activities.

    His Health

    His Health is the product of collaboration among Black gay men, healthcare and service providers, public health professionals, federal health agencies, LGBT advocates, and community stakeholders. This dynamic training tool provides continuing education courses led by experts, portraits of innovative models of care, and a plethora of evidence-based resources to support the delivery of high-quality, culturally affirming healthcare services for Black men who have sex with men (MSM). By fostering a sense of shared responsibility among providers, patients, and care-system stakeholders, His Health is the medium through which we will improve the wellness of Black gay men together. (Updated October 2017)

    Howard Brown Health Center

    Howard Brown Health was founded in 1974 and is now one of the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBTQ) organizations. With an annual budget of over $59 million, the agency serves more than 27,000 adults and youth each year in its diverse health and social service delivery system focused around seven major programmatic divisions: primary medical care, behavioral health, research, HIV/STI prevention, youth services, elder services, and community initiatives. Howard Brown serves men, women, trans and gender non-conforming folks, infants, youth, and children through a multi-site operation based in Chicago that includes a main health and research center in the Uptown neighborhood, Howard Brown Health Sheridan, and our other clinics Howard Brown Health Halsted in Lakeview, Howard Brown Health Clark in Rogers Park, Howard Brown Health 63rd Street in Englewood, Howard Brown Health 55th Street in Hyde Park, the Broadway Youth Center, and three Brown Elephant resale shops in Chicago (Lakeview and Andersonville neighborhoods) and Oak Park.

    National Coaliton for LGBT Health

    The coaliton is committed to improving the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals through federal and local advocacy, education, and research. The coaliton addresses the entire LGBT community, including individuals of every sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, and age, regardless of disability, income, education and geography. (Updated October 2017)

    National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health

    NLIRH is the only national reproductive justice organization dedicated to advancing health, dignity, and justice for the 26 million Latinas, their families, and communities in the United States. We focus on three critical and interconnected areas: abortion access and affordability; sexual and reproductive health equity; and immigrant women's health and rights. Simultaneously, NLIRH seeks to build the power of Latinas throughout the country through community organizing, civic engagement, and training and leadership development. Through our multi-pronged approach, NLIRH is able to create change on a multitude of societal levels, including the personal, local, national, and cultural, and has made a real difference in the lives of Latinas and immigrant women around the country.

    National LGBT Cancer Network

    The National LGBT Cancer Network works to improve the lives of LGBT cancer survivors and those at risk by:

    • EDUCATING the LGBT community about our increased cancer risks and the importance of screening and early detection;

    • TRAINING health care providers to offer more culturally-competent, safe and welcoming care; and

    • ADVOCATING for LGBT survivors in mainstream cancer organizations, the media and research. (Updated October 2017)

    National LGBT Health Education Center

    The National LGBT Health Education Center provides educational programs, resources, and consultation to health care organizations with the goal of optimizing quality, cost-effective health care for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people.

    The Education Center is a part of The Fenway Institute, the research, training, and health policy division of Fenway Health, a Federally Qualified Health Center, and one of the world's largest LGBT-focused health centers.

    Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

    The lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community has unique health experiences and needs, and often faces disparities linked to prejudice, discrimination, and denial of civil and human rights.
    SAMHSA is committed to addressing behavioral health disparities among vulnerable populations, including LGBT Americans, and will continue to work toward improving the access, quality, and outcomes of behavioral health services nationwide.

    Transgender Health

    Transgender Health is the first peer-reviewed, open access journal dedicated to addressing the healthcare needs of transgender individuals throughout the lifespan and identifying gaps in knowledge as well as priority areas where policy development and research are needed to achieve healthcare equity. (Updated October 2017)


    Project HEALTH
    TransLine is a national online transgender medical consultation service that offers healthcare providers up-to-date transgender clinical information and individualized case consultation across a broad range of clinical transgender issues. TransLine is staffed by expert medical providers from LGBT clinics from around the nation who can help you provide the best possible care to your transgender patients.
    (Updated February 2017)

  • Educational Resources 
    Campus Pride

    Campus Pride represents the leading national nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization for student leaders and campus groups working to create a safer college environment for LGBTQ students. The organization is a volunteer-driven network "for" and "by" student leaders. The primary objective of Campus Pride is to develop necessary resources, programs and services to support LGBTQ and ally students on college campuses across the United States.

    DiversityBuilder—Your Referral Network

    PO Box 3614 Brentwood, TN 37024
    Online diversity business directory and customized searches locate gay-friendly doctors, dentists, businesses nationwide free of charge. Visit their website or contact the Diversity Research Team at to receive your free confidential referral. Diversity, harassment, and workplace LGBTQIA training at (Updated January 2017.)

    Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)

    90 Broad Street, 2nd floor New York, NY 10004
    Fax: 212-727-0254
    GLSEN strives for the equality and safety of all members of every school community, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Provides educational resources and supports school-based gay/straight alliances.(Updated February 2017)

    Human Rights Campaign's Welcoming Schools

    HRC Foundation's Welcoming Schools is the nation's premier professional development program dedicated to creating respectful and supportive elementary schools by embracing family diversity, creating LGBTQ- and gender-inclusive schools, preventing bias-based bullying, and supporting transgender and non-binary students.

    Queering Education Research Institute

    The Queering Education Research Institute© (QuERI) is an independent think-tank, qualitative research, policy, and training center dedicated to bridging the gap between research and practice in the teaching of LGBTQ students and the creation of LGBTQ youth affirming school environments. (Updated October 2017)

    TIGRIS Training Institute

    The Training Institute for Gender, Relationships, Identity, and Sexuality (TIGRIS) is a state of the art training institute providing educational workshops for individuals and organizations. Housed in the Capital District of Upstate NY (in Albany), TIGRIS offers training and consultation locally, nationally, and internationally — both in person and online. TIGRIS is at the forefront of delivering current, practical, evidence-based information to local and long-distance learners at beginner and advanced levels. TIGRIS provides online monthly supervision as well as consultation sessions on issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity, diversity training, LGBTQ issues, transgenderism, and clinical skill-building utilizing systemic, affirmative, narrative, and empowerment models. (Updated October 2017)

    Youth for Understanding USA

    641 S St, NW Suite 200 Washington, DC 20001
    800-TEENAGE (800-833-6243)
    YFU advances intercultural understanding, mutual respect and social responsibility through educational exchanges for youth, families and communities.
    (Updated February 2017)

  • Advocacy,  Support, and Legal Resources
    American Civil Liberties Union
    The ACLU will take any legitimate action to defend basic rights and freedoms. We do not consider political views when determining which cases to defend. Our most urgent work is to defend:
    Your First Amendment rights — freedom of speech, association and assembly; freedom of the press; and freedom of religion.
    Your right to equal protection under the law —equal treatment regardless of race, sex, religion or national origin.
    Your right to privacy — freedom from unwarranted government intrusion into your personal and private affairs.
    We also work to extend rights to people who have traditionally been denied their rights: people of color; lesbians, gay men, bisexual and transgender individuals; women; mental-health patients; prisoners; and people with disabilities.
    (Updated January 2017)

    American Psychological Association, Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Concerns Office

    750 First Street, NE Washington, DC 20002-4242
    The mission of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Concerns Office (LGBTCO) is to advance psychology as a means of improving the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, as a means of increasing understanding of gender identity and sexual orientation as aspects of human diversity, and as a means of reducing stigma, prejudice, discrimination, and violence toward LGBT people. The office provides support and guidance to all aspects of APA governance on issues related to its mission and products and services to the APA membership and others seeking psychological resources to promote beneficial change in society for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.
    (Updated February 2017)

    The Crisis Line, Suicide Prevention and Crisis Service

    124 East Court Street Ithaca, NY 14850
    local crisis line: 607-272-1616
    Business: 607-272-1505
    Confidential and Anonymous telephone counseling service, by caring and comprehensively trained volunteers. If local crisis line closed, call the national crisis line at 1-800-273-8255 (Updated January 2017.)

    DrugRehab is a web resource provided and funded by Advanced Recovery Systems (ARS). ARS is an integrated behavioral health care management organization dedicated to the treatment of addiction, substance abuse, eating disorders and mental health issues. We provide well-researched, fact-based resources on this site. ARS uses a three-pronged approach scientifically proven to help people overcome their addictions. Not only does ARS focus on addiction, but our doctors and therapists also analyze the co-occurring disorders generally associated with addiction. We excel at recovery with evidence-based methods that allow us to focus on specific treatments that help patients overcome the toughest of addictions.

    Empire Justice Center

    Empire Justice is a statewide, multi-issue,multi-strategy public interest law firm focused on changing the "systems" within which poor and low income families live. With a focus on poverty law, Empire Justice undertakes research and training, acts as an informational clearinghouse, and provides litigation backup to local legal services programs and community based organizations. (Updated October 2017) 

    Empire State Pride Agenda Transgender Resource Guide

    This resource guide is hosted as a public service to the transgender and gender non-conforming communities of New York State, as well as allies, family, and providers, by New York State LGBT Health & Human Services Network, a program of Empire State Pride Agenda.
    This is a listing of local, statewide, and national resources. The New York State LGBT Health & Human Services Network does not have the capacity to research every listing for knowledge and sensitivity to transgender people. Therefore, we ask you to understand that we cannot be held legally responsible for your encounters with listed services, people and organizations. (Updated October 2017)

    Family Equality Council

    475 Park Avenue South, Suite 21 New York, NY 10016
    Fax: 202-697-5058
    Through advocacy, support and educational activities, advances the well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender parents and their families. Promotes positive public policy for families of LGBT people. Provides written guide to starting local LGBT parenting groups. (Updated January 2017)

    Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD)

    30 Winter Street, Suite 800 Boston, MA 02108
    Fax: (617) 426-3594
    Through strategic litigation, public policy advocacy, and education, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders works in New England and nationally to create a just society free of discrimination based on gender identity and expression, HIV status, and sexual orientation. (Updated January 2017)

    Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD)

    104 West 29th Street, 4th Floor New York, NY 10001
    Fax: 212-629-3225
    Dedicated to promoting and ensuring fair, accurate, and inclusive representation of individuals and events in all media as a means of eliminating homophobia and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.(Updated January 2017)

    Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) National Hotline

    GLBT National Help Center 2261 Market Street, #296 San Francisco, CA 94114
    888-843-4564 (toll-free)
    EST hours: M-F, 4 p.m.-midnight; Saturday, noon-5 p.m.
    Information, peer counseling, local resources to GLBT-friendly professionals, social and support organizations, businesses, events, etc.
    (Updated February 2017)

    Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) National Youth Talkline

    GLBT National Help Center 2261 Market Street, #296 San Francisco, CA 94114
    800-246-PRIDE (800-246-7743) (toll-free)
    EST hours: M-F, 8 p.m.-midnight
    Information, peer counseling, local resources to GLBT-friendly professionals, social and support organizations, businesses, events, etc. for callers ages 25 and younger.
    (Updated February 2017)

    Harm Reduction Coalition

    22 West 27th St, 5th Floor New York, NY 10001
    Fax: 212-213-6582
    The Harm Reduction Coalition is a national advocacy and capacity-building organization that promotes the health and dignity of individuals and communities impacted by drug use. HRC advances policies and programs that help people address the adverse effects of drug use including overdose, HIV, hepatitis C, addiction, and incarceration. (Updated February 2017)

    Immigration Equality, Inc.

    40 Exchange Place, Suite 1300 New York, NY 10005
    Fax: 212-714-2973
    Seeks equal application of U.S immigration law toward LGBT couples, resource/support network for bi-national relationships; advocates for persons facing HIV/AIDS discrimination and those seeking asylum based on sexual orientation.
    (Updated February 2017)

    Lambda Legal

    120 Wall Street, Suite 1500 New York, NY 10005-3904
    Fax: 212 809-0055
    Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.(Updated January 2017)

    LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York (LeGaL)
    601 W 26th St Suite 325-20, New York, NY 10001

    Walk in legal clinics and referral service to private practice attorneys. Sponsor of annual LGBT Law Conference and summer internship program. Publisher of Lesbian/Gay Law Notes.(Updated January 2017)

    Male Survivor

    4768 Broadway #527, New York, NY 10034
    We are committed to preventing, healing, and eliminating all forms of sexual victimization of boys and men through support, treatment, research, education, advocacy, and activism.(Updated February 2017)

    Movement Advancement Project

    Founded in 2006, the Movement Advancement Project is an independent think tank that provides rigorous research, insight and analysis that help speed equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. MAP's work is focused on three primary areas: policy & issue analysis, LGBT movement overviews, effective messaging. (Updated October 2017)

    National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) 

    870 Market Street, Suite 370 San Francisco, CA 94102
    Fax: 415-392-8442
    Washington D.C. Office
    1100 H Street, NW Suite 540 Washington, DC 20005
    Founded in 1977, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) is this country's only lesbian, feminist, multicultural, national legal resource and advocacy organization with a primary focus on advancing the legal rights of lesbians and their families. Through precedent-setting litigation, public policy advocacy, free legal advice and counseling, and community education NCLR helps create a world in which all lesbians can live fully, free from discrimination. NCLR's family law, youth, immigration, and elder law projects benefit lesbians and gay men, and bisexual and transgendered individuals throughout the United States.(Updated January 2017)

    National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF)

    116 Nassau St. Third Floor, New York, NY 10038
    Founded in 1973, NGLTF was the first LGBT civil rights and advocacy organization and remains the movement's leading voice for freedom, justice and equality.
    (Updated February 2017)

    New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence

    119 Washington Ave. Albany, NY 12210
    Contact person: Jennifer Clark
    Fax: 518-482-3807
    The NYSCADV is a non-profit membership organization whose mission is to eradicate domestic violence and to ensure the provision of effective and appropriate services to victims of domestic violence through community outreach, education, training, technical assistance and policy development. NYSCADV also provides a 24-hour, toll-free, statewide Domestic & Sexual Violence Hotline.(Updated February 2017)

    Office for Victims of Crime

    U.S. Department of Justice 810 7th Street NW. Second Floor Washington, DC 20531
    Fax: 202-514-6383
    The Office for Victims of Crime is committed to enhancing the Nation's capacity to assist crime victims and to providing leadership in changing attitudes, policies, and practices to promote justice and healing for all victims of crime.(Updated February 2017)

    Safe Homes of Orange County

    The Neighborhood Business & Resource Center 280 Broadway, 3rd Floor, Newburgh, NY 12550
    Mailing: P.O. Box 649 Newburgh, NY 12551
    24-hour hotline: 1 888-503-4673
    Fax: 845-562-2216

    Safe Homes of Orange County is a private, non-profit agency fully dedicated to the elimination of all forms of domestic violence through education, outreach and provision of comprehensive services to individuals and families affected and displaced by intimate-partner violence. Founded in 1986, Safe Homes empowers people to make informed choices. We serve with compassion and dignity.(Updated February 2017)

    Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund

    20 West 20th Street Suite 705 New York, NY 10011
    Fax: 914-930-5654
    Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund is committed to ending discrimination based upon gender identity and expression and to achieving equality for transgender people through public education, test-case litigation, direct legal services, community organizing and public policy efforts.(Updated January 2017)

    The Trevor Project

    PO Box 69232 West Hollywood, CA 90069
    Contact persons: Kelli Peterman/Dave Reynolds
    New York Office Phone: 212-695-8650
    Trevor Lifeline: 1-866-488-7386
    The Trevor Project is the leading national organization focused on crisis and suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. (Updated February 2017)

    Unmarried Equality

    7149 Rivol Road West Hills, CA 91307
    Contact person: Sarah Wright, Board Chair
    The Alternatives to Marriage Project (AtMP) advocates for equality and fairness for unmarried people, including people who are single, choose not to marry, cannot marry, or live together before marriage. We provide support and information for this fast-growing constituency, fight discrimination on the basis of marital status, and educate the public and policymakers about relevant social and economic issues. We believe that marriage is only one of many acceptable family forms, and that society should recognize and support healthy relationships in all their diversity. AtMP is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.(Updated January 2017)

  • Local LGBTQ Resources
    Cornell LGBT Resource Center

    626 Thurston Avenue – 3rd Floor Cornell University Ithaca, NY 14853
    The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Resource Center coordinates the efforts of the entire Cornell community to ensure the inclusion of all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQQIA) individuals and works to eliminate discrimination based upon sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. The LGBT Resource Center affirms LGBTQQIA+ identities and lives, and provides education, outreach, advocacy, and support. The LGBT Resource Center is also the home of over 20 undergraduate and graduate student organizations and serves as a community center and gathering space for LGBTQQIA+ students, staff and faculty. Allies are always welcome!(Updated January 2017.)

    Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network of Hudson Valley (GLSEN)

    PO Box 604 Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
    914 962-7888
    914 962-8280 Fax
    GLSEN strives for the equality and safety of all members of every school community, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Provides educational resources and supports school-based gay/straight alliances. Our chapter, founded in 1997, serves Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Orange, Dutchess, and Ulster counties in New York State. (Updated February 2017)

    G.E.A.R. Gender Expression and Revolution

    The Cortland LGBTQ Center, 73 Main St. Cortland, NY 13045
    A safe place for you to express, question, love, understand, and talk.
    No matter who you are, or where you fall on the gender spectrum, you are welcome here.
    Meetings are held the first Tuesday of every month at 6 PM.
    (Updated February 2017)

    Ithaca-Cortland PFLAG

    Interfaith Center, 7 Calvert Street, Cortland NY 13045
    607-423-1078 or 607-756-7070
    Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays Inc. promotes the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered persons, their families and friends through support, education and advocacy. Ithaca-Cortland PFLAG meets the first Sunday of the month (except July & August) at 4:00 p.m. at the Interfaith Center at SUNY Cortland.
    (Updated February 2017)

    New York Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

    Every New Yorker deserves the same rights and protections under the law. The NYCLU is a leader in protecting and fighting for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. The denial of rights and protections to LGBT individuals and their families fundamentally undermines the freedom of all New Yorkers. The NYCLU works on a local and state-wide level. We use a multi-pronged strategy of litigation, legislation, community organizing and public education, including trainings and hosting events.

    Central New York Chapter
    731 James Street, Suite 205 Syracuse, NY 13203
    Interim Director: Yusuf Abdul-Qadir
    For Information & Legal Assistance:
    The Central New York Chapter, founded in 1963, is the official voice of the NYCLU in the region. The chapter serves Onondaga, Madison, Oneida, Seneca, Oswego, Cortland and Cayuga counties. Our office in Syracuse receives daily requests for advice, information, referral and legal assistance. A committee of volunteer attorneys works with the chapter director to review and assess requests for legal assistance.

    Capital Region
    90 State Street, Room 518 Albany, NY 12207
    1 518-436-8594
    The Chapter receives no governmental funding and is supported by individual contributions, grants from foundations, and more than 2,800 dues-paying NYCLU members in Albany, Rensselaer, Schenectady, Saratoga, Washington, Warren, Columbia and Greene counties.

    Lower Hudson Valley Chapter
    297 Knollwood Road, Suite 217 White Plains, NY 10607
    The Lower Hudson Valley Chapter of the New York Civil Liberties Union serves Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Rockland, Orange, Sullivan and Ulster counties.

    Genesee Valley Chapter
    121 N. Fitzhugh Street Rochester, NY 14614
    The Genesee Valley Chapter of the New York Civil Liberties Union serves the following counties: Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Steuben, Wayne, Wyoming and Yates. Our mission is to defend and promote the fundamental principles and values embodied in the Bill of Rights, the U.S. Constitution, and the New York Constitution. (Updated January 2017)

    New York Pride Network

    The New York Pride Network is a guide to events for and by the LGBTQ community and our allies in the Capital Region, Central New York and the North Country, Genesee Valley/Finger Lakes, Greater New York, Hudson Valley, the Southern Tier and Western New York, as well as statewide events. It also provides a directory of LGBTQ community centers and LGBTQ and ally organizations.

    New York State Laws Protecting LGBT Rights

    New York State residents receive LGBT-related and same-sex marriage protections under a variety of state and local laws. For information on whether a specific law applies to you, or if you believe you have been the victim of discrimination, contact the Civil Rights Bureau at (212) 416-8250 or

    Northeast Two-Spirit Society C/O American Indian Artists Inc. (AMERINDA)

    288 East 10th Street New York, NY 10009
    Contact person: Harlan Pruden
    The NorthEast Two-Spirit Society serves as a information and education clearinghouse for NYS' Two-Spirit (LGBT Native Americans) community and provides an array of activities and services in fulfillment of its unique mission:
    • To educate the LGBT and non-LGBT communities regarding indigenous and Two-Spirit histories and traditions;
    • To ensure community cohesion among Two-Spirit people through the promotion of health and spiritual well-being by sharing our traditions with one another;
    • To outreach, build alliances and coalitions with other community based organizations to increase the visibility of the Two-Spirit community; and
    To ensure the Two-Spirit community's needs and concerns are being addressed.
    (Updated February 2017)

    PFLAG Binghamton

    Meets at 6:30 p.m. the third Monday of every month at Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Binghamton, N.Y.
    (Updated October 2017)

    PFLAG Buffalo/Niagara  

    Meets the third Sunday of every month at 2:30pm at Kenilworth United Church of Christ, 45 Dalton Drive, Towanda NY 14223. (Updated October 2017)

    PFLAG Rochester

    Open Arms Metropolitan Community Church, 707 East Main Street, Rochester, NY 14624
    We are the Rochester, NY, chapter of "Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians and Gays." Here you'll find support, education and allies who advocate for full inclusion of the LGBT people we love. We meet the third Sunday of every month from 1-3 pm.
    (Updated February 2017)

    Rockland County Pride

    77 South Main St New City, NY 10956
    Rockland County Pride is an initiative that provides a critical analysis of the social and political conditions relating to domestic violence, racism, sexism, heterosexism, bias-related incidents and other issues of oppression. Key programs include LGBT programs, Rockland Pride (annual Pride celebration), the NY Model for Batterer Programs ( and anti-racism organizing with special commitment to the analysis presented by the People's Institute for Survival and Beyond ( Our programs, events and initiatives are intended to promote social change on systemic and institutional levels.(Updated January 2017)

    SAGE of Rochester

    100 College Ave. Rochester, NY 14607
    Are you sick and need soup? Do you need a friendly phone call or visit? Do you want to let us know it is your birthday or if in the hospital? Do you have a great vacation spot or a clean funny joke? SAGE Rochester is setting goals for all of us to be here for each other. SAGE is open to seniors ages 50+. Monthly programming includes: board games, arts and crafts, movies, Wii games, internet access, yoga, outings and more.
    (Updated February 2017)

    Syracuse University LGBT Resource Center

    750 Ostrum Avenue Syracuse, NY 13244
    FAX: 315-443-9972
    The purpose of this center is to provide education, advocacy, support and safe communal space for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people and their allies.(Updated February 2017)

    Things of My Very Own, Inc.

    243-249 Green St. Schenectady, NY 12305
    Contact person: Rayn Bonciz
    Things of My Very Own, Inc. is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Corporation that provides crisis intervention services and programs to children in emergency situations, especially those impacted by extensive abuse or neglect. Transitional Aid packages (e.g. clothing, diapers, formula, hygiene products, etc.) are available within four hours of referral. The organization also provides life-skill development and prevention programs to children in at-risk situations. All programs and services are offered to children and families free of charge. (Updated February 2017)

    The Ties That Bind of CNY

    Syracuse, NY
    We collect new and pre-owned, washed chest binders from those who do not need them anymore and we donate them to transgender youth and adults in need absolutely free of charge!(Updated April 2017)

  • National LGBTQ Resources
    African Ancestral Lesbians United for Social Change
    African Ancestral Lesbians United for Social Change is an organization committed to the education and empowerment of women of African descent. The organization's overall mission is to awaken the spiritual power of African Ancestral women, provide educational tools for the development of progressive thinking, empower African Ancestral women to become advocates for economic, educational, health and political change, provide resources and referrals for various needs, and provide opportunities for social and cultural interaction with all women consisting of: dances, theater, cultural events, poetry readings, conferences, festivals, music, plays and more.


    5307 Baltimore Ave. Hyattsville, MD 20781
    Contact Person: Cameron Conte
    gc2b provides high quality chest binders at an affordable price. Our products have been designed using an extensive and thorough process. Our binders feature our patented front and back, double panel, mixed material design to construct a flat appearance. gc2b provides the gear needed to help you safely achieve your ideal form.(Updated March 2017)

    Human Rights Campaign (HRC)

    1640 Rhode Island Ave NW Washington, DC 20036-3278
    800 777-4723 (toll-free)
    Fax: 202 347-5323
    HRC is the largest national lesbian and gay political organization with members throughout the country. It effectively lobbies Congress, provides campaign support and educates the public to ensure that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community. HRC has an extensive interactive online resource center dedicated to all LGBT families. Find practical information, community support and expert advice about topics including having children to growing old; dealing with children's health issues and your own; managing your finances and using the law to protect your most important relationships, and other issues.
    Also visit for a comprehensive guide for administrators, educators, parents and guardians who want to strengthen their schools' approach to family diversity, gender stereotyping and bullying. Welcoming Schools is specifically designed for use in K-5 learning environments and is inclusive of LGBT families and individuals in the broader context of diversity.
    (Updated February 2017)

    Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians & Gays (PFLAG)

    1828 L St NW Suite 660 Washington, DC 20036
    FAX: 202-467-8194
    Promotes the health and well being of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered persons, their families and friends through support, education, and advocacy. There are PFLAG chapters throughout the country that offer support groups and social activities to parents, families and friends: call or check the website for a local group. There are numerous chapters throughout New York State.
    (Updated February 2017)

    Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE)

    305 Seventh Avenue, 15th Floor New York, NY 10001
    FAX: 212-366-1947
    SAGE is a social service organization dedicated to meeting the unique needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender seniors. It is committed to providing high quality, life enriching programs and services in an intergenerational environment that values age, gender, racial, religious, ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic diversity. SAGE/upstate serves central New York.(Updated February 2017)

    TransParent USA

    We envision a world that honors and affirms the naturally occurring human experience of gender independence. Our mission is to normalize this experience through connection, support and resources.
    Connecting families through locally established TransParent support groups
    Supporting and encouraging parents to act on behalf of their child's best interest
    Organizing experienced and knowledgeable resources to assist families with their child's gender journey
    By fulfilling this mission we empower gender independent children to live authentically.

    (Updated December 2017) 

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