Regional, State & Local LGBT-Supportive Organizations (Within the United States)

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Regional Organizations (Within U.S.)
Gay and Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (New England)

www.glad.org

“We are New England’s leading legal rights organization dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation, HIV status and gender identity and expression.”

GLAD’s website includes a Youth Initiative page and a Know Your Rights page for youth issues.

Campaign for Southern Equality

www.southernequality.org

The Campaign for Southern Equality works for LGBT equality in the Southern states.

Southerners on New Ground

southernersonnewground.org

“SONG envisions a sustainable South that embodies the best of its freedom traditions and works towards the transformation of our economic, social, spiritual, and political relationships. We envision a multi-issue southern justice movement that unites us across class, age, race, ability, gender, immigration status, and sexuality; a movement in which LGBTQ people – poor and working class, immigrant, people of color, rural – take our rightful place as leaders shaping our region’s legacy and future. We are committed to restoring a way of being that recognizes our collective humanity and dependence on the Earth.”

Lists of State and Local Organizations (Within U.S.)

Youth Allies has prepared a list of Manhattan organizations for LGBT youth and their allies:

New York (Manhattan)
  • Ali Forney Center (www.aliforneycenter.org)
    • Offers support groups, counseling, medical services, food and showers, recreational activities, referrals to transitional and emergency housing, and other services to LGBT homeless youth.
    • Ali Forney Center Main Headquarters:
      • 224 West 35th Street, 15th Floor, New York, NY 10001
      • Phone: 212-222-3427
      • Fax: 212-222 5861 (Fax)
    • Ali Forney Day Center:
      • Phone: 212-206-0574
      • Fax: 212-206-7486
      • If you are a young person who needs help, has questions about services, or has waiting list inquiries, please contact our staff at the Day Center.”
  • APICHA (www.apicha.org)
    • 400 Broadway, New York, NY 10013
    • Phone: 212-334-7940
    • Infoline: 866-APICHA9 (866-274-2429)
  • Covenant House (www.covenanthouse.org)
    • Services for homeless youth
    • 461 Eighth Avenue, New York, NY 10001
    • Headquarters Phone: 800-388-3888
    • Hotline for Youth: 800-999-9999 (between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., 7 days/week)
  • The Door (www.door.org)
    • “In addition to health, legal, education, counseling and career services, The Door provides a wide range of programs and services geared towards our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, or Questioning (LGBTQ) members . . . .”
    • You can become a member Monday through Thursday, between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.
    • 555 Broome Street (between 6th Avenue and Varick Street).
    • Phone: 212-941-9090 (ext. 3372)
    • Email: Bailey Huguley, [email protected] or [email protected]
  • Families of Color and Allies PFLAG (www.pflagfamiliesofcolor.org)
    • Confidential support meetings every month. All are welcome.
    • Meetings are at the LGBT Community Center, 208 West 13th Street (between 7th and 8th Avenues), New York, NY 10011
    • Phone: 212-620-7310 (This is the number for the LGBT Community Center, where meetings are held.)
    • Email: [email protected]
  • Fierce! (www.fiercenyc.org)
    • “FIERCE is a membership-based organization building the leadership and power of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth of color in New York City. We develop politically conscious leaders who are invested in improving ourselves and our communities through youth-led campaigns, leadership development programs, and cultural expression through arts and media. FIERCE is dedicated to cultivating the next generation of social justice movement leaders who are dedicated to ending all forms of oppression.”
    • 147 West 24th Street, 6th Floor, New York, NY, 10011
    • Monday to Friday, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
    • Phone: 646-336-6789
    • Fax: 646-336-6788
  • Gay Men of African Descent (GMAD) / H-Spot
    • Offers a variety of support services and programs, including a support group called H-Spot: “H-Spot is a support and empowerment group for young HIV+ men who have sex with men, ages 28 and younger. The goal of the group is to encourage HIV-positive young adults who are unconnected to medical care and ancillary services to do so and to improve medical adherence.”
    • 44 Court Street, Suite 1000, Brooklyn, NY 11201
    • Phone: 718-222-6300
    • Fax: 718-488-1872
    • For information specifically about support groups like H-Spot, call Elizabeth H. Williams at 718-222-6300, ext. 124.
  • The Hetrick-Martin Institute (www.hmi.org)
    • “The Hetrick-Martin Institute believes all young people, regardless of sexual orientation or identity, deserve a safe and supportive environment in which to achieve their full potential. Hetrick-Martin creates this environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth between the ages of 12 and 24 and their families.”
    • After-school program for LGBT youth.
    • Home of the Harvey Milk High School.
    • Call to make an appointment for an Intake to become a member or drop by the center from 3:15 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. on weekdays. Free and confidential; bring ID if possible.
    • 2 Astor Place (near Broadway and 8th Street), New York, NY 10003.
    • Phone: 212-674-2400
  • HOTT Program (Health Outreach To Teens) (callen-lorde.org/our-services/health-outreach-to-teens/)
    • A program of the Callen Lorde Community Health Center, “Health Outreach To Teens is a welcoming, non-judgmental, confidential program designed specifically to meet the medical and mental health needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning adolescents and young adults ages 13-24, as well as homeless youth, runaways, sex workers, squatters, and other street-oriented youth. These services are offered both at a youth-only medical suite at Callen-Lorde, and on HOTT’s medical van, which travels to areas throughout Manhattan in the afternoons and evenings where youth are known to hang out.”
    • “All of HOTT’s services are provided free of charge or at low cost (insurance is accepted). HOTT will register young people 21 years old and younger for health care services, and provide ongoing care up to their 24th birthday. After their 24th birthday, they will be transitioned into adult care.”
    • 356 West 18th Street (between 8 and 9th Ave) 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10011
    • Phone: 212-271-7200
  • Latino Youth in Action (www.latinopridecenter.org/latino-youth-in-action/)
    • “Latino Youth In Action is a leadership and HIV prevention program targeting young individuals between the ages of 14-24.” Offers counseling. Plans events. Bilingual. Forms part of the Hispanic Aids Forum.
    • In Manhattan: 213 West 35th Street, New York, NY 10001
    • Phone: 212-563-4500
    • In the Bronx: 975 Kelly Street, Suite 402, Bronx, NY 10459
      Tel. : 718-328-4188
  • New Alternatives for LGBT Homeless Youth (www.newalternativesnyc.org)
    • “The mission of the organization is to increase the self-sufficiency of homeless LGBT youth to enable them to ‘go beyond’ the shelter system. We intend to do this by providing case management, community organizing, life skills groups, community-building recreational activities, and, in the long-term, supported employment opportunities. Our guiding principles are those of harm reduction, youth development, and empowerment.”
    • Drop-ins take place at Middle Collegiate Church, 50 East 7th Street, New York, NY, 10003
    • Mailing address: P.O. Box 862 NYC NY 10009
    • On-line contact form: www.newalternativesnyc.org/contact-us/
  • NYC Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project (AVP) (www.avp.org)
    • “We empower lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV-affected communities and allies to end all forms of violence through organizing and education, and support survivors through counseling and advocacy.”
    • Offers free and confidential crisis-counseling, support and advocacy to crime victims, including victims of bias crime, rape and sexual assault, domestic violence, HIV/AIDS-related violence, police misconduct, and pick-up crimes.
    • 240 West 35th Street 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10001
    • Phone: 212-714-1184
    • TTY: 212-714-1134
    • 24 hour bilingual hotline: 212-714-1141.
  • Planned Parenthood Health Center Services: Planned Parenthood of NYC (www.plannedparenthood.org/nyc)
    • Reproductive health information and services; STD screening and HIV testing; birth control & pregnancy testing, GYN care; counseling.
    • Phone: 212-965-7000 or 1-800-230-PLAN
  • Streetwork Project (http://www.safehorizon.org/index/get-help-8/homeless-youth-41.html)
    • LGBT-friendly services for runaway and homeless youth, including food, clothing, showers, medical care, needle exchange and HIV support group. Ages 24 and under.
    • 165 West 131st Street (above the C-town market), New York, NY 10027
    • Phone: 212-695-2220, or 24-hour line: 212-577-7777
    • Streetwork Project – Lower East Side Drop-In Center
      • 33 Essex Street (between Grand and Forsyth Streets), New York, NY 10002
      • Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Friday from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m.
      • Mondays 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. (injection drug users only)
      • Wednesdays: emergencies only.
      • Phone: 646-602-6404
  • Sylvia Rivera Law Project (srlp.org)
    • 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
    • Phone: 212-337-8550
  • Urban Justice Center: Peter Cicchino Youth Project (www.urbanjustice.org/ujc/projects/peter.html)
    • “Founded in 1994, PCYP is an innovative legal services project focusing on the civil legal needs of the thousands of homeless and street-involved lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQQ) young people in New York City. PCYP works to interrupt the cycles of poverty and criminalization that prevent LGBTQQ young people from living fulfilling lives free from discrimination, abuse, and oppression.”
    • 123 Williams Street 16th Floor, New York, NY 10038
    • Phone: 646-602-5600

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