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Syracuse, NY 13202
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Info. about People Who Are LGBTQ
(Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning)                                                                     & How You Can be a Supportive Ally (Parent, Educator, Friend)

The information below is a series of local and national resources for learning about and assisting people who are LGBTQ, especially youth and students.  There is a brief description of each resources with its overall website address, and internet links to specific information, publications or factsheets.  The resources below are listed in the following order: Local, NY STate, National, International.  For an additoinal factsheet with definitions of key terms related to People who are LGBTQ click here.

Many of the resources listed below will be of particular use to parents, teachers, guidance counselors, and social workers who interact with LGBTQ youth and students.  Several resources provide information about how to ensure that schools welcome LGBTQ students, and provide a safe environment in which they have equal opportunities to learn and thrive.


The Q Center for LGBT Youth at ACR Health - www.acrhealth.org/youth/the-q-center

Peer and professional support services, including case management services, are available for LGBTQ youth in Central New York who need assistance with housing, advocacy, medical care, mental health services, transportation, identity documents, and other issues. There are a variety of links to after-school programs, support groups, outreach & education, and special events all featured on this site. For LGBTQ training for agencies and organizations as well as support to school GSAs, contact the Q Center with any questions at this address: QCenterCNY@ACRHealth.org

Links Below Provide Good Information about: LGBT youth groups, Teen Health Education:

Sage Upstate - www.sageupstate.org

Sage Upstate is a  not-for profit organization that promotes the health and well being of LGBTQ people in Central NY as they age. The organization provides health and wellness programming, suppport groups, social activities for older people who are LGBTQ, as well as education for health care providers who want to learn about the needs of this population.  Sage Upstate serves seven counties in Central NY: Cayuga, Cortland, Jefferson, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, and Oswego.  Its main office is in Syracuse.

Links Below Provide Good Information about: Services, Programs, Activities, Events and Support Groups

CNY Pride - www.cnypride.com


CNY Pride is an organization that organizes and runs Pride month events in Syracuse, NY each June.  This includes the annual Pride Parade and Festival, along with other educational, cultural and recreational events.


Links Below Provide Good Information about: Events and Vendor Information


Q Law  - https://www.onvlp.org/get-help/community/q-law-lgbt-legal-issues/


Q Law is a project of the Volunteer Lawyers Project of Onondaga County.  Q Law can provide free legal advice and assistance related to issues of sexual orientation and gender identity.  Q Law has addressed issues related to transgender name and gender marker changes on government documents, 2nd parent adoption, wills, divorce, and petitions for asylum status for LGBT individuals.  Lawyers are also available to provide presentatoins on LGBT rights.


Contact (315) 579-2576 or email qlaw@ongvlp.org or info@onvlp.org


Black Cuse Pride - https://www.cnysolidarity.org/directory/1255/black-cuse-pride/


Black Cuse Pride is an organization focused on providing a safe and confidential environment for the inner city LGBTQ community in Syracuse, as well as offerring networking opporutunities, health information and peer support.


Contact (315) 863-4539 or email blackcusepride@gmail.com or go to BlackCusePride on Facebook


Transgender Alliance of Central NY - https://www.facebook.com/tgacny/


The Transgender Alliance of Central NY is a social and support group for transgender persons regardless of their sexual orientation , gender identity or their geographic location. The organization maintains a facebook page with information about events and resources.


Links Below Provide Good Information about: Facebook Page


FAIRNY - https://www.facebook.com/tgacny/


Focus on Awareness and Information Resources of New York (FAIRNY) is a not for profit organization that hosts the LGBTQ Pride Booth at the annual New York State Fair in Syracuse.  A wide variety of Information is available at the booth in relation to LGBTQ youth and students, discrimination facing the LGBTQ community, housing and health issues, Transgender resources, welcoming faith communities, protection of LGBTQ couples and families, and how to be a supportive ally.  The booth is located in a highly visible space in the Center of Progress Building.  Information about theme days at the booth, as well as sponsorship and vollunteering opportunities, can be found at the FAIRNY website.


Contact (315) 460-6971 or email fairny@fairny.org


NY State Education Department & the New York State Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) - http://www.p12.nysed.gov/dignityact/

The New York State Education Department is responsible for the supervision of all public schools and standardized testing, as well as statewide policies. DASA was established to help provide all NY State elementary and secondary school students with a safe and supportive environment free from any discrimination and bullying on all school grounds.

Link Below Provides Good Information about: Transgeder Students, NY Schools

The Sylvia Rivera Law Project - www.srlp.org

The Sylvia Rivera Law Project is a non-profit organization based in New York City that provides legal services for people discriminated against on the basis of gender identity or expression.

Link Below Provides Good Infromation about: LGBT Students

New York Civil Liberties Union - www.nyclu.org

The New York Civil Liberties Union is a nonprofit, nonpartisan chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), whose focus is to protect all civil liberties granted to citizens in the Bill of Rights.  The NYCLU has offices in New York City, Nassau County, Suffolk County, the Lower Hudson Valley (White Plains), Albany, Syracuse, Rochester and Buffalo. 

Link Below Provides Good Information about: Educational policy, Transgender & Gender Non-conforming Students, GSA's

GLSEN – Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network (www.glsen.org)

GLSEN (pronounced "gliiss-en") was founded in 1990 by a small, but dedicated group of teachers in Massachusetts who came together to improve an education system that too frequently allows its lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) students to be bullied, discrim- inated against, or fall through the cracks. Over 25 years later, that group has grown into the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe and affirming schools for LGBTQ students.

Links Below Provide Good Information about: Gender Identity, Transgender Students, LGBT Curriculum

Human Rights Campaign www.hrc.org & the Welcoming Schools Project www.welcomingschools.org

HRC bills itself as the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization.  The organization envisions a world where peole who are LGBTQ are ensured of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community. The Human Rights Campaign has more than 1.5 million members and supporters nationwide. The HRC website provides many news updates and recent publications relating to the LGBTQA community both within the United States and worldwide.

Welcoming Schools is a project of the HRC Foundation that focuses on how to create an LGBTQ and gender-inclusive climate in schools and provide professional development tools for school faculty and administration. Educators should look for the downloadable starter kit & the training request form.

Links Below Provide Good Information about: Staff training, Transgender Youth, Education

Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) Network - www.gsanetwork.org

The GSA Network is a LGBTQ racial and gender justice organization that works to empower and tran queer, trans and allied youth leaders to advocate, organize and mobilize an intersectional movement for safer schools and healthier communities.  GSA's are middle or high school based clubs that provide a safe space to bring students who are LGBTQ and student allies together.  The organization is based out of California, and provides LGBTQ student information focused on leadership development and activism, particularly aimed at fighting for educational justice.  Its webpages provide information both to schools and to educators training student leaders about the opportunities within the GSA Nework.

Link Below Provide Good Information about: Student LGBT leaders, School Tolerance, GSA's

Three webpages are especially useful for educators:

Handbook for GSA Advisors: https://gsanetwork.org/advisor-handbook


Student Factsheet  - 10 Steps to starting a GSA



Trans Student Educational Resources (TSER) - www.transstudent.org

TSER is youth-led organization dedicated to transforming the educational environment for trans and gender nonconforming students through advocacy and empowerment.

Links Below Provide Good Information about: Workshops, Educational Policies for Transgender Students

Trans Youth Family Allies - www.imatyfa.org/

TYFA is a non-profit organization that helps educate professionals, citizens, and legislators about discrimination, tolerance, and transgender issues.

Links Below Provide Good Information about: Transgender Terminology, Transgender students

Campus Pride - www.campuspride.org/

Campus Pride is an organization for connecting LGBT student leaders, educators, and campus groups.

Links Below Provide Good Information about: Transgender Advocacy & Inclusiveness, College Life for LGBT Students/Advisors/Leaders

The Trevor Project - www.thetrevorproject.org

The Trevor Project is a national organization that provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth.  Its website includes pages for educators directed towards transgender identity and support resources. "Trevor" was a fictional character in a one man play called Word of Mouth written by writer/performer James Lecesne. At the request of producers Peggy Rajski and Randy Stone, Lecesne turned the play into a screnplay, which became the academy award winning short firm Trevor, which was directed by Rajski and produced by Stone.  The Trevor Project was initated after Rajski and Stone realized that there was no real place for young people to turn when facing the kinds of challenges and crisis faced by the central character in the film. Rajski recruited mental health experts and figured out how to build the infrastructure necessary for a nationwhide 24-hour crisis line, and Lecesne secured the funds to start it.

Links Below Provide Good Information about: Transgender, Support Services & Information

Southern Poverty Law Center's Online Magazine "Teaching Tolerance" - www.tolerance.org

The Southern Poverty Law Center is a nonprofit legal aid organization dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry. The Teaching Tolerance online magazine is an excellent resource geared toward k-12 teachers (focusing on middle/high school educators).  Information in the online magizine focuses onreducing prejudice and supporting equitable school experiences. Free educational materials are provided to teachers and other administrators.

Links Below Provide Good Information about: Grants for Teachers, Prejudice Reduction, Resources for Teachers

Parents & Friends of Lesbians & Gays (PFLAG)  www.pflag.org 

Straight for Equality www.straightforequality.org/about

PFLAG focuses on supporting the LGBTQ community, educating others, and providing advocacy throughout communities to support positive mindset changes towards the LGBTQ community and developing policies aimed at equality. As a 400+ chapter network, they expand across the United States in all types of cities and communities.

Straight for Equality provides information, support and resources that helps straight allies understand their role in supporting and advocating for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. There are several pages on their websites that would be useful for educators

Links Below Provide Good Information about: Being an Ally, Transgender:

Lambda Legal Defense - www.lambdalegal.org

Lambda Lega is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people, and everyone living with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work. Lambda is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Links Below Provide Good Information about: Legal issues & Transgender Info. & Advocacy Tools

Transgender Law Center - www.transgenderlawcenter.org

The Transgender Law Center is a non-profit organization that provides transgender legal services, lobbying, and information.

Links Below Provide Good Information about: Transgender Youth, Familiy Law

Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF)   www.transgenderlegal.org

The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund works to end discrimination based upon gender identity and expression and to achieve equality for transgender people through public education, test-case litigation, direct legal services, and public policy efforts.

Links Below Provide Good Information about: Transgender Legal Assistance, Educational Equity

National Center for Transgender Equality - www.transequality.org

The National Center for Transgender Equality is a social justice advocacy organization that is based in Texas. Educators can benefit from the answers provided about general Transequality concerns, bathroom access, ways allies can support and respect the transgender community.

Links Below Provide Good Information about: Gender Identity, Transgender, Being an Ally, Transgender Youth & Students, School officials,

Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS) - siecus.org/index.cfm

SIECUS is a non-profit organization that provides general education on sexuality with LBGT inclusivity.

Links Below Provide Good Information about: LGBT Youth, Sexuality education

World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) - www.wpath.org

WPATH is considered the leading medical authority on transgender healthcare.

Link Below Provides Good Information about: Transgender Medical Care & Providers

United Nations Global Campaign Against Homophobia and Transphobia - https://www.unfe.org/about/

This international campaign uses social media and traditional media to promote tolerance for people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and intersex.

Link Below Provides Good Information about: Terminology & Global Perspectivies

Human Rights Watch - www.hrw.org

Human Righs Watch is a nonprofit, nongovernmental human rights organization with efforts concentrated around the globe. Every year, more than 100 reports are published on human rights conditions in about 90 countries. 

Link Below Provides Good Information about: General, Global issues:

Note: These links and resources were compiled by Human Rights Commissioners, staff and interns, with input from Marissa Rice of the Q Center for LGBT Youth