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Onondaga County/Syracuse Commission on Human Rights

John H. Mulroy Civic Center
15th Floor East 
421 Montgomery Street
Syracuse, NY 13202
(315) 435-3565

Our office is staffed from
8 am to 4 pm. Mon - Fri.


How You Can be a Supportive Ally

LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning)

Ally (Parent, Educator, Friend)



Timeline of some milestones, not all, of important dates of the LGBTQ rights movement.





Massachusetts holds the first

legal same-sex marriage in the




The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr.

Hate Crimes Prevention Act  is established

after President Obama signs it.



“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” ends meaning

lesbians and gay men can serve openly in the military.


At the Democratic National Convemtion,

Deomcrats become the first political party

to publicly support same-sex marriage.



The first national momument for LGBTQ

rights, named Stonewall National Monument,

designation was announced by President Obama

Governor Cuomo signs a law

banning the use of the “gay and

trans panic legal defense strategy"
  LGBTQ workers are now federally protected from discrimination according to a Supreme court ruling.




The Q Center for LGBT Youth at ACR Health


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


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




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 




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

Trans Student Educational Resources (TSER)


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

Campus Pride


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

United Nations Global Campaign Against Homophobia and Transphobia


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