Advocacy & Services
ACT UP — the AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power — is a diverse, non-partisan group of individuals, united in anger and committed to direct action to end the AIDS crisis. They meet with government officials, distribute the latest medical information, protest, and demonstrate. They are not silent.
Ali Forney Center
Their mission is to protect LGBTQ+ youths from the harms of homelessness and empower them with the tools needed to live independently. It is the largest agency dedicated to LGBTQ+ homeless youths in the country—assisting nearly 1,400 youths per year through a 24-hour Drop-In Center, which provides over 70,000 meals annually, medical and mental health services through an on-site clinic, and a scattered site housing program. The Ali Forney Center provides LGBTQ+ young people housing and a continuum of supportive services to help them thrive and prepare them for independent living.
AVER: American Veterans for Equal Rights
AVER is a veterans’ service organization of patriotic lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender American armed forces veterans and service members who are proud to have served their country, and their lovers, partners, spouses, supporters, friends and family. AVERNY is the New York chapter of American Veterans for Equal Rights-OutVets.
African Ancestral Lesbians United for Societal Change (AALUSC)
AALUSC provides a community space for and by same gender loving womyn across the African Diaspora, regardless of language, class, or culture, to gather and be active participants in sustaining and growing their community.
Caribbean Equality Project
The Caribbean Equality Project is a Queens, New York-based 501(c)3 non-profit organization that empowers and strengthens the marginalized voices of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people of Caribbean origin and descent through advocacy, community organizing, education, and cultural and social programming.
The Center fosters a welcoming environment where everyone is celebrated for who they are. They offer the LGBTQ+ communities of NYC advocacy, health and wellness programs; arts, entertainment and cultural events; and recovery, parenthood, and family support services.
Equality New York (EQNY) is an advocacy organization that unites and amplifies the social and political voices of the LGBTQ+ communities throughout New York State. They work to advance equality and justice for LGBTQ+ New Yorkers and their families. EQNY uses an intersectional lens to ensure equitable outcomes for their community.
GLAAD Media Awards
The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate, and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) community and the issues that affect their lives.
GLSEN New York City is a chapter of GLSEN, a national organization fighting for every student’s right to a safe, supportive education.
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 13 and 24 and their families. Through a comprehensive package of direct services and referrals, Hetrick-Martin seeks to foster healthy youth development. Hetrick-Martin’s staff promotes excellence in the delivery of youth services and uses its expertise to create innovative programs that other organizations may use as models.
Housing Works fights for funding and legislation to ensure that all people living with HIV/AIDS have access to quality housing, healthcare, HIV prevention, and treatment, among other lifesaving services.
LGBTQ+ Network: Q-Center
The Queens LGBTQ+ Center (Q-Center) is the LGBTQ+ Network's community center located in Long Island City. The Q-Center offers a range of services for LGBTQ+ people of all ages, and a safe space for LGBTQ+ people to build community.
LGBTQ+ Social Groups
Numerous social groups exist to provide spaces for the LGBTQ+ community.
Movement Advancement Project
MAP's mission is to provide independent and rigorous research, insight, and communications that help speed equality and opportunity for all. MAP works to ensure that all people have a fair chance to pursue health and happiness, earn a living, take care of the ones they love, be safe in their communities, and participate in civic life.
The New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy (NYAGRA) is a statewide transgender advocacy organization that was founded in 1998.
NYC Comptroller's Office-LGBTQ+ Guide of Services and Resources
The LGBTQ+ Guide of Services and Resources is the most comprehensive directory of LGBTQ+ resources and services in New York City. For members of the LGBTQ+ community, connecting to services geared towards their needs can be a challenge. This Guide is intended to help individuals better understand the resources available, from hundreds of community organizations and health care facilities to counseling and support groups, recreational clubs, and much more.
NY Transgender Advocacy Group
The New York Transgender Advocacy Group is a Trans-led organization. Their mission is to advocate for more inclusive gender-based policies that benefit Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming/Non-Binary (TGNCNB) individuals through building community leaders, educating practitioners, and influencing policy makers.
NYC Unity Project: LGBTQ+ Youth
The NYC Unity Project’s goal is to build and strengthen our city’s programs so that LGBTQ+ young people are free to not only survive, but grow and thrive.
PFLAG of Queens
PFLAG envisions a world where diversity is celebrated and all people respected, valued, and affirmed inclusive of their sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. PFLAG Queens is the organization for parents, families, allies, and LGBTQ+ people united for equality in Queens.
Pride Center of Staten Island
The Pride Center supports the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender citizens of Staten Island.
Queens Community House
Queens Community House (QCH) is a multi-site, multi-service settlement house that serves the diverse neighborhoods of Queens. They serve residents of all ages, races, faiths, and ethnicities while supporting the viability of the borough as a whole.
Queens Center for Gay Seniors
The Queens Center for Gay Seniors is committed to listening and understanding the emerging needs and challenges of the many distinct groups that comprise our borough and translating those challenges into programs that engage, empower, and create a sense of inclusion and purpose. Their programs help thousands of Queens residents to thrive in school and make healthy life choices, to succeed in educating themselves and become engaged neighbors, to stabilize their housing situations, and to make the most of their senior years. Adhering to a model that combines service provision, organizing, advocacy, and community-building, they strive to make the communities of Queens strong, inclusive, and models of civic life.
Queens Pride House (Jackson Heights)
Founded in 1997, Queens Pride House is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to serve the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities in Queens in their full diversity. QPH accomplishes its mission by providing a health information and referral hotline and drop-in center, support groups, monthly social and cultural events, educational workshops, access to legal services, and community health & organizing campaigns.
Q-Wave is a grassroots organization of lesbian, bisexual, trans, and queer women and gender non-conforming/non-binary folks of Asian and Pacific Islander descent. They seek to build a strong community, create awareness around social justice issues, increase queer Asian visibility, and uplift marginalized voices through their programming.
Reclaim Pride Coalition/Queer Liberation March
The 2019 Queer Liberation March was a grassroots action that mobilized the community to address the many social and political battles that continue to be fought locally, nationally, and globally.
SAGE is the country's largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBTQ+) older adults. Their mission is to lead in addressing issues related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBTQ+) aging.
Translatinx Network increases the capacity of all transgender community members through advocacy, education, and social support.