LGBTQ Supporting and Affirming Organizations: States I–N
This list includes associations, programs, and organizations throughout the United States that work to support and affirm lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) children, youth, and families through a variety of peer-, community-, and culture-based social support; education and outreach; and legal support.
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Youth Alliance for Diversity – Boise GLBT Community Center
Strives to provide youth with the opportunity to meet and receive the support of other LGBTQ and allied youth.
The Community Center
Provides a safe and welcoming location for group meetings and social activities for youth groups, LGBT support groups, women’s groups, and transgender group support.
All Under One Roof LGBT Center
Provides support for LGBTQ youth and their allies, community outreach and support, leadership development and life skills, health and wellness education, support for the HIV community, and safe social activities.
Idaho Safe Schools Coalition
The Coalition's goal is to help schools better meet the needs of all students, including those who are perceived and/or identify as LGBT, as well as children of LGBT families.
National Runaway Safeline
Operates 1-800-RUNAWAY, a confidential and anonymous crisis hotline for runaway and homeless youth available 24 hours a day. Provides youth with services, including crisis interventions and referrals.
Teen Living Programs
Creates hope and opportunity for homeless youth by offering housing, job training, educational support, mental health counseling, holistic health care, and life skills training to youth, ages 12–24. About one-half of the youth served identify as LGBTQ.
Howard Brown Health – Broadway Youth Center
The Broadway Youth Center of Howard Brown Health serves as a safe space in which LGBTQ teens and young adults can access compassionate support, life-saving health care, and a range of support services.
Up Center of Champaign County
Talk It UP is a peer-run LGBTQ support group for middle- and high-school youth. LGBTQ youth can expect an atmosphere of acceptance and support while meeting other LGBTQ youth.
Indiana Youth Group
Supports LGBTQ youth by creating safe spaces, providing wellness programming, and educating LGBTQ youth and the community.
The LGBTQ Center in South Bend, IN
Promotes equality, builds community, and increases understanding of LGBTQ experiences. Meets these crucial needs through educational resources, support groups, social events, and enriching programming.
United Action for Youth
The Pride Youth Group is a free, informal, drop-in social and support group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA) and allied junior and senior high school-aged youth.
Iowa Pride Network
Statewide nonprofit organization that works directly with students, helping empower them to start and enhance gay-straight alliances in their high schools and colleges.
Provides a crisis line, emergency youth shelter, transitional housing, drop-in center, counseling, case management, street outreach, community education, and QueerZone, a social and support group for LGBTQ youth.
Lawrence Queer Youth Voice (LQYV)
LQYV is a youth-led trans and queer organization in Lawrence, KS, that provides a safe space and an outlet for youth activism. LQYV started the first and only Kansas statewide GSA network, the Kansas Queer Youth Network, which works to build the trans and queer movement in Kansas.
Provides a safe environment for LGBTQ youth to meet, socialize, and support one another.
Louisville Youth Group
Provides a safe, fun space for LGBTQ youth.
Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana – Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights
The LGBT and HIV/AIDS Project is dedicated to ensuring that LGBT youth in the juvenile justice system receive quality representation and secure care facilities and significantly reducing the number of incidents of violence and harassment experienced by this population in secure confinement.
LGBT Community Center of New Orleans
The young adult peer support and social group is open to all people, ages 18–24.
MyHOUSE is a program of Brotherhood, Inc., that targets youth at high risk for HIV, including men of color who have sex with men and young transgender persons of color.
Supports underserved members of the LGBTQ+ youth population through weekly drop-in hours, ongoing mentorship, social events, and trainings. Provides intentional support to youth-navigating systems, such as the juvenile justice system, foster care, homelessness, and mental health services.
Supports LGBTQ youth in midcoast Maine and works with local schools. In the Drop-In Center, located in Rockland, ME, youth can participate in confidential discussion groups and engage in community-oriented projects and activities.
GLBT Community Center of Baltimore and Central Maryland
Publishes Gay Life, produces Baltimore Pride, and provides numerous other services to Baltimore’s LGBT community. Hosts Youth Against Oppression, a group for LGBTQ youth and allies interested in making a difference in their community.
Youth Empowered Society (YES)
Offers support, clothing, peer counseling for LGBTQ youth.
The Frederick Center
Serves the LGBTQ community and its allies. Its vision is to become the leading organization for LGBTQ resources and advocacy in central Maryland.
Fenway Health LGBT Help Line and Peer Listening Line
The LGBT Help Line and Peer Listening Line is anonymous and confidential and offers LGBTQ youth a safe place to call for information, referrals, and support.
BAGLY – Boston Alliance of GLBT Youth
BAGLY is a youth-led, adult-supported social support organization committed to social justice and creating, sustaining, and advocating for programs, policies, and services for GLBT youth aged 22 and younger.
The Home for Little Wanders (Waltham House)
Waltham House is a group home program designed to provide a safe and supportive living environment for up to 12 LGBT youth, ages 14–18.
Massachusetts Asians and Pacific Islanders for Health (MAP for Health)
MAP for Health is a community-based, nonprofit organization that works to improve health care access, disease prevention, and service delivery for the API community in Massachusetts. Provides HIV/AIDS education and outreach, trainings, and technical assistance.
GLASS provides a drop-in center for LGBTQ youth, ages 13–25, which serves as a safe space for youth to relax and socialize with trained adults who are available to talk.
Justice Resource Institute Health
Offers programs addressing the needs of persons at risk of or living with HIV/AIDS; for homeless, troubled, and LGBT youth; and for persons with a broad range of disabilities requiring supported housing.
Ruth Ellis Center
Provides short- and long-term residential safe space and support services for runaway, homeless, and at-risk LGBTQ youth in Detroit and southeast Michigan.
Ozone House (Ann Arbor)
Ozone House is the only agency in Washtenaw County providing free, confidential, and voluntary help to teens in crisis and their families. Specifically, it offers shelter and an array of supportive services to runaway, homeless, and at-risk youth.
Empowers children and families by partnering with educators, service providers, and communities to develop supportive environments in which gender may be expressed and respected.
The Family Partnership
PRIDE (Promoting Recovery, Independence, Dignity, and Equality) is a nationally recognized and highly successful program to help women, teens, and transgender youth get out and stay out of prostitution.
Jewish Community Center (JCC) of the Greater St. Paul Area
The St. Paul JCC teen department supports teens who identify as LGBT or who are questioning their sexuality.
Offers services to LGBT youth through various programs and projects. Collaborates with other agencies to provide housing placements for LGBT youth, youth diagnosed with HIV, youth with serious mental health illness, and youth with chemical dependency problems. One program offered is the Host Home Program, which allows carefully screened LGBT members to open their homes to LGBT youth. Also provides access to drop-in center services for youth on the streets.
PFLAG of Jackson, Mississippi
Support for LGBTQ individuals, friends and families
PFLAG Kansas City
Support for LGBTQ individuals, families and allies
Growing American Youth
Growing American Youth is a social and support organization for LGBTQ youth aged 21 and younger.
Passages is a youth group for LGBTQ and allied youth, providing educational information and experiences to encourage personal growth and social interaction to ease youth’s transition to self-acceptance and to become empowered.
Offering support, activism, and training on LGBTQ issues
Proud Horizons Youth Group
Proud Horizons is a youth group specifically intended for LGBTQ and allied youth, ages 13–23.
The Queer Nebraska Youth Network (QNYN)
The QNYN is the only youth-focused, peer-led group aimed at providing social activities and connections to resources and opportunities to LGBTQ+ youth in Nebraska.
Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada
QVolution provides supportive and affirming space for LGBTQ and allied youth, ages 13–24. The participants are educated on HIV prevention, coming-out issues, drug and alcohol abuse, and many other topics.
Outright – New Hampshire Freedom to Marry Coalition
Outright is a social and support group for LGBTQ youth.
Crossroads Programs, Inc.
Project DISCOVERY provides specialized foster homes for LGBTQ youth, aged 12–21, unable to live at home but capable of functioning in a home environment with extra support.
Pride Center of New Jersey
The Youth Drop In serves LGBTQI and allied youth, ages 17 and younger.
African American Office of Gay Concerns
The T.G.I.F. (Thank Goodness I’m Fabulous) Peer Advocate Project provides support and a safe space to young African-American and Latina transgender girls.
QSpot LGBT Community Center
Fosters the health, well-being, and pride of New Jersey’s LGBT community by providing resources, referrals, education, and outreach.
Common Bond New Mexico Foundation
Common Bond’s U21 Project is open to LGBTQ and allied youth under age 21. It serves largely as social time featuring some planned events and sessions, such as arts and crafts, poetry, community information, films, dances, and workshops.
Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico
Offers a youth support group for transgender and gender nonconforming/nonbinary young people. Also offers drop-in services, including snacks, a place to rest, someone to talk to, and a place for transgender individuals to be themselves.
Young Women United
Works with young women of color to advance an intersectional vision of reproductive justice around campaign issues, including destigmatizing mental health alongside LGBTQ youth of color.
Ali Forney Center (Manhattan and Brooklyn)
Serves youth, ages 16–24, and provides emergency and transitional housing, street outreach, a drop-in center, medical and mental health treatment, a vocational/educational program, and a counseling project for LGBT youth and their families.
Green Chimneys (Runaway and Homeless Youth Programs)
The New York City branch of Green Chimneys’ Children’s Services operates a wide range of residential, social service, and educational programs that specifically focus on responding to the unique needs of LGBTQ youth and their families. Green Chimneys provides a safe house that serves youth aged 12–16; a Transitional Living Program for youth aged 16–21; and a Basic Center that provides emergency shelter and referrals for homeless and runaway youth aged 14–21.
Health and Education Alternatives for Teens (HEAT) (Brooklyn)
HEAT provides a comprehensive medical care program for HIV positive and at-risk youth aged 13–24. HEAT’s LGBT program provides case management, HIV/STD screening, mental health services, hormone therapy treatment, and various social and support groups.
Pride for Youth – Long Island Crisis Center
Pride for Youth is a service and an advocate for LGBT youth. It offers many services for LGBT youth, ages 13–24, including both individual and family counseling, support groups, a Friday night drop-in center, HIV and sexually transmitted infections testing, and community education.
Provides primary health care, prenatal care and health education, mental health counseling, legal services, GED and English as a Second Language instruction, tutoring and homework help, college preparation and computer classes, career development services and training, job placement, daily meals, arts, sports, and recreational activities. Also provides a wide range of programs and services geared toward LGBTQ members.
SCO Family of Services
Provides a continuum of community-based residential programs for 24 homeless and at-risk LGBTQ youth.
Metropolitan Community Church of New York
Sylvia’s Place is an emergency night shelter with beds for LGBTQ youth, ages 16–23. It accepts walk-ins after 6 p.m. 365 days a year.
New Alternatives for LGBT Homeless Youth
Provides basic items, case management, recreation, community building, several support groups, and a life skills dinner group for homeless LGBT youth, ages 16–24.
Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley
The Gay Alliance Youth Program is dedicated to empowering LGBTQ youth, ages 13–20, to reach their fullest potential by providing a safe environment in which to explore their identity, learn important life skills, and develop and practice leadership skills.
Offers two social and support groups for LGBTQ Jewish youth: Cometfire for youth aged 11–14, and JQYouth for young adults aged 18–30.
Pride Center of the Capitol Region, Inc.
The Center Youth program offers LGBTQ and allied youth, ages 13–18, a peer support group, healthy social opportunities, and various opportunities to participate in activism. Youth services include The Spot Next Door, a drop-in center open Monday–Friday; Operation Home Base, a case management program for homeless and at-risk youth; free legal services; the Youth Leadership Institute; and a Youth Advisory Board.
The Supportive Services Department of the Hetrick-Martin Institute provides services for homeless and at-risk LGBTQ youth.
Urban Justice Center
The Peter Cicchino Youth Project provides legal services to LGBT youth who are homeless, in foster care, or in the juvenile justice system.
Lawyers for Children
Lawyers for Children has published a handbook for LGBTQ youth in foster care with a list of resources in New York City and information about legal rights. The organization also provides legal services to LGBTQ youth in foster care.
Pride Center of Staten Island
Offers extensive youth programming, including a drop-in space, support groups for teens and young adults, safer sex resources, and opportunities to develop creative and leadership skills.
ACR Health is a center of support for LGBTQ youth throughout New York State. The Q Center offers a number of programs, support group meetings, and activities for youth.
Asian and Pacific Islander Coalition on HIV/AIDS (APICHA) Community Health Center
APICHA Community Health Center offers a Young People’s Project, as well as a weekly LGBTQ API youth group.
The Audre Lorde Project
The Audre Lorde Project is an LGBT, Two Spirit, and gender nonconforming people of color community-organizing center, focusing on the New York City area.
FIERCE is a membership-based organization building the leadership and power of LGBTQ youth of color in New York City. It develops politically conscious leaders invested in improving themselves and their communities through youth-led campaigns, leadership development programs, and cultural expression.
Gay Men of African Descent (GMAD)
MARS is the young adult program of GMAD, an organization of GBTQ men of color. MARS offers members training workshops, recreational activities, connections to local shelters and service organizations, and a positive space for GBTQ youth to socialize.
Sylvia Rivera Law Project
Provides free legal services to transgender, intersex, and gender nonconforming low-income people and people of color. Represents and advises clients in a variety of contexts.
Wrenn House – Haven House Services
Wrenn House is a crisis shelter that serves all youth, ages 10–17. Wrenn House provides a safe environment for youth who run away from home, who are homeless, or who are otherwise in a crisis situation. Offers a diverse range of services, including temporary shelter, counseling, case management, referrals, mentoring, and a variety of life skills.
LGBT Center of Raleigh
The LGBT Center has a mission to strengthen individual and community development through social and educational activities; to facilitate the incubation of supportive services and groups; and to identify needs and advocate for resources benefiting the diverse population of LGBT people, their friends, and supporters within and beyond central North Carolina.
iNSIDEoUT is a youth-founded, youth-led organization that provides leadership opportunities and a safe space for North Carolina’s Triangle-area LGBTQ and allied youth, both in and out of schools.