Resources for LGBTQ Youth and Families in NYC

Resources for LGBTQ Youth and Families in NYC
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Resources for LGBTQ Youth and Families in NYC

Pride Month is almost over, but support for the LGBTQ community isn’t limited to the month of June. There are organizations that work to serve, celebrate and uplift the LGBTQ community year-round, a large number of which are based in New York. 

Whether you’re looking for resources for yourself or your child or you want to be more involved with LGBT advocacy, there is an organization that fits your needs.

Here are some resources for LGBT youth, their parents, same-sex couples and more throughout NYC. 

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Live Out Loud

Live Out Loud is a nonprofit dedicated to serving LGBT youth, offering programs designed to forge connections between youth and role models while also helping youth develop a sense of self and purpose.

Advocacy-minded kids can join the Student Leadership Group and work on a community-based action project. Adults who want to learn more about the LGBT community can check out Live Out Loud’s 360 Experience workshops. 

PFLAG NYC

If you’re a parent of a queer or trans child, PFLAG’s programming might be beneficial for you. PFLAG NYC is the founding chapter of the nationwide family-based organization, and their mission is to create a better future for LGBT people.

The organization offers a variety of support groups for different people, including families of trans or gender nonconforming children, parents of queer teens and tweens, Black individuals with LGBTQ+ loved ones and more. They also have a wide variety of other resources for families

The Center

The Center has been supporting and celebrating the LGBT community in New York City since 1983. Among other things, the Center offers a variety of resources for families and young people.

They offer LGBTQ-specific family therapy certification, community events for connecting LGBT families together, leadership opportunities for LGBT youth and more. 

The Trevor Project

The Trevor Project’s mission is to end suicide among LGBTQ youth, and their website is full of resources for kids and parents to help guide that mission.

Parents of queer or trans children can refer to their guides on recognizing warning signs of suicide and suicide risk factors, how to be an ally to trans and nonbinary young people, understanding gender identities and more. 

Human Rights Campaign

For parents and kids who want to get involved with LGBTQ advocacy, the Human Rights Campaign is a great place to start.

You can get connected with local HRC events and find volunteer opportunities near you. They also have a wide variety of resources for anyone looking to learn more about the LGBT community. 

GLSEN

Creating a better world for LGBTQ students throughout school communities. Their resources are designed for students and educators looking to make a difference in their schools.

GLSEN offers programs that take place throughout the school year, like the Day of Silence, Solidarity Week and No Name-Calling Week. 

My Kid is Gay

This resource is a first-of-its-kind digital presence with videos, advice and more to help parents understand their queer and trans children.

My Kid is Gay sources voices from around the world to answer questions parents and other adults may have about the LGBTQ young people in their lives. 

New York Civil Liberties Union

It’s important for same-sex couples to know their legal rights. Luckily, the NYCLU has a guide of frequently asked questions for same-sex couples to ensure that they’re aware of what their rights are. They also have resources regarding rights of LGBTQ students

Generation Q Youth Center

Community is important for LGBTQ youth, and the Generation Q Youth Center in Forest Hills  provides an after-school community space for LGBTQ youth and allies.

The center provides educational and recreational opportunities like academic support, social support, leadership opportunities, and parent and family support groups. 

Brooklyn Community Pride Center

The Brooklyn Community Pride Center advances the LGBTQ community through programming, community partnerships and advocacy.

The center works with a variety of other local organizations to help serve the community, like the Brooklyn G.H.O.S.T Project, the Ali Forney Center and Family Health Centers at NYU Langone. 

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Studio E Art Classes

<p>Art, drawing, illustration, painting, and pottery.  Studio E Art Classes for ages 2 ½ to adult offers a creative space to find joy and rest in the creative arts. 7-week sessions are available for all classes, or just drop into a class to give it a try.</p> <p>Studio E Art is a great place to schedule a birthday party, celebration, scout troop activity, fundraiser and more.  Summer camps for children and tweens are available for half or full day in art or pottery.</p> <p>Find a complete list of classes, descriptions, and times on our <a href="https://studioeartclass.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">website</a>, or give us a call at 631-744-4001</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.295; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 8pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bc02a8ce-7fff-3ce7-fefb-13163f0a79b6"></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Calibri,sans-serif; color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-2e621915-7fff-f490-fe96-ea466c05ebda"></span></span></p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-eef1d235-7fff-f52c-632b-0a2c03581014"></span></p>

A-Game Sports

<div style="color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small; background-color: #ffffff;"> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0px;">A-Game Sports is a premier provider of sports camps, programming and instruction for kids of all ages ranging from toddlers to teens. As an instructional and recreational youth sports facility, our goal is to make athletics a rewarding experience for all kids. A-Game Sports is located in New Rochelle, NY, and offers camps, lessons, customized programs for more than 10 sports and rental space for private events. A-Game Sports was founded in 2013 by two guys who decided that it was time to do what they truly love in life. Since then, we've made the ideology of fusing hard work and fun into a reality. Our dedicated staff of professional coaches share their enthusiasm with kids of all ages and skill levels that take part in our programs.</p> </div> <div style="color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small; background-color: #ffffff;"> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0px;"> </p> </div> <div style="color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small; background-color: #ffffff;"> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0px;">With turfed fields for soccer, lacrosse, field hockey and flag football, batting cages and tunnels for baseball and softball, and various basketball programs, A-Game Sports is one of the premiere sports facilities for kids and adults of any age. Aspiring athletes and fitness enthusiasts will benefit from our many strength and conditioning programs, while children new to sports will learn skills and techniques within their chosen sport, all while having a great time and keeping the game fun.</p> </div>

Adventuring Portal

<p><a name="m_-1473885667065203258__Hlk72147528"></a>Adventuring Portal runs Dungeons and Dragons (D&D) games for kids.   We have created a safe online space for tweens and teens to learn and play D&D.</p> <p>Our D&D Summer Camp session are a one-week experience.  Monday – Friday.  Each day will be 3 hours of gaming (with 2 breaks build in).  15 total gaming hours for $180.  If you have played with us before, you are entitled to 10% off.   </p> <p>Need your kids, nieces or nephews, grand kids or neighbor’s kids to be occupied for a bit so you can get work done & take care of your to-do list? Maybe your tween or teen is still a bit isolated and craves connection with their peers? Whether your teen/tween has played D&D before or is brand-new to the experience, this safe space brings players together to have fun and solve problems as a team in ways few other online opportunities do.</p> <p>All our games focus on experiential learning.   Our players leave knowing all the basic game play as well as experiencing: teamwork, bravery, compassion, generosity, negotiation, improvisation, gamer etiquette, strategy, critical thinking, problem solving, cartography and probability - all through online D&D adventuring!</p> <p>We are an inclusive organization and welcome gamers who are LGBTQIA+ and those on any spectrum. </p> <p>All girls’ groups available. </p> <p>I am a parent, a certified elementary school and middle school math teacher and last summer in the midst of the mess started Adventuring Portal, an online Dungeons & Dragons business for kids. There are so many benefits to playing D&D and I hope you will consider us as a great way for your child to safely socialize, grow as people and have a great time.</p>