The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center
Since its founding in 1983, The Center has been fully committed to providing HIV & AIDS services to our community, which has been profoundly affected by the AIDS epidemic.
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center provides a home for the birth, nurture and celebration of our organizations, institutions and culture; cares for our individuals and groups in need; educates the public and our community; and empowers our individuals and groups to achieve their fullest potential.
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center has given us access to an amazing resource, the HIV/AIDS Information & Referral Guide. It contains all the organizations in the New York City area that can help people newly diagnosed and people living with HIV/AIDS, information regarding testing, medicare, ADAP and drug assistance programs and much more. It also contains information regarding all services available at The Center. Download the HIV AIDS GUIDE.
Links to Programs and Services
Free Computer Center/Internet Access
Twelve Step Programs/Drug and Alcohol Dependency
NYC Resources for Homeless Youth
Regularly Meeting Groups
Smoke Free Program
Community Services – About
More about the Center:
Established in 1983, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center has grown to become the largest LGBT multi-service organization on the East Coast and second largest LGBT community center in the world.
Every week, 6,000 people visit the Center, and more than 300 groups meet here. In addition, our myriad meeting rooms are booked months in advance, indicating the community is as hungry as ever for a place to call its own.
We provide groundbreaking social service, public policy, educational and cultural/recreational programs. We also serve as an incubator for grassroots groups that meet here. Indeed, we were the birthplace of organizations such as the AIDS activist group ACT UP and the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), the principal organization combating homophobia and stereotyping of gays in the media.
Among our groundbreaking programs:
Promote the Vote, the Center’s voter registration and mobilization program, is a nonpartisan outreach project that offers the LGBT community an opportunity to impact the electoral process. It also seeks to create a visible voting constituency. Founded in 1992, the program is one of the largest LGBT voter registration programs in the United States.
Center Kids, a model for LGBT family organizing, promotes the legitimacy and visibility of LGBT families. More than 2,500 families in the tristate area partake in the program.
Youth Enrichment Services (YES) focuses on ending isolation experienced by many LGBT youths. YES offers professional development training for youth workers, child welfare workers, teachers, guidance counselors and school administrators. YES also has a leadership training and networking project for students working to end homophobia in their schools.
Gender Identity Project, more than a decade old, offers transgender people an opportunity to discover and acknowledge who they are while building community.
National Archive of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender History at the Center preserves the LGBT community’s heritage and history, making it accessible through regular exhibits, publications and scholarly research activities. The archive is a national leader due to the size and scope of its collection.
In addition, one of our prime functions is to provide affordable meeting space for LGBT organizations, many of which would otherwise have no place to go. The lack of affordable, harassment-free space in New York has pushed several organizations to the brink of extinction. Stepping forward more than once, we have ensured the delivery of much needed services and programs.
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
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Cast of “ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK” at Woman’s Event XVI