LGBTQ is an acronym for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer or questioning. These terms are used to describe a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. See below for a more detailed definition of each term, from GLAAD’s LGBTQ Media Reference Guide.
LESBIAN GAY BISEXUAL TRANSGENDER QUEER QUESTIONING ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Intersectionality is the balance between our merging identities and the singular lived experience that comes as a result. Coined in 1989 by Dr. Kimberlé Crenshaw to refer to the compounding impacts of simultaneous racial and gender discrimination, and now widely applied within many social justice spaces, intersectional theory gives language to the complex layers that make up each of us, uncovers where they intersect, and highlights how we then experience the world as a result.
Without it, efforts to address injustice, inequality, and inequity will never fully meet the needs of the people impacted. But how can we implement this more inclusive and accurate view of identity?
Make a commitment to understanding what you’re getting right and what you’re getting wrong.
Center other people’s perspectives, how they are directly impacted by your decisions, language, and actions, and how it makes them feel.
Meet individuals at their intersections and be ready to respond with action.
Check-in with yourself on how your actions impact others and if you are being an ally, and adjust as needed.
We all deserve to have our voices heard, our experiences understood, and our unique needs addressed through relevant policies and culture change. We can create deeply-felt inclusion through authentic connections in our personal relationships, workplace culture, and daily interactions with others—the work starts with each of us. Are you ready to take a step forward?
The Center is your one-stop shop for all things LGBTQ. Whether you’re a New Yorker looking for additional services and support, a visitor to our great city searching for LGBT-friendly businesses, or a professional seeking opportunities or training, The Center is here for you..
The Center provides a vast array of resources that compliment our core service areas—Recovery, Wellness, Family and Youth—so that you can seek additional support, service and connection when and where you need it. Use the dropdown menu below to select one of our service and programming areas of focus and find all related resources..
As one of the most diverse cities in the world, NYC offers a tremendous range of resources for our LGBT community and members of the community visiting from both near and far. Use the dropdown menu below to select a resources area of focus and to find out just how much this city has to offer. Many of these listings are LGBT-owned and operated, all are LGBT-friendly and some are not LGBT at all, but are conveniently located!.
The Center is a designated navigator agency for the NY State of Health, the health insurance marketplace for New York through the Affordable Care Act. We provide information and education on the options available, and help individuals, families, small businesses and their employees enroll in New York State Medicaid, The NY Essential Plan, Child Health Plus and Qualified Health plans..
Our certified navigator staff is here to help you figure out what plan is right for you, what you can afford and how to complete enrollment. The Center is proud to offer this free service as another step that we’re taking to ensure that everyone in the LGBT community has the tools to live happy and healthy lives..
The Center provides extensive resources and referrals on health and wellness, gender identity, HIV and AIDS and much more. If you have questions or you are looking for more information, The Center is here to help..
For professionals, teachers and other service providers seeking information on training and internships, please visit our Professional Resources section.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan.
The Stonewall Uprising was a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. In the United States the last Sunday in June was initially celebrated as "Gay Pride Day," but the actual day was flexible. In major cities across the nation the "day" soon grew to encompass a month-long series of events.
Today, celebrations include pride parades, picnics, parties, workshops, symposia and concerts, and LGBTQ Pride Month events attract millions of participants around the world.
Memorials are held during this month for those members of the community who have been lost to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally.
In 1994, a coalition of education-based organizations in the United States designated October as LGBT History Month. In 1995, a resolution passed by the General Assembly of the National Education Association included LGBT History Month within a list of commemorative months.
National Coming Out Day (October 11), as well as the first "March on Washington" in 1979, are commemorated in the LGBTQ community during LGBT History Month.
The first Pride march in New York City was held on June 28, 1970, on the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. Primary sources available at the Library of Congress provide detailed information about how this first Pride march was planned and the reasons why activists felt so strongly that it should exist.
Looking through the Lili Vincenz and Frank Kameny Papers in the Library’s Manuscript Division, researchers can find planning documents, correspondence, flyers, ephemera and more from the first Pride marches in 1970. This, the first U.S.
Gay Pride Week and March, was meant to give the community a chance to gather together to "...commemorate the Christopher Street Uprisings of last summer in which thousands of homosexuals went to the streets to demonstrate against centuries of abuse ... from government hostility to employment and housing discrimination,
Mafia control of Gay bars, and anti-Homosexual laws" (Christopher Street Liberation Day Committee Fliers, Franklin Kameny Papers). The concept behind the initial Pride march came from members of the Eastern Regional Conference of Homophile Organizations (ERCHO), who had been organizing an annual July 4th demonstration (1965-1969) known as the "Reminder Day Pickets," at Independence Hall in Philadelphia.
At the ERCHO Conference in November 1969, the 13 homophile organizations in attendance voted to pass a resolution to organize a national annual demonstration, to be called Christopher Street Liberation Day.
As members of the Mattachine Society of Washington, Frank Kameny and Lilli Vincenz participated in the discussion, planning, and promotion of the first Pride along with activists in New York City and other homophile groups belonging to ERCHO.
By all estimates, there were three to five thousand marchers at the inaugural Pride in New York City, and today marchers in New York City number in the millions. Since 1970, LGBTQ+ people have continued to gather together in June to march with Pride and demonstrate for equal rights.
LIFT is offered in six-month or three-month cycles. It includes training sessions, group coaching sessions, and one-on-one technical assistance for case consultations.
CEU (continuing education units) trainings will meet for a full day (six hours) and cover topics including: SOGIE Development and Family Rejection, Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity, Intersectionality, Faith, and The Dangers of Conversion Therapy Practices.
Coaching sessions will meet for a half day (three hours), providing time for participants to process the elements of successful family therapy when working with families who have LGBTQ children.
Applications from clinicians working outside of ACS and its contracted agencies are invited to apply, and will be considered on a case by case basis.
To ask about dates and apply for upcoming LIFT cohorts, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
In order to participate in the LIFT Certification Program, applicants must meet these minimum requirements:
Credentialed as a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) or a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in New York State; Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT) and Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHC) are invited to apply, but are not eligible to receive CEUs at this time
Currently working with families in a clinical capacity, or supervising clinicians who are working with families
Submit application; upload resume and complete assessment
Secure supervisor approval to commit to LIFT time commitment and guidelines
Prior participation in the ACS LGBTQ Training preferred, but not required; participation in LIFT may be used in lieu of mandated ACS LGBTQ training and re-training sessions
Have a strong foundational understanding of LGBTQ identities and experiences, the ACS LGBTQ policy and related best practices See below for complete eligibility guidelines
LIFT is committed to building a network of diverse clinicians by offering ongoing professional development opportunities. People of color, people with disabilities, women and LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
Gender identity is our internal, individual experience of gender. It is directly linked to our sense of self and the sense of being male, female, both or neither.
While pronouns are pivotal to an individual’s gender identity and how they relate to the world and others, it is important to keep in mind that a person’s pronouns are not exclusively linked to gender and may not match your perception of that individual.
Your assumption can leave a person feeling invalidated and dismissed. Taking the time to get to know a person better will help everyone feel more connected and respected.
Remember, mistakes happen and that’s ok! Acknowledge your mistake the same as you would any other—recognize, apologize and move on.
When in doubt, use neutral pronouns (they/them) when referencing someone until you have a chance to ask. Like with anything worth doing, practice makes perfect and your efforts will be appreciated. This is how we operate at The Center, too: Until we can ask an individual or a group of people how they identify, we default to neutral language.
This includes our communications in both English and Spanish. For Spanish, where almost every adjective, noun, and article are either grammatically masculine (with the letter O) or feminine (with the letter A), there are a wide variety of adaptations that can be used to convey gender neutrality. Our approach is to replace the O or the A with the letter E.
Share your pronouns when introducing yourself. For example: “My name is Patrick and I use they/them pronouns.”
Include your pronouns in your email signature, on name tags at events, in your zoom name, and on your social media bio.
When addressing groups of people or people whose pronouns have not been shared with you, use gender neutral language such as “elle” instead of “el” or “ella,” “siblings,” “students,” “all” or “folks” rather than “brothers and sisters,” “guys,” “sir,” etc…
Putting pronouns into practice shows your commitment to building an affirming space for all types of identities and experiences. We encourage you to use and share these tips.
Promoting and encouraging allyship is important for everyone and helps to make the world a more inclusive and affirming place. The impact of LGBTQ-specific allyship also extends beyond benefitting queer identities by decreasing the likelihood of implicit and explicit bias, and removing barriers to true inclusion. We encourage you to activate your allyship and be an active accomplice in supporting marginalized communities.
Recognize how negative social stereotypes and unconscious beliefs cause harm
Be intentionally inclusive and avoid making assumptions about others’ identities
Speak out and speak up when the situation calls for it
Share & teach what you’ve learned to help others grow
Be an ACTIVE accomplice 24/7, 365
Learn about intersectionality to be a better ally to marginalized communities, such as LGBTQ folks; Black people, Indigenous people, and people of color (BIPOC); women; immigrants; and others.
Invested in expanding their own knowledge
Willing to show up as a positive role model for their peers
Able to thoughtfully listen and center voices that need to be heard
Ready to participate in the work required to be an ally, and have a clear stake in the issue.
Choosing to be an ally is a continual, intentional commitment to support all of those facing oppression or disadvantage regardless of identity. Discrimination and oppression don’t simply disappear when allies back down or remain silent. So be bold and take risks!
The term "gay" has traditionally been used to represent a diverse group or people who are attracted to people of the same gender or are in a relationship with someone of the same gender. It is important to recognize, however, that different groups within the gay community exist, and that the term "gay" is not all-inclusive.
For example, transsexuals and some people who are bisexual do not consider themselves to be gay. Also, research has found that men who have had relationships with other men do not always identify themselves as gay.
There is also a tremendous ethnic diversity among our lesbian, gay, and bisexual communities, and this contributes to the different perceptions of the term "gay."
Heterosexual, or straight, refers to people whose sexual and romantic feelings are mostly for the opposite gender: Men who are attracted to women, and women who are attracted to men.
Homosexual, or gay, refers to people whose sexual and romantic feelings are mostly for the same gender: Men who are attracted to men, and women who are attracted to women.
Lesbian refers to women who are homosexual.
Bisexual or "bi" refers to people whose sexual and romantic feelings are for both genders.
Transgender is an umbrella term that encompasses a diversity of gender expression including drag queens and kings, bi-genders, crossdressers, transgenderists, and transsexuals.
Transvestites are people who like to dress like members of the opposite sex.
Transsexuals are people who feel that their anatomical sex does not match the gender with which they identify.
Bigender refers to people who define themselves as having the behavioral, cultural or psychological characteristics associated with both the male and female genders.
Transgenderist describes someone who is gender variant or transgresses gender norms as part of their lifestyle or identity.
Sincere desire to raise awareness, build capacity and educate families struggling to accept their LGBTQ children about the risks and impact of family rejecting behaviors, and move them to more affirming and accepting behaviors
Strong commitment to social justice, progressive issues and empowering LGBTQ communities
Strong interpersonal and clinical skills, including some experience engaging with and effectively communicating complex concepts to families with diverse values, beliefs and traditions
Experience working as a clinician for families with child welfare-involved or court-involved LGBTQ children and youth, or those at risk of being involved with these systems
Familiarity with issues of risks, challenges, stressors and strengths specific to LGBTQ youth and young adult populations, their families, other caregivers and service delivery systems
Understanding of agencies’ legal obligations to provide non-discriminatory treatment to LGBTQ youth and their families
The Center has been providing technical assistance to community-based organizations, service providers and government providers locally, regionally and nationally in a variety of disciplines since our inception in the 1980s.
The Center Training Institute offers specialized training sessions and technical assistance for professionals who work with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in the New York City area.
Our workshops have been carefully developed to offer important information, resources and creative clinical skills to help you enhance the lives of your LGBT clients.
The Center is a New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) approved provider of Continuing Education Units (CEUs).
The Center Training Institute offers two onsite series of trainings each year in fall and spring. All trainings require a $20 registration fee for students and $60 for professionals.
In addition to the onsite Center Training Institute, in some instances workshops can be offered offsite to government, medical, educational, substance abuse recovery and social service providers, as well as at conferences, forums and training institutes.
LIFT is a ground-breaking, 100-hour certification program for Licensed Master Social Workers (LMSW) and Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW) who provide therapeutic services to families involved with New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services (ACS).
LIFT is designed to help clinicians gain additional knowledge, skills and confidence to reduce the rejecting behaviors of families struggling to accept their LGBTQ children.
The program also aims to support families experiencing conflict around their child’s actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Interested clinicians must submit an application for each six-month session; please note that space is limited.