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Mission: 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.

Geographic areas served: New York, NY, Northern New Jersey, Nationwide

Programs: Center youth and center families:- center youth the center helps lgbt young people to live independently, establish support networks and effect positive, social change. Open to youth between the ages of 13 and 21, our programs build self-esteem and help ready participants to succeed in achieving their life goals. - center families for more than two decades, the center has been helping the lgbt community build, nurture, protect and grow our families. Whether someone is ready to start a family, looking to make a play date with other lgbt families or just seeking an lgbt-family-friendly environment, the center is here to help. The center has supported thousands of lgbt families over the years with relationship and family counseling; parenthood programming; the lgbt foster care project; and family resource coaching.

center recovery and center wellness:- center recovery - the center is the only new york state office of alcohol and substance abuse services (oasas) licensed, outpatient substance abuse treatment program specifically designed for the lgbt community. Center recovery is a medically supervised, intensive program for substance use and dependence. It uses an abstinence-based model and incorporates a range of holistic services for individuals and their families in the lgbt community, age 18 and older. The center provides the tools our clients need to lead sober, healthier lives. - center wellness through a range of programs, services and events, center wellness provides the mental and physical health resources to help people take charge and live the happy, healthy lives they deserve. Center wellness addresses alcohol and other drug use; smoking cessation; coming out; hiv and aids prevention and education; living with hiv and aids; gender exploration, transgender and gender identity concerns; mental health; immigration; and more.

arts & culture, community organizing and information and referral services:arts & culture - a home for the arts and education since its inception, the center is at the heart of lgbt culture in new york city. From the famous keith haring mural and other permanent art installations, the center provides a forum for artists, authors and performers to create, celebrate and connect. The center produces the renowned second tuesday monthly arts and culture series, and hosts a queer bookstore and cultural event space. The center is also a permanent home for the pat parker/vito russo center library and the lgbt community center national history archive. Both are open to all and the center's archive collection has grown to include thousands of papers, periodicals, correspondence and photographs donated by lgbt community members and organizations. Information and referral services - our function is to provide a place in which lgbt people can meet, seek services and find support. What truly differentiates the center is the sense of home that we provide for the more than 6,000 people who visit us each week. In addition to offering affordable meetings rooms and event spaces for rent, the center is a resource and information hub. Our information and referral staff coordinates thousands of activities each year on behalf of the lgbt organizations, individuals and non-profits who host their functions in our building. The center is the backbone of our community, and our dedicated information and referral staff help thousands of visitors navigate the center and all of new york city every week. Combine our services and programming with our role in the community, then place all of this in a facility like ours, and what you get is a one-of-a-kind lgbt center with a special purpose.

Community Stories

9 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

THE CENTER IS THE HOME FOR ORPHANS OF SOCIETY BUILT AND SUPPORTED BY OTHER ORPHANS. WE COME TO THE CENTER FOR EXPLORATION, FOR DISCUSSION, FOR SUPPORT, AND A SENSE OF WELL-BEING LEARNING THAT WE ARE NOT THE ONLY ONE STRUCK WITH THIS 'DISEASE' THAT SO MUCH OF SOCIETY REJECTS, CONDEMNS, AND VICIOUSLY ATTACKS. WE ARE ALL ONE AND IT IS THE CENTER THAT HELPS US TO UNDERSTAND THAT, DESPITE WHAT OTHERS SAY.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Center is far more than merely a place for "Queer" people to meet and network. The Center is a place for questioning, curious, or newly out people to go to for support, answers, and safety. My first experience at the Center was 7 years ago at the youth program (Y.E.S.). My experience there was not only positive, but shaped how I identify myself within the community. At the time I was confused, and knew nothing about being "queer" or about the queer community. I owe a lot to the Center, particularly to the Y.E.S. program, and I hope many others can have a similar experience.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center is a great resource for LGBT individuals and their allies. It benefits LGBT community in so many ways from its social events to its educational events to its youth program and health initiatives. It houses a variety of useful organizations and is in my opinion one of the best places to be in NYC for LGBT individuals.

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Donor

Rating: 5

What a wonderful organization for NYC's LGBT Community. I can't imagine what the community would do without their social services, meeting spaces and youth programming.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The LGBT center is not only a great place to meet with community members and participate in great activities, but it symbolizes the diversity and strength of the New York City LGBT community.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Center is a home away from home for many members of the LGBTQ community... I've been to many support groups, public events, and casual meetings there and I've always felt comfortable and safe. The Center staff really does an amazing job of creating a welcoming, inclusive space. I feel really lucky to live near the Center so that I can go to events there all the time! And most of the events are free or cheap, too!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Center is an amazing place that offers a wide range of services, programs and wonderful activities and special events to the community. Its website looks really great these days, and there is a tremendous amount of info to be found there. I love their cultural programs, and this summer's art exhibits are really top-notch! I personally know several people who have been seriously helped through their counseling services, and their youth programs are the best for LGBTQ young people in the City. This is a great palce to go if you are just coming out, if you are new to the City or if you just want to find out what's happening for the LGBT crowd every day of the year.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The center is an amazing place and home for so many. I am so proud I am able to help an organization such as this one.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love their work. The role they serve in the New York community is unparalleled to anyone else. They are a resource that fulfills the needs of such a diverse community.