We put together a listing of LGBTQ-friendly resources so you can find the help you want and need.
For additional information about the Alliance's many services designed to assist members of our LGBTQ community, visit our main agency website Alliance for Positive Health.
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Mohawk Hudson Planned Parenthood Center (Transgender Services) Call 518.584.0041
Hormone Replacement Therapy; trans-focused and trans-friendly medical care. Call to schedule an appointment at this, or other Planned Parenthood near you by calling 1.800.230.7526
Project Safe Point is a prevention service through Catholic Charities which has several components: syringe exchange, access to syringes and prevention materials, access to disposal sites and opioid overdose prevention. You can obtain free, brand new needles for hormone replacement therapy as well.
Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood Center 1.800.230.PLAN
Trans-focused and trans-friendly medical care for adults and adolescents. Provide guidance, hormone therapy, and medical care for all your needs. You can even book an appointment online for the Albany, Troy, and Hudson.
Online grassroots movement. "The Transgender Advocates of the Capital Region is a community-based advocacy group dedicated to supporting and empowering the trans* community of New York. Its membership is composed of trans-identified individuals, as well as allies who believe in the cause."
NYS Guide to local, regional and statewide health and human services for the Trans* communities. This site includes individuals who have been identified as "trans-friendly" and can assist with hormonal replacement therapy, augmentation, reduction, surgery, mental health, massage, paying for medical bills, and other services.
Provides information about testosterone, surgery, grooming, etc.
In a Bind is a project of TransActive's Community Education Program. They collect new and pre-owned chest binders from guys who don't need them anymore and donate them to trans-masculine youth in need absolutely free of charge.
Trans* masculine and genderqueer youth living anywhere in the USA can apply to receive a free binder from their program.
This is a guide that discusses how hormones work and the changes to expect when starting testosterone.
Ryan Sallans is a transgender man who is an author, public speaker, and activist. His website contains a number of videos where Ryan Sallans discusses coming out, testosterone, surgical procedures for transitioning, and questions regarding it.
This site offers a wealth of information about key transgender health issues.
Partnership of sixteen health organizations in Upstate New York.
AIDS Outreach Project 518.272.2352
The AIDS Outreach Project of the Unity House also provides support services to people living with HIV/AIDS and those at risk for HIV infection throughout Rensselaer County and the surrounding river towns of Cohoes, Watervliet, Waterford and Green Island. The Project also provides HIV testing on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month from 12pm – 4pm. 504 Broadway, Troy, NY.
Albany Medical Center 518.262.4439; 24-Hour Provider Hotline: 518.262.4043
Visit Albany Med's website to learn about the many programs and services that they offer, ranging from walk-in testing to HIV treatment adherence services.
The Department of Health is the place to go! County health departments also test and treat for HIV/STIs and it's completely free. You must live in the respective county to receive services. It's first come, first serve, so come early!
This national site will help you locate the right place to get tested. If you're not sure which test you need, you can take their five-question quiz to find out, and then enter your zip code to find the closest (and sometimes free) location for getting tested.
Partner Services/Partner Notification Capital Region, 1.800.962.5065
A free health department program that helps people with chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis or HIV notify their partners about possible exposure. Partner Services is voluntary and confidential so you won't be mentioned by name. Notification can even be ANONYMOUS so nobody knows it’s you.
A community-based, not-for-profit human service agency whose mission is to reduce the impact and incidence of HIV/AIDS and other serious medical and social conditions.
Albany, 518.434.4686; Hudson Falls, 518.974.0703; Hudson, 518.928.3624; Plattsburgh, 518.563.2437; Schenectady, 518.346.9772
Catholic Charities Care Coordination Services 518.449.3581
Catholic Charities offers assistance to those living with HIV/AIDS to access and coordinate needed medical, financial, psychosocial, mental health, substance abuse treatment and other needed services. Referrals by providers or self-referrals may be made to the Albany office for residents of Albany, Rensselaer, Columbia and Greene Counties.
Albany Damien Center 518.449.7119
This Damien Center is a drop-in community center for persons living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. The Center strives to create an environment where people can gather to share information, experiences, and make new friends.
This website is the official site for gays and lesbians, with a comprehensive business & services directory of local gay-owned and gay-friendly businesses in the Capital District.
Pride Center of the Capital Region 518.462.6138
Promotes the well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer identified people and those affected by discrimination based on gender identity and expression. The doors are open here, so drop by their spot on 332 Hudson Ave and say hello.
Support for AIDS Services and Housing (SASH) 518.463.5373
The mission of Support Ministries is to provide safe, secure and supportive housing to persons living with HIV/AIDS in the Capital District based on individual need.
HomoRadio WRPI 91.5 RM, Sunday 10:00am – 2:00pm
HomoRadio features LGBT news, interviews, event listings, giveaways, music by LGBT artists, humor, and more.
Middle Earth Peer Assistance Program Middle Health Hotline, 518.442.5777
This SUNY Albany program provides telephone hotline and online peer assistance, peer education and peer career advisement services to assist students in meeting their educational goals and in coping with emotional, social and other life issues that they face. The hotline is open from noon to midnight Monday through Thursday and 24 hours a day on Friday through Sunday.
Visit Gaychurch.org for a list of gay friendly churches in New York. The Pride Center's CommUNITY Magazine also lists gay affirming religious/spiritual community spaces.
GLSEN NYCR 518-635-0552
The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, New York Capital Region (GLSEN NYCR) strives to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.
Rainbow Access Initiative 518-227-4880
Seeks to inform and educate health care and human professionals in the unique aspects of LGBTQ specific health issues, and to inform and educate the LGBTQ public about options they have in obtaining culturally-competent treatment.
Choices specializes in sexual orientation and gender identity issues, and provides services for LGBTQ people, as well as a safe place for people to discuss their sexuality. They offer clinical expertise, specialized training, and advocacy work around issues pertaining to sexuality, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression. Choices also offers groups for:
Equinox is an LGBT friendly community organization that serves adults and adolescents with chemical dependency, victims of domestic violence, adults living with mental illness, teens & homeless youth. Equinox also offers Relationship (Domestic) Violence services to members of the LGBT community, including safe housing in their DV shelter, mental health counseling, case management, and transportation assistance.
518.842.3762, Ext. 228
In Our Own Voices 518.432.4188
Serves Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender People of Color. Services include substance abuse and recovery, anti-violence programs, advocacy & education for LGBT people of color.
Social and support group for gay and lesbian parents, their children and those interested in starting a family. LAMBDA sponsors events monthly.
LGBT Crime Victim Assistance Program - In Our Own Voices
This program is intended for members of the LGBT community that have been victims of any type of crime, including (but not limited to) domestic violence, sexual assault, harassment, robbery, theft, larceny, and discrimination. It provides the following types of services:
Crisis intervention, emotional support, guidance, and case management workers
Refers and assists LGBT crime victims in completing compensation claims for incurred damage, such as medical, lost wages, and funeral expenses
Assists victims of sexual assault, sexual abuse, and rape in process of completing a forensic rape exam
Ensures LGBT crime victims receive services to which they are entitled and qualify for
Emergency assistance in obtaining shelter, clothing, transportation, and nutritional needs
Assistance with obtaining legal consultation or representation
Advocates for LGBT crime victims' rights and services with the criminal justice system and law enforcement agencies.
LGBT Domestic Violence Support Line
518.432.4341, Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm
New York State Crime Victims Board
New York Domestic Violence Hotline
National Domestic Violence Hotline
AVP empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV-affected communities and allies to end all forms of violence through organizing and education, and supports survivors through counseling and advocacy. They also offer a free bilingual (English/Spanish) crisis intervention hotline staffed 24/7 by trained counselors.
24/7 Crisis Intervention Hotline (English/Spanish)
212.714.1141 (or report online)
The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs seeks to address the pervasive problem of violence committed against and within the nations lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and HIV-positive communities. NCAVP is a coalition of programs, located across the country, that documents and advocates for victims of anti-LGBT and anti-HIV/AIDS violence and harassment, domestic violence, rape and sexual assault, police misconduct and other forms of victimization. NCAVP publishes two national reports on violence annually.
Legal Aid Society 1.800.462.2922
Do you have a legal problem but can't afford a lawyer? The Legal Aid Society assists people living with HIV/AIDS with many civil legal problems, including housing, benefits, debts, wills; and family, medical, and consumer issues.
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