Returning and new students, welcome to the birthplace of same-sex marriage. Massachusetts is home to vast array of LGBTQ resources. Your college will most likely have an LGBTQ resource center or student group. If not, be sure to connect with one of our city or state-wide organizations.
All LGBT students have the right to study and live in safe, supportive environments. In Massachusetts you have legal rights and protections. If you feel unsafe, or feel you are being discriminated against, reach out—ask for help. If you don’t receive help, ask again, ask someone else.
One of the most important resources are Fenway Health’s toll-free helplines.
Fenway Health’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Helpline and The Peer Listening Line are anonymous and confidential phone lines that offer gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender adults and youths a “safe place” to call for information, referrals, and support. In addition to issues like coming out, HIV/AIDS, safer sex and relationships, our trained volunteers also address topics such as locating GLBT groups and services in their local area.
You can receive help, information, referrals, and support for a range of issues without being judged or rushed into any decision you are not prepared to make. Across the country, Fenway’s HelpLines are a source of support. Talk to our trained volunteers about safer sex, coming out, where to find gay-friendly establishments, HIV and AIDS, depression, suicide, and anti-gay/lesbian harassment and violence. No matter what is on your mind, we are here to encourage and ensure you that you are not alone.
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Helpline
Peer Listening Line
Below is just an example of some of the support groups on local campuses and just some of the LGBTQ resources in Massachusetts.
If you need help, ask for it. You are not alone.
Campus Pride represents the only national nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization for student leaders and campus groups working to create a safer college environment for LGBT students. The organization is a volunteer-driven network “for” and “by” student leaders. The primary objective of Campus Pride is to develop necessary resources, programs and services to support LGBT and ally students on college campuses across the United States.
Founded in the Fall of 2001 and launched a year later in October of 2002, Campus Pride started as an online community and resource clearinghouse under the name Campus PrideNet. The original founding partners were M. Chad Wilson, Sarah E. Holmes & Shane L. Windmeyer. In 2006, the organization broadened its outreach efforts and restructured as the current educational non-profit organization Campus Pride. As part of the restructuring process, the Lambda 10 Project for LGBT Fraternity & Sorority Issues (www.lambda10.org) became an educational initiative of Campus Pride. The executive director is national LGBT civil rights leader and campus pioneer Shane L. Windmeyer.
The UMass Boston Queer Student Center
The charge of the Queer Student Center (also known as the QSC, or ‘The Q’) is to facilitate the educational and social development of the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender, Questioning and Queer (LGBTQQ) population at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. This is accomplished by providing a welcoming safe space that promotes zero tolerance for homophobia, trans-phobia and/or any other prejudices, and takes into account the need for personal identification and boundaries, for all UMB students regardless of sexual orientation, gender, gender expression, race, age, class, religion or physical ability. We also host and/or sponsor those events, on and off campus, which advocate, celebrate and educate for our community; respects our broad diversity; fosters conscientious choice; and emphasizes responsibility for individual and group decisions and actions. It is our intent to provide a friendly, comfortable destination for all LGBTQQ people, their straight allies and those who choose not to label themselves and to continue to build a platform from which individual students can reach out into the campus community and beyond to effect change and betterment for all. (1/2011)
Northeastern University LGBTQA Campus Services
Northeastern University boasts an active and engaged LGBTQA community, with three student-run organizations, a Gender-Neutral Housing Living and Learning Community, and wide-spread support for LGBTQA faculty and staff through the offices of Institutional Diversity and Equity and Human Resources Management. Whether you’re a prospective student or employee looking to see if Northeastern will be a good fit, or a current student or employee seeking out some answers about policies or procedures here, this is the place to be! We also have information for parents and guardians who want to better support their LGBTA or Q student, as well as alumni networking opportunities. Finally, as Northeastern is committed to offering opportunities for international experiences, we have an entire page dedicated to acclimating to cultural differences in LGBTQA issues, whether you’re an international student studying state-side, or a domestic student traveling abroad.
Student Affairs is proud to support the following initiatives:
Pride Celebration & Committee (for information, please email email@example.com)
NU Pride (formerly NUBiLAGA):
is an undergraduate student organization at Northeastern for the spectrum of sexual and gender orientations and expressions. Currently, the organization meets every Thursday at 6:00 pm in 440 Curry Student Center. Newcomers are always welcome! For more information about NU Pride, visit their website at www.nubilaga.neu.edu.
Please revisit this website as it develops for more information on GLBT services and programs on campus.
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning (GLBTQ) Student Life is housed within the Division of Student Affairs, providing support services for GLBTQ students. The staff strives to enhance the quality of life for members of the GLBTQ community and their allies, recognizing that sexual orientation and gender expression work through and are influenced by race, ethnicity, gender, culture, age, class, faith, ability status, and other social characteristics.
The director of multicultural student affairs and GLBTQ services, and the advisor to the student organization EAGLE (Emerson’s Alliance for Gays, Lesbians, and Everyone) provide consultation to students in the area of queer issues as well as offering educational, informational, and advocacy services.
Spectrum is a Boston University organization devoted to the queer community on campus. Our purpose is to organize cultural, social and political events, as well as facilitate increased public awareness, tolerance, and support for the GLBTQA community. We are open to all individuals regardless of sexual orientation, biological sex, gender identity, nationality, ethnicity, race, religion, socioeconomic status or political affiliation. We strive to provide an atmosphere of tolerance and acceptance for all our members, on campus and off, and also to give our members a variety of fun, and rewarding club activities, events, and outings throughout the semester.
Suffolk The Office of Diversity Services is committed to serving lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBTQ) students, faculty, staff, alumni and their allies at Suffolk University. Through educational programming, individual student support and other outreach efforts, the office continues to work toward making our campus a safe, supportive and welcoming place for all students. We encourage you to explore our site and learn about our services.
Rainbow Alliance, Office: Diversity Center, Archer 481, 617.573.8327
The Rainbow Alliance works to provide an environment of support and visibility for the LGBT students at Suffolk University. The organization provides socialization and acclimation to and within the LGBT community of the University and the Boston area. The Rainbow Alliance is also dedicated to educating the campus community regarding LGBT issues.
Queer Law Alliance (QLA)
Student organization for LGBT law school students and allies. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
BC Lambda Law Students Association
Lambda Law Students Association is a group of students, faculty, and staff dedicated to increasing awareness of and support for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community at Boston College Law School and in the legal community as a whole.
Harvard Gay & Lesbian Caucus
Oranzining, serving, advocating for the Harvard LGBT communtiy
MIT and its surrounding communities offer a broad spectrum of services, activities, and resources for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT), questioning, and supportive individuals. In fact, last year, MIT was rated the most gay-friendly school in the country! We have designed this site to connect you with the support and resources offered to you. If you can’t find what you are looking for, need more information, or just want to talk with someone, please feel free to visit us in the Rainbow Lounge (50-005) or to contact us. You should also check out our About Us page to learn more.
If you think that you have been a victim of a homophobia or hate incident, please fill out this anonymous form to let us know about it.
Consortium of Higher Education Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Resource Professionals
The combined vision and mission of the Consortium of Higher Education Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Resource Professionals is to achieve higher education environments in which lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students, faculty, staff, administrators, and alumni have equity in every respect. Our goals are to support colleagues and develop curriculum to professionally enhance this work; to seek climate improvement on campuses; and to advocate for policy change, program development, and establishment of LGBT Office/Centers.
We were officially born at the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force’s Creating Change Conference in San Diego (November, 1997), but had already been working together on an informal basis for several years. In 2008, we changed our name from the National Consortium of Directors of LGBT Resources in Higher Education to better reflect our membership and mission.
We hold our annual meeting at the NGLTF Creating Change Conference, when we also host an LGBT College Administrators Pre-Conference Institute. We also host gatherings at the annual ACPAand NASPA conferences, and support regional meetings for our members.
We encourage staff, faculty, and graduate students working with LGBT issues on a college or university campus to become a member of the Consortium. As a member, you join a community of over 300 people on of Listserv and gain access to members-only web resources and our Mentoring Program, Internship Program, etc.
We invite you to explore the resources on this web site. Please contact a member of the Executive Board with your comments or questions.
Resources for international and study abroad LGBT students
Information, links, and resources for the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered international student community and study abroad students. The information on this Web site is intended to be a resource guide to help all students better understand the benefits and challenges of the culture in which you will be studying, traveling, and living.
Financial Aid for Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Students
Describes a number of scholarships available to lesbian, gay and bisexual students. These scholarships offer a variety of criteria for eligibility. This is not an exhaustive list of all the possible sources of scholarships.
A job search engine run by Out & Equal that connects LGBT-friendly businesses with job seekers, including employment news relevant to LGBT candidates and a Career Resource Library.
A recruiting portal that provides diversity-focused employers with opportunities to post jobs and advertise to the GLBT workforce, and provides numerous resources to GLBT job seekers to find jobs with companies that embrace diversity.
Boston LGBTQ Resources
Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders. We are New England’s leading legal rights organization dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation, HIV status and gender identity and expression. www.glad.org, 30 Winter Street, STE 800, Boston, MA 02108
(617) 426-1350, email@example.com
Call or chat with GLAD’s Legal InfoLine 1-800-455-GLAD (4523)
The mission of Fenway Health is to enhance the wellbeing of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and all people in our neighborhoods and beyond through access to the highest quality health care, education, research and advocacy.
www.fenwayhealth.org, 1340 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215, 617.267.0900
AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts
AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts is a leader in the fight against HIV/AIDS, advocating at the city, state, and federal levels for fair and effective AIDS policies, conducting cutting edge HIV prevention programs, and providing health and wellness services to people already living with HIV. www.aac.org,
Boston - 75 Amory Street, Boston, MA 02119, 617.437.6200
MALE Center, Community Resource & Wellness Center for Gay and Bisexual Men
571 Columbus Avenue, Boston, MA 02118, 617.450.1987
Youth on Fire, Drop-in Center for Homeless and Street Involved Youth
1555 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138, 617.661.2508
The Boston Living Center
The Boston Living Center (BLC) is a non-profit community and resource center whose mission is to foster the wellness of all HIV positive people and respond to the changing needs of the HIV/AIDS community. .www.bostonlivingcenter.org, 29 Stanhope Street,Boston, MA 02116, 617-236-1012
Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition
Founded in 2001, the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC) is an advocacy, education, and community-building organization that works to end discrimination on the basis of gender identity and expression. This includes working towards the empowerment of all persons who have been, are being, or might be deprived of equal rights and/or fair treatment because of their gender expression or identity..www.masstpc.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 617-778-0519
MassEquality works to ensure that every lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender person in Massachusetts is protected from cradle to grave—with equal rights and opportunities in school, in marriage and family life, at work and in retirement. MassEquality.org, 262 Washington Street, 7th Floor, Boston, MA 02108 (617) 878-2333 Info@MassEquality.org
Our Greater Boston Business Council
The mission of the Greater Boston Business Council is to foster and promote the vitality and productivity of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) business and professional community in the greater Boston area, thereby contributing to the economic welfare of the general commonwealth of which we are a part. www.gbbc.org, , 866-442-GBBC (2335)
The Friends of GLBT Youth
The Friends of GLBT Youth is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating the prejudice and stigma facing young people and allowing all youth to thrive and reach their potentially equally. Our mission is to support the programs, and research of the Massachusetts Commission on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth by leveraging, aggregating, and dispensing untapped resources in the community. Through our support of the annual Youth Pride Celebration and providing a forum for youth engagement we hope to create a safe and supportive environment across Commonwealth. www.friendsofglbtyouth.org
BAGLY - Boston Alliance of Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Youth
Boston GLASS Community Center
We are a drop-in center for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning young people between the ages of 13 and 25. We’re a safe space to hang out , make new friends, and just relax. www.jri.org/glass, 25 West Street, 3rd Floor, 617-266-3349 x 0
Justice Resource Institute
Justice Resource Institute is dedicated to addressing the most confounding challenges of both the human services and educational systems and the persons and families these systems were created to serve. www.jri.org, 781.559.4900
Gay Men’s Domestic Violence Project
Gay Men’s Domestic Violence Project is a grassroots, non-profit organization founded by a gay male survivor of domestic violence and developed through the strength, contributions and participation of the community. Gay Men’s Domestic Violence Project supports victims and survivors through education, advocacy and direct services. gmdvp.org. To contact an advocate: 1.800.832.1901, email@example.com
The Network/La Red
The Network/La Red is a survivor-led, social justice organization that works to end partner abuse in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, BDSM, polyamorous, and queer communities. www.tnlr.org, Hotline & Safehome 617-742-4911, 617-227-4911
COLAGE is a national movement of children, youth, and adults with one or more lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or queer (LGBTQ) parent/s. We build community and work toward social justice through youth empowerment, leadership development, education, and advocacy.
www.colage.org, 855.4.COLAGE,c firstname.lastname@example.org
Greater Boston PFlag
Greater Boston PFLAG offers help for LGBT youth, their families, and communities around the topic of sexual identity.www.gbpflag.org, 781-891-5966, email@example.com Helpline: 866-427-3524
Family Equality Council
Family Equality Council connects, supports, and represents the one million lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender parents in this country and the two million children they are raising.
The Lesbian and Gay Rights Project offers articles, news updates, and legislation summaries of workplace issues affecting LGBT persons.
Men Of Color Against AIDS / MAC
The mission of the Multicultural AIDS Coalition (MAC) is to mobilize communities of color to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic. We work to ensure high quality, accessible prevention and treatment services for people living with HIV, at high risk for becoming infected, or closely affected by the disease. www.mac-boston.org 31 Heath Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 617-442-1622
Queer Women of Color QWOC
Queer Women of Color and Friends (QWOC+ Boston) is a volunteer-run, grassroots organization dedicated to creating and sustaining a truly diverse social space for LGBTQ women of color in the Greater Boston area. www.qwocboston.org
Hispanic Black Gay Coalition
HBGC (Hispanic Black Gay Coalition) is one of few non-profit organizations in Boston dedicated to the unique and complex needs of the Black, Hispanic and Latino LGBT community.
HBGC (Hispanic Black Gay Coalition) es una Organización en Boston dedicada a server y unir a la comunidad LGBTQ Afro Americana y Latina. www.hbgc-boston.org
Keshet’s mission is to ensure that gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Jews are fully included in all parts of the Jewish community. www.keshetonline.org, 617.524.9227, firstname.lastname@example.org
Massachusetts Gay and Lesbian Political Caucus
MGLPC is the most experienced and respected lobbying operation on Beacon Hill working for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equal rights. See our facebook page.
The Human Rights Campaign, Boston
We’re a grassroots force of more than one million people fighting for equality for all.
31st Annual HRC New England Dinner Gala & Auction Sept. 22 at Boston Marriott Copley Place. www.hrcboston.org
Arlington St Church, Unitarian Universalist
www.ascboston.org 351 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116-3303
Congregation Dorshei Tzedek
Dorshei Tzedek is a dynamic and growing Reconstructionist congregation. We are dedicated to Jewish learning and to ethical Jewish living in the modern world. dorsheitzedek.org
60 Highland Street, West Newton, MA 02465, 617 965 0330 email@example.com
Arbour Health System (Triangle Program)
The Triangle Program at Arbour-HRI Hospital is the first partial hospitalization program in the Boston area that comprehensively responds to the complex mental health needs of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. The Triangle Program provides treatment for these individuals who are dealing with issues such as trauma, sexual abuse, depression, social isolation, eating disorders, the emotional impact of HIV infection and co-occurring psychiatric and addiction disorders, including addiction to substances such as crystal meth.
For assistance or admission options 24 hours a day, seven days a week, please call the ACCES Center at (800) 22-ACCES (222-2237), www.arbourhealth.com
Dignity/Boston is a progressive, inclusive community of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Catholics and friends. We are a member chapter of DignityUSA, a national organization with dozens of chapters and thousands of members. We invite you to join us for liturgy and social hour every Sunday at 5:30 PM, St. John the Evangelist Church, 35 Bowdoin Street, Boston, Massachusetts (on Beacon Hill between the State House and Cambridge Street). www.dignityboston.org
Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance
Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance is committed to providing a supportive social, political, and educational environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning people of Asian and Pacific Islander heritage in the Boston and New England. qapa.org, firstname.lastname@example.org.
For 35 years Victory Programs has been providing housing and support services to homeless individuals and families who are also struggling with addiction and chronic conditions such as HIV/AIDS. www.vpi.org 617-541-0222
Harbor To The Bay, September 15, 2012
Launched in 2003, Harbor to the Bay (H2B) has raisedover $2,000,000 for four local HIV/AIDS organizations; Fenway Health Center, AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod, Community Research Initiative (CRI), and AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts (AAC). 100% of all rider-received pledges has gone directly to these beneficiaries. www.harbortothebay.org
Temple Beth Avodah
Temple Beth Avodah is a welcoming and vibrant Reform community celebrating the wisdom and joy of the Jewish tradition. www.bethavodah.org, 45 Puddingstone Lane, Newton Centre, Massachusetts 617.527.0045, www.bethavodah.org
Boston Gay Men’s Chorus
The Boston Gay Men’s Chorus is one of New England’s largest and most successful community-based choruses. Now in its 30th season, the 175-voice ensemble is celebrated for its outstanding musicianship, creative programming, and groundbreaking community outreach.
The Theater Offensive
The Theater Offensive’s mission is to form and present the diverse realities of queer lives in art so bold it breaks through personal isolation and political orthodoxy to help build an honest, progressive community. www.thetheateroffensive.org
Community Research Initiative of New England
CRI Boston, the organization’s primary site, was established in 1990 and remains a leading-edge HIV/AIDS research facility offering clinical trials, treatment education, and financial assistance for approved drug treatments and health insurance coverage.
Community Servings is a not-for-profit food and nutrition program providing services throughout Massachusetts to individuals and families living with critical and chronic illnesses. 617.522.7777 email@example.com, www.servings.org