LGBT resources for those in need
November 1, 2010 9:59 PM   Subscribe

Are there any resources available for young LGBT individuals who are not able to live in their current living environment due to being kicked out or are denied entry into the home? Also it would be nice to find out about employment and college resources for us. I'm not a minor - I'm 19 years of age.
posted by antgly to Human Relations (21 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
It may help if you can let us know where you are located :)
posted by razzamatazm at 10:05 PM on November 1, 2010

Do you have friends or (other) family that could take you in for a while?

Surely there is a resource center somewhere in NYC.

Here is what Google suggest, fwiw...
posted by AMSBoethius at 10:07 PM on November 1, 2010

Have you tried contacting any of the organizations in your area that were suggested in your related previous threads? Because likely, they're your best resources for this, too.
posted by decathecting at 10:07 PM on November 1, 2010 [3 favorites]

First off, dude, :(. I am sorry that you are not getting the support you need right now. I took a gander at your profile and since you're in NY, the first hit on Google brought me to the Staten Island LGBT Center. If you were to call them straight away tomorrow morning, they should be able to point you in the direction of housing and the other resources you need.
posted by patronuscharms at 10:11 PM on November 1, 2010

The Door can help you with all of those things. The membership page has all the information you need to get started.

Best of luck.
posted by keever at 10:49 PM on November 1, 2010

College is a good idea. Housing, food, and and an education. It may not help right now, but it would be good for you to look at this for the long term. I knew a young man in your position, he go into a very good art college and had everything paid (tuition, living expenses, etc.). If you are independent and don't have much support, you can get a lot of financial help. If you are not a scholar, start with a state college like Purchase.

Sorry this happened to you. Best of luck. You are not alone, even if you feel that you are.
posted by wandering_not_lost at 11:04 PM on November 1, 2010

have you considered any of the resources given to you by ericb or hippiebear?
posted by nadawi at 11:05 PM on November 1, 2010 [2 favorites]

Wow, that sucks. I'm sorry this is happening to you. You might try as a temporary (non-LGBTQ) option for interim housing. Do you have some ability to pay? If so, there are some fairly cheap options on craigslist. Sorry if these are obvious, but it seems like some of those past questions have the more specific question covered.
posted by salvia at 11:26 PM on November 1, 2010

Google 'sylvias place mccny' it's a part of Metropolitan Community Church NYC and I think they might be exactly what you need. I know they aren't having drop in hours today (nov 2) but I don't know about shelter intake.

They are an LGBTQ shelter in Manhattan for clients in your age range, and your religious beliefs will not be questioned.

Here's a big hug for you.
posted by bilabial at 1:15 AM on November 2, 2010 [1 favorite]

As for college resources: you might feel better knowing that if you are homeless or in a similar precarious living situation you do not need to get your parents to fill out your FAFSA for financial aid and can be declared an independent even though you are still under 24.
posted by autoclavicle at 4:03 AM on November 2, 2010 [2 favorites]

I got to that website from one of your previous threads, then clicked around looking for youth resources. Have you tried calling all those numbers that are relevant? Here they are:

Weekly support group for LGBT youth at AIDS Center of Queens County
97-45 Queens Blvd. Suite 1220

Ali Forney Day Center
Offers recreational activities, support groups, counseling, and medical services for LGBT homeless youth.
Monday - Friday 10am-6pm
527 West 22nd Street (between 10th & 11th Avenues) New York, NY 10011
212-206-0574 for an appointment

Alianza Dominicana
Support groups, peer education and safer sex workshops for LGBT youth. Bilingual
2410 Amsterdam Avenue, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10033

Audre Lorde Project
Programs for LGBT people of color, plus summer youth program.
85 South Oxford Street, Brooklyn 11217

The Spot Next Door
Referral hotline for LGBT services in the Bronx, M-F 11am – 4 pm
Omar Portillo (ext. 13)

Group and activities for LGBT Asian Youth, at APICHA
400 Broadway New York, NY 10013
Carla Catuncan (ext. 222)

Community organizing and advocacy for LGBT youth of color
147 w. 24th St. 6th Floor M-F 4-8pm

Generation Q
Activities for LGBT youth under 21 in Queens
30-74 Steinway Street, 2nd Floor, Astoria, NY 11103

Youth projects and after
school drop-in group for
LGBT youth in Bushwick
301 Grove St. (btwn Myrtle & Knickerbocker)
Brooklyn, NY 11237
718-418-7690 ext 207

Hetrick-Martin Institute
After-school program for LGBT youth. Home of the Harvey Milk High School. Call to make an appt for an Intake to become a member or drop by the center from 3 – 6 pm, Mon – Fri. Free and confidential, bring ID if possible.
2 Astor Place (near Broadway and 8th St.) Ages 21 and under.
(212) 674-2400

Latino Youth in Action
Programs and services for latino LGBT youth and families, Hispanic AIDS Forum. Bilingual
213 West 35th Street, New York, NY 10001
886 Westchester Avenue, Bronx NY 10459.
62-07 Woodside Avenue, 3rd Floor, Woodside, NY 11377

Counseling, discussion groups, & activities for LGBT youth on Long Island
34 Park Ave. Bayshore NY 11706

New Neutral Zone
Drop-in center for LGBT youth, and straight allies, ages 14-21.
2273 3rd Avenue (between 123rd-124th street) Top Floor

Pride for Youth
Support and activities for LGBT youth, plus support group for parents
2050 Bellmore Avenue, Bellmore NY 11710

Community Health Action of Staten Island
Safe space for LGBT youth on Staten Island
56 Bay Street, 6th Floor, Staten Island, NY 10301

West Side YMCA
Support group for GLBTQ youth
5 West 63rd Street, New York, NY 10023

(Young Gay Men of African Descent)
Weekly discussion groups for young men of color, HIV education and testing
103 East 125th Street, NYC 10035


Hetrick-Martin Institute
Social service agency for LGBT youth. Also, home of the Harvey Milk High School. Call to make an appt for counseling or drop by the center from 3 – 6 pm, Mon – Fri. Free and confidential, bring ID if possible.
2 Astor Place (near Broadway and 8th St.) Ages 21 and under.
(212) 674-2400

The Door
Social service agency for all youth, offering a support group for LGBT youth as well as: health care services, recreation, referrals, and GED. You have to become a member first. Ages 21 and under. Call for appointment.
555 Broome Street (between Avenue of the Americas and Varick St.).
(212) 941-9090 call for an orientation


Trevor Helpline
For gay, lesbian, bisexual or questioning youth
1- 800-850-8078 (24 hrs)

NYC Youthline


Ali Forney Center
Shelter for homeless LGBT youth, vocational training, performing arts programming. Ages 21 and under. Day Center open 10am -6pm.
527 West 22nd Street (between 9th & 10th Avenues)
New York, NY 10011
Contact: Erick Heartman
(212) 206-0574 or if after 6pm (917)822-5011

Sylvia’s Place @ Metropolitan Community Church
446 West 36th Street (between 9th & 10th Avenues) New York, NY 10018
718-300-0133 Kate Barnhart

Streetwork Project
Gay friendly services for runaway and homeless youth, including food, clothing, showers, medical care, needle exchange and HIV support group. Ages 24 and under.
165 West 131st Street (above the C-town market)
(212) 695-2220, or 24 Hr line: 212-577-7777

Streetwork Project – Lower East Side Drop-In Center
Emergency shelter.
33 Essex St. between Grand St. and Forsyth St.

Covenant House
Emergency shelter for youth, crisis care, counseling, clothing and 24 hour hotline 1-800-999-9999. Ages 21 and under.
460 West 41st Street at 10th Avenue
(212) 613-0300 Contact: Bruce Henry

Green Chimneys Children Services (Triangle Tribe)
Support services and help for LGBT youth in the foster care system, through Green Chimneys Children’s Services. Bronx Office: 79 Alexander Ave., Suite 42A, Bronx, NY 10454, (718) 732-1501, Fax: (718) 732-1519. Harlem Office: 456 W. 145th St., New York, NY 10031, (212) 491-5911, ext. 13, Fax: (212) 368-8975
posted by John Cohen at 4:08 AM on November 2, 2010 [3 favorites]

The Door
Ali Forney Center
Green Chimneys

All these places are equipped to take you in, no uncomfortable questions asked.

Also, Judson Memorial Church is an excellent source of community outreach for situations like these. They have programs and counselors that help kids reconnect with their estranged families in a safe space, if this is something you'd want.
posted by elizardbits at 4:14 AM on November 2, 2010 [2 favorites]

have you considered any of the resources given to you by ericb or hippiebear?

Yes, please reconsider those resources and others listed above (particularly in John Cohen's comprehensive post).
posted by ericb at 7:19 AM on November 2, 2010

Also, for future reference Cyndi Lauper is building 'True Colors Residence' -- "Manhattan's first permanent housing for homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth." It's currently under construction and slated to open in Spring 2011.
posted by ericb at 7:27 AM on November 2, 2010

Also -- New Alternatives for Homeless LGBT Youth provides meals, support and programs for homeless LGBT youth in New York. The founder/director has also set-up a program for having families host LGBT youth in their homes during college breaks. You have told us in the past that you are in college.
posted by ericb at 7:40 AM on November 2, 2010

PFLAG Staten Island Chapter
380 Van Duzer St.
Staten Island, NY 10304-2733
Phone: (718) 907-6163

There would at least be some emotional support there, and very possibly some good leads.
posted by Danf at 7:43 AM on November 2, 2010

You mentioned a month ago that you were living with your uncle in Brooklyn while you're in your second year of college. Did you ever find the work for which you were looking nearby?
posted by ericb at 7:50 AM on November 2, 2010

antgly -- please consider this an extension of my responses above (and those in your other AskMe threads). Since you joined MetaFilter in June 2010 you have asked a number of questions seeking advice on LGBT resources in New York City in general and on Staten Island in specific. In those threads there are valuable resources mentioned by many folks. By all means, I urge you to contact some of those groups and agencies TODAY.

We've pretty much tabulated a comprehesive list for you and it would benefit you if you were to call or visit some of them in person. They have extensive experience and knowledge in helping people who are in the exact same position and circumstances as you are. They can provide direct service/action, as well as point you in the direction of others who can help. Please, get on the phone, the ferry and/or the subway and reach out to those who can help you now. We can't do that work for you.
posted by ericb at 8:30 AM on November 2, 2010

Also it would be nice to find out about employment and college resources for us.

Again, as answered before in one of your AskMes:
" ... there are numerous scholarship programs specifically for gay students providing financial subsidy and support for college, the most prominent being The Point Foundation. Such can provide freedom from family ties and past associations/"ties."
posted by ericb at 8:36 AM on November 2, 2010 [1 favorite]

I agree with ericb. You're using Metafilter posts to delay reaching out to people in the real world. Try calling some of those phone numbers before posting your next Metafilter thread.
posted by John Cohen at 8:38 AM on November 2, 2010 [2 favorites]

Actually I'm getting counseling, etc. I just want an non-exhausting list more or less, so that way I can get the most for my situation.
posted by antgly at 9:07 PM on November 2, 2010

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