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LGBT in NYC: Where to Get Healthcare, Name Change Services and More

There are roughly 798,000 New Yorkers who identify as LGBTQ in New York City. These are some of the organizations that serve the community — and LGBTQ immigrants in particular.

NYC is home to various organizations that offer free services and help to the 798,000 New Yorkers who identify as LGBT.

Here are some organizations that provide resources relating to housing, name change, legal representation, information about rights, and more. 

The list below will be updated regularly, and new information will be added. If you have any questions about the organizations below, or would like to provide additional resources, please email us at rommel.ojeda@documentedny.com 

Also Read: Guide of Resources for Immigrants

The Center

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center offers an array of resources, ranging from housing to legal representation for immigrants, to all residents of New York City. The organization hosts a variety of events that celebrate the history of the communities in the City.  

Contact: 212.620.7310 | 208 W 13 St New York, NY 10011

Trans Legal Defense and Education Fund (TLDEF)

Aside from offering resources that support the rights of transgender people, TLDEF connects low-income people with pro-bono lawyers to assist with legal name changes. Additionally, the organization specializes in ensuring that transgender and non-binary people can access trans-related healthcare that they need.  

Contact: 520 8th Avenue. Suite 2204 New York, NY 10018

P: 646.862.9396 | Fax: 646.993.1686 |  Email: info@transgenderlegal.org

The Ali Forney Center

The Ali Forney Center offers housing services to homeless LGBT youth facing housing insecurity in NYC. The center provides educational resources and workshops to address safe sex and HIV prevention. The organization offers transformative resources that pairs youth with mentors, career counselors, skill training and more. 

Contact: 224 West 35th Street, 15th Fl. New York, NY 10001 | 212. 222. 3427

Sage: Advocacy & Services for LGBT Elders

LGBT residents of ages 60 and over can receive assistance related to case management, benefits and entitlements, bereavement support, along with support groups for women, HIV positive people, cancer survivors, and more from this NYC-based organization.

Contact: 305 Seventh Ave, 15th Fl. New York, NY 10001 | 212-741-2247 tel | info@sageusa.org

América Diversa

The organization offers mentoring programs that empower LGBTQ+ members in NYC. Other services include pro-bono legal counseling, information relating to HIV, and help navigating the healthcare system.

Contact: 347.392.1792 (M-F 11am to 6pm:) | info@americadiversa.org

Audre Lorde Project

The Audre Lorde Project is an organization dedicated to supporting LGBTQ people of color in New York City. ALP’s community organizing working groups tackle issues affecting LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness, such as the criminal justice system, trans rights, healthcare, employment, education, and immigration concerns.

Contact: 146 West 24th Street, 3rd Fl. New York, NY 10011 |  (212) 463-0342 & 85 South Oxford St. Brooklyn, NY 11217 | (212) 463-0342

Also read: How Undocumented Immigrants Can Receive HIV/AIDS Treatment In New York

Hetrick Martin Institute

Hetrick Martin Institute provides a wide range of direct services for LGBTQ youth, and an extended set of services for those experiencing homelessness. These services range from education and workforce training, to health and counseling services, to arts programming, to housing placement services.

Contact: 2 Astor Place New York, NY 10003 | (212) 674-2400

Caribbean Equality Project

The Caribbean Equality Project is a Queens-based organization that empowers Black and Brown Caribbean immigrants in New York City who are LGBTQ. The group advocates for queer and trans asylum seekers in NYC and leads educational and cultural programming.

Contact: (347) 709-3179 |  info@CaribbeanEqualityProject.org

Colectivo Intercultural TRANSgrediendo

Colectivo Intercultural Transgrediendo offers a variety of educational programs aimed to empower TransGNB people in New York City. Some of their services include empowerment workshops, HIV prevention, legal representation support, and others

Contact: 3763 83rd Street Suite 1B. Jackson Heights, NY 11372 | 347-738-6989 | contact@ourvoicesarefree.org

Callen-Lorde

Callen-Lorde is the leader in providing health care services to LGBTQ people globally. The services are available regardless one’s ability to pay. Some of the services provided include dental, behavioral, case management, and more. They have three locations located in Brooklyn, The Bronx, and Manhattan.

Click here for their contact information.

TransLatinx Network

The TransLatinx Network supports all transgender people in New York. They offer a blend of case management, referrals and prevention to support the community’s healthcare needs and weekly bilingual groups that range from ESL classes to support for mothers and children. They also host a Manhattan food pantry.

Also Read: Food Pantries Open Today in New York State

Click here for their contact information.

Sylvia Rivera Law Project

The Sylvia Rivera Law Project is a legal aid group that serves transgender people of color. They provide direct representation for people who need help with their immigration status or to change their name and seek other gender-affirming actions. They also advocate for incarcerated people who need trans-competent representation.

Contact | 147 W 24th Street, 5th Floor New York, NY 10011 | 212-337-8550 | info@slrp.org

NYC Mental Health Hotlines for LGBT: 

The Trevor Project: the hotline offers a 24/7 suicide prevention hotline via Text, Chat, or Phone to LGBTQ youth. 

1-888-NYC-WELL: NYC’s confidential hotline is available in various languages. 

NYS 24/7 Crisis prevention Hotlines: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or Text: GOT5 to 741741

Additionally, here is a list of free mental health apps. 

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