Helpful Links

The best way for parents, family members and friends, or gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people to get support, receive educational materials, and learn about PFLAG's advocacy efforts, is to visit a PFLAG chapter.  PFLAG Ithaca Cortland welcomes you to join us at our monthly meetings, or e mail us for more information.

PFLAG has more than 500 chapters that are located in all 50 states. Get the personalized support that you need from people who understand what you're experiencing.

Remember: You are not alone.

Click here for more information about PFLAG National

Local Resources:
We will be adding more soon.  Please contact us if you would like your group/organization listed here.
Cortland LGBT Resource Center - located at 73 Main Street, Cortland, NY, 13045
Phone: 607-756-8970
Fax: 607-756-0058

also on Facebook  at  Cortland LGBT Center

Cornell LGBT Resource Center   Cornell University

Ithaca College LGBT Resources Ithaca College Center for LGBT Education, Outreach, and Services

Ithaca Equality Coalition, which brings together local LGBT groups to fight for federal legislation (started by Kim Knight).  For updates to what they are doing, go to Tompkins County Equality

Camp Aranu'tiq, a weeklong, tuition-free, overnight summer camp for transgender and gender-variant youth ages 8-15.  The camp's mission is to provide transgender and gender-variant youth with a safe, fun, and unique camp experience during which they are able to express gender however they are comfortable and connect with others in similar situations.  The website is

Lesbian and Gay Family Building Project/Pride and Joy Families

Binghamton University-LN2408, PO Box 6000, Binghamton, NY, 13902-6000
Phone:  607.777.3717
Mission:  Dedicated to helping lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) people in Upstate NY achieve their goals of building and sustaining healthy families 

Rainbow Alliance of Central New York
Participating Organizations

AIDS Community Resources
Mary Doody, 315-475-2430
627 W. Genesee St. Syracuse, NY 13204
ACR works to  prevent the incidence of HIV infections, enhance the
quality of life for people infected/affected by HIV/AIDS, collaborate in
communities to address HIV/AIDS related needs, and facilitate
access to available resources.

Bob Forbes,315.475.2430
627 W Genesee St. Syracuse, NY 13204
Connects men who have sex with men (MSM) to help build a
stronger safer MSM community.
Connect program is designed  and geared towards promoting self-
esteem, healthier understanding of HIV/STDs, and a safer sex
environment for MSM community; provides answers/support for
adults; conducts educational seminars; support groups for both HIV
positive and negative. Connect works with men of color; African
American ,Latino and Native American communities. In additions
offers HIV testing and STD screenings.

CNY Pride Committee
Michael Weinberg
PO Box 6608, Syracuse, NY 13217 (315) 378-8744
Plans the annual CNY Pride Parade and Festival to encourage
members of the local LGBT community to celebrate and affirm their

Expressing Our Nature (EON)
Darlene Brown 315-725-1658
A community service organization for the transgender community in
Central New York, offering advocacy and support.. 

FACES/LGBT Community Liaison
401 South Ave Syracuse, New York 13204
315-671-5844 315-558-8597 (cell) 
FACES is an HIV/AIDS Outreach and Education Program of
Southwest Community Center. 

Central New York Chapter
New York Civil Liberties Union
Barrie Gewanter, 315-471-2821
753 James Street, Suite 8, 
Syracuse, New York 13203
The CNY Chapter of the NYCLU works to protect the rights
guaranteed by the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights through
public education, advocacy, and litigation. 

NYS Division of Human Rights
333 East Washington Street, room 543, Syracuse NY 13202 
Investigates discrimination complaints, bias related crimes, outreach
and training on human rights issues.

Planned Parenthood of the Rochester/Syracuse Region
Crystal Collette, 315-475-5540 x225
1120 East Genesee Street Syracuse, New York 13210
Planned Parenthood of the Rochester/Syracuse Region (PPRSR)
protects and supports every person’s right to make voluntary,
informed decisions about sexuality and reproduction in order to lead
a healthy and fulfilling life. It is recognized as a leader in building
strong families and ensuring that all people have the right to make
choices based on their own moral standards. PPRSR strives to be
the most trusted and reliable source for service and information
regarding sexuality and reproductive health.

Pride and Joy Families 
Jackie Kelly
Pride and Joy Families connects local LGBT families with a listserv
for online discussions, family gatherings, and resources. It is a
program of the Lesbian and Gay Family Building Project, 124 Front
Street, Binghamton, NY 13905.  607.724.4308,

PEACE Inc – Westside
Mary Smothers
200 Wyoming Street, Syracuse, NY 
Provides a Safe Space Program monthly for LGBTA people who live
on Syracuse’s Westside.

Q Law: The LGBTQ Law Association of CNY 
Mary Traynor, Esq. 263-0787               
Works  to eliminate homophobia and transphobia in the justice
system; promote LGBTQ legal professionals in central New York;
educate the legal community and the public on LGBTQ-specific legal
issues; and support judges who support equal civil rights for LGBTQ
persons. We serve LGBTQ attorneys, paralegals, legal advocates,
law students, court employees, and all others in the legal profession
throughout Central New York.

Q Center @ ACR
Elizabethe Payne, 315-701-2431
627 W. Genesee St. Syracuse, NY 13204;
The Q Center serves LGBTQ young people and their allies ages 13
through 22, offering educational and social events, HIV education, a
Cyber Center, computer literacy classes, counseling, arts programs,
and tutoring.

Reduction of Stigma in Schools Program 
Elizabethe Payne, 315 443-3343
350 Huntington Hall,  Syracuse University
Syracuse, NY 13244
The Reduction of Stigma in Schools Program (RSIS) works with area
schools to create more affirming learning environments for LGBTQ
students and families. RSIS is an independent faculty program
working in collaboration with the SU School of Education and The Q

Sage Upstate
Kim Dill,
Carrie Elliott,
PO Box 6271, Syracuse, NY 13217
Sage Upstate Center: 501 James St.
SAGE/Upstate works to address the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual
and transgender (LGBT) seniors with health and wellness services,
educational outreach, and social programs. 

Syracuse Gay and Lesbian Chorus
Cindie Murray, 315-476-4329
PO Box 6796, Syracuse, NY 13217
A community choral ensemble of 
gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people and their allies,
dedicated to providing and performing quality choral music which
reflects the diverse nature of our community and serves to unite us
with the wider community around us.

Syracuse University LGBT Resource Center
750 Ostrom Ave. Syracuse, NY 13244
Provides education, advocacy, support, and safe space for LGBT
and allied students, staff, faculty, parents, and alumni of Syracuse

Syracuse University LGBT Studies Program
Roger Hallas, 315-443-4947
Offers courses to learn about the LGBT experience, history, and
scholarship, and explore fundamental questions about sexualities,
bodies, identities, communities, social movements, and liberation

Syracuse University Senate LGBT Committee
Rachel Fox van Swearingen 315-443-9779,
Francine D’Amico, 315-443-2306,
Formed in the fall of 2002 with the purpose of improving the campus
climate for LGBT faculty, staff, and students.

Roslyn Rasberry/Akosua Valerie Y Woods
PO Box 6271, Syracuse, NY 13217
Sage Upstate Center: 501 James St.
Monthly social/support/educational program of SAGE-Upstate for
aging LGBTQ people of color. 

Vera House
24 Hour Domestic & Sexual Violence Crisis & Support Line 
Amanda Baker, 315-425-0818
6181 Thompson Rd, Suite 100, Syracuse 13206
Works to  end all domestic and sexual violence, to assist families in
crisis, to support those affected by domestic and sexual violence to
live safe, self-sufficient lives, to empower women and children, and to
promote a culture of equality and respect in relationships.