National & Local

Secular LGBTQ Organizations

The Human Rights Campaign

Human Rights CampaignAs the largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans, the Human Rights Campaign represents a force of more than 1.5 million members and supporters nationwide — all committed to making HRC’s vision a reality.

Founded in 1980, HRC advocates on behalf of LGBT Americans, mobilizes grassroots actions in diverse communities, invests strategically to elect fair-minded individuals to office and educates the public about LGBT issues.  Click here to see HRC’s resource page on Judaism & LGBT.

Family Equality Council

Family Equality CouncilFamily Equality Council connects, supports, and represents the three million parents who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender in this country and their six million children. Click here to see FEC’s page on Judaism.

Empire State Pride Agenda

Empire State Pride AgendaThe Empire State Pride Agenda is New York’s statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights and advocacy group.

Check out this link for a list of faith communities that signed on in support of transgender New Yorkers, a few Westchester synagogues are included.

GLSEN-The Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network

GLSENGLSEN wants every student, in every school, to be valued and treated with respect, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. GLSEN believes that all students deserve a safe and affirming school environment where they can learn and grow.

GLSEN is a national organization with local chapters:

GLSEN Expand All Hudson Valley Chapter Westchester Sub-Chapter (Westchester, Putnam and Rockland Counties)

Mary Jane Karger
P.O. Box 604
Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
Phone: (914) 962-7888
Fax: (914) 962-8280


PFLAGFounded in 1972 with the simple act of a mother publicly supporting her gay son, PFLAG is the original ally organization. Made up of parents, families, friends, and straight allies uniting with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, PFLAG is committed to advancing equality through its mission of support, education and advocacy. Now in its 40th anniversary year, PFLAG has over 350 chapters and 200,000 supporters crossing multiple generations of American families in major urban centers, small cities and rural areas in all 50 states.

PFLAG Westchester County
250-252 Bryant Avenue
White Plains, NY 10605
Phone:  (914) 468-4636

The Loft—The Hudson Valley’s LGBTQ Community Center

The LOFT’s Mission is simple and strong: “The LOFT, a lesbian and gay community center, works to further the cause for inclusion, diversity and pride through education, advocacy and celebration.”

David Juhren, Executive Director
Email David, 914-948-2932, Ext. 11

WJCS—Center Lane

Center LaneCenter Lane is Westchester’s only community center for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth, ages 13-21, living in and around Westchester County, New York. A dynamic program of Westchester Jewish Community Services (WJCS), Center Lane has been serving LGBTQ youth, and their straight allies, since 1995. Center Lane is a source of emotional and social support for youth through fun, relaxed, horizon-expanding, age-appropriate activities.

Santo Barbagiovanni, Program Coordinator
Phone: 914-358-1006


Lambda Peer Support Services

Lambda Peer Support Services is a not for profit, 501(C)(3) organization that provides workshops, on-going and short term support groups, Holiday Connections activities and other programs and activities for the LGBTQ Community of the lower Hudson Valley. All support groups are conducted by trained peer facilitators under the ongoing supervision of certified clinicians. LPSS, Inc. strives to foster a sense of community and to reduce the pain caused by homophobia, discrimination and prejudice.