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National & Local Secular LGBTQ Organizations

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As of January 1, 2018, Mosaic of Westchester is now the Mosaic LGBTQ Committee of the Westchester Jewish Council (WJC), rather than its own organization. Pam Goldstein, WJC’s Assistant Director is now the direct contact for Mosaic. She can be reached at 914-328-7001 or at pam@wjcouncil.org.

 

Resources

 

Below is a listing of:

I. Local LGBTQ Secular Organizations

II. National LGBTQ secular Organizations

III. Websites of Transgender Organizations

IV. Human Rights Agencies

 

 

I. Local LGBTQ Secular Organizations

 

Empire State Pride Agendahttp://www.prideagenda.org/

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

 

GLSEN- The Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network

At GLSEN, we want every student, in every school, to be valued and treated with respect, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. We believe 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 Hudson Valley Chapter

Westchester Sub-Chapter (Westchester, Putnam and Rockland Counties)
Mary Jane Karger WestchesterNY@chapters.glsen.org
P.O. Box 604
Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
Phone: (914) 962-7888

Fax: (914) 962-8280 (fax)

 

The Loft- The Hudson Valley’s LGBTQ Community Center

http://loftgaycenter.org/

Executive Director
Judy Troilo <judy@loftgaycenter.org 914-948-2932, Ext. 11

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.”

 

PFLAG- PFLAG.org

Founded 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.

There is a local Chapter:

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

 

 

II. National LGBTQ Secular Organizations

 

Family Equality Council- Familyequality.org

Family 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. We are changing attitudes and policies to ensure that all families are respected, loved, and celebrated—including families with parents who are LGBT. We are a community of parents and children, grandparents and grandchildren that reaches across this country. For 30 years we have raised our children and raised our voices toward fairness for all families.

FEC’s page on Judaism: http://www.familyequality.org/family_equality/search/?q=judaism

 

The Human Rights Campaign- hrc.org

As 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.

HRC’s resource page on Judaism & LGBT: http://www.hrc.org/search/results?q=judaism

http://www.hrc.org/resources/entry/stances-of-faiths-on-lgbt-issues-judaism

 

III. Websites of Trans Organizations


http://camparanutiq.org/Camp Aranu’tiq is a week long, tuition-free, overnight summer camp for transgender and gender-variant youth ages 8 through 15. It’s a place where life experiences are shared and lifelong friendships are made.

 

www.colage.orgNational Organization for Children of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and/or Transgender Parents

(COLAGE) and their families, a national organization by and for children of GLB/Trans parents and their families with chapters in several states.

 

http://www.genderspectrumfamily.org/Gender Spectrum Family is an organization dedicated to the education and support of families raising gender variant, gender non-conforming, gender-fluid, cross-
gender, and transgender children and adolescents.

 

www.ifge.orgInternational Foundation for Gender Equality (IFGE), a leading advocacy and

educational organization for promoting the self-definition and free expression of individual gender identity. IFGE is not a support group; it is an information provider and clearinghouse for referrals about all things which are transgressive of established social gender norms.

 

www.imtyfa.orgTrans Youth and Family Allies (TYFA) empowers children and families by partnering with educators, service providers and communities, to develop supportive environments in which gender may be expressed and respected. We envision a society free of suicide and violence in which ALL children are respected and celebrated.

 

www.isna.orgIntersex Society of North America (ISNA) is devoted to systemic change to end shame, secrecy, and unwanted genital surgeries for people born with anatomy that someone decided is not standard for male or female.

 

www.thetaskforce.orgThe National Gay and Lesbian Task Force promotes civil rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. Includes federal and state organizing news, issue backgrounders, and analysis.

 

www.transequality.orgNational Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE), a national social justice organization devoted to ending discrimination and violence against transgender people through education and advocacy on national issues of importance to transgender people.

 

www.transgenderlaw.orgTransgender Law and Policy Institute (TLPI), a non-profit organization dedicated to engaging in effective advocacy for transgender people in our society. The TLPI brings experts together to work on law and policy initiatives designed to advance transgender equality.

 

www.thetaskforce.orgThe National Gay and Lesbian Task Force promotes civil rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. Includes federal and state organizing news, issue backgrounds, and analysis.

 

www.transgenderlaw.orgTransgender Law and Policy Institute (TLPI), a non-profit organization dedicated to engaging in effective advocacy for transgender people in our society. The TLPI brings experts together to work on law and policy initiatives designed to advance transgender equality.

 

IV. Human Rights Agencies

American Jewish World Service: https://ajws.org/

Jews for Racial and Economic Justice:  http://jfrej.org/

T’ruah-The Rabbinic call for human rights: http://www.truah.org/

Glaad-LGBTQ org: http://www.glaad.org/about

GLSEN- LGBTQ org with schools: http://www.glsen.org/

Human Rights Campaign-largest civil rights org for LGBTQ issues: http://www.hrc.org/

Association for Women’s Rights in Development: https://www.awid.org/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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
WestchesterNY@chapters.glsen.org
P.O. Box 604
Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
Phone: (914) 962-7888
Fax: (914) 962-8280

PFLAG

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
info@pflagwestchester.org
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
sbarbagiovanni@wjcs.com
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. www.lambdapeers.org

 

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