There are a number of resources for and about LGBT people and themes in our local community. Here are a few, in no particular order. Contact each directly for the most up-to-date information.
Ithaca LGBT Task Force, the local community LGBT group
Tompkins County Office on Human Rights, a department of the County charged with providing civil rights enforcement and outreach programming. Handles complaints of discrimination in housing, employment, lending, public accommodation, and education.
Greater Ithaca Queer Action Network, an organization interested in actively working towards an awesome, cohesive, affirming queer community in the greater Ithaca area.
Southern Tier Gender Alliance, a local group for transgender people
Ithaca Transgender Group, contact Natasha @ ithacatransgendergroup dot com
Binghamton transgender and gender non-conforming support group contact BingTranSocial@gmail.com
Ithaca/Cortland PFLAG, local chapter
Ithaca Lesbian Potluck, or find them on Facebook
Ithaca Gay Men's Potluck - find them on Facebook
Lesbian Book Club and other events organized by members of the Ithaca Lesbian Potluck
Flame Queer NIght hosted by various Ithaca bars - find them on
Homorukus, promotes a sex positive, genderful, antiracist, safe(r) space for LGBTQI folks to mingle. FLAME is a monthly Queer night that takes place every first Thursday of the month. Find them on Facebook.
Guerrilla QueerBar Ithaca, "Ithaca's traveling gay bar" turns an unsuspecting straight bar into a gay bar for the night. A time-old tradition in cities nationwide, turning socializing into a new form of social activism.- find them on Facebook
Out for Health, Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes LGBT Health & Wellness Project, provides outreach, education and information to LGBT people, their health care providers and the community at-large about the importance of inclusive, welcoming and respectful care for LGBT people.
PPSFL LGBT Family Building Project, for LGBT individuals and couples who are starting or building their family.
The Working Group on LGBT Aging, contact: Lisa Holmes, (607)
Tompkins County LGBT Democratic Club, contact Pat Pryor email@example.com
Ithaca Gay Men's Chorus contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Tompkins County LGBTQ youth group - contact Maureen Kelly at
email@example.com or 216-0021 x134, or find them
Steuben County LGBTQ youth group - contact Maureen Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 216-0021 x134, or find them on Facebook.
Gay Straight Alliances (GSAs) - many of our local schools, including the Ithaca High School, the Lehman Alternative school, Trumansburg High, and one of the middle schools, have active Gay-Straight Alliance clubs. COLAGE groups, for kids of LGBT parents, are sponsored by several elementary schools and by the Out for Health project.
Prevention Point syringe exchange program in Ithaca and Binghamton
The Advocacy Center provides supportive services to youth and adults in Tompkins County NY who have experienced intimate partner violence or sexual violence. Services include: 24 hour hotline, emotional support, help with police or courts, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program, and emergency shelter.
IGLAB Bowling League bowling league is a recreational league. We like to have fun with our bowling. Members range from experienced to novice. We bowl Sunday afternoons at Bowl-O-Drome Lanes in Ithaca, NY from September - April. (Facebook log-in required to view.)
Local Welcoming Congregations
In the region:
Lesbian and Gay Family Building Project, the Ferre Institute - dedicated to helping lesbian, gay,bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) people in upstate NY achieve their goals of building and sustaining healthy families by providing support, advocacy, information, and access to community and sensitive health care and service.
Pride and Joy Families, network of LGBTQ-led families that offers support, education and a sense of community to adults and children.
LGBT Community Centers in the region:
Identity Youth Center, Binghamton
Pride Community Center of Central New York, Syracuse
AIDS Community Resources Q Center, Syracuse, is a safe place for high-risk youth and their allies, ages 13 – 22.
Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley, Rochester
Expressing Our Nature, transgender organization in the Syracuse area
Sage Upstate, Syracuse, serving older gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender persons in the upstate communities of Central New York.
Rainbow SAGE of the Genesee Valley,provides social and educational programs to enhance the lives of older gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (GLBTI) people and educates the community about relevant GLBTI aging issues.
Fortunate Families, based in Rochester, serves as a resource and networking ministry with Catholic parents of LGBT daughters and sons. Fortunate Families offers a monthly newsletter and resources as well as retreats, presentations and support and affirmation for parents.
Empire State Pride Agenda, formerly the statewide LGBT organization, decided to disband in 2015, citing it had fulfilled its mission.
Inclusion does not constitute endorsement.