Comprehensive Guide for Instructors, Students, Friends & Family Members



Greater Boston PFLAG

Greater Boston PFLAG (Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays)
– 85 River St., Suite 3A
P.O. Box 541619
Waltham, MA 02454
Greater Boston PFLAG offers help for LGBT youth, their families, and communities around the topic of sexual identity. They are a group of parents, families, friends, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Greater Boston PFLAG helps change attitudes and creates an environment of understanding so that our gay family members and friends can live in a world that is safe and inclusive. They accomplish this through support, education, and advocacy.
Trained parent and family volunteers are available to answer questions, listen, and provide resources through their help line: 866-427-3524.
Greater Boston PFLAG also offers many support groups in different locations throughout Massachusetts. To view the list of support groups by location, please visit their website at the above link and click on the “Support” tab.


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Boston GLASS Community Center
– 75 Amory St.
Boston, MA 02119
A drop-in center for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning young people between the ages of 13 and 25. You can get something to eat, use the computers to build a resume or talk to a staff person for help or support. Their staff is there to provide informal counseling, advocacy, and referrals on everything from housing issues to health care.
They also offer group meetings such as: Gender Identity Group, Coming Out Group, Women’s Group, and Men’s Group. To see the day and time these groups meet, visit their website at the above link and click on the “Schedule” tab.
Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition
The Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC) is dedicated to ending oppression and discrimination on the basis of gender identity and gender expression.
Rooted in social justice, we educate the public, advocate with state, local, and federal government, engage in activism, and encourage empowerment of community members through collective action.
Visit for events and meetings near you

Fenway Health Helpline and Peer Listening Line
LGBT Helpline (25+)
617.267.9001 or Toll-Free: 888.340.4528
Peer Listening Line (25 & Under)
617-267-2535 or Toll-Free: 800-399-PEER
You can receive help, information, referrals, and support for a range of issues without being judged or rushed into any decision you are not prepared to make. Across the country, Fenway’s help lines are a source of support. Talk to our trained volunteers about safer sex, coming out, where to find gay-friendly establishments, HIV and AIDS, depression, suicide, and anti-gay/lesbian harassment and violence. No matter what is on your mind, we are here to encourage and ensure you that you are not alone.
Our help lines are anonymous and confidential phone lines that offer lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning adults and young people a “safe place” to call for information, referrals, and support. Our trained volunteers can help you with coming out as well as locating LGBT groups and services in your local area. Our volunteers can also offer support and guidance around common issues including safer sex and relationships and HIV/AIDS.


Trans Health Program Patient Advocate
Fenway’s Trans Health Patient Advocate can help you find health information and resources, and assist you in figuring out your next steps for getting the care you need.
This service is free and available on a walk-in basis for 20-minute sessions on Wednesdays from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. This service is located on the 2nd Floor of the Ansin Building at 1340 Boylston Street.



Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance
QAPA is committed to providing a supportive social, political, and educational environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, and questioning people of Asian and Pacific Islander heritage in the Boston and New England area.


Trevor Project
The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth.
24/7 Trevor Lifeline: 1-866-488-7386
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Sidney Borum Jr. Health Center
– 75 Kneeland Street
Boston, MA 02111
Sidney Borum Jr. Health Center provides safe, non-judgmental care for young people ages 12–29 who may not feel comfortable going anywhere else. They provide medical care, mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment, STD testing and treatment, women’s health care, transgender care, and provide sensitive, respectful and appropriate care to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBT) youth and young adults.


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Waltham House
– 781-647-9976
Waltham House is located in Waltham, Massachusetts. It is a group home program designed to provide a safe and supportive living environment for up to 12 gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) youth ages 14-18. The program also serves youth who may be questioning (Q) their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Waltham House offers residents a safe environment to live while they prepare for family reunification, independent living and future self-sufficiency.
For more information, visit the above link and click on the “What we do” tab, and then select “Residential Care”.



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Safe Homes
– 4 Mann Street
Worcester, MA 01602
Safe Homes is a program of The Bridge of Central Massachusetts. It is a program for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning young people between the ages of 14 and 23, and is led by youth and professional staff, as well as volunteer adult advisors. They offer support and resources in a safe and nurturing environment.
For more information, visit the above link and click on the “Information” tab, select “GLBTQ Youth Resources”, and then select the “Safe Homes of Central Mass” link.


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The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth Support Project
– 942 West Chestnut Street
Brockton, MA 02301

Their mission is to ensure safe and supportive communities for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning (GLBTQ) youth. The GLBT Youth Support Project provides training and on-going support for educators and health and human service providers to assist them in implementing welcoming and appropriate programs, policies, and services for these young people and their families.




The Cape and Islands Gay and Straight Youth Alliance
– 56 Barnstable Rd.
Hyannis, MA 02601
CIGSYA (The Cape & Islands Gay & Straight Youth Alliance) is a community-based alliance of young people from 14 to 22 that exists to improve the lives of LGBTIQQS (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, questioning and straight) youth on Cape Cod and the Islands by addressing key risk factors such as the self hate, isolation and fear, which are often prevalent in their lives. CIGSYA works toward eliminating all forms of discrimination based on differences through education and training, and by providing a space where young people come together in an environment of respect, free from judgment and harassment.



Boston Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, & Transgender Youth

– 617-227-4313
BAGLY is is a youth-led, adult-supported social support organization committed to social justice, and creating, sustaining and advocating for programs, policies, and services for GLBT youth 22 and under.
Check the website for meeting times and locations, or call the number listed above.


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Merrimack Valley Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth

– McVAGLY aims to provide LGBT youth from the Merrimack Valley a safe environment to gather weekly to discuss issues that may not be adequately addressed elsewhere. These issues may include coming out, safe sex, the effectiveness of high school and middle school GSA’s, suicide, and GLBT rights in the community. All meetings are facilitated by high school and college students and chaperoned by adults 25+ yrs.
– Check website for meeting time and location.




Supporters of Worcester Area Gay and Lesbian Youth
– 508-755-0005

Since 1984, SWAGLY has provided a safe space for all gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, and questioning youth and their straight allies, ages14-23 to socialize, learn and share. Their weekly meetings consist of social time, introductions, community announcements, and a structured conversation about issues facing GLBTQ youth today. These include coming out, coping with stress, working with relationships, and various discussions about drug abuse and safer sex.
Check the website for meeting times and locations, or call the number listed above.



North Shore Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexuiial and Transgender Youth
– 617-927-6088, 781-913-3747
NAGLY is a welcoming and safe place for youth ages 14 – 21 who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender. Their mission is to create, sustain and advocate for programs, policies, and services for the lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender youth community, particularly including the establishment of regular support meetings, and to defend and enhance the human and civil rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth on the North Shore of Massachusetts.
Check the website for meeting times and locations, or call the number listed above.



OUT Metrowest
PO Box 2122, Framingham MA, 01703
508 875 2122
The mission of OUT MetroWest is to support the health and emotional well-being of LGBTQ teens in the Boston MetroWest area by offering youth-led and adult-supported social and educational programs.
Umbrella is the OUT MetroWest group specifically intended to provide additional support for transgender and gender-nonconforming youth. It is a social group led by peer leaders and trans adults.
Nexus, our first-in-the-Commonwealth program for middle school youth, meets monthly. Nexus provides a safe space to explore questions relating to sexual orientation and gender identity and includes a light dinner, group discussions, and diverse activities.


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Bisexual Resource Center
29 Stanhope St, Boston, MA 02116
(617) 424-9595
The Bisexual Resource Center was founded in 1985 by a group of bi activists after a regional conference. First named the East Coast Bisexual Network, it became a 501(c)3 in 1989 and was renamed in the mid-90s. The BRC is the oldest national bi organization in the U.S. that advocates for bisexual visibility and raises awareness about bisexuality throughout the LGBT and straight communities.
The Bisexual Resource Center envisions a world where love is celebrated, regardless of sexual orientation or gender expression. Because bisexuals today are still misunderstood, marginalized and discriminated against, the BRC is committed to providing support to the bisexual community and raising public awareness about bisexuality and bisexual people.



Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders
30 Winter Street, STE 800
Boston, MA 02108
– They are New England’s leading legal rights organization dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation, HIV status and gender identity and expression.
– If you are interested in learning more about your rights, visit the above website and click on the “Know your Rights” tab.


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Boston Area Transgender Support

We are a peer-run support group for transgender young adults (teen, college-age, twenty-something) in and around Boston. We are inclusive of both female-to-male (FTM) spectrum and male-to-female (MTF) spectrum individual, of genderqueer persons, of intersexed folks, and of those questioning their gender identity. We are welcoming to people of color and to persons with disabilities. Our meetings are typically a good mix of FTM and MTF members, and of people at varying stages of transition—you really will feel comfortable and included! Come to our group if you are looking for support in understanding your gender identity, help with coming out or transitioning, emotional support, a sense of community, a place where you belong and feel comfortable, or just to meet people you can relate to. The meetings emphasize group participation and mutual respect; a volunteer facilitator and a go-around check-in help to ensure that no one member dictates the flow and everyone has a chance to express themselves. Discussions at the meeting are confidential between members, and members agree not to assume that others go by the same name/pronouns/identity outside the group. We are aware that groups advertising trans “community” can be rife with the same prejudices we are trying to get away from, and our members do strive to be aware and to keep the meetings free of judgments and full of acceptance.



GLSEN- Gay, Lesbian, & Straight Education Network
PO Box 51243
Boston, MA 02205
The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) is a national organization making schools safer for ALL students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. GLSEN strives to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. We believe that such an atmosphere engenders a positive sense of self, which is the basis of educational achievement and personal growth. Since homophobia and heterosexism undermine a healthy school climate, we work to educate teachers, students, and the public at large about the damaging effects these forces have on youth and adults alike.
We recognize that forces such as racism and sexism have similarly adverse impacts on communities, and we support schools in seeking to redress all such inequities. GLSEN seeks to develop school climates where difference is valued for the positive contribution it makes in creating a more vibrant and diverse community. We welcome as members any and all individuals, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, or occupation, who are committed to seeing this philosophy realized in K-12 schools.

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