LGBTQ+ Advisory Board

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Purpose

Established in June of 2021, the Mayor’s LGBTQ+ Advisory Board fosters intentional collaboration with City officials to advocate for, protect and enhance the lives of Syracuse’s LGBTQ+ communities. This board creates a space for leaders from and members of the LGBTQ+ Community to collaborate with one another. The board also serves as a mechanism for representatives of the LGBTQ+ community to provide input and feedback to the City on matters of policy, programming, procedure and training. Working together, members of the LGBTQ+ Advisory Board will help prioritize needs and opportunities as identified by the community. 

Community Events

Check the City's Event Page for upcoming flag raisings and community events like the annual Pride Flag Raising or the Pride Parade:

LGBTQ+ Flag Raising
July 11, 2022

CNY Pride Parade and Festival
June 25, 2022

Nonprofits, Social Services, and Community Resources

Below are LGBTQ+ specific resources in Syracuse. You can find additional services through 211 CNY by dialing 2-1-1 or going to their website.

ACR Health
ACR Health is a not-for-profit, community-based organization providing an array of support services to individuals affected by a wide range of chronic diseases, including HIV/AIDS, with the goal of positive health outcomes; as well as Navigators to help individuals and businesses make informed health insurance decisions.

Furthermore, ACR Health has a Syringe Exchange, a Drug User Health Hub, and provides a wide variety of targeted prevention and sexual health services to individuals, from youth through adulthood, to community groups and individuals to empower them to make informed and responsible decisions.

ACR Health’s network of Q Centers and support groups are safe places for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth, their families and allies to gather. Q Center programming seeks to promote equality, celebrate diversity, and create a safer, more accepting and inclusive community for all.

Black Cuse Pride
BCP is focused on providing a safe and confidential environment to the inner-city LGBTQ community as well as offering networking opportunities, health information and peer support.

Syracuse Gay & Lesbian Chorus
The Syracuse Gay and Lesbian Chorus is a community choral ensemble of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people and their allies, dedicated to providing and performing an eclectic and entertaining offering of quality choral music which reflects the diverse nature of our community and serves to unite us with the wider community around us.

Syracuse VA Medical Center: LGBT Veteran Care
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VHA) is committed to providing quality care to all Veterans including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Veterans. Syracuse VA Medical Center seeks to promote the health, welfare, and dignity of LGBT Veterans and their families. We are committed to making sensitive and high quality health care accessible. Our policies and practices focus on ensuring a safe, welcoming, and affirmative environment of care for LGBT Veterans. Our employees receive training in clinically competent care that is responsive to the unique needs of LGBT Veterans.

New York Civil Liberties Union
The New York Civil Liberties Union is a nonprofit, nonpartisan chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), whose focus is to protect all civil liberties granted to citizens in the Bill of Rights. Including; educational policy, Transgender & Gender Non-conforming Students, GSA's.

Inclusive Health Services
IHS is happy to now offer a Safe Space for primary care to the LGBTQ community, including transgender care, regardless of HIV status.

Transgender Alliance of CNY
The Transgender Alliance of Central New York (TGA-CNY) is a social and support group for transgender persons, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity or their geographic location. TGA-CNY is a participating group in the Transgender Alliance and a subgroup of SAGE Upstate, a support and advocacy group for the LGBTQ community in Syracuse.

Q Law - LGBTQ+ Legal Issues
A legal resource to assist members of the LGBTQ+ community experiencing discrimination and/or harassment with regard to: Free Name & Gender Marker Changes, Employment, Public Accommodations (Including School, Businesses & Hotels) Health Insurance, Housing, Birth Certificate Amendments, CPS Investigations and Police Oversight Agency Hearings.
Referrals & requests for information should be directed to:
Mallory Livingston, LGBT* Rights Attorney
mlivingston@onvlp.org
(315) 849-9234

LGBTQ+ Friendly Food Pantries
Food Bank of CNYUniversity United Methodist Church, and St. Lucy’s

Central New York HIV Care Network
We will join hands in solidarity with Consumers & Providers to reduce stigma & discrimination, promote involvement, reduce the number of new infections through education, advocate for access to quality health care services & promote respect for the human rights of all people infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS.

CNY Pride
CNY Pride, Inc. is an all-volunteer, tax-exempt, not-for-profit corporation which organizes events in the Syracuse, New York area to encourage, empower, and celebrate the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer community and their friends, families, and supporters.

SAGE Upstate
Sage Upstate is a not-for-profit organization that promotes the health and well being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning people in Central New York as they age.

Planned Parenthood
Providing affordable health care and sex education, Planned Parenthood's doors are open to those with and without health insurance. Services offered include HIV services; STD testing, treatment and vaccines; transgender hormone therapy, and more.

Ties that Bind CNY
The Ties That Bind of CNY collects new and pre-owned, washed chest binders from those who don't need them anymore and donates them to transgender youth and adults in need absolutely free of charge.

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