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TRANSGENDER YOUTH PROGRAM 

The Pride Center's new Transgender Youth Program offers the following services:
  • Drop-in services and activities in a safe space to socialize and get connected
  • Groups for transgender, nonbinary, gender non-conforming, gender expansive, and questioning youth
  • Groups for parents and caregivers of transgender, nonbinary, gender non-conforming, gender expansive, and questioning youth
  • One-on-one and family support
  • Linkage and referrals to affirming medical, mental health, legal, and other services and care
Sign up here or check our calendar for dates, times, and more information.

SAFER SCHOOLS

We're here to help create safer learning environments for all youth throughout Western New York. We offer resource development, capacity building, and school stakeholder outreach to support LGBTQ-affirming school practice. Through training and education, we're able to mobilize and support student leaders, educators, and other school professionals. The Pride Center is:
  • Supporting the availability and success of GSAs in the majority of schools
  • Increasing educator support to LGBTQ+ youth so that all LGBTQ+ students have a network of adult support at school
  • Increasing LGBTQ-affirming curricula
  • Promoting educational leadership opportunities for LGBTQ+ students

SEXUAL HEALTH SERVICES

These services are reflective of the Pride Center's commitment to providing accessible, youth-focused reproductive justice options to young LGBTQ+ people in the Western New York region:
  • Condom distribution
  • STI screenings
  • HIV testing
  • PrEP and PEP referrals

Online Support

Q Chat Space provides online discussion groups for LGBTQ+ teens ages 13 to 19. It is not a forum. It is live and chat based; there is no video or audio. Everyone is chatting during the same pre-scheduled time. Conversations are facilitated by experienced staff who work at LGBTQ+ centers around the country. Q Chat Space facilitators are NOT mental health professionals.
If you are in crisis or need help immediately, please use the resources available here.