Resources from the LGBT Resource Center
As a Center, we recognize the need to provide resources to our community that are both inside and outside of Cornell. With this in mind, we have attempted to provide an array of resources internal and external of Cornell. Please help us continue building this list as more resources become available. If you believe we should add something to our website, please e-mail us at email@example.com.
All professional staff in the LGBT Resource Center are considered campus confidential resource's. Any student regardless of sexual/romantic orientation or gender identity are welcome to meet with professional staff in our capacity as a confidential resources. For more information about confidential resources, visit the information posted on the Office of Institutional Equity & Title IX website. To make an appointment with an LGBT Resource Center staff member email firstname.lastname@example.org
General Resources: Cornell University
Health and Wellness
SHARE (Sexual Harassment and Assault - Response and Education)
Academic and Administrative
Women's Resource Center (WRC)
Local & Regional Resources
Ithaca Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Task Force
The Task Force was incorporated to encourage an awareness of issues affecting LGBT people. The Task Force continues to work toward the elimination of prejudice and discrimination, and toward improving relationships and understanding among and between lesbian, gay bisexual, transgender, and heterosexual people.
The Advocacy Center
Provides supportive services to youth and adults in Tompkins County New York 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.
Southern Tier AIDS Program
Services focus on the health and well-being of HIV+ persons and incorporate a harm reduction perspective and recognize that behavior change is a gradual process.
Out for Health
Provides healthcare information, education and outreach in an LGBT friendly setting. Out for Health is part of Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes - LGBT Health and Wellness Project. Provides local trans* resources as well.
The Out Alliance, previously the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley, is a Champion for LGBTQ Life and Culture. We envision a future where all members of the greater Rochester LGBTQ communities, at all stages of their lives, are free to be fully participating citizens, celebrating their lives in which they are safe, stable and fully respected.
Tompkins County LGBT Youth Group
Contact Maureen Kelly at email@example.com or (607) 216-0021 x134.
Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) Ithaca-Cortland
PFLAG promotes the health and well-being of GLBT persons, their families and friends by providing an opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity.Interfaith Center on Sundays 4:00 p.m.7 Calvert StreetCortland, NY 13045
National Resources & Organizations
This page contains links to national resources and organizations that focus on issues of sexuality and gender, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, and ally issues. Please contact the LGBT Resource Center if you have suggestions for additions to this resource listing.
National AIDS Hotline (800) 342-2537 (AIDS)
Federal Organizations & Resources
This page contains links to federal/legal resources and organizations that focus on issues of sexuality and gender, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, and ally issues. Please contact the LGBT Resource Center (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have suggestions for additions to this resource listing.
US Department of Justice
The mission of the U.S. Department of Justice is to enforce the law and defend the interests of the United States according to the law; to ensure public safety against threats foreign and domestic; to provide federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; to seek just punishment for those guilty of unlawful behavior; and to ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans. The Civil Rights Division is committed to the full enforcement of our nation’s civil rights laws to combat discrimination in all its forms – including discrimination against LGBT individuals. The Division defends the rights of LGBT Americans by ensuring nondiscrimination in employment, education, housing, lending, and credit, and by prosecuting hate crimes to the fullest extent of the law. This document discusses some of the highlights of this work.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person's race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information. It is also illegal to discriminate against a person because the person complained about discrimination, filed a charge of discrimination, or participated in an employment discrimination investigation or lawsuit. Recent events, including the filing of two EEOC lawsuits on behalf of transgender employees and an amicus brief in the 7th Circuit related to coverage of sexual orientation, have triggered increased interest about protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals under federal employment-discrimination laws. The information below highlights what you should know about the EEOC's enforcement efforts in this area.
Health and Human Services (HHS)
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the U.S. government’s principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves. HHS is responsible for almost a quarter of all federal outlays and administers more grant dollars than all other federal agencies combined. HHS works to improve the health and well-being of all Americans, including those who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT). This includes ensuring that LGBT Americans, families, and communities receive equal access to health services; providing enhanced resources for LGBT health issues; developing better information regarding LGBT health needs; and working to close the LGBT health disparities gap that currently exists.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Resources on the LGBT population include national survey reports, agency and federal initiatives, and related behavioral health resources. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for improving access to health care by strengthening the health care workforce, building healthy communities and achieving health equity. HRSA’s programs provide health care to people who are geographically isolated, economically or medically vulnerable. HRSA helps community health centers improve the health of LGBT populations. Supported through a cooperative agreement with The Fenway Institute, the Center consults with health centers and is developing curricula focused on caring for LGBT people. Fenway Health is a HRSA-supported health center and one of the largest health centers focused on LGBT health.
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Office of Minority Health (OMH) is one of the eight Offices of Minority Health within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). It was established as a result of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). CMS OMH works to eliminate health disparities and improve the health of all minority populations, including racial and ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, members of the LGBT community, and rural populations. CMS OMH collaborates with local and other federal partners to offer a comprehensive source of information on improving minority health and eliminating health disparities.
Social Security Administration
Encourage college students age 18 and older and faculty to register for My Social Security and view your annual Social Security Statement to make sure you have received credit for the work you’ve done. Check your Statement at least once a year. Information about Social Security benefits for legally married same-sex couples.
Religious & Spiritual Resources
This page contains links to resources and organizations that focus on issues of religion and spirituality for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, and ally communities. Please contact the LGBT Resource Center if you have suggestions for additions to this resource listing.
- Baptist - Welcoming and Affirming Baptist Churches
- Soulforce, Inc.
- Catholic - Dignity, Inc. (Roman Catholic) / New Ways Ministry (Roman Catholic)
- Episcopal - Integrity, Inc.
- Hindu - Gay and Lesbian Vaishnava Association
- Jewish - Keshet Ga'avah
- Lutheran - Lutherans Concerned
- Mennonite - Brethren Mennonite Council for Lesbian & Gay Concerns
- Methodist - Affirmation / Reconciling Ministries Network
- Orthodox - Axios - Eastern & Orthodox Christian Gay Men & Women
- Presbyterians - More Light Presbyterians
- Quaker - Friends for Lesbian/Gay Concerns
- Seventh-Day Adventist - Seventh-Day Adventist Kinship International
- Unitarian - Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations / Unitarian Universalist Office of Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Concerns
Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry (CLGS)
The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry (CLGS) serves to advance the well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and to transform faith communities and the wider society by taking a leading role in shaping a new public discourse on religion, gender and sexuality through education, research, community building and advocacy.
Ending the Lies and Harm of Gay Conversion Therapy
Bisexual & Pansexual Resources
This page contains links to resources and organizations that focus on non-monosexual (romantic or sexual attraction to members of more than one sex or gender) identities, such as bisexuality and pansexuality. Please contact the LGBT Resource Center if you have suggestions for additions to this resource listing.
Bisexual Resource Center
Founded by a group of bisexual activists, this organization and website serves to provide information and awareness about bisexuality.
Gender Identity & Expression Resources
This page contains links to resources and organizations that focus on gender identity and expression, with emphasis on resources for individuals who may identify as transgender, genderqueer, or gender non-conforming. Please contact the LGBT Resource Center if you have suggestions for additions to this resource listing.
Gender Inclusive Pronoun Usage
Please check out our quick guide on "how-to" utilize Gender Inclusive Pronouns.
Transgender Support Group
Cornell's LGBT Center, Ithaca College's LGBT Center, and Out for Health jointly support a transgender support group for people in the Ithaca area. You can find more information at the link below or by contacting Cornell's LGBT Center at email@example.com.
Other Transgender/Gender Non-Conforming Resources
Sexual Violence & the LGBTQ Community
Below is a sampling of some resources available to individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer and questioning (LGBTQ). Many of the resources listed below provide links to other websites, reading lists, and newsletters for more information. Additional resources may be available within local and campus communities. Descriptions are adapted directly from their websites.
Cornell Specific Resources
Local Ithaca Resources
The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender National Hotline
Toll-free: 1-888-THE-GLNH (1-888-843-4564). This is not a 24-hour hotline.
More Online Resources Related to Youth Who Identify as LGBTQ
This page contains links to resources and organizations that focus on issues of sexuality and gender for athletes. Please contact the LGBT Resource Center if you have suggestions for additions to this resource listing.
Changing the Game (GLSENSports Project)
This page contains links to resources, networks, and organizations that provide information and support regarding intersexuality. Please contact the LGBT Resource Center if you have suggestions for additions to this resource listing.
Intersex Society of North AmericaA site dedicated to educating the public about intersex conditions and appropriate treatment options, with some information directly coming from intersex individuals or families of intersex individuals.
Race & Ethnicity Resources
This page contains links to resources and organizations that focus on issues of sexuality and gender as they intersect with racial and ethnic identities.Please contact the LGBT Resource Center if you have suggestions for additions to this resource listing.
Queer People Of Color (QPOC) Resources
African American / Black / African
Asian and Pacific Islander
Asian Pacific Islander Equality (California)
Gay Asian Pacific Alliance (California)
Trikone - LGBT South Asians (California)
Summer/Winter Break Resources
The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender National Hotline
The GLBT National Youth Talkline
(Youth serving youth through age 25)
Crisis Text Line: 741-741
Crisis Text Line Serves anyone, in any type of crisis, providing access to free, 24/7 support and information via text. Simple text 741-741 from anywhere in the USA, anytime, about any type of crisis. A live, trained Crisis Counselor receives the text and responds quickly, helping you "move from a hot moment to a cool moment." Please note that this Crisis Text Line is not specific to LGBTQ+ people.
The TransLifeline Transgender Crisis
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (General Community)
The National Runaway Switchboard
LGBT Youth Line
The Lesbian Gay Bi Trans Youth Line exists to provide service for youth, by youth that affirms the experiences and aspirations of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, transgender, 2-spirited, queer and questioning youth in Ontario. Working within an anti-oppression and anti-racist framework, we provide leadership opportunities, outreach, confidential peer support and referrals by telephone, texting and online.
The following sites have information about family relationships and tips for interacting with family and friends