If you’re lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning, you are not alone. PFY is a safe place where you can make friends, have fun and get help if you need it.

PFY is for young people ages 13-20. Here’s some ways you can get involved:

Visit the Coffeehouse every week to meet people just like you

Click on our Event Calendar to see what's happening this month

Read back issues of Queer Beans

Coming out as LGBT can be a tough road. If you’d like to talk to someone for information and support right now, you can click here and speak one-to-one with a counselor through our on-line counseling program. If you’d like to talk face-to-face with one of our staff, call (516) 679-9000 and you can set up an appointment. You can also check out our Staff Directory and e-mail questions to us.

For information, support, and resources, you can also follow our Program Leaders on any of the following sites:

                    

Queer Beans

Queer Beans is an LGBT youth-interest 'zine published quarterly by Pride for Youth's Peer Educators. It features local and national news stories, creative writing, Homoscopes and health information all from a youth perspective. Pick up your copy @ the Coffeehouse, or download it here!! (adobe acrobat required).

Public Service Announcements

Long Island Crisis Center has developed the following animated PSAs to bring information to the Long Island community about many different issues affecting young people today. By clicking on any of the following images you can find out important facts about these pertinent issues, view the animated clips, and be connected to a crisis-intervention counselor online RIGHT NOW by clicking here.

Self-Injury
Narrated by
April Emerson/Stu Whelan
Suicide
Narrated by
Chris Collins
Domestic Violence
Narrated by
Jannelle Cortes

HIV
Narrated by
Aundaray Guess
Coming Out
Narrated by
Aundaray Guess

Lesbian
Narrated by
April Emerson

Resources

Here are some places where you can get information about coming out, sexuality and HIV on-line:

YouthResource: A youth-run site with questions/answers and postings related to LGBT youth.

Sexetc.org: Peer-to-peer information about many sexuality topics.

sexetc.org: Peer-to-peer information about many sexuality topics

www.safeschoolscoalition.org: Safe School Coalition: information aimed at raising awareness of LGBT issues in both the public and private school settings.

gsanetwork.org: GSANetwork: empowering youth activists to fight homophobia and transphobia in schools.

www.itgetsbetter.org: It Gets Better Project: communicating to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth around the world that it gets better, and to create and inspire the changes needed to make it better for them.

mpowermentli.org: MPowerment is a program of Pride for Youth, designed to meet the needs of young gay, bisexual, and transgender men, with a special emphasis on Latino and African American guys. Through support groups and community outreach, MPowerment provides opportunities for these men to socialize, develop supportive relationships, and become educated on HIV/AIDS and STD prevention and safer sex.

longislandcrisiscenter.org: Long Island Crisis Center provides 24/7, free, high quality, confidential and non-judgmental short term crisis intervention counseling via phone, text and internet chat.

www.p12.nysed.gov/dignityact: New York State Dignity for All Students Act: seeks to provide the State’s public elementary and secondary school students with a safe and supportive environment free from discrimination, intimidation, taunting, harassment and bullying on school property, a school bus and/or at a school function.

immigrationequality.org: Immigration Equality is a national organization fighting for equality under U.S. immigration law for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and HIV-positive individuals. Provide legal aid and advocacy for LGBT and HIV-positive immigrants and their families.

asexuality.org: Asexual Visibility and Education Network: hosts the world’s largest online asexual community as well as a large archive of resources on asexuality. AVEN strives to create open, honest discussion about asexuality among sexual and asexual people alike.

biresource.net: The Bisexual Resource Center (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. BRC is committed to providing support to the bisexual community and raising public awareness about bisexuality and bisexual people.

www.isna.org: Intersex Society of North America (ISNA) is devoted to systemic change to end shame, secrecy, and unwanted genital surgeries for people born with an anatomy that someone decided is not standard for male or female.

www.nytransguide.org: Transgender Resource Guide lists local, statewide, and national resources. Hosted by New York State LGBT Health & Human Services Network, a program of Empire State Pride Agenda. Resources listed range from Mental Health Services, Housing, Legal, Medical, to Youth Services.

transequality.org: The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) is a national social justice organization devoted to ending discrimination and violence against transgender people through education and advocacy on national issues of importance to transgender people.

transequality.org: Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays: providing education, advocacy and support. http://www.imatyfa.org – Trans Youth Family Allies (TYFA): empowers children and families by partnering with educators, service providers and communities, to develop supportive environments in which gender may be expressed and respected.

familyproject.sfsu.edu: The Family Acceptance Project is the only community research, intervention, education and policy initiative that works to decrease major health and related risks for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth, such as suicide, substance abuse, HIV and homelessness – in the context of their families.

LGBTQ Student Resources & Support: This guide includes information on common hardships faced by LGBTQ college students and how to deal with them, scholarships available for LGBTQ students, interviews with our two experts, and an array of external support resources.