North Shore LGBTQIA+ Resources
No matter their age or demographic, LGBTQIA+ community members should have access to health, social, and support resources. Programs and resources exist in Massachusetts to help those looking for safety, aid, and support.
This page lists some of the resources currently available in and North of Boston. If you see something missing, contact us.
- The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH)’s Safe Spaces for GLBTQ Youth Program: The Safe Spaces program consists of community-based organizations currently working with LGBTQ youth, to provide services that are trauma-informed, founded in Positive Youth Development, and are culturally appropriate and specific to LGBTQ youth.
- Fenway Health’s Violence Recovery Program – provides counseling, support groups, advocacy, and referral services to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and anti-LGBTQ hate violence. VRP staff have specialized training and experience in working with LGBTQIA+ individuals.
- National LBTQ Health Education Center – Provides educational programs, resources, and consultation to health care organizations with the goal of optimizing quality, cost-effective health care for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, and all other sexual and gender minority (LGBTQIA+) people.
Addiction and Recovery
- Citizens Inn – Citizens Inn in Peabody works on an individual basis to help families and individuals who are experiencing a housing crisis or food insecurity. Their full spectrum of services provide comprehensive assistance to each person based on their specific needs. Citizens Inn, now merged with Haven from Hunger, has served families and individuals across the North Shore for over 37 years.
- Banyan Treatment Center – Boston – The Banyan Treatment Center offers personalized treatment programs for patients who need treatment for drug addiction, alcoholism, heroin addiction, and more. They are a Joint Commission Accredited treatment facility staffed by therapeutic and medical professionals.
Violence and Suicide Prevention
- Trevor Project – 866-488-7386 – The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.
- HAWC – HAWC (Healing Abuse Working for Change) strives to help abused women, children, men, and nonbinary people live free from violence and fear. As a leading domestic violence agency in Massachusetts, HAWC provides a domestic violence helpline, emergency shelter, legal services, advocacy and counseling services to more than 2,500 families in the North Shore area each year.
- The MA Transgender Suicide Prevention Working Group – a collaboration of the DPH, the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition, Fenway Health, Samaritans, and the Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention
- LGBTQ Support/BrAGLY (a program of Health Imperatives) – provides crisis counseling and advocacy services for LGBTQ youth who have experienced trauma, including sexual or relationship violence, bullying, or harassment. They also offer a weekly support group for Brockton area youth called BrAGLY.
Safety, Suicide Prevention, and Support Hotlines
Community and Support Services
- nAGLY: North Shore Alliance of GLBTQ Youth – 978-224-2102 – nAGLY is a place where youth can discuss issues of importance to them, to explore their identities, to build self-awareness, and to learn skills for being safe and healthy. nAGLY is Run by both peer leaders and trained adult advisors who are mandated reporters and are trained to refer participants to outside resources.
- Project Out – (857) 228-4911- provides support and financial assistance to transgender and gender non-binary individuals who do not have access to life saving gender-affirming services & products that allow for authentic living.
- The Rainbow Times – Boston-based, The Rainbow Times is the only minority-owned (partly women, partly Hispanic, partly transgender) publication dedicated to the LGBTQ community and its allies.
- BAGLY: The Boston Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth (617) 227-4313 – a youth-led, adult-supported social support organization, committed to social justice and creating, sustaining, and advocating for programs, policies, and services for the LGBTQ+ youth community.
- GLSEN – works to ensure that LGBTQ students are able to learn and grow in a school environment free from bullying and harassment.
- The Bisexual Resource Center – raises awareness and builds bridges within the LGBT and ally communities, and fosters bi-supportive social and political space wherever it can.
- PFLAG: Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians and Gays – through support, education, advocacy, and their Safe Schools Project, they work to create a safe environment for LGBT students in our schools and communities.
- The National Resource Center on LGBT Aging – offers bereavement support groups, caregiver support groups, a speaker’s bureau, meal programs, community education seminars, and cultural competency trainings. Through education, advocacy, and outreach, they help LGBT elders grow older with the dignity and respect they deserve.
- Nursing Home Abuse Center – The Nursing Home Abuse Center (NHAC) was founded to bring justice to those affected by nursing home and elder abuse. Their LGBT specific support offers resources to LGBTQ elders who are affected by nursing home abuse.
Political Organizations and Non-Governmental Organizations
- Human Rights Campaign – The largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Americans, the Human Rights Campaign represents a force of more than 3 million members and supporters nationwide — all committed to making HRC’s vision a reality.
- The Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ youth – The Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ youth advises others in state government on effective policies, programs, and resources for LGBTQ youth.
- MassEquality – MassEquality is the leading statewide grassroots advocacy organization working to ensure that everyone across Massachusetts can thrive from cradle to grave without discrimination and oppression based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.
- GLAD – Gay & Lesbian Advocates and Defenders – through strategic litigation, public policy advocacy, and education, they work in New England and nationally to create a just society free of discrimination based on gender identity and expression, HIV status, and sexual orientation.
- The Family Acceptance Project™ (FAP) – a research, intervention, education and policy initiative that works to prevent health and mental health risks for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) children and youth, including suicide, homelessness and HIV – in the context of their families, cultures and faith communities.
Disability Advocacy –
- Northeast Arc – The Northeast Arc helps people with disabilities become full participants in the community; choosing for themselves how to live, learn, work, socialize and play.
- Disability Resource Center – The Disability Resource Center (DRC) is a service and advocacy center run by and for people living with disabilities. The DRC supports people of all ages who have any type of disability to live independently and participate fully in community life.
- Boston Center for Independent Living – The BCIL is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that has provided services to people with disabilities since 1974, when it became the second independent living center in the country. The organization was created by people with disabilities seeking full integration into society.
- Easterseals – Easterseals has been a resource for individuals with disabilities, veterans, seniors and their families for more than 100 years.